• ITC Paperboards pioneering Planet-friendly initiatives in specialised Packaging – ITC Chairman Mr. Sanjiv Puri

    In his AGM address Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, ITC Ltd, shared his Vision on ITC Next: Reimagining Business for the Redefined Future. Relevant Excerpts from the speech is below:

  • Berlin Packaging Acquires the Juvasa Group

    Acquisition expands the company’s footprint in Iberia and the Canary Islands and brings new design and e-commerce capabilities

    Berlin Packaging, the world’s largest hybrid packaging supplier, announced today the acquisition of the Juvasa Group, a group of companies focused on the supply of glass, plastic, and metal packaging for the food and beverage industry.

  • Oregon becomes second state to pass packaging EPR law

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    Oregon became the second state to require producers of packaging, paper products and food service ware to share responsibility for supporting in-state recycling programs when Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 582, known as the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act, into law Aug. 6. Sen. Michael Dembrow and Rep. Janeen Sollman were the chief sponsors of the bill. 

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a similar extended producer responsibility (EPR) law into effect July 12.

    Under Oregon’s new law, brand owners selling packaging, paper products and food service ware into Oregon will join stewardship organizations and pay fees to support the improvement and expansion of recycling programs and infrastructure statewide. This new packaging EPR program is intended to reduce the impacts of waste on the environment and human health, keep plastics out of rivers and oceans and take steps toward addressing the inequitable impacts of the waste system on vulnerable communities, legislators say.

    “With this new law, Oregon ratepayers will be provided a much more accessible, responsible and stable recycling system,” says Scott Cassel, CEO and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which advocates for the promulgation of responsible recycling through EPR legislation. “It will also provide producers with the financial incentive to make their packaging more sustainable, and local communities with funding for reuse and waste prevention programs.”

    Under the new system, consumer brand payments will cover roughly one-quarter of the costs of a modernized recycling system. In contrast to Maine’s law, which covers all recycling costs, producers under Oregon’s law will not cover the costs of collection, which will continue to be paid for by residential and commercial ratepayers. Local authorities will maintain operational control for collection services and public education programs, while producer funding will enable improvements such as recycling facility upgrades, broader collection services and more accessible educational resources.

    Producers will finance their obligations through fees on covered products that they pay to stewardship organizations. These fees will be based on factors such as recyclability, use of postconsumer recycled content and the life cycle impacts of the materials they use. The largest producers also will be required to perform lifecycle assessments on 1 percent of their products every two years. 

    The new law will create a uniform statewide collection list and expand recycling access to multifamily housing and those living in rural and remote communities. A new multistakeholder group, known as the Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council, will advise the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and stewardship organizations on key elements of the new program, including producer implementation plans. 

    Oregon’s law promotes equity and environmental justice by requiring Oregon DEQ to conduct regular studies on access to recycling and enacting new permitting and certification requirements for processors to provide living wages and benefits for their employees. Recycling processing facilities will also be required to meet new performance standards, such as for material quality and reporting, and will share responsibility with consumer brands for ensuring that collected materials reach socially and environmentally responsible end markets. The costs of meeting these new standards will also be offset by producer funding.  

    “It’s encouraging to see the extensive provisions aimed at addressing recycling inequities and environmental justice in Oregon’s new law,” says Sydney Harris, policy and programs manager and packaging lead at PSI. “We have these elements in PSI’s policy model and hope to see them included in all packaging EPR legislation.”

    PSI has promoted EPR for packaging for the past 15 years and developed a model bill that has informed legislation introduced in eight states, including Oregon, over the past two years. Oregon’s bill emerged from a multiyear stakeholder engagement process, led by Oregon DEQ, to gather input and identify solutions best suited to the state.

    Oregon is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to successful EPR programs. Working with PSI, state and local governments, the paint industry, and other key players, Oregon was the first state in the country to pass EPR legislation for paint in 2009. It also has EPR programs for electronics and pharmaceuticals, as well as a decades-long EPR program for beverage containers.

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

    Tomra and Gualapack work together to prove the recyclability of Gualapack’s first-of-a-kind monomaterial PP spouted pouch through all stages of treatment of a DKR rigid PP waste stream.

     

    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.

