- Mondi’s EcoWicketBag has been recognised in the gold category of this prestigious award, for its overall performance, reduction of CO2 emissions and convenience for the customer.
- The kraft paper packaging is an alternative to plastic packaging, meets hygiene industry standards and adheres to the strictest regulations for wastepaper recycling.
- EcoWicketBag can be used to pack a wide range of hygiene products in single or multi packs, with the potential to make a real difference to the sustainability of this huge global market.
Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has once again won the prestigious EUROSAC Grand Prix Sack of the Year award, this year for its revolutionary EcoWicketBag.
EUROSAC, the European Federation of Multiwall Paper Sack Manufacturers, chose Mondi’s EcoWicketBag for its potential to reduce plastic packaging waste in the global hygiene industry. The packaging needs for this market are huge: the sector includes diapers, sanitary products and toilet and kitchen tissues - and the global diaper market alone is estimated to be worth approximately 65.9 billion U.S. dollars by 2027(1). The vast majority of the products have been wrapped in plastic - until now.
Mondi’s EcoWicketBag design is a paper-based packaging solution that provides an alternative to traditional plastic packaging, replacing it with renewable, recyclable paper. Created from strong virgin kraft paper sourced from sustainably managed forests, it is the first paper wicket bag that runs on existing equipment. It is available in a variety of sizes, is strong enough to handle the filling process and protect the product throughout the supply chain. EcoWicketBag’s design and printability ensure great on-shelf appeal, it is also easy to open and end-consumers know how to dispose of paper correctly.
The packaging industry’s latest innovations are presented each year at the EUROSAC Grand Prix. The main criterion of the competition is that the sack solutions must add value to the industry, whether in terms of innovation, sustainable development, design, high-quality printing or as a customer message carrier.
“We see the EcoWicketBag as a real game changer. This development can be implemented very quickly and responds to our industry’s objectives to produce paper sacks that are made from 100% natural materials and fulfil the same functions as plastic sacks”, explains jury president Matthias Becker-Gröning the jury’s choice.
Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2020, Mondi had revenues of €6.66 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.35 billion.
Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (MNDI), and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited (MNP). Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.
Equipment industry veteran to oversee all customer-facing operations for company’s long-established machine brands.
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At this year’s FINAT Awards presentation, Schreiner Group celebrated an outstanding success: The high-tech company impressed the judging panel in as many as four different categories. A particularly remarkable prize, the prestigious Innovation Award, went to PlasmaPatch from Schreiner ProTech using printed electronics for wound healing.
On June 9 and 10, 2021, plastic packaging producer Greiner Packaging hosted its first interactive trade show experience in its virtual Packworld. At a press conference opening the two-day event, CEO Manfred Stanek and Global Marketing & Innovation Director, Jörg Sabo, introduced some of the 19 live sessions and speakers who would share their knowledge and ideas on the twin themes of innovation and sustainability. They also focused on Greiner Packaging’s aim to become a fully circular company, and looked at some recent achievements and innovations.
Unicharm said its local subsidiary, PT. Uni-Charm Indonesia Tbk, launched the products packaged in fully recycled pulp earlier this month via online stores and at selected hypermarkets and supermarkets in the country in limited volumes.
"Charm Safe Night 350mm" priced at 24,400 rupiah ($1.71) and "Unicharm Mask Protect Pollution" priced at 24,900 rupiah ($1.74) are the first Unicharm group products to use 100 percent regenerated pulp packaging.
The use of plastics has been cut by about 70 percent in the packages for the pads and 80 percent in those for the masks compared with conventional packaging, Unicharm said.
The overall volume of plastics used in the limited editions has been cut by 14.4 percent and 16.7 percent, respectively, it added.
The items were brought to market in an effort to boost environmental awareness around World Environment Day on June 5, in a country dealing with a number of environmental issues.
Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries data show that the Southeast Asian country is the world's second-largest contributor of plastic pollutants in the ocean, generating 6.4 million tons a year.
When it comes to sustainability, paperboard packaging presents a fully recyclable alternative to plastic blister packaging. So when Carma Labs, the Franklin, WI makers of Carmex® Lip Balm, approached Colbert Packaging for a specialty packaging solution, Colbert’s packaging engineers chose the EnviroGuard® product, a 100% paperboard formed tray. Judging by repeat orders, and the reaction of one happy customer via a TikTok video with nearly 30,000 views, the Mini 5-pack rollout was a hit!
In addition to seeking a more environmentally-friendly packaging solution, Carma Labs required that the solution would communicate product features and accommodate more product in the package, while maintaining a clear brand identity. “Today’s shoppers rely on visual cues to hasten the hundreds of decisions they need to make,” said Wanda Speer, Marketing Manager for Colbert Packaging. “Once they’ve made a commitment to brand loyalty, their eyes search for the familiar package. When Carma Labs asked for a sustainably-sourced alternative to the plastic blister, our packaging engineers looked to our 100% paperboard formed tray solution.”
As a business best practice, Colbert continues to innovate with paperboard packaging solutions using less material, increased recyclability, water- and agri-based inks, coatings and adhesives. “Our formed tray solution is continuously improving and evolving, based on customer demand,” says Colbert President John Lackner. “We can emboss for an upscale or 3-D effect, add cold foil decoration, pilfer-resistance, anti-counterfeiting or security devices. There is no limit on creativity with this product.” Read the complete EnviroGuard – Carmex Case study here.
