• Caps and pumps: Johnson & Johnson's packaging changes put it on the path to a circular supply chain


    Converting bottles to recycled plastic. Redesigning baby lotion bottles to ditch the pump. Swapping out the black Listerine cap for a clear resin one. Reducing the dimensions of cartons holding Carefree pads and o.b. tampons to use less paper.

    These are some of the changes Johnson & Johnson will make in an effort to convert its consumer health products packaging to sustainable options.

    The goal is for J&J's consumer brands to use 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging, and certified/post-consumer recycled paper and pulp-based packaging by 2025.

    The packaging changes are part of a larger Healthy Lives Mission, in which the company will spend $800 million to make these packaging changes, along with changing sourcing for some products. That includes using home-compostable fibers in makeup wipes, and buying oats and flavor oils from environmentally-conscious farmers. The company also plans to source electricity from renewable sources. J&J declined an interview for this story.



  • Edible Seaweed Films: Material Technology

    Marine macroalgae, commonly known as seaweed, are an important group of biopolymers that have been studied regarding their film-forming properties to produce edible films intended as food packaging and active ingredient carriers. It has also received much interest and attention in applications related to energy, tissue engineering, and biosensors, as well as drug delivery applications.

  • Turmeric colours Biodegradable Packaging


    The packaging waste we collectively produce in Europe is heading in the right direction. Of the approximately 87 million metric tons that end up in the trash each year, a large proportion is already made from material that is recyclable or biodegradable.

    The unfortunate thing, however, is that the dyes used for the packaging are generally non-biodegradable. Some synthetic dyes are even toxic. Maastricht University announced in a press release that scientists working on the Interreg Northwest Europe project CurCol are seeking new color pigments based on curcuma; the turmeric root. The university is one of the participating partners.

    A large number of partners in Europe are collaborating in this project led by the Avans Foundation. The total research budget amounts to €2.61 million, to which the European Union contributes €1.57 million.

    Pigments for cosmetics and fashion

    The aim is to create a dye production for applications in bioplastics and paper packaging, based on the yellow natural dye curcuma. CurCol focuses primarily on packaging, but applications in, for example, textiles and cosmetics are also possible.

    The few biodegradable dyes available do not currently meet the industrial standards of quality. This is why the packaging industry does not currently use them as an alternative to fossil-based dyes. Partners from Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are joining forces in the CurCol project with a view to breaking through this. And that process starts with the cultivation of the curcuma longa plant.

    Poor UV stability of curcumin

    Curcuma originates from India and is also commonly known as turmeric, koenir or koenjit. It is extracted from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and comes from the same family as ginger. The root of the turmeric plant contains curcumin; a bright yellow pigment. Curcumin is already used in food and pharmaceutical products. For example, it gives Indian curries their beautiful yellow color.

    A wide-ranging use of the dye has not been possible so far. The so-called UV stability is rather poor. As a result, colors based on turmeric tend to fade quickly. However, recent research shows that it is possible to improve UV stability. Other colors can even be generated, such as red and blue. With these three primary colors, all colors can then be created according to specifications. This, in combination with the proper quality criteria, will make environmentally friendly biobased colors a lot more attractive for production companies in the future.

    Project results

    The researchers in the CurCol project are researching the entire chain, from the cultivation of turmeric to the final product: natural-colored bio-based packaging. The project wants to achieve the following:

    • Optimization of regional turmeric production for dyeing purposes. E.g. consider the development of a cultivation manual for growers.
    • Extraction and production of 3 UV-stable bio-based colors from curcumin.
    • Testing the curcumin-based colors according to industrial guidelines and creating master batches.
    • Use of curcumin colors in bioplastics and paper packaging. Based on a Technical Economic Analysis, it becomes clear whether the products meet the production and cost standards.
    • A Life Cycle Assessment shows to what extent the entire process is more sustainable compared to the use of fossil dyes.

    Furthermore, a demonstration kit is being developed with material samples and specifications of the use of bio-based colors in packaging materials. With this, the project partners want to inspire as many production companies as possible and demonstrate the diverse possibilities. CurCol’s results support the packaging and horticultural companies and contribute to the transition to a circular and biobased economy.

  • Aptar Beauty + Home Becomes the First Packaging Supplier to Pre-Qualify its Sustainable Solutions in Alignment with Retailer Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

    Aptar Beauty + Home, a global leader in dispensing and full packaging solutions for the beauty, personal care and home care industry, has taken a further step toward its sustainability goals by pre-qualifying 45+ products to ensure alignment with Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines. The current Credocompliant product selection includes airless full packaging, dispensers, spray technology and the broadest range of dispensing closures available in at least 50%, but up to 100%, post-consumer recycled resin*, in the North America market.

  • Henkel and Greiner Packaging win Green Packaging Award 2020

    Henkel and Greiner Packaging have received a special distinction, with their innovative and  sustainable packaging solution for Persil 4in1 Discs coming out a winner at the World Packaging Organisation’s Green Packaging Award 2020. 

    Kremsmünster, Austria, November 2020. The sustainable cardboard-plastic packaging used by Henkel  for its Persil 4in1 Discs has been continually upgraded in recent years and is now made from 50 percent  postconsumer r-PP. A jointly developed solution, the packaging was a winner at the Green Packaging  Award 2020.  


    The efficiency and sustainability benefits that can be achieved with the latest tray sealing solutions will be the major focus of Proseal’s participation in this year’s Asia Fruit Logistica-ON, where the company will be exhibiting as part of JBT Corporation. 

    In particular, Proseal will highlight how its machines are able to ensure seal quality and maintain product freshness while using the minimum amount of plastic necessary.

