• Skinner’s opts for Tetra Pak cartons designed by Big Fish


    Made to be 100% recyclable and featuring a new eye-catching contemporary design, that brings to life the ‘Born To Be Outdoors’ message, the new look packaging will not only stand out on shelf but in the kitchen too.

    Branding agency Big Fish worked with Skinner’s, and designed the to play into the brand’s long standing heritage with working dogs and sourcing local grains and British ingredients.

    The contemporary, eye-catching design on its new Tetra Pak cartons for the Field & Trial Wet Food offering.

    The Wet Food range comes in four new SKU’s and the packaging has been specially and manufactured on site, made from over 70% paperboard to reduce single use plastic.

    The design of the cartons means the food keeps fresher for longer and contains the same amount of product that you would get in the same serving in can.

    The new Treats range come in three SKU’s and are 100% recyclable, plastic free and compostable.

    Tim Hansell, chief executive of Skinner’s said: “Skinner’s mission is to reduce our carbon footprint and single use plastics within our packaging. We have chosen Tetra Pak for our Wet Food packaging as it ticks the boxes for our many sustainability targets. It is fully recyclable, made of 70% paperboard and therefore lightweight, yet super sturdy and strong. Our investment into this area now means that as a group, we are the first British manufacturer to have the Tetra Pak capabilities in house. Whilst other dog food companies may use the packaging, many of these are produced abroad and shipped to the UK. In being manufactured in the UK, we are supporting our company ethos and reducing our carbon footprint all in one.”

    Perry Haydn Taylor, founder and creative director of Big Fish, said: “For their well-known Field & Trial range, we brought the story to life with illustrations, a colour palette and a voice that reflected the brand’s heritage. And beyond its looks, we considered every last detail of the packaging to make life easier for their consumers, as well as finding sustainable, recyclable solutions that benefit a business so firmly rooted in the great outdoors.”

  • LiquiGlide claims ‘zero-waste packaging’ for the health and beauty industry


    Working with industrial designer Yves Béhar, EveryDrop packaging features LiquiGlide’s coating technology that eliminates friction between the inside of the package and the product and for the first time allows products to flow freely and completely out of the container, which it says establishes new standards for sustainability and consumer experience.

    The new translucent packages are designed to allow consumers to see how much product is left and get virtually every drop of the product, which could make the package more recyclable.

    And by eliminating material waste, the packages further reduce the carbon footprint associated with consumer-packaged goods.

    LiquiGlide is building on the work of its partnership with Colgate. The launch of the Colgate Elixir sub-brand featured a transparent PET bottle which it says advanced sustainability.

    According to Béhar, LiquiGlide’s breakthrough technology has the power to scale and make a significant difference from a sustainability standpoint. “When combined with design innovation, the LiquiGlide technology is an opportunity to completely transform primary packaging and to finally bring about a cyclical system of ‘zero waste’  – from product design to disposal – to drive responsible consumption.”

    Kripa Varanasi, an MIT professor and co-founder of LiquiGlide, added: “Recycling is almost impossible when a product is left behind. In some cases, a significant amount of water is needed to clean the packages. But the reality is that many products we believe we are recycling end up in the landfill.

    “Beyond the superior user experience and zero waste, LiquiGlide technology can reduce carbon and water footprint for beauty packaging as it eliminates product waste, allows for the ability to concentrate products, eliminates the need for secondary packaging, enables smaller packaging sizes, and reduces transportation emissions.”

    Dave Smith, chief executive and co-founder of LiquiGlide, said: “We believe that LiquiGlide’s technology offers clear advantages over anything else in the market and will eventually become ubiquitous. For example, creams and gels that are typically constrained to cumbersome and unsanitary jars can now be sold in delightful, hygienic, and sustainable EveryDrop packaging.”

  • Dewar’s unveils sustainable metal packaging


    The metal boxes are considered to be a ‘modern, sustainable packaging solution’ by the brand.

    Metal was chosen for the cases because it is economical and has a low carbon footprint due to the material’s high recyclability rate, according to the brand.

    While the packaging of the two whiskies is identical in structure, the separate cases display different colours and designs. Both the 12-year-old and 18-year-old tins feature the Dewar’s white label.

    The boxes were produced by IPL Packaging, and feature a matte varnish finish.

    Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky Aged 12 Years contains notes of citrus, vanilla and dried fruit.

    The 18-year-old is said to have notes of dark chocolate, marzipan and rich fruit, and described as an ‘indulgent post-dinner dram’ by the brand.



    Rieke’s Mono™-2e dispenser, which is currently in production, was the first dispenser pump on the market made from one polymer grade resin, making it more easily recycled, without sorting or separation. After proving production robustness, it became commercially available and ready for advanced design applications for customers serving the beauty, personal care and other end markets.

    “Our commitment to sustainable practices has been long-standing at TriMas, as it exemplifies our core values of integrity and respect for the environment and the communities in which we operate,” said Thomas Amato, TriMas President and Chief Executive Officer. “TriMas’ Packaging group leads the way with innovative, sustainable products, and is continuing to design and develop new products to meet customers’ and consumers’ evolving sustainability goals.”

    The highly innovative Mono™-2e was recognized as a 2020 finalist of the Sustainability Packaging Coalition Innovator Awards for the revolutionary single-polymer design, as the patented pump features six parts, all made from one polymer. It is 100% recyclable and designed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. In addition, the Mono™-2e is e-commerce ready, minimizing the risk of leakage during shipping, and is Amazon ISTA 6 compliant.

    “Our goal was to deliver a dispensing pump designed to facilitate the recycling process, making it easy for consumers by eliminating the metal spring and reducing the number of materials used,” explained Fabio Salik, President of TriMas Packaging. “We are also working on developing additional dispensing products made from a single-material without compromising quality, aesthetics, performance or formula compatibility. We look forward to launching our newest pump that is currently in advanced stages of testing, under the brand Singolo™.”

    TriMas Packaging’s line of single-polymer dispensing pumps is available to customers through its global locations in North America, Asia and Europe. These advanced product designs also contribute to the increasing sustainability trend of using post-consumer resin (PCR) and can more easily feed the PCR stream without additional processes to separate different grades or varieties of polymer. The Mono™-2e pump’s single polypropylene grade of material enables easy reuse upon recycling which reduces additional steps, investments and overall carbon footprint.

  • Procter & Gamble Announces First Lenor Paper Bottle Pilot and Joins Paboco Community of Pioneer Brands


    P&G unveils its first paper bottle for Lenor in partnership with paper bottle company Paboco, announcing a pilot for Western Europe in 2022. The trial rollout will form the basis of a test and learn strategy to scale up paper packaging and incorporate it more widely across P&G’s portfolio.

    P&G Fabric & Home Care with its popular brands including Ariel, Lenor, Tide, Downy, Fairy, and Cascade is fully committed to reducing plastics in its packaging. As part of its 2030 Ambition, P&G aims to reduce its use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030. Fabric Care Europe has additionally committed to a 30% absolute plastics reduction by 2025 and to design for 100% recyclability by 2022 - it is well on track for both commitments. Home Care is committed to use no virgin plastics by 2025. Brand-led packaging alternatives and pilot schemes are a crucial element in the pathways to lowering environmental impact.

    Paboco’s paper bottle technology is advancing quickly and promises to reduce and replace plastic content while lowering carbon footprint compared to conventional plastic packaging. This alternative form of packaging is increasingly viable and scaling at pace, backed by leading consumer goods companies and industry experts including The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg Group, The Absolut Company, L’Oréal, BillerudKorsnäs, and ALPLA united by the vision to create the world's first 100% bio-based and recyclable paper bottle at scale.

    Senior Vice President of R&D for Global Fabric & Home Care Sector Jerry Porter explains:

    “We’re very excited to join this group of packaging innovators. This is another milestone on our P&G Fabric & Home Care journey to innovate towards more sustainable packaging formats. Our chosen pilot brand Lenor has a great track record of incorporating recycled plastic into its packaging, already using up to 100% in its European transparent bottles. Now we aim to go a step further with bio-based packaging, which has a very promising future. We are delighted to be on this journey with our partners in the development of the next generations of paper bottles.”

