• Smurfit Kappa Brazil’s innovative packaging solution wins prestigious Red Dot Design Award


    Developed by Smurfit Kappa with 100% recyclable materials, the main advantage of the packaging design is its flexibility and the ability to accommodate different shapes and sizes of wine bottles safely, without having to use any filling materials. This design has a variety of 220 options to optimise space within the cardboard box and to accommodate different formats allowing for the wine bottle and food to fit perfectly. 

    Commenting on the award, Juan Guillermo Castañeda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas said: “We are extremely pleased to receive the Product Design 2021 Red Dot Award. It demonstrates that our innovative and sustainable packaging designs are making a difference. Partnerships with businesses like Wine & Bite Box are extremely important to us. We embrace the challenge to improve and develop our packaging designs to meet the changing needs of our customers and to build on our expertise.”

    With the growth in e-commerce during 2020, accelerated due to the pandemic, Wine & Bite Box saw an increase of 21% in sales and, currently, its products are being delivered across Brazil.

    “The new packaging solution developed by Smurfit Kappa will ensure that my products arrive safely and securely to my customers, wherever in Brazil they may be, guaranteeing a positive experience from start to finish,” said Myriam Echeverri, sommelier and founder of Wine & Bite Box.

    “Each of my gourmet tasting boxes are unique, and that uniqueness starts with the packaging. It is a great honour to receive this award together with Smurfit Kappa, as we are not only working on something that is innovative and sustainable, but also provides the best unboxing experience for customers.”

    Smurfit Kappa is known for Better Planet Packaging, a portfolio of innovative packaging solutions which are designed to be more sustainable and tailored to customer needs.

  • NatureWorks and IMA Announce New Partnership for Compostable Coffee Pods


    NatureWorks, a manufacturer of low-carbon Ingeo PLA biopolymers, and coffee handler, processor and packager, IMA Coffee, announced that they have entered into a joint strategic partnership aimed at accelerating the market for high-performing K-Cup compatible compostable single-serve coffee pods in North America. Compostable capsules create the opportunity to not only address consumer concerns and divert the packaging away from landfills, but, perhaps more importantly, to recover the used coffee grounds, enabling their processing at a compost facility where they deliver nutrients to the final compost.

    Coffee capsules are complex structures where the capsule body, lidding and filter must be precisely designed to deliver a consistently high-quality brewing experience. Before the capsules even reach consumers, it’s critical that these components perform well during assembly and filling as well as on the shelf and during brewing. By bringing together NatureWorks’ materials and applications knowledge with IMA’s machinery expertise, the partnership aims to deliver a turnkey compostable coffee pod solution to the entire coffee industry making it simple to have a great cup of coffee and dispose of the used pod in the most sustainable way possible.

    “At NatureWorks, we’ve seen tremendous interest in compostable single-serve pods,” says Flavio Di Marcotullio, global industry manager for NatureWorks. “Brand owners and roasters are responding to both consumer demands for more sustainable packaging and to circular economy directives that specify compostable packaging as a key enabler of recovering food waste for compost. To continue supporting this growth, we saw the opportunity to partner with IMA as they have long helped the single-serve coffee market implement innovative new packaging technologies and have a long-term commitment towards sustainable solutions.”

    To give greater impetus to the topic and direct the production chain toward increasing environmental sustainability, in 2019 IMA launched IMA NoP – No Plastic Program. “NOP (No-Plastic Program) means we promote eco-friendly plastic substitutes for the packages manufactured on IMA machines. Through the research and testing of alternative processes and materials, together with our partners, we foster plastic-free and sustainable, compostable packaging solutions. IMA has also established the Open Lab where Material Technologists study, develop and test compostable and recyclable materials to be used on our packaging equipment,” says Nicola Panzani, IMA Coffee sales manager and IMA Coffee Petroncini CEO.

  • Co-op bans bags-for-life and calls for unified approach


    The announcement comes as it publishes a new report ‘Bag to Rights’ which sets out new policy recommendations for Government.

    As part of this move, and ahead of the new carrier bag levy increase coming in to place, the convenience retailer will also roll out compostable carriers to all stores to ensure that customers are able to purchase a low-cost, low impact alternative bag with a sustainable second use.

    The Co-op is calling for a policy to require major retailers to report on all reusable bags, as well as single-use bags, to provide greater transparency to track the true impact of carrier bag levy.