     

  • Introducing a historical novelty for Institute and Slovenia – corrugated board made from tomato stems

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    The Pulp and Paper Institute, aware of the importance of the circular economy, presents corrugated cardboard made of papers whose raw material is tomato stems. Tomato stems were locally sourced and represent an agro residue that has been processed into liner and fluting papers suitable for incorporation into corrugated board. The papers were produced on a paper machine of the Institute on the basis of research for using this kind of raw material for papermaking. Corrugated cardboard was also made in Slovenia in test production and optimizations are currently being carried out according to the mechanical properties of corrugated cardboard. The product is completely recyclable, biodegradable and safe for food contact.

    As a product manufactured for the first time in independent Slovenia and in the wider region, the Institute is taking a step forward in the development of its own CIP brand of papers and boards.

    By supporting local circular stories and stakeholders with agro residues and other sources of lignocellulosic biomass, ICP sets new heights and upgrades the more than 70-year tradition of innovative cellulose products.

  • Mondi rolls out its range of sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for growing online grocery delivery services across Central Europe

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    • Seven new packaging solutions meet the growing demand for online grocery (eGrocery) delivery services
    • Sustainable eGrocery portfolio offers a packaging solution for a range of delivery channels including click & collect to local or nationwide deliveries
    • Innovative designs offer retailers fully recyclable, efficient and convenient packaging options

     

     

    Mondi’s latest eGrocery packaging solutions follow the successful introduction of its BCoolBox in March and its VinoBoxes in May. Grocery retailers can choose from Mondi’s expanded portfolio of seven sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for all kinds of grocery pick-up and delivery options, such as click & collect, local deliveries via retailers' own vehicle fleets or long-distance deliveries via third-party carriers. The boxes can be adapted to be used by small and large scale retailers.

    Mondi’s latest eGrocery packaging solutions include: 

    • Pick&ShipBox – a one-pack solution for all channels. It adapts to multiple requirements and offers convenience features such as easy lifting and opening. 
    • PantryBox – for quick and easy filling and closing. It is strong, stackable, and suitable for carrier shipping or click & collect. 
    • RecipeBox – for doorstep delivery of fresh produce and groceries. It has an integrated lid and optional holes for better ventilation. 
    • EatsBox – for smaller local deliveries by bike or scooter. It is lightweight and offers a quick filling option. 
    • Click&LoadBox – for click & collect of mixed grocery orders. It has handles for loading into cars and carrying home. 
    • Click&EnjoyBox – for holiday, gift or seasonal promotion packs. It has compartments for tall products like bottles, with an easy handle carrier. 
    • Click&CarryBox – for heavier mixed orders, providing strength and stability. It has an integrated handle for easy carrying.

     

  • Pre-Summit in Rome sets the scene for September’s UN Food Systems Summit

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    The first is the focus on food loss and waste (FLW).  Given that 1/3 of food is lost or wasted between the farm and fork each year, equivalent to wasting 1/4 of the world’s freshwater used by agriculture and emitting around 8% of global greenhouse gases, this should be of no surprise to anyone. The UN has made it clear that “countries will not be able to achieve Net Zero and are unlikely to deliver the Paris Agreement on climate change without tackling FLW.”

    The second is with regards to the complex issue of food system resilience and food security, especially in light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which we have seen, inadvertently discriminated heavily against the poorest in our world.  I believe every one of us should have access to safe food and water – whoever we are and wherever we are.  This is something that, we at Huhtamaki, are committed to as part of our purpose. 

    What struck me about both these topics is the intersection with the essential role that sustainable food packaging already plays today and can increasingly play going forward, in helping to strengthen our food systems to both reduce FLW and improve affordable accessibility to food for all.

    Our ability to claim this is based on common sense. By delivering sustainable fit-for-purpose packaging which protects food from chemical, biological and physical impact, delays product deterioration, extends shelf life, and supports food safety, the packaging ensures that the limited resources used to produce food, and the carbon footprint created, are not wasted.  This is particularly important given that the environmental benefit of avoided waste is usually 5 to 10 times higher than the environmental cost of the packaging.  Today, only around 5 percent of carbon emissions in food systems are attributable to food packaging.

    Building food packaging value chains that are resilient to challenges such as pandemics is as critical to supporting lives and livelihoods as it is in enabling the availability of safe, hygienic, secure, and affordable food products to all.  As 56% of the global population now live in urban areas, the role of packaging in transporting and distributing food is crucial. Again, this has been brought into sharp relief during the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent civil unrest in parts of the world.  It is why the packaging industry was recognized by governments across the world as an essential industry during the pandemic.

