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14 Nov 2018 --- A London supermarket has become one of the first in the world to introduce a dedicated Plastic Free Zone. In collaboration with A Plastic Planet, Thornton’s Budgens store in Camden’s Belsize Park took only 10 weeks to accumulate more than 1,700 plastic-free products, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to wild game meat including squirrel and wild boar. A range of plastic-alternative materials including beechwood nets, pulp, paper, metal, glass, cellulose and carton board are being used to package the products. Plastic-free zones are designed to introduce consumers to the concept of a plastic-free lifestyle.
02 Nov 2018 --- Dutch design graduate Don Kwaning has created a bio-based packaging material from the pith of a cosmopolitan and typically unwanted weed called soft rush. By separating the pith from the fibers, Kwaning discovered that paper, textile, foam and construction materials can be produced for use in a range of packaging applications, including dried foods packs. Kwaning speaks to PackagingInsights about the inspiration behind this novel concept, the technical process, and the challenges of commercialization.
16 Oct 2018 --- Biodegradable coffee capsules that consumers can dispose of in their home compost have been developed by Golden Compound, in cooperation with Alpla. The capsules are made from Golden Compound green material; comprised from the natural fibers of sunflower seed shells. The capsule and filter fleece is completely biodegradable within a maximum of six months and is free from aluminum and genetically modified organisms.
11 Oct 2018 --- The packaging solution is sometimes right in front of your eyes. That is the view of Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli and Paolo Stefano Gentile, three product designers from NABA University in Milan, who have created cone-shaped fries packaging from discarded potato peels. Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels: the idea of this project is to use this material to save on waste while producing eco-conscious packaging, the trio says, and so the Peel Saver was born.
04 Oct 2018 --- VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, a leading European research and technology organization, are using science and technology to prove to the industry that plastic can be part of a strong circular economy, with the addition of bio-based raw materials and sustainable design, as well as a three-pronged approach to recycling: mechanical, chemical and biological. PackagingInsights got in contact with the team at VTT to detail some of their key developments, as well as their outlooks for the future of packaging.
04 Oct 2018 --- Results of a new six-phase study confirmed that compostable foodservice packaging can be effectively used as a feedstock in commercial composting facilities. The testing, funded by the Foodservice Packaging Institute and the Biodegradable Products Institute, showed that foodservice packaging performed as well as wood and other traditional feedstocks.
27 Sep 2018 --- German manufacturer of high-quality special papers Zanders is showcasing the new Zangrass, an uncoated grass paper with a special tactile feel which is both recyclable and compostable, at FachPack in Nuremberg this week. Zangrass was developed especially for sustainable packaging. Furthermore, Zanders presents the newly introduced barrier paper: Zanbarrier NGR.
21 Sep 2018 --- UK Parliament has introduced compostable products to replace existing, single-use plastic items. The plant-based, compostable range will be supplied by Vegware and shall include certified compostable cutlery, coffee cups and lids, soup containers, takeaway food containers, salad boxes and drinking straws.
20 Sep 2018 --- European Bioplastics (EUBP) has reported that The European Parliament’s (EP) report on the European Strategy for Plastics adopted last week by the plenary testifies to the increasing acknowledgment and endorsement of the value propositions of bioplastics. Rapporteur Mark Demesmaeker highlights the potential role of bio-based plastics and of biodegradable plastics in establishing a strong circular EU bioeconomy. The EP report ties in with provisions for feedstock differentiation and use of biodegradable and compostable plastics recently adopted in the Waste Directive and Packaging Directive.
18 Sep 2018 --- A Plastic Planet – an organization which openly advocates a 100 percent discontinuation of plastics in food and beverage packaging – could be found tucked away in a far corner of the Packaging Innovations show in London last week. The major theme of the show was the ongoing plastics conversation, epitomized by the widely attended The Big Plastics Debate, in which industry-leading figures debated the role of plastics in a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, the team at A Plastic Planet came armed with its famed Plastic Free Aisle exhibit and a wall full of “Plastic Free” trust marks in a clear indication of its stance.
17 Sep 2018 --- Compostable and renewable packaging film specialists Futamura grabbed headlines at Packaging Innovations 2018 in London with its 100 percent plastic-free, compostable crisp bag made from barrier film NatureFlex. The bag is the first of its kind on the European market, originally launched in Germany. Futamura collaborated with packaging manufacturer Bio4Pack to create the pack for German organic crisps producer, myCHIPSBOX. The bag was displayed on the Packaging Innovations Showcase as well as the Futamura stand.
03 Sep 2018 --- Vericool – the producers of high-performing, cost-effective, compostable insulation and recyclable cold-chain packaging – has announced a multi-year partnership with US-based Square Baby. Square Baby aims to reduce its use of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS, commonly referred to as Styrofoam) waste through this partnership. The move comes after increasing numbers of counties and cities across California and the US continue to ban single-use plastics and EPS, with companies starting to use environmentally-friendly shipping alternatives.
31 Aug 2018 --- Lucozade Sport has announced plans to trial plastic-free sports drinks and gels encased in an edible seaweed outer layer. Brand owner Lucozade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with materials engineering startup Skipping Rocks Lab to trial their revolutionary Ooho product at selected running events beginning in September 2018. The trial will expand to wider UK based events in the new year, a Lucozade Ribena Suntory spokesperson tells PackagingInsights.
29 Aug 2018 --- Waste coffee grounds could be used to produce biodegradable plastics, a student from Macquarie University, Australia, has found in his Ph.D. research. Researcher Dominik Kopp developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics.
27 Aug 2018 --- Bioplastic packaging is gaining popularity in a global market driven by sustainability demands. Yet the inherent difficulties in finding mainstream definitions for the many complex variations in bio-based materials means that bioplastics do not always get the attention from regulatory bodies that they deserve. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), about the message his organization is working to promote.
01 Aug 2018 --- Vegware’s compostable hot and cold cups and lids are now allowed at UK garden waste composting facilities, as long as milk and cream are the only animal by-products present, the company has announced. The project was a Vegware-run initiative together with REA’s Organics Recycling Group, approved by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
01 Aug 2018 --- Kraft Heinz has committed to making 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025, while setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The move comes as the company looks to up its efforts to reduce natural resource dependency and create a more sustainable environmental footprint in line with the circular economy concept. The announcement was made as an addition to the Heinz’s “Growing a Better World” strategy which was released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report.
25 Jul 2018 --- In an attempt to lower the use of single-use plastics in takeaway packaging, online delivery service Just Eat has announced a new UK six-week trial of seaweed-based sauce sachets for ketchup and garlic herb sauces. The Ooho! Seaweed Sauce sachets, created in partnership with sustainable packaging development company Skipping Rocks Lab, decompose in a matter of weeks.
25 Jul 2018 --- Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a compostable material derived from crab shells and tree fibers which, the team believes, could provide a more sustainable alternative to flexible plastic packaging used for fresh foods. The new material is made by spraying multiple layers of chitin from crab shells and cellulose from trees to form a flexible film similar to plastic packaging film.
03 Jul 2018 --- A team of scientists at Samara Polytech in Russia has created edible films consisting of only natural ingredients. The packaging is based on fruit or vegetable puree and low on caloric value. The project team had set out to improve the technologies of edible packaging production works in the Flagship University of the Samara region.