Building on last week’s blog, we are back with a quick-read on how to optimize your e-commerce packaging. Finding the right balance between appropriate protection and minimal material used is a task and a half. So, let’s go over a few examples that might help us determine designs, materials, and sizes fit for the e-commerce packaging industry.



  • Mondi switches all glassine-based release liners to certified base paper

    • Mondi moves to certified base paper for its full portfolio of glassine-based release liners.
    • The switch to certified base paper helps ensure that the wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests.
    • Mondi collaborates with certification schemes like PEFC to enable traceability and compliance.

    Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has switched its entire portfolio of glassine-based release liners to certified base paper.

  • EskoWorld 2022

    We can't wait to see you LIVE in 2022!
    Join us for the largest Esko user conference of the year – EskoWorld - in Grapevine, TX, June 7-9th!

    EskoWorld 2022 will be the 31st annual event, bringing together over 500 professionals from both suppliers and brand owners. The event will be hosted at the award-winning Gaylord Texan Resort.

    This annual event gathers Esko users from around the globe. Users collaborate on accomplishments, discuss shared obstacles, enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions, and share and learn industry best practices. Attendees will see and hear industry trends, be able to influence Esko solution roadmaps, and have plenty of time to network with colleagues. And most importantly, have fun!

    EskoWorld 2022 is a must-attend event for all Esko users!

    EskoWorld 2022 will take place from June 7-9 2022 at the Gaylord Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, near Dallas, Texas, USA. There is still time to register – please visit www.eskoworld.com to book your place now.

  • Kraft Heinz Explores the Ketchup Bottle of Tomorrow


    HEINZ, maker of the world’s favorite ketchup and beloved condiments, is teaming up with Pulpex to develop a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp. Innovating its iconic ketchup bottle, HEINZ is the first sauce brand to test the potential of Pulpex’s sustainable paper bottle packaging for its range of world-famous condiments.

    For The Kraft Heinz Company, this collaboration is the latest step in its journey to reduce its environmental footprint. It progresses the Company’s sustainable packaging ambitions, in that it aligns with its goal to make all packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. It is also an innovation that will help Kraft Heinz achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    HEINZ and Pulpex are developing a prototype to test how the cutting-edge innovation could be used for HEINZ Tomato Ketchup bottles and other packaging formats in years to come. Pulpex’s current data indicates the carbon footprint of Pulpex bottles is materially less than glass and plastic on a bottle-by-bottle basis. Once used, they are also expected to be widely and readily recyclable in paper waste streams.

    “Packaging waste is an industrywide challenge that we must all do our part to address,” said Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio. “That is why we are committed to taking steps to explore sustainable packaging solutions across our brands at Kraft Heinz, offering consumers more choices. This new HEINZ bottle is one example of how we are applying creativity and innovation to explore new ways to provide consumers with the products they know and love while also thinking sustainably.”

    The next step in the process will involve prototype testing to assess performance before testing with consumers and bringing the bottle to market.

    “We hope to bring this bottle to market and to be the first sauce brand to provide consumers this choice in their purchasing decisions, as many consumers today are looking for more sustainable packaging options,” said Rashida La Lande, EVP & Global General Counsel and Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer at Kraft Heinz. “We’re eager to continue discovering more sustainable packaging for our beloved and iconic brands.”

    “We are delighted to work with HEINZ to bring our patented packaging technology to such a famous name in food and are excited about the potential of this collaboration,” said Scott Winston, Pulpex CEO. “We believe that the scope for paper-based packaging is huge, and when global household names like HEINZ embrace this type of innovative technology, it’s good news for everyone – consumers and the planet.”

    The pulp-based bottle would become the newest option available to HEINZ Tomato Ketchup fans, joining the recyclable HEINZ iconic glass bottle and plastic bottle, as well as plastic squeeze bottles with their 30 percent recycled content (available only in the E.U.) and 100 percent recyclable caps.

  • Cornerstone laid at Kuopio mill, progressing Mondi’s €125 million investment programme in Finland

     Major capex project will increase production capacity, strengthen competitiveness, improve safety and benefit the local environment in line with Mondi’s MAP2030 sustainability commitments

  • Swiss Chalet Partners with WestRock to Launch Recyclable Paperboard Packaging Throughout Restaurant Chain in Canada


    WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has announced a partnership with Recipe Unlimited to implement a suite of recyclable paperboard packaging, intended to divert 31 million plastic containers from landfills across Canada each year. The packaging began appearing at Swiss Chalet restaurants in October, 2021 and is now available across all its locations. 

    With a goal to replace rigid black PET trays and lids with packaging made from renewable resources, the two companies used discovery sessions in their early collaboration to zero in on the right sustainable solution. The modular system uses uncoated recycled board (URB) and EnShield® Natural Kraft to maintain the high performance standards required by Swiss Chalet, while simultaneously increasing the sustainability attributes of its takeout containers. It received the PAC Global Award for Sustainable Design during the Inclusive Opportunities & Universal Design Summit in February, 2022.

