Sustainability & Recyclability

19 Nov 2018 --- Nestlé Waters North America has signed an agreement with rPET supplier CarbonLITE with the latter due to expand its US production by building a third recycling facility in Nestlé Waters’ local bottling region (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). The new contract builds upon Nestlé Waters’ existing relationship with CarbonLITE, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer rPET, and allow the beverage company to further expand use of recycled materials in its packaging. The company currently purchases rPET from CarbonLITE’s existing facilities in California and Texas.
16 Nov 2018 --- Shelf-appeal and consumer engagement are increasingly significant drivers in metal can design. Although consumers are drinking less soda, other can markets are emerging and expanding, notably craft beer and canned water, with producers demanding the differentiation needed to be competitive on a busy shelf. Two leading metal can suppliers, Crown and Ball, showcased the latest in their decorative techniques and connective technologies during BrauBevaile 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
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.
16 Nov 2018 --- The German Packaging Law will come into effect on January 1 and place stricter regulations on packaging, especially in regards to recycling and reuse. KHS is offering FreshSafe PET, which coats PET in glass, allowing the typically blended material juice and nectar bottles to be included in the pure PET cycle, to ease the costs that the law may bring to juice and nectar producers.
15 Nov 2018 --- DS Smith is delivering a revolution in the sustainable development of beverage packaging with Fillbee – a returnable pack made from post-consumer waste that fits inside reusable crates, yet can also be stacked without a crate. Fillbee can accommodate four or six beers and be adapted to any shape of bottle. The move follows the EU policy announced earlier this year that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable or reusable by 2030. PackagingInsights gained an insight into this new launch, set to hit the market in spring 2019, at BrauBeviale, held this week in Nuremberg, Germany.
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.
14 Nov 2018 --- In a landmark discovery, scientists have for the first time detected plastic microfibers in the stool of wild animals. A team of Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of Georgia found this form of microplastics in the stool of South American fur seals by examining droppings from pinnipeds. The team believes that this form of examination is an efficient way to monitor environmental levels of microfiber and microplastic in the environment. The study was published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin.
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.
13 Nov 2018 --- Lightweight Containers, producer of the PET kegs KeyKeg and UniKeg, has launched two new additions: A non-alcoholic fitting and a manual dispensing unit for “at-home use,” today at BrauBeviale, in Nuremberg, Germany.
12 Nov 2018 --- SIGNATURE PACK from SIG has become the world’s first mass balance product to be confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA). The pack is linked to 100 percent plant-based renewable materials, mixed with conventional fossil raw materials to produce polymers.
12 Nov 2018 --- SNSTech’s latest launch, an all-aluminum, reclosable beverage called SipNShut, is said to tackle production, usability and sustainability issues that have thwarted the adoption of other reclosable can options in becoming commercially viable. Aside from a few major brands, reclosable can systems are not seen often on store shelves, the company notes.
09 Nov 2018 --- On 29 October 2018, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced that more than 290 organizations comprising 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced globally had signed a Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste at source and work collaboratively towards the development of a circular plastics economy. PackagingInsights speaks to Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy project, about this landmark agreement, increased company transparency, effective consumer recycling, the role of bioplastics and more.
08 Nov 2018 --- Lightweight Containers BV is the founder of the innovative KeyKeg and UniKeg system. The kegs are innovative in that they are made from lightweight plastic, as opposed to steel or wood, thereby reducing cO2 emissions and costs during travel. They are also almost entirely circular: old kegs become new kegs. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Annemieke Hartman, Chief Commercial Officer at Lightweight Containers, on the company’s circular ambitions.
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.
06 Nov 2018 --- A method to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for a range of applications has been uncovered by National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers in a world-first finding. The PET aerogels developed by the team are soft, flexible, durable, extremely lightweight and easy to handle. They could have the potential for use in heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations or fire escape.
05 Nov 2018 --- P&G is joining forces with other significant organizations to enhance the ocean conservation habits of Circulate Capital. Circulate Capital is an investment management firm dedicated to incubating and financing companies, programs and infrastructure that prevent ocean plastic. Circulate Capital and Ocean Conservancy, a leading ocean conservation nonprofit, recognized the support of P&G and other consumer packaged goods and chemical companies during the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia, last week.
05 Nov 2018 --- Food and beverage companies could be taxed on plastic packaging that contains less than 30 percent recycled content from April 2022, the UK Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the 2018 Budget speech last week. Kenton Robbins, the Managing Director of PFF, the UK’s largest independent producer of thermoformed plastic for food packaging, notes that applying a degree of pressure to deal with plastic waste is the right thing to do, but that there are hurdles facing the UK recycling industry that will make 30 percent recycled plastic levels difficult for some companies to achieve.
05 Nov 2018 --- Constantia Flexibles has introduced a new sustainability-focused packaging line called Ecolutions. The supplier says that Ecolutions will help customers meet sustainability requirements, reduce carbon footprint, and create recyclable solutions, all while maintaining the properties required to protect the packaged products. The new line launches after Constantia Flexibles produced an externally reviewed report into packaging waste which found that every year 2.12 billion tons of waste is produced and that this will continue to rise. The report predicted that in 2050, 3.40 billion tons of waste will be generated in cities alone.
05 Nov 2018 --- Amazon’s new Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) incentive program has been extended beyond the US and Canada to now include France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The e-commerce giant is incentivizing vendors from these countries to send specific products to Amazon fulfillment centers in packaging that require no additional packaging or further preparation by offering one-time early adopter credit for every item that adheres to the new requirements before 1 October, 2019.