    Speaking on behalf of Paboco, interim CEO Gittan Schiöld noted:

    “Our vision is to change this industry for good, and to create a world less dependent on plastic and without plastic waste, by designing for circularity and inventing packaging from bio-based materials. Storing liquids in paper is particularly challenging, but its successful adoption could have major benefits for the planet. Having P&G Fabric & Home Care category as a partner in the paper bottle community is a huge boost to that vision. Not only does it really add weight to the viability of the technology but brings with it P&G’s know-how to the table, offering new opportunities for scaling Paboco’s paper bottle technology.”

    Lenor’s first paper bottle is a step on the bio-based packaging journey. The bottle already significantly reduces plastic compared to a bottle used today. The bottle is the first of its kind produced at scale, in its design and technology, made from sustainably sourced FSC-certified paper and initially a thin plastic barrier made from post-consumer recycled PET. Building on learnings from this milestone, future versions of the bottle will integrate the barrier into the paper lining to create a seamless, 100% bio-based bottle, fully recyclable in the paper stream.

    All of P&G’s leadership brands, including Lenor, are expected to inspire responsible consumption by 2030 as part of the company’s  Ambition 2030 sustainability goals.

  • Picard reduces plastic consumption when moving to fibre-based ice cream box from AR Packaging


    The pressure from consumers, governments and associations to minimise the use of plastic increase and many brand owners and food producer put much effort into meeting those expectations and strengthening their environmental positioning. One example is Picard, the French food company specialising in frozen products, who has replaced a plastic tub for ice cream with a carton-based solution provided by AR Packaging.

    The new ice cream box contains >95% cartonboard, based on renewable fibres from sustainably managed forests, which makes it recyclable in the paper stream in many countries. The thin inner layer of polyethylene (PE) ensures product protection and pack integrity.

    “Our main motivation is to find alternatives to plastic packaging when the product and its environment allow it. We were looking for an innovative cartonboard solution, which would allow us to find harmony in the complete “Le Petit Marchand de glaces” range (other references packaged in cardboard cups)”, said Gilles Lapique, Project Manager Packaging at Picard. “Our desire was to adapt a box-style casket, easily automated by our packers and guaranteeing all the functionality of an equivalent plastic packaging.”

    The development team at AR Packaging’s plant in Cholet, France, took on the challenge and developed an easy-to-use alternative to the 500 ml plastic tub. The box is supplied to the different ice cream producers for Picard as an erected tray with integrated lid and re-closable option. Product leakage is prevented thanks to a smart construction with a special flap. The lid can be provided as two options; either to be formed manually after filling or to be formed mechanically in the filling and packaging line at the customer facility.

    “The new ice cream packaging for Picard is one more example of how we challenge the conventional and develop more sustainable solutions without compromising product quality, consumer convenience and industrial efficiency”, said Pierre Guillebeau, Sales Director Food & Consumer Goods at AR Packaging. “This fibre-based packaging can be used for many other products than ice cream too, for example frozen foods and chilled ready meals, and support brand owners to substantially reduce its carbon footprint from packaging.”

  • Scentbird Unveils Fragrances Inspired by Endangered Species


    Built for the conscious consumer, luxury fragrance subscription service, Scentbird, has debuted Sanctuary, a new fragrance line designed for “those who care about the fate of our planet.” Sanctuary’s clean, community-driven fragrances are inspired by endangered species and their habitats, each aimed at raising money and awareness for the preservation of their namesake.
    With an ongoing mission to advance the health of the planet and reduce its carbon footprint, Sanctuary’s first two fragrances, Red Panda and Amur Leopard, are inspired by species that face a high risk of extinction. Sanctuary will donate 20% of all proceeds to the Red Panda Network and Phoenix Fund respectively, as the organizations committed to saving these animals.
    "We are grateful for Sanctuary's commitment to red panda conservation," said Terrance Fleming, development manager at Red Panda Network. "Their donations will support our community-based research, education, habitat protection and restoration, anti-poaching and sustainable livelihood programs."

    Ensuring Maximum Sustainability
    From pre-production to final design, Sanctuary targets sustainability by pursuing meticulous certifications and ensuring every single ingredient meets the Sanctuary standard to not harm any animals, humans, or the environment. Sanctuary also utilizes recyclable boxes and fragrance sleeves that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, mycelium-based packaging made out of mushrooms, insulation produced from US-grown corn that is entirely compostable, post-industrial recycled glass as well as organic, vegetable-based inks.
    "Changing production and consumption patterns in the fragrance industry as well as advocating for the conservation of our environment are key components of the brand's DNA," commented Mariya Nurislamova, Scentbird founder and CEO. "We are committed and humbled to help provide animal welfare organizations with the tools they need to create a sanctuary for animals. We hope this will inspire a positive step towards building a better future and keeping animals safe."

