• DS Smith and ERFURT win the Corrugated Board Innovation Award 2021 for making wallpapering easy


    Professional painters and do-it-yourselfers appreciate it equally: The quality wallpapers of the traditional brand ERFURT. It all started with woodchip wallpaper. Today, the family business ERFURT & SOHN KG, managed in the seventh generation, sells a diverse product portfolio all around the world for contemporary wall design in addition to its sales classics: from non-woven, smooth non-woven and embossed paper wallpapers to individually designable digital print wallpapers.

    Modern non-woven woodchip and non-woven wallpapers are very much in vogue, as they enable a particularly convenient and clean method of renovation with the wall-pasting technique. ERFURT & SOHN now offers an extra plus in convenience with the wallpaper box developed by DS Smith. The special highlight: The innovative solution for the professional and do-it-yourselfer saves the wallpaper table. The wallpaper strip can be attached directly from the wallpapering box to the pre-glued wall from the running roll. The integrated wall spacer, the positioning tabs for the ladder and the cut edge marked on the packaging ensure that the strips are always the right length. Waste of wallpaper material can be reduced considerably in this way. At the same time, the wallpaper box protects the wallpaper roll against soiling.

    Thanks to the printed assembly instructions, DS Smith's wallpaper box can be set up in no time at all and can be easily adjusted to the size of the wallpaper roll by means of reduction tabs inside the box. And it is just as easy to use

  • Nestle’s new bio-plastic packaging rolling out globally for infant-children products


    his renewable plant material that can be continually replenished and that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It also helps Nestlé reduce its use of fossil-based plastics. Nestlé Nutrition’s NAN infant formula packed in the new packaging materials was introduced in Hong Kong in 2020 and will be available in other markets globally from 2021, including for other brands such as BEBA and GUIGOZ.

    Wyeth Nutrition is launching the new bio-based packaging for its brands SMA, LITTLE STEPS, S-26 and ILLUMA.

    Nestlé Health Science is also introducing the new packaging material for its Althéra, Alfaré, Alfamino, Modulen and Peptamen Junior brands, which are part of its global range of pediatric food for special medical purposes.

    The lids and scoops are made from 66% and 95% sugar cane respectively. They are certified as plant-based packaging and are recyclable in countries that have recycling facilities for polyethylene (PE). They have the same properties and functionalities as conventional plastic ones, without compromising the high level of hygiene and freshness required. The bio-based lids and scoops complement the tin can which is metal-based and is the most recycled material in the world. This innovation is one of the many solutions Nestlé is working on to address the issue of packaging waste.

    Ryan Carvalho, Head of R&D and Chief Medical Officer for Nestlé Nutrition said, “The development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions plays an important role in our journey to net-zero. Bio-based packaging from sugar cane is an excellent example of how we can make good use of plant-based raw materials that are renewable to develop better alternatives to traditional plastic while ensuring that our products maintain a high level of safety and quality.”

    Nestlé is a founding member of the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance that aims to encourage production of bioplastics feedstocks in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable manner.

  • AR Packaging fibre-based barrier tray for fresh vegetables and fruit minimises use of plastics


    The drive to minimise the use of plastics in packaging is a main topic for retailers and food producer. Solid plastic trays are commonly used for fresh vegetables and fruits, and even if trays made of renewable plastics have been introduced, recyclable fibre trays are requested. AR Packaging has therefore introduced a one-piece tray with a thin barrier coating. The tray is based on cartonboard made of fibres from certified sustainably managed sources and a fibre content of up to 95% makes it recyclable in the paper stream in most countries.

    The majority of our product developments are focused on packaging solutions made of renewable materials and which are recyclable. The switch to fibre-based trays for fresh vegetables can be pretty easy with no investments in new production equipment needed”, said Philipp Eissner, Business Development Manager at AR Packaging. “These new trays are already in use in Germany and they are well suited for a wide range of products such as fresh vegetables & fruits, herbs, mushrooms, seeds and much more.”

    The unbleached paper look and feel of the tray makes it easy for brand owners to communicate the environmental benefits to the end consumer. Both the outside and inside of the tray can be printed.

    In addition to providing the requested product protection, the tray can be combined with a lidding film which provides consumer convenience such as easy peel opening and reclosure. The reclosure feature can prolong the shelf life of the product and minimise food waste when the consumer uses parts of the content at different occasions.

    The fibre-based tray for fresh vegetables and fruit is one example of many sustainable tray solutions offered by AR Packaging

  • It's in the bag! Tesco partners with Mondi to close the loop for shopping bags from retailer's own paper waste

    Leading global packaging and paper group Mondi and Tesco Central Europe have launched a new partnership, in which Mondi will purchase the retailer’s warehouse corrugated waste to create recycled paper for the retailers' shopping bags. Tesco is working towards a net zero emission goal, in line with its sustainability targets to remove, reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible and Mondi is able to contribute to this vision with its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions.

