• Danish consortium launches bottle made from local household recycled plastic waste

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    The companies say this is a first-of-its-kind collaboration in Denmark, bringing together leading players from across the recycled plastics value chain with the aim with increasing the use of plastic waste from Danish households and closing the loop on plastic packaging. The most recent development builds on the initiative from the Danish Technological Institute to prevent plastic waste from being downcycled.

    The partnership began with a request from Nopa Nordic for packaging with recycled material from domestic Danish household-sorted waste. The company is one of the Nordic region’s leading private label manufacturers of detergents, cleaning, and personal care products.

    Damifos’ role in the project is to collect and sort the plastics from household waste from local municipalities in Denmark. The company intends to prove that valuable products can be made from plastic waste by using sorting technology at Damifo’s Danish plant, with the company allegedly handling over 300,000 tonnes of waste from private households and businesses nationwide.

    Meanwhile, Aage Vestergaard Larsen is the manufacturer of the plastic raw material. It is currently developing a new reprocessing technology with the aim of cleaning and melting household plastic waste made from PE for use in recycled, high-quality plastics. The company claims that it has invested “significantly” in the project and has seen an increase in its production capacity, which it adds shows an increased demand for recycled plastics.

    Schela Plast is responsible for producing the recycled plastic packaging, apparently offering its knowledge of blow moulded packaging made from imported household-sorted plastic waste to the project.

    According to the companies, consumer demand for sustainable packaging solutions was also a key driver of the collaboration. The collaborators are expecting the production of local recycled plastics from Denmark to increase over the course of the project.

    Recent research suggests that consumers seek convenience when engaging with recycling schemes even as demand for recycled products remains high. Denmark’s deposit return scheme (DRS) – an initiative aimed at collecting all materials, including glass, plastic, and aluminium using a variable fee for different containers that can then be returned by consumers – has been hailed as one of the most successful iterations of the scheme so far in Europe, which suggests engagement with household recycling is high in the country.

  • Pune food vendors to increase prices after FDA bans newspaper use in packaging

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    Pune: After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Maharashtra issued orders instructing food vendors to not use newspaper for wrapping of food items as it is harmful for customers due to the ink used, city-based food stalls, snacks centres and sweet shop owners have decided to use blank white paper for wrapping and it will increase the cost of food items.

    FDA issued the order for Pune on December 22 and launched random checking of food stall and snack centres across the city.

    “Despite hike in fuel prices causing rise in cost of oil and other raw materials, we did not change the cost of food items. However, the latest FDA order has left us with no alternative but to increase price by 10 per cent to 15 per cent as plain white paper costs around ₹60 per kg. We have decided to increase the food item rates from January 1, 2022 at our shop,” said Sagar Galande, owner of a sweet mart shop on Shivaji road.

    Mahesh Chavan, secretary of small-scale food vendors association in Pune, said, “There are more than 2,000 small food vendors which include shops, street vendors, hawkers and other food item stalls that daily use newspapers for food wrapping. And some of the food items like bhel, vada pav and chaat items are given only in newspapers for wrapping and parcel delivery. Using white paper leaves us no option other than increase the food rates.”

    Currently on average the cost of food items sold and packed in newspapers costs around ₹10 to ₹40 depending of items like bhel, vada pav, samosa and kachori, sweet items, bakery items and other things. As old newspapers are sold at cheap rates from scrap dealers, shop owners find it affordable. Using white papers or thin plastic bags for packaging will lead to rise in cost of snacks for customers.

    Talking about the harmful effects of newspaper ink, Dr Kailash Mistry said, “The ink used to print newspapers are made of chemicals and it contaminates the food which is wrapped inside it. It causes many people to suffer of stomach issues or vomiting. Also, stomach infection can be caused after consuming such harmful food items packed in newspapers.”

     

  • Burger in grass paper

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    In order to reduce packaging waste, McDonald's is continuously testing innovative alternatives. Now, for the first time, the company is selling a burger in grass-fed paper and says it's saving nearly 70 percent in packaging material with this change alone.

    With the Deutschlandburger (German burger), McDonald's Germany wraps a premium burger in grass paper instead of putting it into a box. With this change in packaging, the company is stressing its intention to focus more on more sustainable packaging solutions in the future. In addition to the Deutschlandburger, McWraps are also available wrapped in grass paper.

