• SOLIDUS Solutions acquires German and Polish producer of partitions and inserts MÖLLE GmbH

    SOLIDUS Solutions announces the acquisition of MÖLLE GmbH, the German and Polish producer of partitions and inserts. The acquisition, which was completed on August 5, signifies a strategic investment to integrate and broaden the product portfolio of SOLIDUS Solutions.

  • This Harmful Chemical in Food Packaging Was Hidden from the FDA, New Report Says

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    Two chemical companies purposefully kept the dangers of a toxic chemical found in food packaging hidden from the FDA, in effect, exposing millions of Americans to the substance. And now, the organization is working to phase it out.

    Several studies have linked 6:2 FTOH, a chemical used in food packaging to combat grease, with potentially serious health issues like kidney disease, liver damage, cancer, neurological damage, developmental problems, and autoimmune disorders, according to The Guardian. But chemical companies DuPont and Daikin ignored and hid them, the report claims, and continued to use 6:2 FTOH in pizza boxes, carryout containers, fast-food wrappers, and paperboard packaging.

    Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now

    In 2008, DuPont and the FDA determined that humans' exposure to 6:2 FTOH would not result in its accumulation in the body. The FDA then approved it for use in 2009.

    Both DuPont and Daikin didn't disclose or publish studies completed in 2009 and 2012 about the chemical's toxicology, instead, telling the FDA that they were safer than PFAS, or "forever chemicals" that are not broken down in the body and accumulate over time, per the Environmental Protection Agency.

    In 2015, the FDA found out about the studies after Maricel Maffini, an independent researcher, and Tom Neltner, the chemical policy director with the Environmental Defense Fund, discovered them while analyzing others published on the FDA's website.

    The FDA has since inked agreements with some manufacturers to phase out using 6:2 FTOH by 2025, but both Maffini and Neltner say that isn't doing enough to keep the public safe.

    "I think people need to be able to rely on the FDA to turn science at the agency into real action, and right now that doesn't seem to be the case," Neltner told The Guardian.

    This isn't the first case involving harmful additions to the foods you eat to come to light this year:

    This Major Mac&Cheese Brand Is Being Sued for Toxins Linked to Asthma and Obesity

    90% of This Fruit Contains Harmful Toxins, New Report Finds

    Wendy's Is Banning These Harmful Chemicals From Its Produc

     

  • Eco-friendly paper and cloth from banana tree waste

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    This great innovation of making Eco-friendly paper and cloth from banana tree waste(banana fiber) is done by an entrepreneur from Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh which is near to Bundelkhand region of India. This revolutionary idea of reducing the hundred of a ton of banana tree waste to reuse it to make paper, sanitary napkin, tissue, and the cloth will help us save forests and the environment.

    Mehul Shroff, who belongs to Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh got this idea in his hometown which is known for its banana fields. Banana cultivation is the main agricultural produce of the district. Banana cultivation is done on 20,000 hectares of fields. He saw hundreds of tons of banana tree waste being produced every year, it gave him the idea to reuse this waste into something useful while reducing the waste.

    This will provide some extra income to the farmers of Bundelkhand and nearby areas who can sell their Banana Crop waste to these industries. It will reduce the hurdle for farmers to deal with huge waste dumps. This technique will reduce waste, reuse waste and help environment.

    How Mehul Shroff used banana tree waste to make eco-friendly paper and cloths

    During childhood when Mehul used to pass through Banana farms, he noticed that people think of banana stems. The banana tree’s life span is 10-11 months and it gives 2 harvests(Fruit) in its life span. People used banana leaves and fruit but the banana stem was treated as waste and it was available in huge quantity. People used banana stem juice but the consumption was not enough to reduce the waste.

    Mehul studied how banana tree stem can be used

    After conceiving this idea of making eco-friendly paper and cloths from banana tree waste, he decided to study the tree itself and researched the banana stem. He spends weeks researching the microbiology of banana trees. He found that Banana stems are high in cellulose and it has a high amount of natural fibers.

    He realized that banana stem can be used to manufacture a variety of products and can attract many industries that make cloths and paper products. Mehul decided to use banana stem in productive ways to build products that will be made of Agro waste so it will never consider waste and those products will be recyclable and bio-degradable. He started his own factory named Shroff industries to make his idea a reality.

    This great vision and effort of Mehul Shroff were highly appreciated by Collector(IAS) of Burhanpur. he acknowledge this technique can be great for local farmers tah

    How fibers are extracted from banana stem

    First, they cut Banana stems and load them in tractors and bring them to the factory. They used cutters to cut it into half vertically. Sheets are separate from the cut banana stem by a workforce of women. These sheets are processed via several machines to extract fibers out of them. They get long and short fibers which are then sun-dried to make them suitable for different industries.

