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16 Jan 2019 --- UK supermarket chain Waitrose has ceased using black plastic to package hundreds of its own-label products. It plans to completely eradicate hard-to-recycle black plastics from own-label products by the end of 2019. Waitrose is also encouraging customers to bring reusable containers to the supermarket’s fresh service counters to minimize the use of plastic bags.
14 Jan 2019 --- Research focused on understanding the effects of microplastics has intensified after a series of discoveries found that the tiny plastic particles are polluting marine environments, food supplies and our bodies. Dr. Natalia Ivleva, a researcher at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has developed new analytical methods for the identification and quantification of microplastic and recently shared her findings.
14 Jan 2019 --- Family-owned Bavarian mustard producers Mari-Senf has launched a new Bag-in-Box dispensing system which has “huge plastic waste reduction potential.” Designed by DS Smith’s UK Rapak division in collaboration with Swedish dispensing specialists Asept, the Bag-in-Box design aims to minimize serving and clean-up time for street food kiosks, making it ideal for events such as Germany’s Oktoberfest.
09 Jan 2019 --- Sealpac has collaborated with Norwegian company MatBørsen for its foray into the ready meal sector. The companies launched a click-on soup tray that has been stocked at Norwegian retailers Meny since 2017, for which MatBørsen invested in a line solution primary based on Sealpac equipment. The concept delivers an extension in shelf-life for the soup, as well as a convenient for on-the-go end product for the consumer.
09 Jan 2019 --- The rigid plastic packaging market will reach US$166.63 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 5.2 percent between 2017 and 2022, according to new Frost & Sullivan forecasts. The main obstacles to further growth, as identified by the market researcher, include the option of flexible packaging alternatives, particularly stand-up pouches, increasingly challenging environmental regulations and the “fragmented” nature of the market.
08 Jan 2019 --- Packaging trends in 2018 were dominated by sustainability action, largely fueled by rising anti-plastic sentiment. It was a year that saw widespread bans on single-use plastic items, the announcement of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the launch of the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisles in Amsterdam and London. At the same time, the milestone merger of two plastic giants in Amcor and Bemis suggests that there are still major players ready to invest in the future of the material. In the first of a two part report on packaging trends, PackagingInsights speaks to several industry experts about what to anticipate in 2019, starting with the most hotly contested trend: sustainability.
03 Jan 2019 --- UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds has urged schools to eradicate single-use plastics by 2022 and find more sustainable alternatives to items such as straws, bags and bottles. Hinds wants pupils to be made aware of the scourge of plastic pollution while Surfers Against Sewage believes that schools have the power to incentivize suppliers to produce more eco-friendly packaging.
03 Jan 2019 --- Switching material from plastic to paperboard can reduce the climate impact of packaging by 99 percent in some instances, according to a recent study conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute for Iggesund Paperboard (Iggesund). The study investigated some of the most common packaging types, including plastic packs, and found that in every comparison, paper generated the most environmentally beneficial performance.
21 Dec 2018 --- European Plastic Converters (EuPC) and European Bioplastics (EUBP) have vocalized concerns over the specifics of the EU’s provisional agreement to ban 10 types of single-use plastic items as part of its new Plastics Strategy. EuPC believes that the proposal is a “superficial legislative text” which fails to recognize potential environmental consequences and improve waste management. Meanwhile, EUBP is concerned that the Directive fails to acknowledge the potential of biodegradable plastics as part of a more sustainable future.
21 Dec 2018 --- This week in packaging news, the UK government unveiled plans for a nationwide deposit-return scheme, which is set to launch in 2023. Sustainability action was widespread and exemplified by Stora Enso’s new partnership with FSC, which will aim to increase levels of certified wood supply across Europe, and Ritrama SpA’s launch of a new 50 percent dried grass label for wine, spirits and beer. Meanwhile, Coveris will open its new Pack Positive Centre in Leeds, UK, in the New Year, with the aim of driving sustainable plastic and paper packaging advancements.
20 Dec 2018 --- Sustainable plastic innovator Loop Industries has signed a Global Alliance Agreement with thyssenkrupp’s Industrial Solutions division, Uhde Inventa-Fischer. The Alliance intends to combine Loop’s depolymerization technology with thyssenkrupp’s PET Melt-To-Resin technology. The move is expected to increase the availability, resource-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of 100 percent sustainable PET on a global scale.
20 Dec 2018 --- Following months of negotiations, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have reached a provisional agreement on ambitious new single-use plastic measures proposed in May, and identified the 10 types of single-use plastics that will be banned under the EU’s Plastics Strategy.
13 Dec 2018 --- Francesco Rinaldi has become the first pasta sauce brand to incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) technology into its packaging. In a move anticipated to enhance brand loyalty and increase sales, consumers can scan Rinaldi jar labels with a smartphone and watch the brand’s icon, Mrs. Rinaldi, deliver “an entertaining and engaging product message” via a downloadable app.
12 Dec 2018 --- To add to its fully recyclable portfolio, Nestlé Waters US is aiming to achieve 25 percent recycled plastic content status in its packaging by 2021, with the level increasing to 50 percent by 2025.
12 Dec 2018 --- The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is driving forward the development of food packaging that is less damaging to the environment by collaborating on a project to cut plastic pollution. The collaboration effort will develop next-generation packaging that continues to prolong the shelf-life of foodstuffs, such as meats and salads, but, crucially, they will be made from biodegradable materials designed to biodegrade in a natural environment.
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.
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.
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.
26 Nov 2018 --- Valpak – the UK’s largest packaging compliance scheme – claims that innovation and collaboration will be essential if companies are to meet the challenging targets of the UK’s voluntary Plastics Pact agreement. The target to recycle or compost 70 percent of plastic waste by 2025 has been described as especially challenging given that the UK currently recycles an estimated 47 percent. In its role of data partner to the pact, Valpak aims to help signatories use their packaging data to identify actions to meet this and other specified targets.
22 Nov 2018 --- Wipak’s sandwich printed Biaxer, combined with a matt black SC XX bottom film, offers a 50 percent reduction in the amount of packaging material used compared to traditional minced meat packages. Finnish meat producer Atria has been using this technology in its vacuum pack for minced meat on the market since 2017.