• Spouted Pouches: Gualapack and TOMRA join forces for a ground-breaking, full-scale recycling trial


    In a context of full-scale sorting and recycling infrastructure, Gualapack’s first-ever monomaterial polypropylene spouted pouch was proven recyclable. The results of extensive testing, carried out on several sites during the course of 2020, demonstrate that sustainability through innovation is possible.

    Industry leaders TOMRA and Gualapack, both members of CEFLEX (the European platform for the Circular Economy of Flexible Packaging), joined forces to test how one of Gualapack’s innovative products, which combines monomaterial laminates and semi-rigid multi-layer components, could be automatically and effectively managed for recycling in the rigid PP (polypropylene) stream.

    Gualapack is the world leader in pre-made spouted pouches and a global player in the flexible packaging industry, manufacturing laminates, caps and pouches for baby food, snacks, pharmaceutical products and a wide range of other applications. The company is fully committed to sustainability, which in the past few years has been its greatest driver for growth and innovation.

    Michelle Marrone, Gualapack Sustainability Manager recalls, “It was 2018 when I first met Jürgen and TOMRA. At Gualapack, we were busy tackling the challenge of designing a monomaterial spouted pouch that had to resist hot-filling, pasteurization, and maintain its barrier properties 12 months on the shelf. But at the same time, I knew that to be monomaterial by design was not enough! It was equally important to prove our circularity by demonstrating that our pouch could be correctly identified as PP, sorted, processed and extruded on an industrial line.”

    As a passionate and trusted innovation leader with 50 years of experience in circular waste management, TOMRA provides technology-led solutions and contributes proven expertise, established processes and market knowledge, which enable Circular Economy solutions through advanced collection and sorting systems.

    “After development of the new pouches, and to determine whether these could be sorted with optical sorters, we added a significant amount of them to a combined separate source and mixed waste stream sorting plant for automated sorting,” explained Jürgen Priesters, SVP Business Development TOMRA Circular Economy. “The result was very good detection and accurate separation rate of all pouches. A subsequent washing and recycling trial showed that the Gualapack mono-material pouches could be easily recycled into standard products.”

    As a first step, different percentages of Gualapack pouches were added to rigid PP waste, which was then processed through TOMRA’s AUTOSORT®, a sensor-based sorting machine that confirmed pouches are well identified as a PP material, with over 80% redirected to the rigid PP stream. Then, a waste PP bale with 5% additional pouches and a bale without any pouches were compared, in a back-to-back trial that took them through all the steps of a standard recycling process. First shredded into flakes and hot washed with water and sodium hydroxide at 85 °C (185 °F), then post-sorted through a second AUTOSORT FLAKE machine to further improve the quality of the material, the two bales were then extruded on an industrial scale extruder and pelletized back to PP.

    Results were surprisingly good, with ink and adhesives from the pouches not impacting on extrusion, and affording high thermal stability without any odor or volatile issues. Furthermore, the pelletized materials were characterised by third party laboratories and declared comparable to PP copolymer grades suitable for injection moulding.

    This key takeaway demonstrates that the Gualapack monomaterial pouches are well tolerated within a German DKR rigid PP stream and that TOMRA sorting systems, in real-life scenarios, are suitable infrastructure to correctly identify and sort monomaterial laminates, even in the presence of semi-rigid multi-layer structures. Furthermore this is a successful example of design for recyclable packaging according to the CEFLEX D4ACE (design for a circular economy) guidelines.

  • US: Price for recovered paper spikes


    These corrugated boxes refer to used containers or packaging made from unbleached, unwaxed paper with ruffled (‘corrugated’) inner lining-said corrugated materials (also known as containerboard) make up the likes of pizza or shipping boxes.

    So far, a shortfall in the production of semi-conductor chips, an industry that helps generate a lot of OCC, has led to a shortage in available corrugated containers. Paper mills across the Midwestern US have offered to pay premiums on top of prices far higher than the national average to garner access to said corrugated boxes.

    According to Cascades, a Canadian and US paper and packaging company, OCC prices during the first quarter of this year were 97% higher than during the same time in 2020, the demand for recovered fiber being stoked by pandemic buying habits and export demands.