    Usage of banana fiber made from Banana stem

    Sanitary pads are made fro banana fiber

    Banana fibers contain a huge amount of cellulose because which easily absorbs liquid and water. It can be used to make eco-friendly sanitary pads that only take 200 days to decompose.

    Banana fiber is used to make clothes, tissue, and paper. In addition to this, tissues also can be made out of these, which will save millions of trees.

    Toilet paper wipes out 27,000 trees a day. Worldwide, the equivalent of almost 270,000 trees

    Basket and broomsticks can be made from the waste of hard fibers that is not suitable for making paper and clothing.

    How Eco-friendly paper and cloth from banana tree waste will help the environment

    Cotton cultivation is done for the sole purpose of making clothes and it cannot be used for anything else. On the other hand, banana trees can be used for fruits, leaves, stem juice in addition to banana fiber-based products. This will not need separate cultivation or additional resources like water and fertilizers. Banana fiber usage will help reduce water footprint and help conserve the forest. It will help the environment and keep our earth planet sustain life for a longer period.

    Final words

    This had shown us that our people from India are capable of great innovation that can make this world a better place. we want more and more people to join the banana fiber-based product industry so a large number of products can be produced and made available on the market. It will lead to the fast growth of this new industry.

    If more industries start using this technique and put more effort into research that will enhance the final product quality and it can be exported to other countries to help the Indian economy. This will bring a lot of employement for the M.p and bundelkhand region as industries will be setup to use the locally available banana tree waste.

  • ProAmpac Acquires Euroflex to Strengthen Printed Film, Lamination and Pouching Capabilities in Ireland

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    Euroflex is a leading supplier of protein packaging products to meat, cheese and dairy industries in Ireland, one of Europe’s largest producers. The company also serves fast-growing segments including coffee, pet food and nutrition supplements. Euroflex brings extensive expertise in high-barrier flexible packaging and a track record of R&D innovations for resealable and retortable packaging. This acquisition expands ProAmpac’s manufacturing capabilities for printed film, lamination and pouching solutions in Ireland as the company serves a growing base of multinational customers.

    Greg Tucker, Founder and CEO of ProAmpac, said, “Euroflex is an exciting addition to the ProAmpac family in Europe. This family-owned business shares our values and continues to deliver strong performance, with a leading position serving Ireland’s meat, cheese and dairy markets. We are delighted to add Euroflex’s high-quality product offering, innovative R&D-focused team and relationships with blue-chip multinational customers to ProAmpac’s growing European platform.”

    Derek Richardson, CEO at Euroflex, said, “We are thrilled to join ProAmpac and partner with Greg and the entire ProAmpac team. With this combination, our expertise in high-barrier applications will complement ProAmpac’s broad offering of high-quality flexible packaging products. We are able to take this next step for our business because of the continued hard work and dedication of our team, and we are confident in the growth opportunities ahead.”

    Cincinnati-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and other co-investors. With the addition of Euroflex, ProAmpac has 44 sites globally, with nearly 5,800 employees supplying over 5,000 customers in 90 countries. ProAmpac innovates, engineers and manufactures flexible and sustainable packaging and material science solutions for various consumer, healthcare, e-commerce, retail and industrial goods markets. Euroflex will adopt the ProAmpac brand and will maintain operations at its manufacturing facilities in County Donegal, Ireland.

    Chris Trick, Investment Partner at Pritzker Private Capital, said, “This acquisition represents an important strategic growth opportunity for ProAmpac in Ireland and Europe. Euroflex’s strong portfolio and leading market position strengthen the high-quality offering ProAmpac delivers to its customers. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

  • LINHARDT GOES CANNABIS

    LINHARDT’s mission is to provide “packaging for your life”. As cannabis products increasingly become a part of many peoples' lives, we’ve spent the last year developing a range of secure and high-quality cannabis packaging solutions.

    We’re excited to announce, that for the first time ever, LINHARDT exhibits at CannaCon Midwest 2021 Chicago, on August 6th - 7th.

    We’d like to invite all of you, to pay a visit to our stand 106, where we will introduce our latest products and innovations for cannabis packaging.

    The last year has been challenging in many ways, so we are thrilled to finally meet again in person. Of course, we still have strict health and safety measures in place.

    WHAT TO EXPECT

    CHILD-RESISTANT CANNABIS PACKAGING

    RIGID TUBE WITH RESEALABLE SNAP-ON STOPPER* 

    for dry goods and edibles 
    *CRC certificate pending for some diameters

     

    RIGID TUBE WITH PRY-OFF CROWN CAP 

    for liquids and dry goods 

     

     

    TINY-B BOTTLE

    for liquids,
    available soon

     


    NON-CHILD-RESISTANT CANNABIS PACKAGING

    BOTTLES

    Coming Soon 

     

     

     

     

     

    ­ SCREW CANS & SHAKER CANS

     

     

     

     

    CIGAR-STYLE TUBES

     

     

     

     

     

    We would be happy to welcome you to our stand at CannaCon Chicago. If you are not able to attend, you can still take a look at our new cannabis website. LINHARDT CANNABIS

  • UNS Farms debuts new packaging at Carrefour UAE

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    The company said thanks to the Carrefour team for supporting local, sustainable fresh produce and "for working forwards the food security of this country." 

