• Unicharm launches regenerated pulp packaging in Indonesia


    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. 

  • Tesco Ireland Unveils Home-Recyclable Potato Packaging


    This step change on packaging will commence on a 12-week trial basis in 100 stores, with plans to roll out the changes to more products if successful. As one of Ireland’s favourite grocery items this change will have a significant impact on reducing plastic waste.

    The new paper bags will carry the green ‘widely recycled’ logo and can be recycled at home using the kerbside collection infrastructure. The new single ply paper bag is responsibly sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) accredited material and replaces the existing plastic 1kg bags. Plastic components of the 2.5kg potato paper bag, which contained a non-recyclable net window, will be removed and will be fully recyclable.

    The packaging change will initially cover Tesco’s range of ‘New Season Early Potatoes’. The move will also reduce the amount of paper used in Tesco’s 2.5kg new season potatoes bag by 30% and remove almost 50,000 non-recyclable 1kg new season plastic bags from the waste system annually.

    Over the course of the trial, over 130,000 packs of Irish grown new season early Premier and Queens potatoes are expected to be sold across Ireland in the new packaging.

    Joe Manning, Commercial Director, Tesco Ireland, said he was pleased that Tesco is again leading the way in removing excess and non-recyclable material from its business as part of its ongoing 4Rs (Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) strategy, which includes plans to make all packaging fully recyclable by 2025.

    In 2020, the Tesco Ireland business changed its waste processes at store level, backhauling food waste for anaerobic digestion at Green Generation creating renewable gas which the business purchases to power six of its stores.

  • EPL’s Sustainability Solutions Finds Acceptance With Unilever


    EPL’s Platina Tube with HDPE closure, is the world’s first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube accredited by APR. This partnership will help Unilever's oral care brands like Signal, Pepsodent and Closeup to be 100% recyclable by 2025.

    Speaking on the partnership, Ram Ramasamy, Chief Operating Officer, EPL Limited said, “EPL is proud to be associated with Unilever to further their sustainability initiatives in the oral care range. We are committed to enabling and inspiring responsible consumption through innovation in packaging. EPL’s Platina, ecofriendly laminated tube, produced with less than 5% barrier resin, is designed to deliver source reduction and recyclability without the loss of any barrier properties. Platina tube is especially suited for oral and beauty & cosmetics products brands.”

    Deepak Ganjoo, Regional Vice President, Africa, Middle East and South Asia, EPL Limited, said, “EPL is proud to be a partner to one of the world’s most prestigious brands in their quest to have a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability has been a key focus area at EPL and today we find all responsible brands moving in a similar direction. As market leaders EPL has a significant role to play in contributing towards sustainable development, helping brands along this journey.”

    Unilever will be launching fully recyclable tubes later this year in two of their biggest oral care markets, France and India.

  • Confectionery majors Nestlé Mars and Mondelēz join sector drive for plastic packaging recycling


    The trio are joined by other major food brands including PepsiCo and Unilever in the scheme – which is though to the first of its kind in the region, to help deliver faster progress on environmental protection measures.

    Known as the Flexible Plastic Fund, it is being led by producer compliance scheme, Ecosurety, with support from environmental charity, Hubbub.

    In collaboration with manufacturers, retailers and recyclers, the Fund intends to improve flexible plastic recycling and reduce plastic pollution by giving the material a stable value. This will in turn increase the supply of recycled plastic enabling industry to become more ‘circular’ and meet the forthcoming UK plastic packaging tax obligations. This will motivate investment in much needed jobs and infrastructure to make flexible plastic recycling a financially sustainable system in the UK.

    New research from the University of Sheffield suggests there is strong consumer demand for recycling flexible plastic with 95% of participants saying they would be willing to recycle their flexible plastics.

    Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have already signed up to support the initiative by hosting flexible plastic collection points in selected stores across the UK. Several other major retailers are set to follow suit. As a result, recycling this material will become increasingly accessible to consumers, as they will be able to recycle all types of flexible plastic packaging with participating retailers.

    With just 16% of UK local authorities currently offering household collection of flexible plastics, the amounts of this material collected for recycling are low. Flexible plastics include plastic bags, wrappers, films, pouches, packets and sachets and is described as ‘plastic bags and wrapping’, ‘soft plastics’ or ‘flexible plastics’. The Fund will guarantee a minimum value of £100 per tonne of recycled product to incentivise recyclers to process flexible plastic.

    The long-term ambition of the Fund is to drive progress towards creating a circular, UK based flexible plastic recycling market that allows flexible plastic recycling via household collections. As part of the UK’s drive to boost recycling, WRAP recently announced new recommendations to support flexible plastic recycling.

