• Nestlé has shrunk the packaging


    The smaller packages, which have been stripped back to use as little plastic as possible, will still hold exactly the same amount of made-for-baking chocolate as before.

    By optimising the range’s packaging, Nestlé has predicted that the amount of plastic used will be reduced by almost 1.7 tonnes each year.

    Nestlé Confectionery Head of Marketing Joyce Tan said: “We want to reduce our use of virgin plastics. That meant challenging our existing packaging design and looking at every aspect of it to cut out any plastic we could.

    “While plastic is terrific at ensuring safety and freshness, we need to be thoughtful about its use.”

    The change in packaging is part of Nestlé’s commitment to reduce the amount of virgin plastics it uses each year, with the ultimate goal of reducing its global use by a third come 2025.

    The new packaging will be in stores around Australia from November.

  • Wow Skin Science introduces Vitamin C face wash with paper packaging


    Personal care brand Wow Skin Science has launched a Vitamin C face wash in its first-ever paper tube packaging. It is a first of its kind initiative in India through which the brand aims at reducing the use of plastic at source.

    This initiative, titled #EkChotiSiShuruwaat, falls under the umbrella of #WowGreenHands, through which Wow Skin Science takes a step towards adopting a sustainable approach for responsible packaging. Through this, it aims to pave the way for a greener future and a plastic-positive society by creating lesser carbon footprints.

    The paper that is being used in the packaging is Forest Stewardship Council-certified. It has a high burst strength and low Cobb value, which translate to being strong and stable even in humid conditions. With 45 per cent reduced plastic usage at source, this is Wow Skin Science’s small beginning for a greener tomorrow.

    To capture the essence of caring for mother nature, reaffirming sustainability and conscious business practices, Wow Skin Science has come up with a brand film that proclaims, “Chhoti si shuruwaat bade kaam kar jaati hai. Ek chhote se idea se, hum kal ko behtar bana sakte hain. Yeh hai hamari chhoti si shuruwaat.”

  • Life cycle assessment of Mondi’s paper for pallet wrapping shows lower climate impact

    • Mondi commissioned an independent life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing its Advantage StretchWrap paper to conventional plastic stretch film
    • The ISO-based approach shows that the new paper pallet packaging performs better in several environmental impact categories including climate change, with 62% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to virgin plastic stretch film
    • Mondi sees LCAs as a useful tool to analyse advantages of different material solutions and guide decision-making

    Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, commissioned a life cycl

  • FlatMap® wins Swiss Packaging Award 2021: the brand-new, resource-saving packaging system for sliced products with optimal shelf life and attractive looks

    Combining an eye-catching presentation with less use of plastics: FlatMap®, the latest packaging solution for sliced products, has recently won the prestigious Swiss Packaging Award 2021 within the category “Convenience”. In terms of quality and innovation, the Swiss food industry is one of the world’s most demanding markets, making this achievement even more significant!

  • Co-op links up with Unilever to trial refillable packaging


    The trial will test two refill models: ‘Refill on the go’ and ‘Return on the go’ and include some of Unilever’s best-known brands.

    Persil, Simple, Radox and Alberto Balsam will be available in reusable stainless-steel bottles, providing shoppers with a way to cut plastic consumption.

    Unilever’s ‘return on the go’ scheme allows customers to pick up pre-filled stainless-steel bottles and return in-store once used, while the ‘refill on the go’ approach allows customers to purchase and refill re-useable stainless-steel bottles using a standalone refill machine in-store.

    Designed to gain a deeper understanding of consumer behaviour towards refillable and reusable packaging, the trial – which tests different refill models, store formats and locations – is already running in Co-op’s convenience store in Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, and will extend to the Co-op store in Marsh, Huddersfield, this month (November).

    Co-op’s head of format development, Ian McCutcheon, said: “We are continually working to develop new ways to provide added services and choice conveniently.

    “The refillable packaging trials with Unilever are designed to test and, learn from consumer behaviour, while providing easy and quick ways for shoppers to cut their plastic consumption.

    “We are facing into a climate and environmental crisis, and we need to act now to support consumers in making ethical purchasing decisions – by making it easier for shoppers to make small changes to their lives, together, we can make a big difference to our environment.”

    Earlier this year, Co-op announced its 10-point climate change action plan where the retailer pledged to radically reduce the carbon that comes from its products and operations and to become a net zero business by 2040.