  • Connect-e-Cap®: the intelligent packaging solution by Röchling Medical

    It is extremely important for the success of medical treatment that patients adhere exactly to the medication prescribed to them. Numerous studies prove that adherence to therapy pays off. But studies also show that many patients ignore their treatment plans – out of stubbornness, carelessness or excessive demands. This so-called non-adherence not only jeopardizes the success of treatment, but also causes immense costs for the health care systems.

  • Winners of the Recreate Packaging competition 2021 announced

    Since people today want to live greener lives, they look for choices that can make the world a better place. That’s why we supplied the following Stora Enso materials for the contestants to use in their designs:

    • CKB Nude brown kraft board

    • Cupforma Natura food service board

    • Natura Life brown liquid packaging board

    • Tambrite / Tamfold carton boards

  • New multipack yogurt cups made from PP


    Greiner Packaging has successfully replaced yogurt multi-packs made from polystyrene (PS) with polypropylene (PP), and thanks to ‘Project Snap’ has recreated an important feature that has always been popular with consumers.

    Yogurt multi-packs have traditionally been made from polystyrene (PS), but there is currently no PS recycling stream in the UK and supermarkets have focused on removing all PS products. Seeking to deliver a sustainable alternative, in February 2018 Greiner Packaging’s Dungannon factory began trials using polypropylene (PP), and was first in the UK to recreate a functional multi-pack in PP.

    One of the advantages of PS was its ability to deliver a really effective ‘break’ which was initially difficult to achieve with PP. Leading UK retailer Tesco was one of the first customers to move from PS multi-packs to PP multi-packs, but consumers were disappointed that packs made from the new material did not ‘snap’ in the same way as the previous PS packs.

    In July 2020, Greiner Packaging began ‘Project Snap’ to develop and improve PP multi-pack breakability. By October 2020, the first successful filling trials of the latest PP 4-pack had begun, and the new improved yogurt 100g 4-packs are now on-shelf.

    We needed to remove PS from our packaging and Greiner Packaging helped us with the move to PP. However, our customers were always accustomed to the easy "snap" of the old PS yogurt multi-packs and we needed to further develop this feature with the new recyclable PP packaging. Greiner has been at the forefront of these developments and worked with us quickly to re-engineer the PP multi-pack to give it the same "snap" quality of PS.

    Denise Mathieson, Tesco Senior Packaging Manager

  • Graphic Packaging launches recyclable beverage packaging solution


    Cap-It is a clip with neck rings designed for multipack PET or recycled PET bottles. Made from renewable materials, the paperboard solution offers an alternative to traditional shrink film packaging, increasing overall pack recyclability to 100%.

    Graphic Packaging’s latest release is said to use minimal paperboard and aims to support beverage brands’ plastic reduction goals.

    “Graphic Packaging’s wide range of sustainable paperboard beverage solutions work well with multiple can, glass bottle and PET bottle configurations,” said Roxanne McSpadden, director of marketing and beverage new product development at Graphic Packaging.

    “Cap-It is our latest innovation for PET bottles that replaces traditional plastic multipack solutions, such as rings and shrink films. With Cap-It, customers are guaranteed a 100% recyclable package that aids the circular economy by providing fibres that can circulate multiple times through the recycling chain and becoming new packaging.”

    Cap-It is currently in commercial use in Asia.

  • Amcor’s single-serve plastic bottles and flexible packaging reshape dairy industry


    As a keynote sponsor of the 2021 International Dairy Forum, Amcor will demonstrate how it’s reshaping dairy packaging by offering more sustainable solutions and innovative design and delivery, extending shelf life for customers.

    In addition, Amcor will highlight the latest developments in sustainability and dairy packaging solutions during a webinar Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. EST. The webinar will be hosted by IDFA.

    “As consumer demands increase, brands know they need smarter and more sustainable packaging strategies in order to break from the pack and truly differentiate themselves,” said Carmen Becker, Vice President and General Manager, Amcor Rigid Packaging, Specialty Containers. “We offer the capabilities that are best suited to meet strong growth in key dairy segments through stellar design, one-of-a-kind preform technology, and industry-leading manufacturing.”

    Single-serve packaging for value-added dairy, dairy alternatives, and meal replacements has grown by double-digits over the last five years and continues to unleash major opportunities for PET containers, according to Euromonitor. These smaller custom bottles can be manufactured for premium dairy products in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and convenience features including easy-to-pour and reclosable tops.