    Flexible plastic represented 22% of all UK consumer plastic packaging in 2019 but only 6% was recycled3. This type of plastic must be processed in a different way to other plastics due to its unique properties – it often contaminates rigid plastic recycling and clogs up machinery – something that could be overcome by creating a separate flexible plastic recycling stream.

    The initiative will provide fully audited transparency – at least 80% of the plastics collected will be recycled in the UK – rising to 100% by 2023. Until 2023, where there are currently limits in UK capacity and technology, up to 20% could be exported to qualifying facilities in Europe.The recycled plastic will be turned into a range of products including non-food grade plastic, non-food-grade film and food-grade film.

  • Mars Wrigley launches sustainable packaging with How2Recycle


    US-based food products manufacturer Mars Wrigley has partnered with standardised labelling system provider How2Recycle to develop a more sustainable packaging option for its Orbit Gum.

    The 30-piece Orbit Mega Pack features an outer plastic package that can be recycled in around 50% of recycling streams in the US, with more locations to be made available in future.

    Intended for on-the-go durability, the product is available on shelves for purchase at retailers across the nation and offered in Peppermint and Spearmint flavours.

    Mars Wrigley US Gum and Mints senior director Ivonne Andreu said: “We are delighted to partner with How2Recycle for Orbit Mega Pack as society begins to seek fresh breath on the go once again and celebrate more in-person moments this year.

    “We’re committed to our Mars Wrigley’s purpose of Better Moments, More Smiles and to making a positive societal impact through more sustainability and increased recycling transparency on our Orbit Mega Pack.”

    The Orbit Mega Pack comes with How2Recycle’s on-pack step-by-step guide on how to recycle each part of the pack.

    The packaging is in line with Mars Wrigley’s sustainability effort to transform its packaging portfolio and make it fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

    It follows Mars Wrigley’s business partnership with biopolymer manufacturer Danimer Scientific, in which the two companies will develop innovative home compostable packaging.

    Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific will initially focus on smaller and single packs, which are likely to be the most littered and less recycled.

  • Amcor develops breakthrough recyclable healthcare packaging


    Building on its recent track record of breakthrough innovations to deliver recyclable packaging, Amcor is today announcing customer trials of the world’s first recyclable* Polyethylene-based thermoform blister packaging. The new packaging is designed to meet the stringent requirements of highly specialized and regulated pharmaceutical packaging and creates a more sustainable alternative for the most in-demand healthcare packaging type. This innovation also benefits from up to 70% reduction in its carbon footprint, when compared to packaging alternatives on the market today.

    AmSky™ eliminates PVC (PolyVinyl Chloride) from the packaging by using a Polyethylene (PE) thermoform blister and lidding film. PVC can make packaging recycling more difficult or contaminate other materials if consumers attempt to recycle it. By removing PVC – whilst retaining all the benefits of pre-existing blister packaging – Amcor has created a new, recyclable solution that benefits the entire recycling process.

    Amcor is currently working with several leading pharmaceutical companies to bring AmSky™ to market globally. The company expects AmSky™ to be available in the healthcare market by the second half of 2022.

    Peter Konieczny, Amcor’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Amcor is deploying our unique innovation capabilities to solve the biggest and most significant issues in packaging today. With AmSky™ Amcor has signalled our commitment to breakthrough innovation in the healthcare space – this is why we remain the packaging partner of choice for our healthcare customers, generating close to $2bn in annual sales in this market. This new blister packaging solution will significantly enhance the ability of healthcare and pharmaceutical brands to put sustainability at the heart of their businesses.”

    William Jackson, Amcor’s Chief Technology Officer for Flexibles, commented: “This exciting solution is a result of Amcor’s continued focus on advanced technology and growth, using the entire power of our global R&D network to bring recyclable solutions to our customers.”

  • Halls to recycle cough drop packaging through TerraCycle


    US-based cough drop brand Halls has partnered with TerraCycle to launch a recycling programme for cough and sore throat drop packaging in the US.

    The programme covers packaging for all Halls products as well as cough and sore throat drops from all other brands.

    To participate in the programme, consumers must create a TerraCycle account. They can then start collecting cough drop packaging in any box they have.

    Once a box is full, consumers can log into their TerraCycle account to download and print a shipping label.

    The box must then be sealed, affixed with the label and sent to TerraCycle via United Parcel Service (UPS).

    Halls senior brand manager Danielle Freid said: “The Halls brand is excited to partner with TerraCycle to ensure any brand of cough and sore throat drop packaging can be recycled in the US. This is an important first step towards sustainable solutions for our brand.”

    The collected plastic waste is cleaned and melted into hard plastic, which can be remoulded to make recycled products, including park benches and picnic tables.

    Collectors can also earn points based on the weight of each shipment of packaging they send to TerraCycle. Consumers can donate the points to a non-profit, school or charitable organisation of their choice.

    TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky said: “The occasional cough or sore throat is something we all share. But by participating in the Halls Recycling Program, you can be rewarded for doing the right thing.”