    Co-op’s other recommendations include requiring all single-use carrier bags to be certified compostable and to introduce a minimum 50p price for reusable bags to create a greater perceived value to encourage customers to reuse them instead of treating them as single-use.

    The convenience retailer is now looking to work with more food retailers to adopt a balanced and joined-up approach to their carrier bag offer.

    Co-op’s approach involves removing bags for life from sale, rolling out a compostable bags for 10p and setting the price of its lowest cost reusable bag at 50p. This approach is aimed at embedding real reuse of bags in the retail setting.

    Jo Whitfield, chief executive, Co-op Food, said: “Increased use of Bags for Life has led to a sharp rise in plastic use. With over 1.5 billion bags sold each year by retailers, this remains a massive issue for our industry as many shoppers are regularly buying so called ‘Bags for Life’ to use just once and it’s leading to major hike in the amount of plastic being produced.

    “To help tackle plastic pollution and the use of unnecessary plastic, we will be ceasing the sale of Bags for Life when current stocks are exhausted. We’re also ensuring all of our members and customers have access to a low price point option that’s more environmentally friendly, alongside more durable bags at a higher price point.

    “We believe that it should be mandatory for all retailers to report on the sales of all of their reusable bags, not just single-use bags. Right now, Co-op is the only major retailer to report on all of the bags it sells. This policy would enable a fuller understanding on the impact of the levy and its true effect on shopping behaviours when customers are making decisions at the tills.”

    Helen Bird, strategic engagement manager WRAP, said: “All bags, regardless of the material they are made from, impact on the environment. The most important thing to reduce this impact is reuse. Just as we all now carry a mask about ourselves, we should be doing the same with shopping bags.

    “Supermarkets have a responsibility to incentivise this and we would like to see transparent reporting on all types of shopping bags – whether they are made of traditional plastic, compostable plastic or paper. There will be times when we forget to bring a bag and in these instances we can still reuse those bags, and at the end of their life we recycle them at supermarket collection points. For Co-op’s shoppers this means that they are able to reuse carrier bags and if they have a food waste collection then they can use it as a caddy liner.”

  • Sainsbury’s to recycle ocean plastic waste into strawberry & fish packaging


    The packaging, which marks the latest step by the Big 4 retailer to remove, reduce, recycle and reuse plastic from its operations, aims to prevent nearly 12 million plastic bottles – or 297 tonnes of plastic – from entering the ocean each year and further polluting it.

    Sainsbury’s said it would use Prevented Ocean Plastic – a high-quality certified recycled plastic – while working with packaging supplier Sharpak to ensure 34 per cent of its fresh fish and 80 per cent of strawberry punnets are sold using packaging made from plastic rescued from coastal areas.

    “From this year, over 39.5 million items bought from Sainsbury’s will be packaged using plastic bottles rescued from polluting the ocean,” the retailer said.

    Sainsbury’s added that its commitment to social and environmental change will contribute to the creation of almost 6531 days of employment for plastic bottle collectors.

    “Using Prevented Ocean Plastic is one change we’re making to our supply chain to help us remove, reduce, recycle and reuse plastic,” Sainsbury’s packaging director Claire Hughes said.

    “Not only will it have a positive environmental impact by preventing plastic from polluting the ocean, but it will also have an important social impact by allowing our customers to make sustainable choices and support overseas coastal communities at risk of ocean plastic pollution.”

    Since pledging to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025, Sainsbury’s has removed thousands of tonnes of plastic across the business.

    These changes include eliminating 290 million loose produce plastic bags, 216 tonnes of rigid plastic trays from tomatoes, courgettes, kiwis and baby corn, 114 tones of plastic overlids removed from cream pots, 28 tonnes of zip removal on frozen fruit bags, along with removing and replacing 6400 tonnes of difficult to recycle black plastic, PVC and polystyrene from own brand packaging.

    Earlier this year, Sainsbury’s removed plastic straws from its own-brand lunchbox carton range, cut down the plastic packaging on its own brand pancake range by 86 per cent and introduced new trial recycling facilities in 63 stores, allowing customers to recycle polypropylene plastic film – such as bread bags, frozen food bags, biscuits and cake wrappers.

    Sainsbury’s also recently announced a mass roll out of its first plant-based own-brand tea bags, and became a Principal Supermarket Partner for the UN’s international climate change conference, COP26, taking place this November.