    As the average size of the U.S. household shrinks and consumers are increasingly shopping online, the demand for ecommerce-friendly dairy packaging that is shatter- and dent-resistant and smaller in size is very appealing. Plus, the on-the-go lifestyle, where convenience is an important purchasing decision, allows PET to stand out and gives it the edge over other packaging substrates.

    Aseptic/extended shelf life (ESL) plastic bottles from Amcor are being leveraged for a full range of beverage sizes from 6-oz to 64-oz. To protect the contents and extend shelf life, Amcor’s barrier technology protects against ultraviolet light, maximizes the product’s flavor, and provides 90 days to one year of shelf life.

    Amcor Flexibles North America provides high-performance materials that meet the needs of dairy packaging applications, along with technical service and expertise to support the challenges faced by customers, retailers and food service channels. With a focus on innovation and more sustainable packaging, Amcor is driven to deliver packaging solutions with no compromise on performance, and that are increasingly lightweight, recycle ready and incorporate recycled content. Amcor’s flexible packaging portfolio addresses the key drivers of change for the dairy industry, such as millennial tastes and environmental demands, retail fragmentation, labor availability, and away-from-home consumption trends and snacking.

    Amcor offers print and finishing technologies for flexible packaging that differentiates brands on shelf, and provides an elevated brand experience at the point of purchase and in the home.

    “Amcor’s portfolio provides greater flexibility to our customers,” says Derrick Sytsma, Vice President and General Manager, Dairy, Amcor Flexibles North America. “With our wide range of standard products, we can offer industry-leading speed to market. Combined with our technology and product quality, we feel this level of responsiveness will enable us to support our customers at the highest level in the industry.”

    PET has rapidly become the world’s preferred packaging material, is lightweight, shatterproof, reclosable, resealable, reusable, and infinitely recyclable*. In addition, PET bottles often have the lowest carbon footprint and their production results in up to 70% less greenhouse gas emissions than other packaging materials**. Amcor is also the industry leader in the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET with over 15 years of experience. The company has commercialized many packages in 100% PCR and utilized more than 100 million pounds annually over the last four years.

    In the midst of today’s hygiene concerns, capped and sealed PET bottles keep beverages protected from pathogens like viruses and bacteria. They are also sealed to combat contamination and re-sealable for ongoing protection.



    A new HDPE bottle developed in cooperation with Beiersdorf for its NIVEA brand is good for the environment in a number of ways. The innovative bottle with cap developed for a body lotion series requires around half the packaging material usually needed. This therefore reduces the cost of materials as well as the associated carbon emissions. Its thin-walled structure makes it lighter and means it is easier to squeeze, while nevertheless remaining stable and impact-resistant enough for transportation, for example. It also continues to protect the formula from external influences such as UV rays.

    Optimised discharging of contents

    Another advantage of the revolutionary bottle is demonstrated towards the end of its use by the consumer. When its contents begin to run out, it can be rolled up much like a tube of toothpaste, allowing it to be completely emptied. There is a groove on the base of the bottle along which it can be squeezed together to completely flatten the body of the bottle. It can then be easily rolled up and completely emptied, resulting in less waste.

    Design for recycling

    In developing this packaging solution, attention was paid in particular to high-quality recycling in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This involves new bottles being produced using recycled bottle material to create a closed loop. To make this possible, both the bottle body made of HDPE and the cap made of PP (not produced by ALPLA) are fully recyclable and can be easily separated in the relevant sorting steps and then efficiently recycled. The label is made of the same material as the bottle.

    • Technology: EBM

    • Bottle material: HDPE + white

    • Contents: 200 and 350 millilitres

    • Optimised discharging of contents thanks to special packaging design (roll-up function)

    • Easy to use – simply squeeze

    • Reduce: The packaging including cap and label uses approximately 50% less material than other body lotion packaging of the customer. Approximately 40% of the reduction is achieved in the bottle body

    • Recycle: Ideally and completely recyclable within existing recycling streams (yellow recyclables bin bags/bins) in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle

    • Lightweight: Reduced carbon emissions during production and transportation

    • Decoration: Label made of the same material as the bottle (HDPE) and is likewise easy to roll up

    • The packaging solution is available in stores as NIVEA Naturally Good Body Lotion/NIVEA Natural Balance Body Lotion

    ‘The new NIVEA bottle developed in close cooperation with Beiersdorf is a highly innovative packaging solution with a clever squeeze and roll-up function. We also focused heavily on the topics of sustainability and recycling, and optimised the bottle in terms of material reuse. And we are already developing it further – together, we are now working on using recycled plastics as well as on additional formats.’

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