• Lifoam Industries Commercially Launches Bioffex™, a Sustainable Packaging Solution for Cold Chain Shipping


    Bioffex™ technology combines a proprietary manufacturing process with plant-based raw materials to create a new foam insulation that is composed of 100% renewable components.

    This change from traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) to Bioffex™ technology, which meets ASTM D6400-19 standards for industrial compostability, will foster a reduction in oil and water usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste in landfills traditionally seen in cold chain shipping. The Bioffex™ technology allows packaging, such as the Envirocooler™ insulated shipper, to break down and blend back in with the earth in less than three weeks, further reducing environmental impact.

    In addition to its renewable attributes, the Envirocooler™ insulated shipper with Bioffex™ technology delivers performance comparable to traditional EPS foam shippers, offering protection of payload with reliable temperature control. This technology meets strict shipping specifications for temperature-sensitive products while providing an environmentally responsible solution – a perfect combination for companies seeking sustainable alternatives that reduce waste and impact on the environment while upholding stringent performance standards.

    “We are excited to see this product take off and for the positive impact it will have as we replace traditional EPS foam with a technology that is made of renewable and bio-based materials and will degrade in under three weeks” said Mark Gettig, President of LifeMade.

    The Envirocooler™ insulated shipper with Bioffex™ technology requires little to no changes in shipping operations, making a switch to this sustainable alternative seamless for most existing cold chain distribution channels. “Companies can expect the same performance, reliability, quality, and usability of traditional EPS while reducing their environmental footprint,” Gettig said.

    Stemming from a rich history with foam material, LifeMade and Lifoam of parent company Jadex Inc., remain a market leader by continuously providing customers with the convenience and quality they value and expect for their medical, commercial and recreational needs.

  • Earth-friendly "forest tumbler"

    "Forest Tumbler" is an eco-cup jointly developed by Asahi Breweries and Panasonic.

  • s & Apples Remain Best Opportunities for Fresh Fruit Packaging Suppliers

    The Freedonia Group finds that, apples and berries will remain the best opportunities for fresh fruit packaging suppliers through 2024, together accounting for 51% of demand:

  • Fresh-Lock team showcases new closures in sustainable portfolio at PACK EXPO Connects 2020


    “Sustainability has remained a priority in the packaging industry throughout 2020, even as demand for packaging safety has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brad Hansen, president of Presto’s Specialty Products businesses. “This year at PACK EXPO Connects, we will demonstrate the importance of both safety and sustainability in packaging while sharing products and programs that brands can use to enhance their current green initiatives.”

    The Fresh-Lock team will feature closures from its expanded Fresh-Lock 8000 series. The 8000 series was developed to provide brands with a line of sustainable closures for flexible packaging. New product highlights from the 8000 series include Fresh-Lock Zipper Top, Fresh-Lock child-resistant zipper, and Fresh-Lock Triple-Lock zipper. These closures offer recyclability and enhanced package reclosability ideal for the meat, pharmaceutical, lawn and garden, and pet industries respectively.

    In addition to the 8000 series expansion, the Fresh-Lock team has developed new closures that will advance the brand’s presence in the meat and produce markets. Fresh-Lock style 345 is a thermoform zipper engineered for processed and sliced meat packs; its design helps to prevent leakage once the package is opened and resealed. Fresh-Lock style 375 string zipper has high package-side holding strength and low consumer-side holding strength that allows for usage across many applications.

    On Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. CST, Todd Meussling, Fresh-Lock senior manager, market development, will present “Packaging as an Ally: Sustainable Considerations In The Evolving Normal.” This Innovation Stage seminar will discuss the shifting perceptions of plastic, the importance of plastic management and education in sustainability initiatives.

    The Fresh-Lock team will utilize the brand’s first-ever virtual market at PACK EXPO Connects. Guests of the virtual market will be greeted by avatars of Fresh-Lock experts, including Brad Hansen. Access to the market will begin at the start of PACK EXPO Connects through guided tours.

    For additional information about Fresh-Lock closure solutions and initiatives, visit PACK EXPO Connects. To request an innovation kit or schedule a tour of the Fresh-Lock virtual market

  • Knowde Launches Platform for Plastic Packaging Materials


    The new segment is designed to help specifiers, converters, compounders and buyers search, filter, collaborate, request samples and quotes, and purchase everything from raw materials to compounded products in one place. 

