• Carbon Compensation As A Service for Packaging

    BoƩa Packaging, Italy, are taking their sustainability services one step further. In addiƟon to offering top quality sustainable packaging opƟons they are now going to ensure their customers can truly minimise their environmental impact by offering carbon-offseƫng as a service.

  • The aluminum aerosol can industry is defying the pandemic

    The International Organization of Aluminum Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) reports that the global shipments of its members fell by 3.9 percent to around 2.9 billion units in the first half of 2021. The year-on-year decline was rather moderate, as global demand was still very lively in the first quarter of 2020. The corona pandemic only unfolded its full impact on the market in the course of the second quarter of 2020.

  • Mars Wrigley to switch to cardboard for new Maltesers box


    The removal of PE from all Maltesers boxes in the UK means that the box itself will be fully recyclable – the plastic film that covers the box, which is essential to protect the quality of the product within, isn’t currently widely recyclable.

    The renowned Maltesers box, as we know it today, was launched nearly 90-years ago in 1930 and today, Britons eat over 180 million Maltesers treats annually – most of which are made at Mars Wrigley’s HQ in Slough.

    Adam Grant, general manager, Mars Wrigley UK, said: “At Mars, we take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, and today’s announcement that our iconic Maltesers box is now fully recyclable is another important step in our journey toward packaging that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.”

  • HelloFresh introduces packaging made from 100 percent recycled materials


    To commemorate Earth Day, HelloFresh has introduced cardboard packaging made of 100-percent-postconsumer-recycled content for its HelloFresh and EveryPlate meal kits. The food-delivery company has partnered with Pratt Industries, a food packaging producer in Conyers, Georgia, to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6,800 tons and save more than 115,000 trees in a year, HelloFresh says.

    Pratt Industries’ cardboard boxes are made from 100-percent-recycled paper. The performance-based packaging protects food while in transit while offering a more sustainable solution.

    According to a news release from HelloFresh, using these cardboard boxes to ship meal kits from HelloFresh’s Georgia and Texas distribution centers will contribute to meaningful, positive environmental impacts. This includes saving more than 115,000 trees and 47.6 million gallons of water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 6,800 tons per year. 

    “Pratt Industries is honored to be part of HelloFresh’s drive to be more sustainable,” says Chris Stanton, president of the Pratt Specialty Group. “Building better packaging, with the ultimate goal of reusing that packaging yet again, takes a united thoughtful approach. HelloFresh truly has a cutting-edge vision around sustainability, and our team is thankful for like-minded environmental leaders.”

    HelloFresh is also implementing a new analytical Box Fit program that assigns the smallest possible box size to a customer’s order based on the volume and size of its contents. Using this algorithm in the fulfillment process increases the use of small boxes to 60 percent, eliminating unnecessary packaging, the company says. The program also reduces the use of cold packs and insulation, increasing the number of boxes that fit on a truck for distribution. 

    “Our approach to packaging is to avoid using it whenever possible. When packaging plays an essential role in protecting the quality and safety of the food in our meal kits, we are committed to either reducing or optimizing it for recyclability,” says Jeff Yorzyk, director of sustainability at HelloFresh U.S. “Leveraging cutting-edge technology and the new 100 percent recycled cardboard from Pratt Industries are two important steps towards continued leadership in sustainable packaging solutions for meal kits.” 

    The introduction of sustainable packaging supports HelloFresh’s long-term strategy to lead the industry in sustainable business practices. This includes offsetting 100 percent of its carbon emissions and leveraging a demand-driven subscription model. HelloFresh says the model minimizes food waste throughout its supply chain and then sends only the exact ingredients customers need to make a meal. This reduces at-home food waste by 25 percent when compared with grocery store-bought meals, based on the HelloFresh Global Food Waste Study and the United States Department of Agriculture.

    “Our goal in changing the way people eat forever is to provide better access to fresh ingredients more sustainably. This includes constant innovation, investment, and partnerships with sustainability leaders like Pratt Industries to improve the recyclability and minimize the environmental impact of our meal kit packaging,” says Uwe Voss, CEO of HelloFresh U.S. “The introduction of fully circular packaging is a significant and measurable step towards achieving our long-term sustainability strategy.”