    Last week, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare partnered with TerraCycle to make its product packaging and aerosol containers recyclable.

    The companies will introduce two programmes to allow customers to recycle empty Gold Bond, Cortizone-10 and Selsun Blue packaging.

  • Beiersdorf Launches First Certified Renewable Plastic Packaging


    Starting in June, the face-care products of Nivea Naturally Good will be on-shelf in about than 30 countries with more environmentally supportive cosmetic packaging.

    The idea was begun in late 2021 when Beiersdorf announced working to produce more sustainable cosmetics packaging using certified renewable polypropylene (PP) from global petrochemicals manufacturer SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio to replace fossil-based virgin plastic.

    "We are proud to be a pioneer among our industry in the field of renewable plastic packaging,” says Jean-François Pascal, VP corporate sustainability at Beiersdorf. “The ambitious targets we have set ourselves with our Care Beyond Skin Sustainability Agenda are being put into practice with a great deal of commitment and hard work."

    The project began with a comprehensive analysis of the market for alternative plastics. Material requirements were stringent.

    "Our excellent skin care products obviously include a high-quality packaging, which has to fulfill many requirements," says Michael Becker, head of global packaging development at Beiersdorf. "On the one hand, this concerns visual and tactile features that our Nivea consumers are acquainted to, but packaging recyclability is also an important aspect for us in line with our vision of a circular economy that we aim to support."

    Another essential criterion in the selection of the raw material and the supplier was that the "feedstock concept", which for the Nivea Naturally Good face care packaging is based on a second-generation raw material: tall oil. Producing a cosmetic packaging from sugar cane or corn and thus using a source of food had been out of the question. "The certified renewable plastic we source from Sabic has no visual effects or other adverse properties,” explains Hannah Rasel, Beiersdorf senior packaging specialist. “The jar made of renewable PP is neither visually nor haptically distinguishable from the previous packaging. In addition, SABIC pursues a holistic sustainability approach with its feedstock concept.”

  • Kroger Invites Customers to Mail In Flexible Plastic Packaging to Make New Recycled Products


    Flexible plastic consumer product packaging, including multi-layer films, helps preserve food quality and freshness, but is harder to recycle and is not accepted in curbside programs, acknowledges Keith Dailey, Kroger’s group VP of corporate affairs and chief sustainability officer. “Kroger recognizes the negative impact packaging — including plastic waste — can have on the environment,” he says.

    Customers are invited to collect flexible plastic packaging like bags, pouches, liners and wraps from Kroger’s “Our Brands” products and pack them into “any available box.” They must then ship the box using a free prepaid shipping label available in their account they create on the program webpage. For every pound of eligible packaging, participants earn points, which can be redeemed as donations to participating charitable organizations.

    Kroger says the program will help build a stronger recycling infrastructure in the US and advances its “Zero Hunger | Zero Waste” social and environmental impact plan. It is open to individuals, businesses, schools, and community organizations.

    The company says it is an extension of its recently-launched Simple Truth Recycling Program, which up to now offered customers the opportunity to recycle the flexible packaging of products from Simple Truth, Kroger’s organic brand.

    Kroger has announced a commitment to reduce GHGs by 30% and transition to 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable Our Brands packaging by 2030.

  • Industry-Leading End-of-Line Packaging Company, Polychem Has Re-Branded as Greenbridge, Reflecting Emphasis on Sustainability Solutions


    Greenbridge has also rebranded its Evergreen Plastics Division, which is focused on recycling and manufacturing recycled PET pellet and flake, as Evergreen. The change reflects Greenbridge’s commitment to “growing green” internally and with customers.

    Greenbridge CEO Omar Abuaita says America’s renewed emphasis on the environment has struck a chord with consumers who want more accountability from the companies they support. Recognizing an opportunity to bridge the gap from current operations to a true circular economy model inspired the organization to lean into its strengths in recycling, reuse, and sustainable business practices to bring comprehensive sustainability solutions to customers in packaging, consumer and industrial products. Driving awareness required a rebrand of the company.

    “Polychem has manufactured strapping and cord products from recycled plastic since 1974. Today we recycle more than one billion PET bottles a year and produce 40 million pounds of rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) used in new packaging. We also recycle hundreds of tons of waste each year that would have gone into landfills. Now, as Greenbridge, we’re bringing nearly 50 years of experience in recycling and sustainability to major companies that recognize the need for real change in their operations to meet circular economy and ESG goals. We’re already helping brands achieve measurable results,” he adds.

    Greenbridge’s sustainability solutions help customers identify opportunities to reduce waste, incorporate more recycled content in their products, reuse products, refurbish equipment and reduce dependence upon landfills and associated costs. Each customer engagement includes specific metrics that can support corporate ESG initiatives.

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