paper & paperboard

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.
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.
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.
28 Nov 2018 --- Corona will become the first global beer brand to trial 100 percent plastic-free six-pack rings. The new rings will be piloted in Mexico at the beginning of 2019, with further tests in the UK planned for later in the year. Corona announced that it will pilot plastic-free six-pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the industry with eco-friendly packaging.
27 Nov 2018 --- Tetra Pak reached another major milestone on its journey towards producing all packaging using sustainably managed, renewable materials with the December 2016 launch of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap. Adopted by Netherlands-based FrieslandCampina earlier in 2018 for its popular chocolate milk brand, Chocomel, the 80 percent raw plant material carton continues to attract more sustainability-driven customers.
26 Nov 2018 --- Smurfit Kappa has developed the 100 percent paper-based TOPPsafe – a more sustainable alternative to the heavy wooden, chipboard and plastic boards that are used to protect palletized products during transport and storage. TOPPSafe is crafted from Hexacomb material which is lightweight and strong due to its honeycomb structure.
23 Nov 2018 --- Approximately US$831 million worth of damaged goods will be delivered this Black Friday due to inadequate packaging, according to estimations made by DS Smith. That equates to almost 1 in every 10 products purchased. New research conducted by the supplier reveals that 75 percent of online shoppers have received a damaged product in the last 12 months, with a third of affected products damaged to the extent that they cannot be used. PackagingInsights speaks to Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Affairs at DS Smith, about the issue and how the supplier’s e-commerce testing hub – DISCS – is seeking to improve pack durability.
21 Nov 2018 --- Tetra Pak has secured a significant sustainability boost by partnering with recycling specialists Veolia to ensure that all material components of its cartons have end-use recycling value. While the paperboard component can already be converted into cartons and paper towels, Veolia’s systems will also enable the polymer and aluminum (PolyAl) mix to be converted into industrial applications such as oil canisters and pots (HDPE) as well as crates and plastic pallets (PE Alu). In essence, this means the overall value of used Tetra Pak beverage cartons is expected to double, making the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable.
16 Nov 2018 --- An array of boxed bag systems will feature at the DS Smith Plastics Europe booth at All4Pack in Paris, from the 26-29 November. Boxed Bags have proven popular as they can offer a long shelf life to products while keeping liquids safe and preserving taste, the company describes. They also provide sustainability benefits as they can be flattened after use, therefore saving space in transportation.
15 Nov 2018 --- Proctor & Gamble (P&G) is set to launch a new fully recyclable e-commerce liquid laundry detergent pack on the US market in January 2019, which will be available through all major e-retailers. The compact and light Tide Eco-Box is a bag-in-box design which contains 60 percent less plastic compared to the current 150 oz Tide press-tap. Significantly, the Tide Eco-Box does not require any secondary packaging or bubble wrap, enhancing its credentials further as an eco-conscious e-commerce solution.
07 Nov 2018 --- Stora Enso has introduced a paper-based RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag technology called ECO in a move intended to offer a more sustainable alternative to plastic-based RFID tags. ECO is designed for intelligent packaging functionalities in supply chain, retail and e-commerce applications. The technology is a recyclable solution for packaging authentication.
06 Nov 2018 --- The UK Recycling Association has criticized Kellogg’s Pringles can recycling scheme, referring to it as a “fudge that doesn’t solve any issues.” Kellogg’s announced last month that it had entered an agreement with recycling company TerraCycle, enabling consumers to recycle Pringles cans using Freepost labels, with the sender rewarded with a charitable donation for each can which can be redeemed at a school, charity or non-profit of choice. The cans are then recycled and the resulting pellets used to create new products such as benches and fence posts.
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.
02 Nov 2018 --- Global leader in optimized resource management, Veolia, has cited the “growing success of the circular economy and the real benefits the approach is delivering to the UK Economy” in the publication of its latest Sustainability Report. According to Veolia, the results show that Veolia’s £1.5 billion (US$1.96 billion) investment in UK recycling and energy infrastructure is enabling customers to save money, secure supply chains, and achieve major CO2 reductions, and shows how the company is pioneering the new technologies that lower resource use.
31 Oct 2018 --- Smurfit Kappa, one of the world's largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products, has acquired Fabrika Hartije Beograd (FHB) paper mill and Avala Ada Beograd (Avala Ada) corrugated plant in Serbia for a consideration of US$151 million (€133 million) from Kappa Star Group.
26 Oct 2018 --- Kellogg’s is implementing increased sustainability throughout its UK operations with the launch of several new packaging measures, most notably, a new solution to allow people to recycle Pringles cans and the introduction of recycle-ready cereal pouches. Such measures make up part of the cereal and snack giants’ ambitions to achieve 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025. This goal, which is being rolled out to all Kellogg’s global markets including the UK, builds on its current sustainable packaging commitment to continue to ensure 100 percent of all timber-based packaging is either recycled or certified as sustainably sourced.
26 Oct 2018 --- Paper and paperboard have witnessed somewhat of a resurgence, fueled by anti-plastic sentiment and a growing global demand for designed-in recyclability. Not only is paper a naturally renewable, recyclable and compostable material, it can also add value to packaging with the appearance of “naturalness” in an increasingly eco-conscious consumer market. In terms of shelf-appeal, paper also provides an excellent printing substrate with potential for high-quality graphics to effectively communicate brand values (and sustainability credentials).
24 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has combined sustainable sourcing, plastics reduction and improved recyclability to deliver a fully-circular skinboard tray for UK supermarket Morrisons’ fresh meat products. The 50 percent plastic reduction supports both the retailer’s sustainability goals and the manufacturer’s UK Plastics Pact commitments. More sustainable from source, the packs offer a significantly lower carbon footprint as they are made from over 75 percent renewable materials.
22 Oct 2018 --- A holistic approach to sustainability that will lead to a packaging portfolio of 100 percent renewable materials is driving the vision of Tetra Pak. Mario Abreu, Tetra Pak’s Vice President for Sustainability and Chairman of the Sustainability Forum tells PackagingInsights about how Tetra Pak is attempting to increase the viability of the renewable sources market in an effort to only use “renewable and available materials that will always be replenished.”