  • Fry’s ditches plastic wrappers across range in packaging revamp


    Fry’s, which is part of the LiveKindly Collective of plant-based brands, has removed the plastic wrappers from seven of its main products, including its bestselling Chicken-Style Burgers, and other lines including its Chicken-Style Strips, Traditional Burgers and Sausage Rolls.

    It means the South African brand’s range – which is sold in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Ocado – will now be packaged straight into the brand’s fully recyclable cardboard boxes. The brand said the move would help it reduce plastic use by 1.5 tonnes per year.

    The packaging revamp also includes a new look and feel, with a stripped-back, modern design featuring Fry’s new logo – which it said built on its “iconic” red triangle – alongside new food imagery.

    As well as a vegan standard endorsement, ‘meat-free’ had been replaced with ‘plant-based’ throughout the packs to acknowledge the wider consumer understanding of the category, Fry’s added.

    “The vegan shelves are becoming a more and more competitive space by the day, so it is important to us to give our products the fresh new look and feel that they deserve,” said Fry’s international marketing director Tammy Fry.

    “We’re excited to be taking one more step towards more sustainable packaging with the removal of plastics where we can, with lots more developments to come across this year,” she added.

    “This new brand look and feel gives us great motivation to continue our commitment to creating the best tasting, best looking, most innovative, ethical, and plant-based meat alternatives for our customers.”

    The revamp comes ahead of a major investment in both above the line and below the line marketing for the brand in 2021, in a bid “to reach a wider audience of meat reducers and flexitarians”, Fry’s said.

    It follows a major round of acquisitions by the Livekindly Collective since it launched in March 2020, including the purchase of the Fry’s brand from its founding family, alongside Swedish brand Oumph and UK retailer Iceland’s No Meat frozen vegan brand in January.

    Livekindly also raised $335m (£242.5m) in its most recent funding round last month, as part of an aggressive expansion plan designed to make it the fastest-growing plant-based food company in the world.

  • DS Smith Introduces Greentote, the First 100% Reusable, Recyclable Alternative to Plastic Bags for Grocery Pickup or Delivery


    As more states, counties and cities ban plastic bags, DS Smith, the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, now is offering grocery stores and consumers Greentote. The company states that it is the first reusable, moisture-resistant, modular, 100% recyclable container made from renewable resources.

    The company’s development of the Greentote alternative arrives as stores and supermarkets respond to the pandemic-driven jump in online fulfillment sales, BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) and third-party grocery delivery services. That potentially has translated into more plastic bags ending up in their customers’ homes and eventually landfills, or worse – waterways.

    Recent surveys have indicated that many shoppers say they’d likely continue online buying if items were delivered with less packaging or used more sustainable material. They’d also prefer items delivered in more recyclable packaging. Greentote offers retail grocery chains and their customers what they’re demanding: an environmentally friendly, recyclable, reusable and food contact-safe solution for transporting groceries and merchandise.

    “Greentote is about convenience and sustainability,” said Melanie Galloway, vice president of sales, marketing and innovation for DS Smith North America Packaging. “From staging orders to curbside pickup or delivery, our sustainable, renewable, fiber-based tote is sturdier than paper, keeps perishable and other grocery items organized and safe, and is reusable.”

    “Corrugated is the safest medium for transporting goods in our global supply chain, and Greentote takes that confidence one step further by being USDA food-contact safe,” she said.

    Eighteen states already have enacted legislation to ban plastic bags, and major retailers including Walmart, CVS Health, Albertsons, Dollar General and Dick’s Sporting Goods have joined “The Beyond the Bag Initiative,” a group seeking to reinvent the single-use plastic retail bag. The goal: identify, test and implement viable design solutions and models that more sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag.

    Made of cardboard and available in two sizes, Greentote can hold more than three times the number of groceries than plastic bags and can interlock with each other, ensuring safety and convenience when transporting. Additionally, Greentote is coated with DS Smith’s proprietary Greencoat, which revolutionized the wax-coated shipping industry for poultry, produce, and seafood with its sustainable, moisture-resistant capabilities and durability in demanding supply chains.

    “Boxes in our Greencoat line are designed and manufactured to survive harsh wholesale environments while being fully recyclable,” Galloway said. “That means that the grocer who’s packing and stacking a Greentote will appreciate the modular functionality and ease of use. Customers and delivery services will love the ability to create a tidy trunk or backseat without worrying about groceries sliding out of bags and being damaged.”

