The legendary anime Evangelion and its official brand RADIO EVA are launching a series of juice beverages in lightweight Ecolean packages on the Japanese market, through Nippon Akinai and Cheerio Corporation. Looking for innovative and differentiating packages with strong sustainability credentials, the choice was easy – Ecolean fulfils their demands.

  • Pharmtech 2021: Marchesini Group will show its innovations in the field of digitization and will exhibit a high-speed cartoner

    Marchesini Group will take part in the 23rd edition of Pharmtech & Ingredients, the International exhibition of equipment, raw materials and technologies for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries, that is taking place in Crocus Expo IEC of Moscow from 23rd to 26th  November.

  • Kellogg’s expands recycling points for Pringles across UK


    By providing more TerraCycle public drop off locations, and with the continuation of ACE-UK Bring Banks taking containers with metal ends*, the aim is for consumers to be able to recycle in up to 85% of council areas across the UK.

    Kellogg’s said it aims to have 700 TerraCycle recycling points in addition to the existing 330 ACE-UK Bring Bank collection points, by January 2022.

    This is an increase from 57% of UK council areas which currently has easy access to drop off locations for Pringles.

    To help its shoppers recycle their Pringles tubes there will be a new on-pack recycling label that highlights the tube can be recycled at a collection point and the lid in the home recycling bin.

    The empty tubes from both collection schemes will be taken to a specialist recycling facility in West Yorkshire, operated by Sonoco Alcore, where the fibres from the recycled cartons will be turned into industrial tubes and cores, which are used to wrap paper, man-made fibre yarns, and metal and plastic film around for industrial applications.

    Helen Potter, sustainability lead for Pringles, said: “We want to do more to help people recycle their Pringles packaging as we continue to work on the development of a new tube. At Kellogg we are committed to making all our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025. This is another great step forward.”

    Julien Tremblin, general manager, TerraCycle Europe said: “We are thrilled that Pringles have made the decision to expand the number of drop-off locations available to consumers. This programme has proved very successful and it is great to see a brand taking the issue of waste seriously and offering a viable solution to their shoppers.”

    Last year Pringles also trialled a new tube made of recycled paper which was widely recyclable in home recycling bins.

  • WWP Beauty Wins Multiple Awards in Prestigious Beauty Packaging Design Competitions

    The company won four awards for its sustainable stock packaging solutions at the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards.

    Los Angeles, CA – WWP Beauty, a leading full-service supplier to the global beauty industry, was recently recognized for four of its sustainable stock packages during the 2021 Global Beauty & Wellness Awards and the 2021 Pentawards. Each of the packages represented a different category within the beauty space and showcased future-focused, exemplary sustainable design. 

  • Mondi and Vafo Group unleash recyclable dog food packaging for leading Finnish brand Hau-Hau Champion

    Mondi to produce a recyclable mono-material packaging for Hau-Hau Champion, one of Finland’s most popular premium dog food brands available in grocery stores, produced by Prima Pet Premium Oy, part of Vafo Group.
    Flexible mono-material solutions replace unrecyclable plastic packs while offering high barrier protection and increased consumer convenience.
    Mondi’s EcoSolutions approach supports Hau-Hau Champion in reducing its environmental impact.

  • Berry Healthcare Underlines Global Sustainability Capabilities with Full ISCC Accreditation

    The Berry Healthcare Formatec, German facility has achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation. This enables the site to sell to healthcare customers ISCC Plus certified packaging and plastic components that contribute to a circular economy approach based on advanced recycling and mass balance.

    The certification of the Berry Formatec factory follows that of Berry’s other Healthcare facilities in Europe and India, giving both global and local customers greater access to this advanced material. 

  • Wipak reveals new sustainability brand GreenChoice


    With the support of new technologies and intelligent pack design, Wipak said it is taking its strategic pledge to reduce the company’s carbon footprint to zero by 2025 to the next level.

    “Choosing sustainability is not easy enough so that we can make significant progress as quickly as we need to. GreenChoice has been designed for one purpose only: to make the choice in favour of more sustainable packaging as easy as possible,” said Hery Henry, Wipak Group head of brand & sustainability.

    We have always encouraged our consumers to make sustainable choices. But when it comes to the flexible packaging on offer, it is our responsibility as the industry to make sure those choices are as clear as possible”.

    “GreenChoice by Wipak captures the heart of the Wipak family values in a single brand. It represents both growth and looking to the future. With a skilled and comprehensive team of creative minds and technical experts, the GreenChoice portfolio has been designed to help our customers make informed decisions that benefit the environment and make strides towards a green economy.”

    The complete GreenChoice portfolio is based on 3 distinctive categories – recyclable, renewable, and recycled material content – all with a focus on reducing the CO2 footprint and environmental impact of the packaging as much as possible.

    ”At Wipak, minimising the CO2 footprint of our packaging and conserving our finite resources is imprinted in our DNA. We want to avoid the release of additional carbon into the atmosphere. Materials such as paper and plastics made from renewable feedstock help us achieve independence from fossil resources, which have stored carbon over thousands of years,” said Katharina Machner, product & packaging designer, Wipak N.E.X.T. Centre for Packaging Innovation.

    “With our GreenChoice ProDirect portfolio, we’ve gone the extra mile by offsetting the small, remaining amount of carbon emissions in our solutions through certified climate protection projects in cooperation with ClimatePartner,” added Susan Janssen, sustainable solutions manager.

