News by Material

10 Dec 2018 --- The a2 Milk Company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 liter Pure-Pak cartons in the UK, as part of a new processing deal with Elopak customer Crediton Dairy. The UK fresh milk market has been dominated by plastic packaging with millions of bottles disposed of daily, but now the industry is seeing a high-rate of suppliers switching to carton packaging, notes Tim Smiddy, Managing Director of Crediton Dairy.
10 Dec 2018 --- Costa Coffee and Barclaycard have collaborated to launch the UK’s first reusable coffee-cup with integrated contactless payment technology. Powered by Barclaycard’s bPay technology, Costa Coffee’s Clever Cup allows users to make purchases with the cup, top up their in-store credit balance and track payments online or via a dedicated app on both iPhone and Android devices. Launched last month in Costa Coffee stores across the UK, this reusable innovation is expected to decrease the volume of discarded coffee cups.
07 Dec 2018 --- In packaging news this week, Nestlé has launched the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally-friendly packaging solutions. United Caps has celebrated the manufacture of its 10 billionth closure over the past 12 months at its Hungary plant, while Smurfit Kappa has come out on top in two categories at the Estrella del Sur Awards, organized by the Argentina Institute of Packaging.
07 Dec 2018 --- Label supplier UPM Raflatac has introduced a new line of ultra-clear thin film labels made from 90 percent recycled content in the EMEIA region. The Vanish PCR labels are currently the only labels on the market to incorporate recycled content, according to Raflatac. They are designed to increase sustainability without compromising on performance and design.
06 Dec 2018 --- A new US and Canadian study into the environmental effects of plastics has concluded that plastics are more sustainable than the material alternatives in terms of energy use, water consumption, solid waste, greenhouse gas emissions, ozone depletion, eutrophication and acidification. Published last month, the study conducted by the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) found that replacing plastics with alternative materials such as paper and paperboard, glass, steel, aluminum, textiles, rubber and cork would result in significant net negative environmental impacts.
06 Dec 2018 --- Total Corbion – a collaborative venture between Total and Corbion – has launched a new 75,000 tons per year PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastics manufacturing plant based in Rayong, Thailand. The facility produces Luminy PLA resins, a biobased and biodegradable bioplastic that could play in to a circular economy. PLA products can be chemically or mechanically recycled or composted and used as fertilizer.
06 Dec 2018 --- Saxon Packaging, owned by Smurfit Kappa, has unveiled a novel advent calendar geared towards the adult consumer, suitable for containing 25 bottles of beer. The advent calendar is flexo printed and offered by the Beer Box Shop. The updated design delivers a 10 percent material reduction on previous Beer Box Shop beer advent calendars.
05 Dec 2018 --- DS Smith has joined the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) – a customer experience optimization program designed to ensure e-commerce packaging is more sustainable and durable. The supplier will offer testing services at its purpose-built and independent laboratory in Hinckley, UK, allowing e-retailers to guarantee that their packaging adheres to APASS requirements before next year’s deadline.
04 Dec 2018 --- Petcore Europe and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) have published guidelines for manufacturers and suppliers to produce fully recyclable PET thermoformed trays. The report hopes to extend the success of PET bottles’ high recycling rates in Europe to PET trays, as well as increase the use of recyclate. PET-based trays already contain an average of 55 percent recycled plastics, but full circularity is the goal.
04 Dec 2018 --- A new UK tax on plastic sandwich packaging is expected to be implemented as early as this week as part of UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s Resource and Waste Strategy. Typical sandwich packs are notoriously difficult to recycle due to the glued bond of cardboard and plastic. Reports speculate that the funds generated by adding a 15p (US$0.19) tax to each plastic sandwich pack could be put towards recouping the recycling costs.
04 Dec 2018 --- Bucket packaging suppliers Jokey has been awarded the Pack The Future Award in the Eco-Design category for the Jokey-Multi-Pack 185 (JMP 185), a bucket manufactured from recyclable materials, at this year’s ALL4PACK show in Paris. The bucket, including the handle, is fully recyclable.