  • BioPad Provides Sustainable Packaging Option for Corrosion Inhibition


    This powerful USDA Certified Biobased Product provides up to two times as much corrosion inhibiting action as its conventional VCI counterpart. BioPad® is cost-effective, adaptable, and easily applied. Simply placing it into your package will allow metal items to be protected while leaving them ready for use. BioPad is excellent for protection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, the company states, as well as various alloys: galvanized and carbon steels, copper, brass, aluminum, zinc, etc. It is also free of nitrites and chromates.

    For years, a major marine engine manufacturer has used Cortec® VpCI® to protect the externals of massive ship engines and motor shafts being stored outdoors near the sea for 12 months awaiting shipment. They conducted a test to see if they could use BioPad to protect the internals of the engines from corrosion. They hung one BioPad inside each of three different engine voids for six months of outdoor testing. The test was successful as there were no traces of corrosion, and the manufacturer decided to use BioPad. Other advantages of using this material were that it contained renewable materials derived from corn-processing byproducts. It had a lighter smell and protected more than twice as much space per square meter than the competitor’s product, making it a more cost-effective option. 

    BioPad conforms to NACE Standards TM0208-2008 and RP0487-2000, as well as MIL-I-22110C. It has been tested by a certified laboratory in accordance with ASTM D-1748 (Humidity Test) and ASTM D 1735 with excellent results. BioPad® is a USDA-Certified Biobased Product and is now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content.

  • Dettol launches handwash with 100% recycled plastic packaging


    The one of its kind, limited-edition handwash bottle has a beautiful contemporary design in black colour highlighted by golden inscriptions. Certain proceeds from the sale of every bottle will directly go to the ASSOCHAM foundation for plastic waste recycling, among other environmental causes. With this launch, Dettol aims to reach conscious consumers who want to make a positive impact on the environment while ensuring regular handwashing habits are maintained.

    With the introduction of the category leading Dettol Handwash in a fully recycled bottle, Dettol aims to take a formative step in the direction of addressing the plastic pollution problem which has further exacerbated amidst Covid-19.

    As part of this initiative, Dettol will continue its efforts to create awareness about the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of illness through a 360degree media activation, while also driving awareness of the 100 per cent recycled bottle.

    Commenting on the launch and the initiative, Pankaj Duhan, Chief Marketing Officer, RB Health South Asia said, “The onset of the pandemic has raised many questions surrounding plastic waste. Being the leading health brand, we at Dettol, have partnered with our consumers in their journey to fight the spread of COVID-19 by propagating correct hygiene measures. However, it is also our responsibility to address the environmental concerns arising due to increased use of plastic. With this launch Dettol’s protection from the 100 illness causing germs packed in 100% recycled packaging will not only protect your hands from germs but your environment too. This will provide environmentally conscious consumers an opportunity to give back to the environment, while getting their trusted Dettol germ protection. I am proud to say that Reliance Retail has joined hands with us as an exclusive partner to make the dream of bringing the new Dettol 100% recycled handwash bottle to your homes.”

    As a mission-driven company, RB is committed to creating a positive environmental impact through sustainable business practices. A press note mentions that on a global scale, by 2025, RB will have 100 per cent plastic packaging for all products made using reusable or recycled material.

    Dettol 100 per cent recycled handwash bottle is the first step in this direction in India. This initiative is a testament of RB’s commitment towards contributing to the fight against plastic waste, and catalyzing change within the industry and beyond.

    The new Dettol Liquid handwash Black is made with 100 per cent Post Consumer Resin (PCR). It is available exclusively at Reliance Retail & Jio Mart in 200 ml sized bottle priced at INR 99.

  • Messe Muenchen India develops its own online platform to reconnect exhibitors and visitors worldwide.

    Messe Muenchen India answers the predicament of business networking and visitor engagement amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with a singular, online exhibition and conference platform for the exhibitors and visitors of analytica Anacon India & India Lab Expo, drink technology India, electronica India and productronica India, IFAT India, LASER World Of PHOTONICS INDIA, MatDispens, Pharma Pro&Pack Expo, PackMach Asia Expo, World Tea & Coffee Expo and The Smarter-E.

  • PopPack & PPi Tech launch sustainable flexible packs


    PPi Technologies will be customizing PopPack’s EasyPop feature to make commercial prototypes at their packaging incubator facilities in the United States. Multinational brand owners have expressed interest in applying the technology developed by PopPack.

    Being a packaging converting and FFS machine manufacturer, PPi Technologies has the expertise, know-how, and capacity to produce customized packaging solutions for its customers and to complete the required R&D to make packaging prototypes. As a packaging converting machine manufacturer, it can implement production development and machinery modifications required for commercial production and scalability, incorporating the EasyPop feature in flexible packs.

    “The Air-Powered Package is a next-generation package feature, designed with a consumer-first approach. It has impressive functionality with built-in consumer convenience for producing easy-to-open packages. PopPack’s technologies will broaden packaging solutions offered by PPi Technologies Group with alternatives for consumer convenient packaging with greater production efficiencies. We look forward to working with our new and existing customers to implement the novel Easy Pop packaging features for commercial production,” says R. Charles Murray, CEO of PPi Technologies Group.

    PopPack’s solution is suitable for consumer products packaged on vertical or horizontal form, fill, and seal machines, and thermoformers. The packages are easy to open and can be combined with reclosing and self-closing features eliminating the need for scissors, knives, teeth or tear strips or caps to open flexible packages. PopPack’s EasyPop design technologies apply to solids, liquids, and powders for food and non-food products.

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