    GreenChoice by Wipak is a comprehensive product portfolio designed to make sustainability in flexible packaging as easy as possible, enabling customers to invest in more sustainable products and set their sights on a green economy. Wipak aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, which will see the company’s sustainable product portfolio expand from recyclable and recyclate-containing products to fully renewable bio-based products.

    ”GreenChoice is the product element of our carbon neutral strategy. We want to build GreenChoice to be the number one brand for sustainable flexible packaging in the market. When our customers think of sustainable packaging, they’ll automatically recognise that with GreenChoice and with Wipak, ” concluded Wipak Group chief executive Karri Koskela.

  • Fresh St. Market partners with zero-waste packaging platform Reusables.com


    Many environmentally minded people bring a reusable cup to their local coffee shop.

    So why not rely on a reusable container when buying takeout food at the grocery store?

    That's the logic behind Fresh St. Market's decision to offer takeout packaging from Reusables.com at its Vancouver House outlet, beginning October 18.

    The sustainable containers will come in handy for those who want to take away legendary Mile High Cinnamon Buns, Bavarian Pretzels, or burgers at the Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar, which is the store's in-house cafe and bakery. 

    “Fresh St. Market is a local grocer first and we believe in working with like-minded local businesses from food suppliers to packaging and are always seeking vendors who add to the services we provide our customers," Fresh St. Market vice president Mark McCurdy said in a news release.

    "We believe in the importance of working in a circular economy such as the one Reusables is striving to achieve," he continued. "We acknowledge how becoming the first grocer to take part in this program is an important step towards reaching our goal and want to encourage all of our customers to utilize this service while shopping at our Vancouver House location.”

    Reusables.com is a container-sharing platform created for the food industry. Its stainless-steel containers have become an alternative in the wake of a City of Vancouver ban on single-use foam cups and foam takeout boxes.

    “Our technology tracks where and when customers use our packaging, which enables us to create a more convenient digital solution for reuse that does not require a container deposit,” Reusables.com founder Jason Hawkins said in the news release. “For us we see this as a way to significantly reduce single-use packaging waste while providing communities with a reuse system they can feel confident in.”

  • Taghleef shrink film designed for today’s sorting and recycling systems


    SHAPE360 TDS is a high TD shrink clear label film that improves PET bottle recycling quality and efficiency by ensuring the separation of floatable printed sleeves from rigid PET flakes. Thanks to its low density, the weight of the label is reduced. TDS is compatible with polyolefin sorting streams and is therefore a suitable solution for PP and HDPE containers resulting in recoverable all-olefin packages.

    It is certified as recyclable by Interseroh with its “Made for Recycling” seal and by the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP). TDS has received critical guidance recognition by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its recyclability with PET, colored HDPE, and natural HDPE containers.

    Thanks to its “no-label look” given by a gloss and transparency, TDS is designed to maximise product differentiation and brand shelf-appeal by providing a 360-degree billboard decoration. According to Taghleef Industries, it guarantees up to 65% shrinkage enabling a gradual labelling of empty and thin-wall containers with no squeezing risk nor air and moisture trapping. Its negligible MD shrink prevents any undesired “smile effect” at bottle extremities while the inherent versatility makes it the perfect choice to decorate containers in a variety of shapes and sizes and made from different materials. Furthermore, the film’s strong seaming is achieved using Ti’s natural-based solvents.

    By partnering with Taghleef, customers can discover ways to reDESIGN their labeling solutions by switching to high-performing and environment-friendly products, like SHAPE360 TDS: the most sustainable, versatile, and highly appealing choice.

    The full range of SHAPE360 shrink label films is part of Dynamic Cycle, Taghleef Industries’ set of initiatives aimed to address sustainability issues and contribute to the quality of life of generations to come.

  • Röchling Automotive increasingly focuses on lightweight structural design with fiber plastic composites


    These lightweight designs particularly support the strengths of alternative drive systems. Röchling Automotive is intensifying research and development in this area. Several product segments benefit from this - for example, load-bearing tubs and troughs, battery covers and underride guards, as well as a variety of structural components.

    Engineering plastics serve as the basis for lightweight solutions. Röchling's high-performance plastics are combined with other materials as required. Multi-material design produces components that are superior to classic solutions. Peter Dill, Director Product Portfolio Global, summarizes the advantages: "In lightweight structural design, plastics are the basis for tailor-made modification of material properties. This opens up numerous possible applications. The lower weight and the possibility of integration offer a welcome opportunity to reduce costs."

    Dill explains this using the example of Röchling Automotive's front-end carrier: "Through functional integrations, we reduce the quantity of individual parts. We can directly integrate and install lamps, sensors and active grille shutters at factory. This makes handling easier and minimizes production costs." The lower weight of the components extends the range of electrically powered vehicles and reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Dill added.

    In addition, Röchling Automotive is conducting intensive research on further increasing strength and stiffness through continuous fiber reinforcement. In so-called tape technology, additional reinforcing elements are inserted into the components along the load paths. These "tapes" consist of extremely thin, very long glass or carbon fibers embedded in a plastic matrix. The associated local reinforcement ensures optimum use of the material. The material can be subjected to high mechanical stresses. At the same time, the cost of tape technology is comparatively low.

    For Tobias Eisele, Vice President Sales & Marketing Global, the development of structural lightweight competencies at Röchling Automotive is a logical step: "We have already shown in various projects what is possible with lightweight design today and the importance of structural lightweighting will continue to grow. By expanding our expertise in this area, we are focusing on a technology of the future."

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