    China, previously having imposed a ban on recovered paper imports, is now helping to drive up OCC prices in the US.

    The country’s full-scale implementation of its solid waste import ban as of January 1, 2021 served to slash the total amount of global waste and scrap paper as well as paperboard entering China. Yet said legislation does not affect the impo

    Currently, mills in these countries are waiting for US prices to fall prior to making buying decisions despite their increased material demand.

    A fall in price level, however, is unlikely given the 10-month price hike for the commodity in question.  

    Recovered paper demand is currently at 250 million metric tons per year and projected to gradually grow to 260 million metric tons by 2025.

    rt of brown recycled pulp, which is derived from OCC and set to generate 5 million metric tonnes worth of demand per year by 2025.

    The South and South East Asian market (counting countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Vietnam) serve to shore up further demand for OCC due to their persistent fiber shortages. (In July 2020, India imported 42,000 short tons of US OCC, the number rising to 170,000 in December of the same year. Vietnam saw the import of 92,000 short tons in July 2020, a figure reaching 208,000 short tons in December.)


  • Sustainability drive creates new growth opportunities for Cast PP films in Europe

    AMI, Bristol, 17/08/21 Cast PP Films – The European Market 2021, is a brand new report from leading plastics market intelligence providers, AMI. The company has leveraged its expertise and proven methodology in other consumer and industrial films, to complete this new study for 2021. The report provides critical insight and analysis of the production, capacity and demand of Cast Polypropylene (CPP) film in Europe, together with trends in key consumer and industrial applications.

  • Mondi sponsors Bristol Gulls as they row across the Atlantic to raise awareness for plastic pollution


    Mondi, a global packaging and paper manufacturer, is the main sponsor for the Bristol Gulls, a four-woman team taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be rowing an Eco Boat for the 4,800km race and consuming food freeze dried in recyclable packaging provided by Mondi.

    The Bristol Gulls will be the first team to race an Eco Boat in the challenge, underlining their commitment to sustainability and raising awareness around plastic pollution. The boat has been designed and built to have a reduced impact on the environment, by using responsibly sourced materials, recycled content, and renewable energy.

    we wanted the boat to be sustainable, alongside everything else, including our food packaging, clothing, cosmetics and hygiene products. We were thrilled to find Mondi manufactured fully recyclable pouches that would fulfil all our requirements. We have focused on working with companies that show a true commitment to sustainability and felt that Mondi certainly did this,” said crew member Phoebe Wright of the Bristol Gulls.

    The crew vacuum-sealed their freeze-dried meals in Mondi’s award-winning mono-material to keep their food safe at sea. Considering the rowers will burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day in their 6 weeks at sea, nutrition is really important.

    Flexible plastic packaging like BarrierPack Recyclable can extend food’s shelf-life, reducing food waste and optimising transport. This is all part of the puzzle when creating packaging that is sustainable by design. It is also important that flexible packaging is recyclable, so it can be part of the circular economy and keep plastic out of the ocean. That is why we are proud to support the Bristol Gulls in their campaign to raise awareness for plastic pollution. We wish them all the best for their epic challenge.

  • Hygienic and safe packaging for minced meat with a minimal environmental impact


    The trayless minced meat application is one of ULMA Packaging’s most sustainable packaging solutions for blocks of minced meat. It consists of a flow pack with modified atmosphere (MAP) without the rigid plastic trays normally used in this type of application.

    ULMA Packaging developed this application for the UK in 2010 and since then machines are working successfully in the field providing continuously trayless minced meat to British supermarkets.

    The pack was also presented recently at IFFA 2019. After the event, there was a lot of interest in this packaging solution, and in 2020, above all from various European supermarket chains that are looking for more sustainable solutions in order to minimise the impact on the environment, while maintaining the benefits of packaging in terms of product protection and shelf life.



  • Spray pattern diagnostics give LINDAL Group a new advantage

    Global aerosol dispensing company, LINDAL Group has introduced an advanced spray imaging system to help deliver new levels of spray performance insight for customers.

  • Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East helps Zai Urban Winery launch high-quality wine in a convenient, sustainable format


    Although wine is, of course, a traditional market in Italy, it has great potential for innovation. Zai has taken the opportunity to push the trend towards canned wines forward, diversifying into a versatile, sustainable packaging format that offers greater opportunities than glass and which fits the company’s dedication to safeguarding the future through a biodiverse circular economy. At the same time, Zai has an original, creative way of telling its story. It has created a vision of a world where, in 2150, wine is no longer available due to a lack of care for the environment. Pollution has ravaged the Earth and only a miracle can bring back the joys of wine to those remaining on the planet.

    To bring the brand story to life, Zai Urban Winery has assigned six distinct characters for each of its organic wines, all of whom play a key role in returning wine to the world: DR. CORVINUS, GAMEA MR. BUBBLE, LADY BLENDY and CORK BORG. All wines are available in 250 ml cans.

    Five of Zai’s products are vegan. The low alcohol and low-calorie wines are perfectly suited to connoisseurs looking to enjoy their favorite drink that prioritize health and well-being. The premium designs, each featuring a character and using vivid, eye-catching graphics, will also appeal to a younger audience, who invariably also take sustainability into account when making purchasing decisions. Here, metal packaging delivers effortlessly, it being 100% recyclable with zero loss of properties, making it a major contributor to the circular economy.

    Highly Innovative Zone
    The name Zai is an acronym of Zona Altamente Innovativa (Highly Innovative Zone in English), after the historical industrial area of ​​Verona where the company is based and taps into what it perceives to be an increasingly vegan and organic future. Gabriele Stringa, one of the partners at Zai Urban Winery, said: “We have developed a new way of offering wine while remaining focused on well-being, efficiency, resource management and innovation - values ​​that are the backbone of our production strategy linked to sustainability. Metal packaging is key to this, as it is 100% recyclable with zero loss of properties. We believe beverage cans will be the future as consumers increasingly look to the impact their purchasing decisions have on their personal health and that of the planet. Our partnership with Crown has made this possible, and now our unique story is reaching audiences across the continent as they enjoy our wines."

    Veronique Curulla, Marketing and Business Development Director at Crown Bevcan Europe & Middle East, added: “Working with Zai Urban Winery to create these masterpieces in metal packaging has been an inspirational process for us all. Metal is undoubtedly a key component as we look to the future with sustainability in mind and delivers many practical benefits. Metal does not alter the taste of the wine inside, for example, and the ability to deliver a single-serve portion means there is no need to open a full bottle when only one glass is wanted. It helps promote responsible consumption and can be easily transported and enjoyed in a wide variety of situations – such as on the beach, at picnics or outdoor events, for example.”

    Each can features a QR Code that sends consumers to the winery website. Once there, they can access details about the provenance of the wine and read the story behind this exciting brand. The new line of wines is available in the hospitality and retail outlets across Italy, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria, Belgium, Denmark, U.K. and Israel.

    About Crown Holdings, Inc. 

    Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading global supplier of rigid packaging products to consumer marketing companies, as well as transit and protective packaging products, equipment and services to a broad range of end markets. World headquarters are located in Yardley, Pennsylvania.

  • Berry Global Teams Up with Bhoomi to Launch 100% Sugarcane-Based HDPE Bottle


    This is one of the first sugarcane-based bottles to be produced commercially by Berry. The bottle is produced on Berry’s standard manufacturing line in a custom mold. “Sugarcane-based plastic bottles are one of the many sustainable packaging solutions offered by Berry Global and the bottles fit seamlessly into our manufacturing process,” says Josh Edmonson, Business Development Manager, Berry.

    As an industry leader in sustainability, Berry Global places a firm focus on creating a positive environmental impact through streamlined operations, continuously engaged partners, and optimized, eco-friendly products.