  • ‘Greening the Green’: PepsiCo to make snack packaging 100 percent recyclable, teams up with Clean Up Australia


    PepsiCo’s portfolio includes some of the most recognisable snack brands in Australia including Smith’s, Red Rock Deli, Sakata, and Doritos. With final snack packaging design changes underway, by the end of the year consumers will be able to recycle all of their PepsiCo snack packaging via their home curb side recycling for cardboard and plastic trays, and REDcycle collection bins for soft plastic packaging.

    “Increased recycling rates are critical to the success of a circular economy for soft plastics. Key to this is making packaging recyclable and easy to recycle. We are proud to have achieved the first step – designing 100 percent of our snacks packaging to be recyclable – meeting Australia’s 2025 National Packaging Target four years ahead of schedule,” said PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand Chief Marketing Officer, Vandita Pandey.

    The final packaging update will also see 100 percent of PepsiCo’s snack packaging carry the Australasian Recycling Logo (ARL) by the end of the year.

    “We are thrilled to be partnering with Clean Up Australia to work with REDcycle to help educate consumers on what can be recycled and create more opportunities to make it easier for Australians to recycle their soft plastics through the Greening Green program at sporting facilities around the country”.

    PepsiCo pledged $650,000 at the Australian Government’s National Plastics Summit in 2020, to establish Greening the Green – an innovative new program developed by Clean Up Australia, that partners with REDcycle and Replas to work with local sporting facilities to streamline rubbish separation and collection, and increase soft plastics recycling.

    A pilot is underway at ELS Hall Park in Ryde, NSW. A further 19 sporting grounds across Australia have signed up to the program with a total of 110 to be included over the next two years.

    Greening the Green consists of a 12-week program to improve littering and rubbish collection via an interactive online learning experience. Facilities have the option of collecting valuable recyclables such as soft plastics and beverage containers through specific bins placed in high usage areas. Soft plastics are collected by REDcycle, shredded and delivered to Replas, where they are moulded into useful equipment such as seating, bollards, signage and even sports trophies. Each participating sporting group is gifted a new piece of equipment made from recycled soft plastics, highlighting the benefits a circular economy can bring to the local community.

    Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley, said that the National Plastic Summit and the Morrison Government’s commitment to establishing recycling as one of six national manufacturing priorities are key to helping change the national conversation.

    “We are seeing companies like PepsiCo standing up to address a real issue with ‘soft’ plastic waste and I congratulate them along with, Clean Up Australia and REDcycle for this initiative,” Minister Ley said.

    “Greening the Green shows that we can all play a role in recycling and creating a healthier environment and a healthier lifestyle.”

    Clean Up Australia Chair Pip Kiernan highlighted the growing problem of soft plastics with volunteers reporting that they are now one of the more common plastic items removed during local Clean Ups.

    “Volunteers are telling us that soft plastics are one of the more common plastic items they are now removing during local Clean Ups. And each year the volume of these soft plastics is rising. Greening the Green gives us the ideal opportunity to begin to change Australia’s recycling habits head-on, starting at the place where so many of us spend family time on weekends – our local sporting venues. This program will show Australians that the soft plastics we take for granted as packaging can be transformed into items the community can use. It’s recycling in action,” said Clean Up Australia Chairman, Pip Kiernan.

    “REDcycle is proud to partner with PepsiCo. We commend the responsible and tangible steps the company has taken to address recyclability of their packaging and support the transition to a circular economy through campaigns like Greening the Green,” said RED Group Director, Elizabeth Kasell.

    “The City of Ryde is proud to partner with Clean Up Australia, PepsiCo and the Ryde Hawks Baseball League as part of the Greening the Green pilot program. As a Council we are committed to reducing waste and encouraging recycling throughout our community, and the Greening the Green initiative is an innovative program that will go a long way to help us achieve these goals,” said City of Ryde Mayor, Jerome Laxale.

    “We are excited to be involved in this initiative. We have various games taking place at our grounds, especially on weekends, with a great number of families spending time here. Having clearly badged bins placed in and around our grounds will encourage users of all ages to do the right thing.” said Ryde Hawks Baseball League Head Coach, Matt O’Neill. “It is amazing to think that the trophies our players receive in the future could be made of recycled soft plastic as a result of this program”.

  • Halls to recycle cough drop packaging through TerraCycle


    US-based cough drop brand Halls has partnered with TerraCycle to launch a recycling programme for cough and sore throat drop packaging in the US.