    100 % sustainable packaging by 2025

    The packaging changeover is part of the roadmap to reduce plastic and packaging waste. By 2025, all sales packaging is to be made from 100 percent renewable, recycled or certified materials. "As the market's leading restaurant chain, we want to play an active role in shaping the path towards reducing plastic and packaging waste. For example, we will use less packaging material in the future and serve more and more burgers in alternative packaging, such as innovative wrap paper," said Holger Beeck, CEO, McDonald's Germany LLC.

    Thanks to innovative processes and the inclusion of grass fibres in the paper, large amounts of energy, water and CO2 can be saved in production. In addition, no chemicals are used in the production of the pulp. The grass paper used by McDonald's contains a grass content of 20 percent, is FSC-licensed and does not require long transport routes. It comes from existing grass areas and thus, according to the company, does not compete with other possible uses. The conversion of the packaging for the Deutschlandburger to grass paper reduces the packaging material by almost 70 percent.

     

  • CRYOVAC® brand vacuum skin packaging

    CRYOVAC® brand vacuum skin packaging is well suited for high-quality, case-ready products. The "second skin" helps preserve the freshness and extends the shelf life of the product. Materials used to create our vacuum skin packaging have been engineered to seal closely and tightly and remain free of tension, so product presentation remains optimal and holds firmly in place without the need to worry about leaks or purge.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Safety And Efficiency On The Packaging Line

    A safe and efficient packaging line should be the top priority of any manufacturing company as this directly contributes to the productivity and output of the company.  

    Packaging lines have been used by companies for decades. There have always been improvements made as technology improves and new ideas for their efficacy are implemented. One of the measures put in place by some companies was to install epoxy flooring to their packaging line area that can be installed by Epic Epoxy Floors and other similar companies.  

  • ProAmpac Launches Unprecedented ProActive Recyclable® Film for Premium Frozen Food Products

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    Engineered to maintain machine efficiencies on high-speed form/fill/seal lines, ProActive Recyclable R-2000F is a polyethylene-based laminated structure designed for excellent performance in cold temperature conditions. Its enhanced stiffness and scuff-resistance, compared to standard surface printed films, offers outstanding display characteristics in the freezer case, boosting brand differentiation while supporting sustainable messaging.

    “ProAmpac is committed to providing our customers sustainable alternatives to their current products that do not sacrifice manufacturing or end-use performance. Our material scientists have designed a product that is unique to frozen- food packaging, that runs at-rate, and is recyclable,” said Adam Grose, chief commercial officer for ProAmpac. “The debut of R-2000F comes on the heels of ProActive Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000 film which we launched just a few weeks ago. We are excited to introduce this unique technology that will immediately help brands advance their sustainable packaging goals,” continued Grose.

    ProActive Recyclable R-2000F can be supplied with a pre-applied recyclable Inno-Lok®¹ zipper. Ideal for running on high-speed vertical or horizontal form/fill/seal equipment, R-2000F is also available in pre-made pouch format. For additional differentiation in the freezer case, gloss or Signature Surfaces Registered Matte finish options are available.

    “Maintaining filling machine efficiency and superior shelf appearance was at the forefront of the design process when we developed R-2000F. The film has been proven to run ‘at-rate’ on existing equipment,” stated Hesam Tabatabaei, vice president of product development and innovation for ProAmpac. “Our ProActive Recyclable R-2000F has superior heat resistance, a robust sealant technology, and excellent dimpling resistance, which makes it an ideal replacement for gusseted frozen food packaging made of non-recyclable PET/PE or OPP/PE laminations.”

    In addition to R-2000F, ProAmpac offers ProActive Recyclable R-500F, which is a surface printed mono-web structure for making gusseted bags on high-speed vertical form/fill/seal applications.

    “ProAmpac understands there is no one-size-fits-all solution in flexible packaging. By offering multiple recyclable platforms to frozen food brands we hope to make it easier for our customers to increase their recyclable packaging footprint,” stated Grose.

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  • Clover Sonoma Advances Social and Environmental Impact with B Corporation Recertification and New Fully Renewable Milk Carton

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    Clover Sonoma, a third-generation family-owned and operated dairy, today announced its B Corporation recertification and the first fully renewable plant-based milk carton in the United States as part of its continued focus on sustainability. As a result of better employee and community engagement, environmental standards, and corporate governance, the company received an improved score of 100.5 during its B Corporation recertification. Clover Sonoma attained a 96.9 score during its original certification in 2016. During its three-year certification term, Clover Sonoma’s commitment to curating its relationships with farmers, employees, community, suppliers, and consumers across California has improved its social and environmental impact, and influence as a mission-driven business.