    Bhoomi was accepted into a Packaging Climate Optimization project, a partnership by Climate Collaborative and Trayak, for an independent study to measure the environmental benefits of moving to a 100% plant-based bottle. Lifecycle analysis (LCA) results showed that using this bottle:

    • Decreased water consumption reduction by 22.0%
    • Reduced fossil fuel consumption by 62.6%
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 89.5% (12 tons CO2 equivalent annually)

    Bhoomi, which means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit, has a mission to revolutionize the relationship with sugarcane in Western culture by promoting its Ayurvedic health benefits, partnering with minority farmers and working for radical positive environmental impact. “By using a 100% sugarcane-based bottle for our water made from sugarcane, we wanted to demonstrate how the same plant could benefit both the planet and people”, says Arpit Bhopalkar, Founder, CEO, Bhoomi.

  • UFLEX Unveils Breakthrough Set of Products & Solutions

    ~ Moves a step ahead with a portfolio aimed at Sustainability and Efficiency ~

    ~ Commissions 10.4mt wide BOPP film line in Hungary with 42,000TPA production capacity ~

    Aug 14, 2021, Noida: Innovation is ‘a part of our daily lives’ at UFLEX. At the end of April – June 2021 quarter, the company announced a host of noteworthy products and solutions, across its businesses that are set to make packaging a better experience for brands and consumers alike, especially in the wake of changing trends in packaging.

  • Future Smart Duo fiber lids - fundamental for the ultimate take-away experience


    “We have been observing take-away coffee aficionados and have focused on developing innovative sustainable packaging solutions to overcome the obstacles standing in the way of the ultimate experience. Whether your coffee is hot or cold, we have figured it out. Let me tell you how,” says Neal McCone, Category Director, Quick Service Restaurants and Specialty Coffee, Fiber and Foodservice Packaging at Huhtamaki.

    The tale of the refreshing summer drink
    When days grow longer, coffee enthusiasts typically turn to a fresher kind of brew. Iced coffee has been trendy for many years now and every summer season brings new frosty coffee flavors. The latest cool kid in coffee town is called Dalgona, a hot or iced whipped coffee from South Korea.

    When it comes to packaging for iced coffee, sip holes are an essential functionality. 

    If you take a look at people carrying a take-away drink on the streets, you will see that many have removed the lid from the cup. Mostly this change is driven by the sip hole’s impracticality.  

    Based on these observations, we tapped into our technical know-how to design an award-winning fiber lid. Our Future Smart™ Duo fiber lids are suitable for both hot and cold drinks. This new product’s high functionality makes it possible to sip drinks with or without a straw, thanks to the round sip hole. We think consumers should always be able to choose the best way to savour their favorite drink.

    The tale of the dramatic coffee spill
    For a vast majority of people, a cup of coffee is the only way to start the morning. Aside from perking you up and helping you focus, it also sets your mood for the rest of the day.

    When you stumble, change pace, or move suddenly, the hot beverage you are holding in your hand sloshes back and forth in its container. If you have taken the lid off your take-away cup or worse, your cup came with an ill-fitting lid, that spells bad news for you – and your clothes – or the people around you. Spilled coffee is never a pleasant thing.

    To avoid beverage spillage and these kinds of scenarios, we crafted the Future Smart™ Duo fiber lids to ensure an improved click fit with paper cups. The end goal is clear: to enable you to consume drinks on-the-go without worrying about spills or leakage.

    The tale of the eco-conscious take-away lover
    Over the past years, take-away aficionados have grown increasingly aware of the consequences of their consumer lifestyle on the environment. The more take-away beverages we drink, the more packaging we use. For many there has been an increasing awareness of the need to find sustainable solutions particularly to address plastic substitution.

    In line with our purpose to project food, people and the planet, Huhtamaki decided to take on this challenge and make plastic lids a thing of the past. Our new 100% plastic-free fiber lids are recyclable and industrially compostable, providing a clear alternative to eco-conscious consumers and delivering a sustainable packaging solutions. As they are made of renewable, plant-based fiber, they help to reduce the consumption of fossil materials.

    “We believe we can bring the final touch to the ultimate take-away experience by providing an innovative, fit-for-purpose and sustainable food packaging. Now it is time for cafés and baristas, wherever you are in the world, to join hands and create a positive impact by simply making the right choice,” says Neal.

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