Aptar Pharma, a global leader in drug delivery systems, services and active material science solutions, recently announced the construction of a new facility in India at a ceremony to also celebrate Aptar Mumbai’s ten year anniversary.
Stephan Tanda, Aptar President and CEO and Kanwal Tikoo, President, India and SEA, Aptar, along with members of Aptar’s executive committee, virtually welcomed Aptar employees who joined from all over the world to witness the groundbreaking of the new facility at Taloja, Mumbai.
The European tube market continues to be robust in the second year of the pandemic. The european tube manufacturers association (etma) reports stable deliveries of tubes in 2021, exceeding the previous year's level by just under 1 percent and reaching a total volume of just over 11.6 billion units.
- Mondi has created a recyclable refill pouch enabling Henkel consumers to reduce plastic by 70% and helping Henkel to move closer to its sustainability targets
- Henkel's Pril hand dishwashing liquid is available in a 100% recycled PET pump dispenser bottle which can be re-used many times using refills packaged in Mondi's recyclable mono PE refill pouch
- The innovative pouch is light-weight, convenient to use, certified as leak-proof and highly durable even for home deliveries
The use of disposable plastic cutlery will be banned in the European Union from mid-2021 – but a perfect alternative is being brought to market in the form of the new fold-out cardboard spoon developed by Greiner Packaging and Cardbox Packaging. Designed for enjoying dairy and snack products away from home, the spoon is right on track with both the convenience and sustainability trends: Consumers want food solutions that are easy to prepare and can also be enjoyed on the go – and they also want the food’s packaging and cutlery to be as user and eco-friendly as possible. Cutlery made of renewable resources such as cardboard, which is 100 percent recyclable in the paper recycling loop, taps into these exact trends.
Smart and sturdy cardboard design
Folded just once, the sturdy cardboard spoon has a length of 10 cm, which gives it the perfect shape and size to conveniently consume dairy products, desserts, fruit, or various types of salad on the go. Thanks to its smart folding style and the innovative shape that resembles a bank card, the spoon is easy to use on the spot. The cardboard spoon is made from virgin fibers and is therefore approved for contact with food, while a water-based coating on the cardboard ensures the spoon can be safely used while eating. But customers can still have branding and a great look with this spoon, too. Custom printing is always available starting at a minimum order quantity. This process naturally uses special food-safe inks and coatings that meet the highest standard for food products.
The completely recyclable alternative
Once used, the folding cardboard spoon can be simply disposed of with other wastepaper. A water-based coating selected for the spoon makes it ideal for recycling in the standard paper recycling stream. Combining it with a top cup made of r-PET and polypropylene (PP) sealing film that can be fully removed from the lid results in a sustainable packaging solution with an excellent recycling profile: To access the spoon, the PP film is automatically separated from the lid. This ensures that the individual packaging components are 100 percent recyclable when correctly disposed of.
A key contribution toward a circular economy
The new cardboard spoon meets Greiner Packaging’s requirements for sustainability perfectly. The plastics experts are committed to the concept of a circular economy that aims to use plastic as sparingly as possible. When the cardboard spoon – which is made of renewable resources itself – needs to be disposed of, it is simply recycled in the paper loop. “We are delighted that more and more partners and customers want to work on sustainable packaging solutions with us. Developing recyclable packaging solutions not only makes sense for the environment but also offers commercial advantages. We are proud to play our part in advancing a circular economy with developments such as the cardboard spoon,” says Konrad Wasserbauer, circular economy director at Greiner Packaging. The cardboard packaging experts at Cardbox Packaging are also proud of the partners’ product innovation: “We were able to pool our expertise as we worked to develop the cardboard spoon, achieving a result that meets consumers’ expectations as well as doing something positive for our environment,” Florian Scharl, managing director at Cardbox Packaging, is pleased to note.
Everything from a single source
An automated process places the cutlery made of cardboard sourced from virgin fibers hygienically packaged in the lids, which are mainly made from r-PET. As such, the cutlery can be perfectly tailored to the needs of the project and the customers, although naturally, the cutlery is also available separately.
• Decoration: White or direct printed
• Material: Cardboard made from virgin fibers
Indonesia is the world's second-largest contributor to plastic waste in the ocean. Seventy percent of the plastic waste comes from single-use food and beverage plastic containers. Evoware makes a food packaging plastic replacement which is preservative-free and made from chemical-free farmed seaweed. People can eat the food packaging and take advantage of its nutritious seaweed which contains high fiber, vitamins and minerals. Evoware’s products are free from pork, alcohol and certain other ingredients which make them Halal certified and fit for Muslims to eat. This is important since Evoware was launched in Indonesia where the majority of the population is Muslim.