    In addition to its reusability, sustainability, and environmental benefits, Greentote provides retailers an opportunity to create a revenue stream by allowing vendors and local businesses to advertise on its full-color, long-lasting printable surfaces.

    Greentote can also be used to print shopper loyalty programs, community events, in-store coupons or other types of communication.

    DS Smith’s purpose is to “Redefine Packaging for a Changing World,” and as part of its recently launched “Now and Next Sustainability Strategy” and commitment to the circular economy, the company by 2030 will use packaging and recycling to replace problem plastics, reduce customer carbon and eliminate consumer packaging waste.


  • Paper Bag Packaging for Small and Large Businesses


    Paper bags are commonly seen in every shop. Now it is a common need of every shopkeeper because every customer demands these bags to carry the things they buy from shops. Paper Bag Packaging has become a common trend to impress the customer. It involves many other benefits that make them special. The following are some useful advantages of these bags.

    Re usability of bags

    Paper bags are beneficial for not just us but the environment too. These bags can be cycled and reused again and again for different purposes. These qualities make them special to utilize and they do not take part to increase the pollution in the environment. The safe environment is much important for our health and even for the life of other living organisms in our environment. Paper bags are preferred on plastic bags because plastic bags contain harmful chemical like BPA. Such chemicals create pollution in the environment. So paper bags are the best options which are free from harmful substances. Plastic bags also cannot hold hot foods and release chemicals due to heat. While paper bags have no harmful effect while packing any kind of product or food.

    Branding with printed bags

    Paper bags are preferred by many companies because these can be printed with brand identities like the brand's logo and name. These identities make the brand popular and increase sales. When the customer gets impressed by the brand’s product, he again demands the product by identifying it from brand identities. Branding also increases the customer's trust in the brand and make the product popular among customers. If the customer starts to believe in the brand, he also wants to try the other product of the same brand.

    Stylish bags for marketing

    Marketing is the most beneficial feature of plastic bags. Every company invest too much in traditional marketing ways. They pay workers to reach the door to door for marketing. Companies print banners, posters and pamphlets and distribute to people. All these efforts require for just marketing of product but the paper bags are a cheap and helpful source for that without all these efforts. You can print your product picture or product specification on it. Which will more at different places form industry to shops, shops to homes and from homes to homes. You printed information will send your message everywhere the bag goes.

    Attain customer attention from bags

    Getting the customer's attraction is the major demand of every business. Any business is flop without its customer. But getting the customer is not as easy as riding a bike. It requires proper expertise and customer care skills. Plastic bags are the best option to get the customer's attention. These bag placed in the shops attract the customer and catch the customer eye at first glance. The bags look charming and it convinces the customer to buy something and get those bags. These bags look like a sign of status. So customer always demands to pack the product inside them. Some people also shy to carry cheap products or small things. Paper bags are also the best option for such people. These bags cover up the product completely and the product cannot be seen on the way home. Paper bags can be printed with beautiful design and colors which make them more impressive. The beautiful design always attracts the customer. The charming colors instantly catch the customer's eyes. The experts always advise that bring colors should be used as compare to dark for packaging. This is because bright colors please the eyes and can be differentiated from the far distance. So using bright colors these bags look beautiful even from far distances.

    Promote new brand with paper bags

    Marketing and promotion are often mixed with each other. No doubt both are the way of delivering the message to the customer but promotions get your more customers and increase the sales. Maybe you have seen many brands providing multiple offers with a low price range or any customer benefits. People always try to get benefit from offers. Paper bags are great for promotions. You can print promotions messages on these bags and by packaging any product in these bags, your message can be delivered easily not just to the buyer but everyone who will see the bag on the way. You can promote upcoming events with these bags. Special offers can be provided on festivals and event which can be represented on these bags. The design of bags can also be changed according to the promotion. The most trending features of packaging can be added in these bags.

    Protection of items

    Paper bags are durable and strong than plastic bags. These bags can protect products from environmental factors and external pressure. Paper bags also hold heavy products than plastic bags. They provide a strong grip to carry the products or for hanging. These bags provide protection just like strong Cardboard Packaging boxes.