• Berlin Packaging Strengthens European Presence with Acquisition of Panvetri

    Acquisition expands the company's wine and olive oil offerin

    Berlin Packaging, the world's largest Hybrid Packaging Supplier®, announced today the acquisition of Panvetri, a family-owned supplier of glass and metal packaging for the wine and olive oil industries.

  • Greiner produces 100% rPET packaging for Harvest Moon


    Kremsmünster, Austria (March 2022). Greiner Packaging’s stated aim is to keep plastic circulating in the economy for as long as possible. To this end, the packaging specialists look to work together with their customers to create new packaging solutions that can be recycled themselves and, ideally, contain recycled material, too. This was also the declared goal of Harvest Moon, and the plastic cups in the new cardboard-plastic solutions for its fermented yogurt alternatives are produced from 100% r-PET, making them super sustainable. No virgin material is used at all, and the new cups significantly cut down on carbon emissions. “By switching from virgin PP to r‑PET, we can reduce CO2 emissions by around 40%*,” explains Jan Srnka, sales manager at Greiner Packaging.

    A sustainable plastic, r-PET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) is lightweight, shatterproof, and free of plasticizers. Because the new cups are made from 100% recycled, unprinted r-PET monomaterial, they can be processed into 100% food-safe cups again and again as long as the appropriate collection streams are used. Recycling the cups requires less energy than using virgin material and produces less waste.

    But aside from the material used, cardboard-plastic combinations have a number of other sustainable properties. The cardboard wrap, which can be made from recycled material, lends sturdiness to the plastic cup so that it can be produced with particularly thin walls. This wrap is especially easy for consumers to detach from the cup thanks to a new, innovative tear-off system, with the two components then disposed of separately and recycled. Since the white or transparent plastic cup is unprinted, it can be recycled very effectively. In addition, the carbon footprint of K3® cups is significantly smaller than that of alternative packaging solutions.

    Harvest Moon’s products are available from organic specialty stores and food retailers across Europe. And its new 100% r-PET cups from Greiner Packaging have been on the shelves since January 2022.

  • Mondi and Thimonnier team up to make recyclable packaging for liquid soap refills

    • Mondi and Thimonnier launch a new recyclable mono-material berlingot sachet for liquid soap refills
    • The innovative new packaging reduces plastic usage by more than 75% compared to rigid plastic bottles
    • The solution is designed to replace the current industry standard of non-recyclable plastic

    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has joined forces with French machine supplier Thimonnier to develop a recyclable packaging that reduces plastic waste.

  • Mondi and Thimonnier team up to make recyclable packaging for liquid soap refills

    • Mondi and Thimonnier launch a new recyclable mono-material berlingot sachet for liquid soap refills
    • The innovative new packaging reduces plastic usage by more than 75% compared to rigid plastic bottles
    • The solution is designed to replace the current industry standard of non-recyclable plastic

    The companies have created a new packaging for liquid refills that is designed so that it can be entirely emptied. The berlingot sachet is made from a recyclable mono-material, coextruded polyethylene (PE). It not only weighs less but also reduces plastic usage by more than 75% compared to rigid plastic bottles. The refill solution can replace the current industry standard of multilayer PVC refill containers, which are effectively not recyclable.

    The unusual shape of the sachet is eye catching and differentiated. The durable and leak-proof solution allows consumers to smell the product inside, a particularly useful feature for the liquid soaps it is designed to protect. The lightweight material also makes it more convenient for customers, especially those who are buying in-store.

    “Our goal working with Mondi was to find a packaging alternative with low environmental impact and good runnability. We are pleased to have found a solution that achieves both”, explained Eric Duhoo, General Manager at Thimonnier.

    For Mondi, the solution was further demonstration of the benefits of partnership and its importance to achieving a truly circular economy.

  • How Packaging is adding value to Contemporary Ceramics


     A ceramic is any of the various hard, brittle, heat-resistant, and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing an inorganic, nonmetallic material, such as clay, at a high temperature. Common examples are earthenware, porcelain, and brick.

    Packaging is a design discipline in itself. Contemporary ceramics packaging ensures the safety of the items they hold while also being aesthetically pleasing, even enhancing the work they contain. Keeping everything in mind, Please pay attention to the interplay of the Ceramic articles & Packaging.

    Sanitary Bevel Cup-There’s no perfect way to store a conventional drinking glass. For many people, the very idea can trigger Howard Hughes-like fears of dirt and germs. If you store a cup upright, you run the risk of taking a big swig of dust the next time you pour a drink. If cups are stored upside down, the rim of the glass will run across a dirty countertop or kitchen cabinet.

    The Nanoin design company of Hangzhou, China solved this problem with the Bevel Cup. The design of this sanitary drinking glass splits the difference between storing a cup upright versus storing it upside down by allowing the cup to rest on its angled handle. The rim of the glass points downward to the surface on which it rests, but the rim doesn’t touch anything. You can rest easy between cups of coffee, knowing your cup is suspended in pure, unbefouled air.

    Now comes to Packaging ,The packaging, which won an iF World Design Guide award last year, is about as obsessive compulsive as the cup it contains. iF states that the packaging is made from pulp casting, which is both low-cost and environmentally sound. The pulp is poured into a mold that is designed to hug the mug. In addition to keeping the mug safe, the package has the added bonus of suggesting the mug’s unique shape.

    To be continued for Other Ceramics Products...

  • Evolution of Burlap in Packaging

    A versatile material that goes by many names, Burlap, also known as Hessian in the United States and Canada, and Crocus in Jamaica, is a fabric made by weaving jute plant skin or sisal fibers together. These fibers are sometimes combined with other vegetable fibers to add certain features to the fabric.