    At the same time, the company debuts its newest product packaging. Previously, UNS used brown labeling to showcase its products but now chose a more vibrant packaging. 

  • Sainsbury’s rolls out largest flexible plastic packaging recycling system

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    • Sainsbury’s is the leading supermarket with the largest roll out of the initiative to date

    • The mass roll out will help drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste pollution

    • Just 17% of UK local authorities collect flexible plastics for recycling

    • Common household items that can now be recycled include crisp packets, food pouches, salad bags, biscuit and cake wrappers

    Following a successful trial in the North East of England, Sainsbury’s has rolled out an innovative new recycling system to a total of 520 supermarkets allowing customers to recycle all flexible plastic packaging which is not commonly accepted for kerbside collection by local authorities.

    The front of store recycling points will make it easier than ever for customers to make more sustainable choices by offering a trustworthy recycling system where they can correctly dispose of flexible plastic packaging. This includes packaging such as crisp packets, food pouches, salad bags and biscuit and cake wrappers which 83% of UK local authorities currently don’t accept for recycling.

    The expanded initiative has the potential to significantly decrease the amount of plastic packaging going to landfill, with a report from WRAP estimating that flexible film contributed towards 290,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste in 2019.

    The introduction of the new, market-leading recycling system by Sainsbury’s is the latest move in the retailer’s initiative to reduce, reuse, replace and recycle plastic in its own operations while continuing to make it easier for customers to recycle.

    The news follows the announcement in May that Sainsbury’s joined the Flexible Plastic Fund – an initiative which aims to ensure flexible plastics are properly recycled. Although flexible plastic represents a fifth of all UK citizen plastic packaging, only 6% is collected for recycling currently.

    Claire Hughes, Director of Product and Innovation at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re really excited to announce the mass rollout of the Flexible Plastics Recycling scheme in over 520 of our stores, helping our customers to recycle more of their plastic packaging, instead of it ending up as waste. Making recycling easier for our customers is a key part of our strategy to minimise the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, alongside our own ambitious target of reducing the use of plastics in our own operations by 50% by 2025." Sainsbury’s, as the first retailer to make a commitment to halve its use of plastic packaging by 2025, has also led the way with the removal of single use plastic bags from loose produce, 70% reduction of plastic in its Taste the Difference and SO Organic lamb and steak packaging and removed over 297 tonnes of waste plastic by working with Prevented Ocean Plastic to repurpose plastic collected from the coast into packaging for its strawberry and fresh fish ranges.

    The retailer has also been announced as the Principal Supermarket Partner for the United Nation’s international climate change conference, COP26, taking place this November.

  • Packaging solutions for the aerospace industry

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    Nefab Perfects Packaging and Supply Chain Issues

    Due to the unpredictable nature of the needs of aerospace companies, it can be challenging optimizing a supply chain. Given that aircraft are routinely serviced—and these maintenance exercises can place unexpected demands on a company’s supply chain—it is vital to have a system in place that will be both reliable and cost-effective.
    One way Nefab is able to deliver value without compromising safety is by employing a team of engineers who analyze your company’s packaging and shipping needs. By crafting the packaging and shipping processes to fit each company’s needs, Nefab is able to reduce waste while preserving safety.
    For example, the packaging used to transport parts for a jumbo jet would differ from the packaging used to transport parts for a small propeller-driven aircraft; by designing a packaging and transport solution to fit each company’s exact needs, Nefab is able to optimize the resource utilization of each company’s supply chain and eliminate unnecessary expenditures.

    Nefab Has The Perfect Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Solution

    If your aerospace company is unable to procure the parts it needs to repair and service its aircraft, the entire aircraft may be grounded. This can lead to significant reductions in revenue, all for the sake of an unavailable replacement part.

    Nefab’s packaging solutions are designed to ensure that the parts your company needs arrive on time and undamaged. When it comes to aircraft maintenance, a damaged part is the same as a missing part, and we at Nefab work hard to ensure that your replacement parts arrive in perfect operating condition.

     

    At Nefab, we have developed a total cost approach aimed at key points in the supply chain. The end result is we are able to help your business improve supply chain efficiency while preserving safety and dependability. Our total cost approach consists of focusing on the effect of packaging on the following items:

    Transportation costs. The size, weight, and durability of the packaging used in shipping your inventory can directly impact the costs you pay for transporting the parts you need. Nefab aims to minimize packaging size and weight while preserving durability.