The products are made without gelatin that is normally obtained from cows or pigs and do not contain any animal derivatives, so they are also suitable for vegetarians. In addition, the products can be used as natural fertilizer for plants and are biodegradable in 30 days after being thrown away. Since the products come from seaweed, there is no land used for cultivation and deforestation which often occurs when land-based plants are chosen to provide the materials. Since most of the oxygen on earth comes from the ocean, planting more seaweed will improve air quality because seaweed is absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.
The first product from Evoware is edible glass called Ello Jello cups. These cups are made colorful with several flavors such as peppermint, orange, lychee and green tea. The second products are food wraps and edible sachets. They can be eaten and are odorless, tasteless and biodegradable as well. The packaging can be used for food products such as single serving instant coffee powder, cereal and instant noodle seasoning which can be easily dissolved in hot water. People can just pour hot water to the seasoning sachet in a bowl of noodles and stir it without opening the sachet first. The packaging can be used for burger wrapping and there is no need to remove the packaging first before eating the burger. In addition, the packaging can be used for non-food containing products such as soap bars, straws, toothpicks and sanitary napkins.
Smurfit Kappa has collaborated with a leading UK recipe box company, Mindful Chef, to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by making their packaging more sustainable.
Mindful Chef experienced a huge increase in demand for its home-delivered recipe kits during the pandemic. The company, which has been climate neutral since 2020, is committed to making every aspect of its business as sustainable as possible.
Its previous recipe box consisted of insulation pouches combined with gel ice packs which, whilst effective at keeping the contents cool, were not easily recycled.
Greek Poultry Farmers Invest in Biogas Plants from WELTEC BIOPOWER Efficient operation through a variety of raw materials and proven technologies
The German biogas plant specialist WELTEC BIOPOWER registers keen interest in its plant technology in Greece. In the past year, WELTEC expanded its market leadership in the southern European country by building four further projects and expanding three existing plants. Due to the great potential of organic residues to produce biogas and biomethane, especially in the north of the country, the climate-friendly energy source is playing an increasingly important role in the Greek energy transition.
Winning the 2020 Paperboard Packaging Sustainability Award, innovative Paperseal is part of G.Mondini’s initiative to fundamentally rethink packaging systems to promote green packaging alternatives across the food industry.
Its sustainability comes from the film liner designed to be easily separated from the paperboard after use (such that the paperboard portion of the tray can be recycled), it’s produced with renewable fibre sourced from sustainably-managed forests and utilises 80-90% paperboard with 10-20% film — dramatically reducing plastic use and limiting base tray waste to just 2% — the lowest in the industry today.
With its ability to provide a variety of striking, innovative graphics and designs on the packaging itself, it provides retailers a unique design opportunity with 360° branding options. This allows products to stand out from competitors and the ability to communicate messages, promotions and branding.
Produced on G.Mondini’s patented Platform and TRAVE® Technology, it allows for not only Paperseal to be produced, but the flexibility and modular design provides different packaging technologies to be applied in a simple modular way. The TRAVE was created to be at the heart of any packaging system, with the culmination of over 40 years’ experience in designing and building tray sealers. It expands the opportunities to replace MAP and VSP plastic trays with barrier lined cardboard. The process operates by fabricating a MAP tray from a pre-cut flat cardboard, which is formed, and a barrier liner automatically applied in one step process and its attention to detail means this is the most hygienic tray sealer on the market guaranteeing customers the best possible solution.
James White Marketing & Sales Director at Select Equip, a food equipment company which has been in business for over 35 years and the exclusive distributor of G.Mondini, explains that “it’s all about offering our customers a real competitive advantage to develop and build their business and offering sustainable packaging options. Utilising G.Mondini technology allows the flexibility to run with different liners, seal any shape and size of packaging materials on the market and offers packaging options including Top Seal, Skin Packs, Darfresh On Tray, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Slimfresh, Slicefresh and the award winning Paperseal to name a few.”
Paperseal is suitable for any closing format which is perfect for cheese, fresh meats, processed meats, ready-made products, frozen foods, snacks, salads and fruit.
What needs to be top-of-mind in purchasing decisions with food packaging equipment like tray sealers is that capital expenditure is a fixed cost, but it is critical having someone who can deliver a whole system and can support you throughout your growth cycle with your business, otherwise, you’re relying on a range of suppliers to keep the whole thing going. If you buy a ‘system’ you get far more efficient and that’s why Select Equip is a smart choice being a packaging equipment partner that will grow as your business grows
Packaging affects many aspects of your products, and your business could be involved. Growth, taxation, and reduction of cost all link into the way you pack your products. So, while your company is packaging products it should consider having high standards for quality and safety.