The new packaging is recycled from waste plastic collected by communities in coastal areas across the world. The move will prevent a claimed 76 tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year, equivalent to three million bottles.
Produced by Sharpak, part of Groupe Guillin, and supplied by Bantam Materials, the so-called “prevented ocean plastic” is said to be of fully traceable provenance.
Aldi is one of a number of supermarkets to have introduced packaging recycled from ocean-bound plastic waste. Last year, Lidl launched fresh fish packaging partly made by recycling plastic waste collected from beaches in southeast Asia. Waitrose this week said it would use prevented ocean plastic, also supplied by Bantam, for 71 products ranging from fruit & veg to 13 new ready meal lines.
Aldi has also reduced the size of its fishcake packaging, which will save a claimed further 32 tonnes of plastic annually, along with 23 tonnes of cardboard from its Specially Selected lines.
“These changes will see us use less packaging overall, and also repurpose plastic that could otherwise end up polluting our oceans,” said Aldi UK plastics and packaging director Richard Gorman.
“This is the latest in a series of initiatives we are rolling out to reduce our environmental impact and offer our customers even more environmentally sustainable options when they shop at Aldi.”
Bantam Materials director Raffi Schieir said: “We developed prevented ocean plastic to be part of the solution to ocean plastic pollution and are delighted to be working with Groupe Guillin and Aldi to provide customers with a better plastic choice.”
Aldi last year pledged to halve the volume of plastic packaging it uses by 2025, a target that is set to see 74,000 tonnes of the material removed from products over the next four years.
The supermarket said today it was also on track to make all own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022, and hit the same target for branded products by 2025.
The initiative is part of the Better M programme through which the company carries out a series of local actions with the aim of replacing plastic packaging with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Thus, McDonald’s Romania aligns to the company global commitment that, by 2025, the packaging intended for customers in all its restaurants will be 100% produced from renewable, recycled or certified sources.
“We align with McDonald’s global promise to replace all plastic packaging by 2025 and contribute to meet the objectives by constantly developing and implementing new solutions in Romania. At the same time, we make sure that we maintain highest product standards and the best experience for our customers. Gradually, through all these actions, we are taking important steps and we estimate that we will reduce the amount of plastic used in our restaurants in 2021 by 120 tonnes. We will continue to test different alternatives to meet customer preferences, but also our goal to build a sustainable future with them, as part of the process of constant improving packaging solutions,” said Paul Dragan, Managing Director of Premier Restaurants Romania.
The Better M programme includes all the actions carried out by McDonald’s in Romania with the aim of constantly improving the materials for the product packaging in order to reduce the amount of plastic used in restaurants and achieve the global goals by 2025.
In Romania, these steps have been gradually implemented since last year:
- January 2020 – the first step was made by replacing the packaging of McFlurry ice cream with a cardboard one without a plastic lid;
- October 2020 – the “Straw on request” initiative was launched, through which straws were offered to customers only on request;
- February 2021 – plastic straws were replaced with paper, biodegradable and compostable straws, which are still offered on request.
- May-June 2021 – a new salad packaging from cardboard and wooden cutlery are introduced
This year, the packaging of McSundae ice cream will also be replaced with a new alternative, and the efforts to contribute to a more sustainable future will continue in the coming years.
Creation, which partners with printers and converters to deliver high quality reprographic services, has used its insights to the packaging design and print sector to outline how brands are using reprographics more strategically in support of wider sustainability targets.
Matt Francklow, Managing Director at Creation, said: “We all know the trials and tribulations of the packaging sector over the past year, but we’re currently looking ahead to a serious uplift in innovation. For printers, the sole focus on volume and efficiency is set to soften and ‘greener’ design and production put back into focus, reflecting the restored consumer interest in eco-friendly packaging.
“Significantly, we are seeing a fresh role for reprographics in printers’ sustainability strategies. Far beyond ‘just’ colour management, engaging tactile finishes, control of half tones, inks, finishes and other intricate prepress variables, reprographics can proactively help to create a more effective and sustainable packaging and label supply chain. Ahead of critical changes such as the Net Zero carbon targets, an effective repro partner can help to reduce waste, in terms of material, energy, time and cost and underpin sustainability efforts.”
The business also commented on some of the exciting flexographic technology available to printers, which underlines where prepress can support sustainability development.
Matt continued: “One of the most exciting opportunities on the table for printers is the chance to finally give solvents the boot. We all saw the spiralling cost of solvents as ethanol was diverted to sanitisation applications – but with today’s plate technology, solvents can be surplus to requirements. We champion Asahi AWP™ water-washable flexo plates that cut harmful VOC washout entirely out of the equation.
“What our customers find, time and again, is that on top of reducing energy use and CO2 output in the packaging and label supply chain, the plates boost quality and consistency with ‘Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer’, unlocking kiss-touch printing pressures and enhanced repeatability.”
Creation puts sustainable principles at the forefront of its business, helping printers to integrate greener technologies into their print operations. The company has previously issued its Project Zero commitments, which combine an enhanced and better-optimised packaging and label prepress with heightened environmental awareness at both a corporate and individual level.
Matt concluded: “Like much of the packaging and label sector, we’re in a great position to rethink sustainability. Consumers want more holistically responsible packaging, which means that the supply chain choice must be just as environmentally focused as the substrate selection. We’re seeing reprographics take a more central role, which is extremely encouraging for the future of packaging design and print.”
For more information, please visit www.creation-repro.com