    “Owning more than fifty percent of the branded dairy market in Northern California means we have a responsibility to do what’s best for consumers,” said Clover Sonoma CEO Marcus Benedetti. “We’ve baked sustainability into our DNA and continue to look for ways to foster growth within our organization, and aim to set the bar high for our community and other brands across our industry. Packaging is a big part of our focus as we try to find innovative ways to decrease the use of fossil fuels, utilize less plastic, and encourage recycling. Our new fully renewable milk carton is a first for the U.S., and we hope to transition the carton across our fluid milk line within the next few years.”

    Fully Renewable Packaging

    Environmental pollution cannot be ignored; and plastic waste and fossil fuel-based packaging are main contributors to that pollution. In the past, Clover Sonoma made the conscious decision to reduce plastic waste by saying “no” to plastic caps on paper cartons. In doing so, the company prevented more than 227,000 pounds of plastic from entering landfills in 2019 alone. With its new Organic DHA Omega-3 + Choline Milk line, the company took its commitment a step further by partnering with 1% for the Planet to donate a portion of proceeds of the sale of the product to non-profit Plastic Pollution Coalition.

    Now, Clover Sonoma is the first dairy in the U.S. to switch to a fully renewable plant-based milk carton. The company will be converting more than 10 million cartons this year and additional milk cartons until the entire line of milk cartons is fully renewable. There are two main components to a milk carton — the paperboard and the lining. The paperboard for our new carton will be Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certified, which means that consumers who purchase the renewable milk carton are supporting responsible forest management and helping to protect forests for future generations. FSC certification helps ensure that the soils, water quality, wildlife, threatened and endangered species, special areas, social rights, and biodiversity are all protected.

    The lining inside and outside of the carton will be made of fossil fuel free green plastic made from Non-GMO sugar cane. Bio-ethanol made from sugar cane is used for a low-density polyethylene (LDPE) coating inside and outside of the carton. The carbon footprint of Clover Sonoma’s renewable plant-based milk carton is less than fifty percent compared to conventional cartons (according to a European study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research). Both the paper board and liner materials are also traceable to their origins. Renewable resources can be replenished naturally over time; and more importantly, they enable a move away from fossil fuel-based materials, reducing the environmental impact, as well as improving resource efficiency.

    Clover Sonoma’s new packaging will be available on shelves this summer in our organic half gallon and quart milk cartons.

    About B Corporation Certification

    There are more than 3,200 Certified B Corporations from more than 150 industries and 71 countries with one unifying goal: to redefine success in business. B Corps are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for goodTM. The B Corp assessment process measures a company’s performance in five categories: governance, workers, customers, community, and the environment. Certified B Corporations also amend their governance structure so that, by law, they can make decisions and implement practices that consider not just shareholder value, but the impact on all stakeholders — employees, customers, society, and the environment.

    “We are proud to have Clover Sonoma recertify as a member of our B Corp community,” said Manager of Community Engagement at B Lab Rebecca Jewell. “As the B Corp movement grows, we’re appreciative of companies, like Clover Sonoma, who continue to honor their commitment to this community and use business as a force good. Clover Sonoma’s improvement upon their score in the recertification process – no small feat – demonstrates their dedication to strive to do the best for their workers, their community, their customers, and the environment.”

    Once certified, companies must document their positive impact to qualify and undergo verification every three years to maintain their certification.

    Community-Focused for Generations

    For generations, Clover Sonoma has committed to building relationships within the Northern California community, evidenced by long-standing partnerships with farmers, employees, suppliers, consumers, and charitable organizations. All 30 Clover Sonoma dairy farms are family-owned and American Humane Association Certified. They are required to adhere to the company’s rigorous quality standards, also known as the Clover Promise of Excellence, and are paid a premium to support those standards. Clover Sonoma’s commitment extends to employees as well. All workers are confirmed to be receiving not only the individual living wage for their respective areas, but rather the family living wage which is estimated based on a family of four. In addition, the company supports its employees through generous health and wellness benefits.

    As part of Clover Cares community giveback, the company gives at least five percent of profits every year to charitable organizations that fit within its mission of elevating dairy, empowering future generations, and supporting the community. The Clover Cares team selects and reviews each donation to make sure that every dollar is being maximized for the greatest social impact. Some of the programs supported through Clover Cares include a school garden project, a junior cooking challenge, education grants, and agricultural education. The giveback in 2019 alone came to more than $800,000 in cash and product donations.