  • The Body Shop Launches Refill Stations in U.S. Stores


    It's Earth Month, which means time for The Body Shop to do something big—since it is known as an activist beauty retailer. (The Body Shop's parent company is Natura & Co.)

    To reduce plastic use and take action against the global plastic crisis, The Body Shop's refill stations will debut in its stores across the U.S. By the end of 2022, the retailer aims to offer in-store refill in 49% of its U.S. stores.

    Last April, The Body Shop launched refill stations in 400 stores globally.

    The retailer has also announced a new five-year plan to roll out refill stations in the majority of its stores globally—to become the most sustainable business possible. 

    Hilary Lloyd, vice president of marketing and values, North America, comments:

    "The foundation of The Body Shop's environmental activism was born out of ideas like these, when our founder, Dame Anita Roddick, refilled her first bottle out of necessity in 1976. Our customers have been eagerly awaiting for refills to return...We're thrilled to be embracing a circular economy approach and provide this sustainable alternative."

    Every year, the beauty sector generates billions of pieces of plastic that end up in landfills or the ocean. With the crucial help of The Body Shop customers, every individual can help drive change. "Every bottle counts," the retailer states.

    The Body Shop's Refills Have Already Saved Over 3.7 Tons of Plastic 
    When The Body Shop announced the rollout of refill stations across 400 stores globally in April 2021, the brand collectively saved over 3.7 tons of plastic, equivalent to 170,000 plastic bottles.

    Another 400 refill stations are planned for 2022, to save 25 tons of plastic and help to prevent up to five pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

    By the end of 2022, The Body Shop will have refill stations present in about half of its store locations across the country including Austin, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and more.

    The easy-to-use in-store refill stations allow customers to refill their favorite body, hair and hand care products including shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, and hand washes. The selection of available products will vary from six to twelve depending on store size.

    Partnering with a Chocolatier to Promote Refills & Celebrate Earth Month
    In celebration of the Refill Program and Earth Month, The Body Shop is teaming up with ethical chocolatier Tony's Chocolonely, to bring the call for climate action to the streets of New York City. Together, the two B Corp certified brands will raise awareness and collect signatures for the "FOREST" Act to stop illegal deforestation and slow climate change.

    Tony's Chocolonely iconic "Choco" cart will be parked outside two of The Body Shop's store locations—and there are Facebook event invites for its NoHo store on Friday, April 8th, and Rockefeller Center location on Friday, April 15th.

    The brand's refillable aluminum bottles and a limited-edition Tony's Chocolonely chocolate bar will be distributed to event attendees while quantities last.

  • Coles to remove plastic measuring scoops from Coles Brand laundry powders


    Coles’ Together to Zero waste ambition sees the supermarket continue to work with industry partners, suppliers, and customers to reduce waste and unnecessary plastics. 

    Scoops from Coles Tropical Paradise and Coles Ultra Original and Sensitive laundry powders will be removed from April 1.

    The new scoopless laundry powders will be specially marked with ‘Reducing our Impact’, with the packaging featuring a light green lid, ensuring customers can easily spot the packs. 

    As shoppers become increasingly mindful of their plastic consumption, Coles is proud to offer customers a range of products without unnecessary plastic packaging, as well as recyclable packaging alternatives that do not compromise on quality or value.

    Coles General Manager Own Brand, Quality & Responsible Sourcing Charlotte Rhodes said the removal of plastic scoops from laundry packs was another important step in Coles working toward its ambition of becoming Australia’s most sustainable supermarket, with 87% of Coles Own Brand and Coles Own Liquor Brand primary packaging already recyclable.

    “As customers look to live and shop more sustainably, Coles is leading the way in innovation and value, offering customers quality options across household necessities that won’t hurt the planet or the budget. As part of our Together to zero waste journey, Coles is proud to provide customers with more sustainable solutions,” she said. 

    “Removing plastic scoops from Coles Brand laundry packs is a small step we can take with our customers that will reduce our environmental footprint. In addition to our wider sustainability initiatives, every change and commitment we make toward a greener future helps to create a better Australia for generations to come.”

    Customers who may still have plastic measuring scoops from Coles Brand detergents are encouraged to hold on to their scoops and reuse them. But while the plastic scoops in new packs will be removed from this week, packaging will still provide clear detergent dose instructions to help customers with measuring their powder without a scoop. 

    Following the unveiling of Coles’ Sustainability Strategy in June 2021, Coles has continued to make strides in its sustainability journey by working Together to Zero emissions and waste, as well as working Better Together with our Coles Brand suppliers to support farming and sourcing practices that are ethical, transparent, and sustainable.

    Coles affirmed its commitment to packaging sustainability in 2021 by joining the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) as a founding member and continuing to work toward the Government’s 2025 packaging targets.

    Coles also recently celebrated 10 years of working with soft plastics recycling organisation, REDcycle. Through the partnership, Coles customers have returned more than 1.2 billion pieces of soft packaging to Coles supermarkets since 2011. The soft plastic is then recycled into a range of products including outdoor furniture, playground equipment and is even used in some Coles carparks.

  • EFSA-compliant process produces food-safe sheet from PET recyclate

    Reifenhäuser Cast Sheet Coating - the Reifenhäuser Group's business unit specializing in cast film, sheet extrusion, and extrusion coating lines - has developed a particularly efficient production process that allows PET recyclate to be processed directly into food-safe sheet without an upstream drying process.

  • Export to Ethiopia, a bright star amid a global economic slowdown

    Export to Ethiopia, a bright star amid a global economic slowdown

    Join the Biggest Plastics, Printing & Packaging Event in Africa - 04th PPPEXPO ETHIOPIA 2022
    07 - 09 July | Millennium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Tel : +971 4 3050755

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