    "Partnerships like this, where we can support Swiss Chalet in their sustainability efforts, are one of the most rewarding parts of our business," said Patrick Kivits, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock. "Leveraging our comprehensive portfolio of sustainable products enables us to create a fully-recyclable solution that helps our customers, and ultimately their customers, achieve a more sustainable future."
    Sustainable packaging has been identified by Recipe Unlimited, parent company of Swiss Chalet, as one part of their $20 million commitment to sustainability, announced in the company’s inaugural Sustainability Report, released in August. The new packaging is recyclable. It is produced by WestRock using both recycled fiber and fiber from responsibly managed forests. 
    “Our goals create a greater vision that helps to further unite our teammates, franchisees, and suppliers around the priorities that matter most: sustainably growing the business, taking care of our People and Planet, and delivering the exceptional dining experiences our guests have come to expect,” said Frank Hennessey, chief executive officer at Recipe Unlimited.

    WestRock leveraged its comprehensive portfolio of sustainable paper to develop this packaging solution for Swiss Chalet. Uncoated recycled board containing 100% recycled fiber was selected for outer meal cartons to increase ease of disposal in curbside recycling. EnShield® Natural Kraft was selected for inserts and hot sides cartons to provide recyclable options with a grease barrier where the menu items demand it.

  • AGE Industries, Ltd Excels at Delivering Custom-Designed Corrugated Packaging Solutions

    Innovative solutions that protect products, reduce inventory and shipping costs, and visually appeals to consumers

    Cleburne, TX – AGE Industries, Ltd, a leading supplier of innovative and custom packaging and shipping solutions for industry and government agencies, offers custom-designed corrugated packaging for manufacturers across many different markets, with boxes that securely protect products, reduce shipping costs and inventory through custom design, and visually appeal to retail customers.


    Among many other highlighted events, such as the Ukraine-Russia War, the growing EV sector, developments in the Metaverse, and the recent heatwave in India, 2022 has also brought about revolutionary green packaging technology. Following are Packaging Connections picks for 2022s’ most sought after innovations and designs in the sustainable packaging industry so far:

  • Neenah Brings Paper-Based, Radiation-Resistant Medical Packaging to Market


    Neenah, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of materials focused on filtration media, specialty coatings, engineered materials as well as imaging and packaging, announced a versatile paper-based medical packaging capable of withstanding all three widely used sterilization processes, including radiation, autoclave, and ethylene oxide. This innovative product allows customers to serve multiple markets and explore new opportunities by providing a unique alternative to polymer-based or kraft medical packaging traditionally used for nasal swabs, syringes, bandages, and other single-use applications.

    "By adding a radiation-resistant product to our medical packaging lineup, Neenah continues to lead the industry in offering the most advanced paper-based options available. We are thrilled to introduce a versatile paper-based medical packaging that is durable, dependable, and value-driven," says Valerie Henderson, Medical Packaging Product Marketing Manager, Neenah Industrial Solutions.

    Single-use medical devices are gaining popularity as they help lower costs, increase efficiency, and reduce the spread of infection. Gamma radiation is becoming a more commonly used form of sterilization technology for these devices as it quickly kills germs that can cause disease and neutralizes other harmful organisms. It is essential to the radiation sterilization process that the packaging has breathable barrier properties, excellent conformability, printability, and the ability to withstand radiation exposure to prevent risks to patients.

    Neenah was the first to recognize the need for reinforced papers in breathable carrier applications and continues to lead the market by introducing this versatile, radiation-resistant product. Available in a 116 gsm basis weight, it rounds out Neenah's comprehensive medical packaging offering that currently includes standard 85 and 112 gsm basis weight options and a new lighter-weight 72 gsm grade introduced in 2021. The entire paper-based product offering uses FSC controlled fibers, is EN868 compliant, and accepts steam and Ethylene Oxide (EO) sterilization methods.

    "Neenah's incredible R&D team worked tirelessly to develop a purpose-built solution that meets market demand and exceeds customer expectations. Our goal is to produce high-performance paper-based medical packaging that our customers can count on, and this product delivers. It's exciting to bring this to market," concludes Henderson.

  • IndiaCorr Expo in October

    IndiaCorr Expo is a platform to grow your business 10x by building the right network, sourcing top-notch technologies, and by learning the latest corrugated packaging and folding carton industry trends. Network with reliable industry players including suppliers, associations, and allied bodies enabling you to reimagine your existing corrugated packaging, box making, and folding carton business. Source the best of machinery, ancillary equipment, and raw materials and attend concurrent ICCMA Congress, organized by the Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association (ICCMA). 

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