    Administration expenses. Paying staff to track and coordinate delivery of multiple shipments can be costly. The Nefab approach works to reduce your administration expenses by utilizing various tools that will more quickly and efficiently track and coordinate product shipments. Depending on the specifics of your supply chain, the Nefab approach may even be able to identify suppliers and vendors who can be eliminated from the process altogether, simplifying your administration and saving you money.

    Warehousing costs. The price your business pays to store and protect parts during the various stages of the supply chain, as well as the money you have tied up in the parts that are sitting in a warehouse can impact your bottom line. The Nefab total cost approach includes an analysis of your warehousing costs as well as an action plan to reduce the various cost drivers in this area. By implementing just-in-time delivery, we help reduce the capital that your business has tied up in parts sitting in the warehouse. At the same time, we utilize online ordering to assist you in obtaining the parts you need, where you need them, at just the right time that you need them.

    Product protection expenses. The packaging should protect your product without being too cost-prohibitive relative to the expense of the product it is protecting. An aerospace company should not cut corners on protecting an expensive part; at the same time, neither should it incur large expenses to protect a part that is easily replaced and cheaply manufactured. Nefab’s total cost approach includes a packaging solution that provides the best protection available relative to the replacement cost of a given product or part.

    Handling costs. The money you pay employees, vendors, and suppliers for moving packaging around in the various stages of the supply chain is a key component to overall supply chain costs. Nefab utilizes packaging designed to minimize handling costs through steps such as decreasing the number of packages, improved package design for easier handling, and other means. The end result is a lower total handling cost, leading to a better bottom line for your aerospace business.
    Environmental expenses. By utilizing re-usable packaging when possible and implementing a return shipping scheme in some instances, the Nefab total cost approach helps reduce packaging waste. This saves money for your business and reduces overall environmental impact.

    Standardization is Key

    Nefab helps to reduce packaging costs by designing packaging that can be used for multiple parts when possible. By consolidating and standardizing packaging options, Nefab helps reduce the complexity and costs of each stage of the part shipping process, leading to a lower overall total packaging cost.

    Nefab Offers Real Value and Quality Service

    In summary, the Nefab total cost approach brings you:

    Standardized packaging to reduce administrative and logistical expenses
    Packaging design and supply chain engineering using our dedicated team of experienced engineers
    A single point of contact as opposed to multiple vendors and suppliers
    Supply chain transparency through our use of online ordering, tracking, and managing software
    Just in time deliveries to minimize the capital you have tied up in spare parts
    24/7 availability due to our use of an online ordering system
    An overall reduction in your total packaging and supply chain costs

  • Nature’s Garden Kicks Off Second Decade of Business with Updated Product Packaging and New Slogan “Powered by Plants”

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    A true entrepreneurial success story, Cibo Vito has also produced an “about us” animated video, showcasing the company’s origins and the founders’ commitment to bringing healthier foods to consumers — https://naturesgarden.net/pages/our-story

    The brand updated its look with a modern logo, using bold typeface, replacing one which emoted a pastoral feel.  Nature’s Garden will continue to utilize the same vibrant colors for each SKU for consumer recognition.

    Nature’s Garden believes in creating products that address health concerns. “Our products are made from natural ingredients that reward the body through functionality,” stated Emre Imamoglu, president and co-founder of Cibo Vita. “We wanted our packaging to reflect this. The new design and photography allow us to showcase different varieties of products clearly, while focusing on the aesthetically pleasing naturalness of our ingredients. It is our fundamental belief that healthy snacking shouldn’t be laborious or fall short on flavor. Our mission is to make healthy snacking delicious, and that begins with the appeal of packaging,” he continued.

    All trail mix packaging is the first to be updated, as they are the foundational products of Nature’s Garden.  Since the makeover, more than 20 new products have been released including best sellers: Keto Snack MixOmega-3 Deluxe MixProbiotic Apricots, and Cranberry Health Mix, to name a few.  Nature’s Garden’s R&D team works weekly to create new and innovative products.

  • Hemco Introduces New Enclosure for Powder Packaging and Handling

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    Hemco (Independence, Mo.) has introduced a new enclosure for packaging/handling powders. Enclosures are designed to isolate powder handling, sample weighing, high throughput screening, and other lab automated processes. Enclosures can feature HEPA filtered exhaust or HEPA filtered systems to protect users or products depending on the process. Available in unitized or modular models, EnviroMax enclosures are offered in standard sizes or can be built to meet your exact size and design specification. Horizontal slide, vertical moving, or hinged sash access and work surface, table/cabinets, electrical, plumbing and ventilation systems are options. HEMCO offers a wide selection of standard sizes in vented or HEPA filtered models.

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