    More than half of Clover Sonoma’s supplier expenditure occurs with independent businesses within 50 miles of the main processing facility, and the majority of its charitable donations are directed to nonprofits in the surrounding communities. As a result, Clover Sonoma helps drive economic activity within a relatively concentrated area, and minimize the need for environmentally harmful transportation over greater distances. Even the majority of the company’s ownership and employees live locally to its operations, further ensuring that future commercial success will benefit Sonoma County.

    Building a Sustainable Future

    Clover Sonoma is on the path to tracking and formulating reduction targets for the company’s energy use, water use, GHG emissions, and waste. For most of these areas, the company is tracking the amounts on a yearly basis. With this baseline data in place, Clover Sonoma will set annual reduction targets and formalize programs to achieve these targets, performing internal or external audits to check the efficacy of the programs implemented. To date, the company has already made significant progress in reducing and preventing plastic waste by investing in a plastic baler to recycle more than 80,000 pounds of plastic wrap annually.

    B Corporation Certification helps consumers identify companies with a mission, and helps investors select investments that align with their values. Being a conscious company is at the heart of Clover Sonoma’s business, and recertifying as a B Corporation is a testament to the company’s heritage and mission-driven focus to building a sustainable future. As an early adopter of these best practices, Clover Sonoma looks forward to supporting this movement towards using its business as a power for good to benefit its community and industry.

  • McDonald’s India launches new campaign to highlight its inclusivity platform EatQual

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    McDonald’s India (West and South) has yet again reinforced its commitment has launching a brand film created by DDB Mudra that highlights how small innovations can go a long way in making the world more equal for everyone. McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India are owned and operated by Westlife Development Limited (Westlife).

    The latest campaign showcases the role that McDonald’s EatQual packaging plays in addressing one of the many challenges that people with limited upper limb mobility face in their everyday lives. The brand has reiterated that it aims to extend the EatQual platform to launch meaningful initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion across gender, languages, and disabilities.

    The film opens to a kid trying to do various day-to-day activities such as trying to play a guitar, doing a craft project, trying his hand at blocks, playing video games using only one hand, and struggling at each one of those. It then shows him walking up to his friend who has only one upper limb, with two burgers – one in the regular packaging and one in the EatQual packaging. It closes with both of them biting into the burger, with his friend being able to hold and have the burger with ease, in the EatQual case.

    The brand film showcases a child’s curiosity to explore the world as they see others experience it. The kid after trying a host of activities realizes that eating a McDonald’s burger is one of the few experiences that he and his friend with limited upper limb mobility can share easily.

    Arvind RP, Director – Marketing & Communications, McDonald’s India (West and South) said, “According to the World Health Organization, around 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. And yet, the world just isn’t made for them. EatQual stems from this fact. It is an inclusivity platform that we will continue to build. The EatQual packaging marks just the first step in that direction. We aim to launch a host of new, meaningful innovations to make the McDonald’s experience easy for everyone.”

    Talking about the campaign, Pallavi Chakravarti, Creative Head DDB Mudra West said, “This year, McDonald’s has renewed its commitment to inclusion by continuing to promote the EatQual pack. The world doesn’t treat everyone the same - most things are designed to cater to the able-bodied, as the protagonist of our campaign discovers. So, while the idea of a pack that enables people with limited upper limb mobility to enjoy their burgers with dignity is not a life-changing one, it’s an important one.

    Because this small step alters an experience for the better - an experience that most of us take for granted. And for some of us, it brings a previously unattainable pleasure comfortably within reach.  Sometimes, no, oftentimes, it’s the little things go a long way in levelling the playing field for us all.”


    At around 2.51 pm, WestLife Development Limited was trading at Rs561.65 per piece down Rs0.65 or 0.12% on the BSE. 

  • HITCHCOCK Juice Collection bottle from Ardagh wins the "Product Innovation in Glass" award

    Ardagh Glass Packaging in Nienburg produces 150 different glass bottles and jars for the food and the beverage industry. One bottle in particular - the extraordinary blue Hitchcock Juice Collection glass bottle – has received the highly prized “Product Innovation in Glass” award, presented at the November Aktionsforum Glasverpackung, an initiative of the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry (BV Glas).

    Glass bottle impresses with its design and functionality

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