    Knowde’s plastics for packaging segment offers an array of vinyl polymers, polyolefins, polyamides, styrenics, polyesters and copolyesters, pigments and colorants from hundreds of producers. 

    “From protecting the food that we eat to creating tamper-proof safeguards for medical and pharmaceutical applications, plastic packaging materials play a vital role in the production of the bottles, bags, shrink wrap, stretch film, blister packs and clamshells that consumers use every 

     day,” says Dan Haas, chief commercial officer at Knowde. “Plastic packaging is often considered to be the most recyclable, sustainable alternative among packaging material options.” 

    Knowde’s search capabilities enable users to explore materials by chemistry, application, function, technical properties and more. Additionally, KnowdeConcierge is designed to provide access to expert advice and insight on all manufacturer, brand and product pages, and ensures prompt replies to inquiries. Signup is free for R&D and procurement professionals. 

    For plastics packaging materials producers, a Knowde says its storefront offers everything they need to move online quickly and meet the new needs of customers who want a better online buying experience. Knowde offers providers targeted digital marketing tools to build storefront traffic and analytics to support data-driven decision making.

  • Greiner Packaging performs initial tests with K3® cups made from 100% r-PS

    The initial trials carried out in Switzerland demonstrate that Greiner Packaging is already capable of producing yogurt cups from 100 percent recycled material. Basically, it’s the most eco-friendly and sustainable solution imaginable. 

  • Sidel brings hygiene and sustainability goals to the fore for Apemin Tusnad carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water in Romania

    Apemin Tusnad, the well-known Romanian mineral water player, has invested in Sidel’s complete PET line for carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water to meet changing market demand as well as its sustainability goals. Thanks to Sidel’s Combi SF300 solution, running at 18,000 bottles per hour (bph), and to packaging innovations in the form of lightweighting and a shorter neck finish, a smaller carbon footprint has been generated, yielding average savings of 5% on plastic consumption for each bottle and a high standard of hygiene.

  • V-Shapes to Debut Revolutionary AlphaFlex Fill & Seal Converting/Packaging Machine at PackExpo

    Developed in partnership with Memjet and ColorGATE, AlphaFlex enables on-demand production of unique single-dose sachets that can be opened with a single gesture using one hand with sophisticated, high quality in-line printing

  • silver plastics connects its machines with new IIoT solution

    Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data.

  • Time for transition! A circular economy for plastic


    Publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics'
    In the publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics' gives the coalition insight into the plastic challenges, shares innovative cases and provides specific recommendations to stimulate joint action. This publication was presented on January 13 by Jan Peter Balkenende, chairman of the DSGC, to the Dutch cabinet and Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President European Commission & European Green Deal. “A transition of this magnitude requires shared values ​​and the willingness of various partners to create a responsible society in which plastic - which is now too often regarded as waste - is a source,”  says Jan Peter Balkenende. 

    The benefits of the transition are enormous. In a circular economy, the amount of plastic in the environment will radically decrease. At the same time, energy and water consumption will decrease significantly, as will CO2 emissions. New technologies can be scaled up to innovative applications to ensure that plastic retains its value as a secondary raw material. 

    Frans Timmermans agreed while receiving the publication that the plastic issue must be tackled together. “This publication is urgently needed: we want to significantly reduce the amount of plastics and plastics that are incinerated in the EU and bridge the price difference between new plastics and recycled plastics. We will focus on this when revising various guidelines. ”

    Collaboration between governments, knowledge institutions, civil society organizations and the business community is crucial in order to jointly close the chain. DSGC members describe innovative cases from their own practice, in which they show how they contribute concretely to closing the plastic chain together with stakeholders. The shared knowledge & experience can be a source of inspiration for other companies to also invest in a circular economy. For initiatives to develop into impactful sustainable solutions, both harmonized policy and effective legal frameworks are of great importance, for which the DSGC shares specific recommendations.

    Value chain stages
    The publication covers all stages of the value chain:

    Promoting Principles of Circular Design : Ensuring that plastic can become a new secondary raw material.
    Conscious Customer & Consumer Use : Ensuring that plastic is preserved within the economy
    Championing Collection Infrastructure : Establishing effective and harmonized collection systems
    Sustainable Production & Innovate Recycling : Scaling up renewable raw materials and advanced recycling
    Collectively Closing the Loop : Creating impact through international collaboration across the entire value chain

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