  • Kids’ water brand focuses on the good – including the packaging


    The founders of WaWaah Water were determined to launch a healthy water drink for children and even got their own kids involved in the development process. Adding essential vitamins for kids, B5, B12 and C to water, which does not include any sugar or preservatives, the new drinks focus only on the good – and this also includes the packaging.

    Reducing carbon footprint compared to a standard carton pack, more than 95 per cent of the packaging components are linked to forest-based renewable material and 100 per cent are responsibly sourced. The polymers used are linked to tall oil, a residue extracted from wood in the paper-making industry, as a forest-based feedstock.

    Philippe Deben, co-founder of The Happy Healthy Kids Company, said: “The name WaWaah came from a friend who could never pronounce water correctly as a child. Having created a drink that contains only the best for our kids, we turned to SIG for the most sustainable packaging solution. Finding a package which helps to protect the future planet of our children was essential.”

  • Sulapac launches cosmetics packaging without microplastic pollution


    The beauty and personal care industry is worth over USD 500-billion a year and the market is expected to grow annually by 4.75%. Accordingly, the forerunners have eagerly been looking for sustainable packaging solutions. While around 90% of the cosmetics market consist of water-based emulsions, there has not been an alternative for water-based products that biodegrades without leaving permanent microplastics behind. Now, Sulapac has invented a patent-pending material for them.

    As well as being fully sustainable, the Sulapac barrier fits industry standard requirements.

    “I’m excited that we managed to create a sustainable barrier that is suitable for water-based products! The development and extensive testing took longer than we anticipated, but now it’s finally official. We are pleased to offer a real game-changer to our customers together with the industry leaders like our preferred partner for cosmetics, Quadpack,” said Dr Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder of Sulapac.

    At present, Sulapac is also announcing a new flexible material designed for thin-walled jars with excellent impact strength. It has low carbon footprint based on eco-design, climate conscious raw materials and cost-efficient, high-volume manufacturing. Combined with the Sulapac barrier, the company’s trusted partners provide a compelling portfolio of different sized jars for both oil and water-based cosmetics. They also give support throughout the process, a turnkey solution.

    “The new barrier developed by Sulapac allows us to continue to offer sustainable innovations that meet and exceed market demands. From new capacities to cutting-edge technical solutions, Quadpack is happy to provide an ever-growing product range in Sulapac material to all beauty brands,” said Pierre Antoine Henry, head of categories at Quadpack, Sulapac’s preferred partner for cosmetics.

    Sulapac has made sure that the switch from conventional plastics is as easy as possible. The drop-in solution material can be mass produced with the existing plastic machinery. What’s more, its natural appearance and haptic feel make it stand out. Sulapac is beautiful, functional and sustainable, just like nature.

    Currently, the ideal way to recycle a product made of Sulapac material is via industrial composting. It biodegrades without leaving permanent microplastics behind. Mechanical and chemical recycling are also viable options, and Sulapac is developing a closed-loop system.

    Now, Sulapac is looking for forerunner cosmetic brands to join its mission to save the world from plastic waste.

  • Innovia launches carbon neutral packaging film


    Technically, the film performance matches that of the fossil-based equivalent, which can be used in high-speed horizontal flow-wrap and overwrap applications. The film is also fully food contact compliant.

    ‘With a growing focus on carbon footprint and a desire to reduce the impact on our environment through global warming, we are introducing Encore REF30cn into the market,’ commented Paul Watters, product development manager for packaging at Innovia Films. ‘This film addresses these issues by having a high certified renewable content which in turn reduces the film's carbon footprint to the position of being carbon neutral.

    REF30cn will be the first of several Encore products we will bring to the market. The focus will not only be on certified renewable materials and carbon footprint but also on the use of certified recycled materials.

    REF30cn has been classified as Made for Recycling by Interseroh.  

    ‘The Interseroh certification further enhances the sustainable benefits of this film, it can be classified as recycle ready or recyclable in countries which have the infrastructure to recycle polypropylene,’ concluded Watters.

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