  • Zeus to offer Flexi-Hex Fold Top Box for peak packaging season


    Designed primarily for drinks, these boxes are plastic and tape free and made from recyclable, compostable and  biodegradable FSC-certified paper, while the sleeves are made from 85% recycled paper pulp. Compact to store and lightweight for shipping, the Fold Top Box is easy to use and can be customised with company branding.

    Zeus is now stocking Flexi-Hex’s range of sustainable, plastic-free bottle packaging and will be the first supplier to offer the new Fold Top Box, designed to protect naked bottles, pre-boxed bottles or tinned bottles in transit when used with the Flexi-Hex Mini Sleeve or Air Sleeve.

    They are available in three sizes for one, two or three bottles. Flexi-Hex sleeves can also be used for a wide range of fragile products, from smartphones and tablets to cosmetics and perfumes.

    This range is available in the UK and through Zeus’ sister companies in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    Donna Simonds, head of sales at Zeus Packaging in the UK, said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work in partnership with Flexi-Hex. Their innovative and smart designs complement our existing, comprehensive range and ensure that our team here at Zeus have the very latest market leading products to share with our customers. Launching the new Flexi-Hex Fold Top Box in time for the peak season will add real value to our customers process efficiencies and we are excited to be launching this new product to market.”

  • Delta Global unveils eco-friendly FutureBox


    The first in a series of new innovations under the heading of DeltaGlobalOriginals, the FutureBox launch comes when sustainability is at the forefront of consumers’ minds.

    The Leicester-based firm, whose clients include Net-a-Porter, MATCHESFASHION and Tom Ford, said it has designed the FutureBox to ensure the highest sustainability standards and the packaging uses no tape, has flatpack functionality and has easy assembly functionality.

    Delta Global said this makes it simple to fully recycle and is cost effective at the production stage. The materials used are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited. Crucially, the box requires no magnets for secure closure, an addition that prevents even the most ‘sustainable’ packaging from being fully recyclable.

    Robert Lockyer, chief executive of Delta Global said, “COP26 will see world leaders leverage the post-pandemic rebuild as way to accelerate eco-friendly policy making. It is less likely that sustainability efforts will rely on good will but will be led by laws and policies that require luxury brands to meet environmental standards.

    “The FutureBox makes it easy for brands to meet these standards and flourish in this new economy.”

    The company said each box can be tailored to both brand aesthetics and its sustainability goals. Foiling and water-based finishes can be incorporated into the packaging design and its versatility makes it optimised for the modern luxury brand, with many heritage labels increasing sustainability efforts to align with consumer, investor, and government policy demands.

    The luxury fashion sector is under scrutiny for the excessive package and textile waste it produces. As much as 88% of newly listed items on e-commerce websites contain plastics, while 85% of all textiles in the US are thrown into landfills.

    Gucci and Burberry are notable examples of this sustainability drive. Both brands have eliminated plastic lamination from boxes, introducing ethically sourced packaging materials that are easily reused.

    And where the big fashion houses lead, other luxury brands are compelled to follow. Delta said the FutureBox makes this transition both cost-effective and practical. It can be viewed as a high-end, future-proof template that brands can customise to their own needs and design aesthetics.

  • Tupperware Creates One-of-a-Kind Reusable Packaging for Restaurant Brand International's Tim Hortons as Part of Its Partnership with Loop


     Tupperware last year announced a partnership with TerraCycle's zero-waste platform Loop, which works with leading brands to create zero-waste, durable and returnable packaging. Tupperware designed and produced a one-of-a-kind reusable packaging container option for Tim Hortons – one of Loop's brand partners.

    The reusable container was created by Tupperware to package Tim Hortons food menu items as part of a pilot program at select locations across Burlington, Ontario. The reusable containers will be available as part of the Loop program on-site at participating Tim Hortons restaurant locations starting today.

    Aimed at reducing packaging waste through a circular recycling system, Tupperware is able to bring its decades of knowledge in product design and reusability to contribute to the circular recycling model. Tupperware, a 75-year old company, has deep experience and knowledge in engineered resin and sustainable plastics technology.

    "We are excited to bring Loop's brand partners, like Tim Hortons, the opportunity to access and leverage our rich heritage in reusability to help bring more consumers into the fold on what it means to reduce their single-use footprint," said Hector Lezama, President of Commercial Business Expansion at Tupperware. "This partnership aligns to our purpose to nurture a better future every day by bringing to life sustainable options in the quick service industry. We look forward to seeing how this pilot program performs."