    The programme covers packaging for all Halls products as well as cough and sore throat drops from all other brands.

    To participate in the programme, consumers must create a TerraCycle account. They can then start collecting cough drop packaging in any box they have.

    Once a box is full, consumers can log into their TerraCycle account to download and print a shipping label.

    The box must then be sealed, affixed with the label and sent to TerraCycle via United Parcel Service (UPS).

    Halls senior brand manager Danielle Freid said: “The Halls brand is excited to partner with TerraCycle to ensure any brand of cough and sore throat drop packaging can be recycled in the US. This is an important first step towards sustainable solutions for our brand.”

    The collected plastic waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic, which can be remoulded to make recycled products, including park benches and picnic tables.

    Collectors can also earn points based on the weight of each shipment of packaging they send to TerraCycle. Consumers can donate the points to a non-profit, school or charitable organisation of their choice.

    TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky said: “The occasional cough or sore throat is something we all share. But by participating in the Halls Recycling Program, you can be rewarded for doing the right thing.”

    Last week, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare partnered with TerraCycle to make its product packaging and aerosol containers recyclable.

    The companies will introduce two programmes to allow customers to recycle empty Gold Bond, Cortizone-10 and Selsun Blue packaging.

  • Beiersdorf Launches First Certified Renewable Plastic Packaging


    Starting in June, the face-care products of Nivea Naturally Good will be on-shelf in about than 30 countries with more environmentally supportive cosmetic packaging.

    The idea was begun in late 2021 when Beiersdorf announced working to produce more sustainable cosmetics packaging using certified renewable polypropylene (PP) from global petrochemicals manufacturer SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio to replace fossil-based virgin plastic.

    "We are proud to be a pioneer among our industry in the field of renewable plastic packaging,” says Jean-François Pascal, VP corporate sustainability at Beiersdorf. “The ambitious targets we have set ourselves with our Care Beyond Skin Sustainability Agenda are being put into practice with a great deal of commitment and hard work."

    The project began with a comprehensive analysis of the market for alternative plastics. Material requirements were stringent.

    "Our excellent skin care products obviously include a high-quality packaging, which has to fulfill many requirements," says Michael Becker, head of global packaging development at Beiersdorf. "On the one hand, this concerns visual and tactile features that our Nivea consumers are acquainted to, but packaging recyclability is also an important aspect for us in line with our vision of a circular economy that we aim to support."

    Another essential criterion in the selection of the raw material and the supplier was that the "feedstock concept", which for the Nivea Naturally Good face care packaging is based on a second-generation raw material: tall oil. Producing a cosmetic packaging from sugar cane or corn and thus using a source of food had been out of the question. "The certified renewable plastic we source from Sabic has no visual effects or other adverse properties,” explains Hannah Rasel, Beiersdorf senior packaging specialist. “The jar made of renewable PP is neither visually nor haptically distinguishable from the previous packaging. In addition, SABIC pursues a holistic sustainability approach with its feedstock concept.”

  • Stable supply of food, pharmaceuticals, and medicals under threat

    Ongoing tension in polymer markets worry European Flexible Packaging manufacturers

    There has been tension in the polymer market for some time which is very concerning for the members of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). Deliveries of all relevant polymers to the industry continue to be unpredictable in terms of volumes and time of delivery and therefore jeopardize many production plans. Converters are seriously affected as they have difficulties to supply finished products to meet their customers’ order requirements.

  • Brand-New Premium Packaging Plant in Gdansk, Poland, Has SWEDBRAND Well-Positioned to Address Luxury Brand Requirements

    Highest quality customized rigid boxes produced in state-of-the-art factory feature vastly reduced shipping cost and time

    Hongkong, China, April 22, 2021. SWEDBRAND Group, the packaging partner to some of the world’s most iconic brands, today announced the opening of its brand-new converting plant in Poland, Swedbrand Poland Sp z o.o., for premium customized rigid boxes for luxury products.

  • Hoffmann Neopac Makes Massive Green Energy Investment at Switzerland Packaging Plants

    Company’s Switzerland facilities are now fully powered by renewable electricity via hydroelectric power and an extensive new solar plant.

    Thun, Switzerland – Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, has installed one of the largest solar power systems in Switzerland. The extensive green energy initiative, which costs more than 2 million Swiss Francs ($2.2 million), will make Hoffmann Neopac fully electricity sustainable at each of its two manufacturing sites in its home country.

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