03 Dec 2018 --- Digital imaging company Electronics For Imaging (EFI) will present its portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies at this week’s All4Pack trade show in Paris. This year’s showcase will include the launch of new print modes for the EFI Nozomi C18000 – the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press that is helping many of the world’s leading packaging companies thrive with high-graphic, direct-to-board digital printing.
03 Dec 2018 --- A 29-year-old French entrepreneur has created and independently-launched a 100 percent renewable and recyclable food wrap packaging called Cosse. Produced from organic cotton coated with resin, wax and oil, the sticky but not gluey material can be used to package a wide range of foods including fruit and vegetables, pasta salad, cheese and bread. It can be washed in warm soapy water and reused up to 250 times. PackagingInsights speaks to the creator, Clémence Maurel, about the environmental and commercial success of this innovative packaging.
30 Nov 2018 --- Loop Industries (Loop) has entered into a multi-year agreement with Coca-Cola to supply its branded, high-grade 100 percent recycled plastic resin to participating bottlers within the US. Coca-Cola believes this will be a significant step towards its goal of producing at least 50 percent of its PET bottles from recycled plastics.
30 Nov 2018 --- Many emerging markets, such as India, Brazil, China, Indonesia and South Africa, are undergoing rapid urbanization and modernization. Often, these areas are seeing vast demographic and social shifts, such as an increasing number of women entering the workforce and average population ages far lower than in developed markets. These are just some facets contributing to the unique opportunity emerging markets present to the packaging industry. Finding ways to address the needs of a growing and rapidly urbanizing population, while limiting food losses and waste, are becoming key priorities for the global packaging industry.
30 Nov 2018 --- Bag-in-box and pouch packaging supplier Scholle IPN is adapting and evolving its aseptic packaging solutions for the growing nitro cold brew coffee trend. Nitro coffee was originally offered in kegs and is now transitioning to bag-in-box. With solutions like the 1900 Cap Bag-in-Box Package, Scholle IPN is well-positioned to offer customers from major coffee producers to small coffee shops a range of nitro cold brew products, including specialized connectors, bags with the correct fitment, or filling equipment for those bags.
30 Nov 2018 --- In packaging news this week, DS Smith launched Tower Rack, its latest internal logistics innovation for the automotive sector and industries with a high part turnover. Mondi plans to invest €30 million (US$34 million) in its Corrugated Packaging facility in Bupak, Czech Republic, and The Felix Schoeller Group and New (India) Imaging Industries are partnering on a newly formed Joint Venture in India. Avery Dennison has entered into a partnership with SMAG Graphique to offer easier RFID (Radio-frequency identification) conversion solutions for their customers. Lastly, Nestlé is introducing a new Professional Degree Apprenticeship that specializes in packaging.
29 Nov 2018 --- Mars Petcare has partnered with recycling expert TerraCycle to launch a free, nationwide pet-food packaging recycling scheme, and is inviting the whole pet care industry to join and extend the impact of the scheme. Led by Mars Petcare brands Whiskas and James Wellbeloved, the program is open to any packaging in the market. The partnership joins a string of recent collaborations between TerraCycle and a number of high-profile companies.
29 Nov 2018 --- RPC bpi protec has advanced the viability of a circular economy for flexible packaging with the launch of a 30 percent post-consumer recyclate and 100 percent recyclable shrink film. The new X-EnviroShrink is fully in line with the latest UK government proposals for plastic packaging and one of the most sustainable solutions for the collation and multi-packing of goods, the supplier says.
29 Nov 2018 --- Kellogg UK is to adopt color-coded labeling in the UK on cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain. The new labeling is to start from January 2019 on brands including Coco Pops, Crunchy Nut, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosties and Special K. The news comes a day after PepsiCo announced it will trial interpretative color-coded labeling for both beverages and foods in many EU markets, using the 100g/ml-based approach already voluntarily implemented in the UK and Ireland.