    The test pilot with Tim Hortons is Tupperware's first foray into the market as a part of its partnership with TerraCycle's Loop, and will advance Tupperware's No Time to Waste® initiative to significantly reduce single-use plastic and food waste. Additional reusable package options created by Tupperware will be available to more of Loop's brand partners in 2022.

  • Reusable tray with side automatic base - less complexity, more sustainability


    The smart, 100% recyclable construction made of 100% corrugated cardboard also scores with its high sustainability. Because when the tray is no longer needed, it can just as easily be folded up again and stored in a space-saving way until it is needed again. Whether for transport, storage or product presentation - the easily and safely stackable reusable tray is suitable for a wide variety of sectors and uses.

    At DS Smith, we systematically develop innovative ideas and turn them into solutions with real added value. How it is done? Always ask the right questions and then deviate from usual thought patterns. In both display and packaging development, the company pursues a holistic approach that takes the entire supply cycle into account. Our designers consistently apply the Circular Design Principles that the company developed together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. One of the five principles is ‘we find a better way’ which is all about challenging what is really possible.

    As in the case of the quickly erectable and reusable tray that DS Smith recently presented in Germany. Thanks to the unusual design with automatic side bases, this innovative solution not only simplifies logistical workflows. The tray is material-optimized (reduce), reusable (reuse) and made of 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard (recycle).

    The new solution is delivered flat and pre-glued. It can be erected on-site in just a few steps. The integrated stacking lugs allow several trays to be stacked safely and without slipping. The reinforced corners ensure high load-bearing capacity. When the trays are no longer needed, they can be folded up again quickly and easily thanks to the automatic bases on the sides. And without damage, so that their functionality is fully preserved for the next use.



    ALPLA is acquiring BTB PET-Recycling based in Bad Salzuflen. The company turns used PET bottles into recycled material.

    In acquiring BTB PET-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG based in Bad Salzuflen in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, ALPLA is investing in further developing the region’s recycling loop. The company processes used PET beverage bottles sourced from Germany’s reverse vending system and turns them into food-grade rPET (recycled PET) pellets which are then primarily used for the manufacture of new preforms for PET bottles, including beverage bottles.

    BTB stands for ‘bottle-to-bottle’, in other words a closed packaging loop that turns bottles collected in the region into new bottles. First, BTB pre-sorts, shreds and washes the input material, then sorts it again. It is then melted down in an extrusion process and turned into pellet form, resulting in valuable food-grade rPET. The processing volume is around 20,000 tonnes of PET bottles each year. The company has approximately 35 employees, all of whom will be kept on by ALPLA.

    Efficient production, functioning system
    Georg Lässer, Head of Corporate Recycling at ALPLA, comments on what led to the acquisition: ‘BTB produces highly efficiently, using established technology. The team in Bad Salzuflen is highly motivated and does a fantastic job. For us, buying this company is an investment in the future, enabling us to increase the existing capacities and further strengthen the bottle-to-bottle loop.’

    Georg Pescher, Managing Director of ALPLA in Germany, adds: ‘By acquiring BTB, we are investing in a very structured company which has been operating successfully within the local circular economy for years and which is already supplying our preform business in Germany with rPET. What’s pivotal here is a functioning system comprising a bottle return infrastructure, bottle production and bottling companies in the direct vicinity of the recycling plant.’

    The parties signed the contract on 28 September 2021. They have agreed not to disclose the purchase price or any further details.

    ALPLA promoting a PET loop in Europe
    Just recently, ALPLA and its partners announced the founding of the joint venture PET Recycling Team Targu Mures for the recycling of post-consumer PET bottles in Romania. The target is annual production of 15,000 tonnes of food-grade rPET to strengthen the local materials cycle in Central and South-Eastern Europe. In the UK, ALPLA has been cooperating with the British waste management company Biffa since this year and sources food-grade rPET pellets from the Biffa recycling plant in Seaham. With this collaboration, ALPLA is increasing the proportion of British recyclate used to manufacture packaging in the UK.

    Expansion of recycling activities
    In early 2021, the ALPLA Group announced that it would invest an average of 50 million euros a year until 2025 in the ongoing expansion of its recycling activities. In particular, it plans to globalise its activities in the area of high-quality recyclates in order to close the materials cycle in as many regions as possible. In all, the annual capacity of the ALPLA recycling companies, joint ventures and partnerships amounts to approximately 130,000 tonnes of PET and 60,000 tonnes of PE.

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