    As the UN says, good food keeps us healthy – it strengthens our communities, powers our economies, and protects our planet. Food packaging helps in all these aims and plays a significant role in enabling access to safe food each and every day.

    We look forward to the outputs from the pre-summit contributing to the recognition that sustainable packaging is essential to a well-functioning holistic food system. Ensuring that the interlinkages between different parts of the food system are fully incorporated into the recommendations of the Summit will be crucial in delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Mondi rolls out its range of sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for growing online grocery delivery services across Central Europe

    Seven new packaging solutions meet the growing demand for online grocery (eGrocery) delivery services

    Sustainable eGrocery portfolio offers a packaging solution for a range of delivery channels including click & collect to local or nationwide deliveries

    Innovative designs offer retailers fully recyclable, efficient and convenient packaging options

  • New KHS machine processes can toppers made of cardboard

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    • New development based on proven technology
    • Modular design gives customers great flexibility
    • Up to 108,000 cans an hour processed

     

    The packaging is user friendly, the material kind to the environment, the machine powerful: the KHS Group’s Innopack Kisters CNP (Carton Nature Packer) processes can toppers made of cardboard at a rate of up to 108,000 cans per hour. With the help of its recently developed CNP machine, the turnkey supplier is now establishing a further sustainable form of secondary packaging on the market.

    The Innopack Kisters CNP has been designed as a modular system that can be individually added to as and when required. This means that operators can switch to different cardboard materials or alter the pack size, among other options. With it KHS offers its customers smart, flexible plant technology that enables them to perfectly react to rapidly changing consumer demands. Sören Storbeck, global packaging product account manager at KHS, knows just how important this flexibility is in secondary packaging. “On the market we’re noticing that packaging variants are being established as alternatives to single-use plastic, especially in the beer and carbonated soft drink segments.” Over the past few years KHS has thus built up an extensive portfolio of environmentally-friendly, recyclable systems and solutions.

    Environmentally-friendly packaging without plastic

    The new Innopack Kisters CNP also contributes to this strategic alignment. KHS has found a strong partner for its sustainable packaging system: the cardboard can toppers, available in both a closed (TopClip) and open (GreenClip) version, are by Smurfit Kappa, one of the biggest manufacturers of cardboard in the world. “Thanks to Smurfit Kappa’s many years of expertise, coupled with our complex specialist knowledge in mechanical engineering, we can offer our customers a future-proof packaging system that’s sustainable, consumer friendly and gentle on resources,” Storbeck explains.

    In relation to the open topper solution, whilst still working very closely with Smurfit Kappa, KHS found it important to also find a solution that is independent of the blank manufacturer in order to offer its customers maximum flexibility and freedom when choosing their packaging materials suppliers. A range of  freely selectable options is also available when it comes to processing. Accordingly, the new cardboard packer can be used for both standard and sleek can formats holding between 250 and 580 milliliters. The alternative to classic plastic film or plastic rings also manages various sizes of multipack containing four, six or eight containers.

    Benefits at the point of sale

    Adhesive is not used during processing; the pack is kept stable by the punched and folded cardboard topper. “This means that the cardboard satisfies the highest demands for sustainability. It’s made of renewable raw materials and is fully recyclable and biodegradable,” smiles Storbeck. With this the KHS Group is once again pursuing its goal to close the materials loop in the interest of a circular economy. The packer is also convincing with its extremely low energy consumption.

    As an option, the CNP machine can be equipped with a camera-controlled orientation module. The great advantage here is that with the help of the module cans can be individually and precisely positioned within the pack. This gives beverage producers and retailers a number of clear benefits, especially in product marketing. The option of individual can alignment makes the brand more visible to consumers, heightening the product’s presence at the point of sale. The cardboard topper also provides extra space for advertising messages.

    Based on proven technology

    Although the Innopack Kisters CNP is a new development from KHS, it is based on proven technology. The first six meters of the machine, for example, are identical to the Innopack Nature MultiPack now established on the market. Moreover, the modular Carton Nature Packer can be integrated into existing lines without any problem. In order to ideally tailor the machine to individual requirements, KHS offers its customers and all other interested parties a comprehensive consultancy service – from planning through configuration to implementation of the system.

    With its new development the systems supplier is consistently complying with its philosophy of offering its clients flexible machinery that can process an extremely broad spectrum of secondary packaging – in full accordance with the wishes and requirements of the bottler or canner. “Optimizing our systems and saving on materials and energy as a result have long been among our core activities,” emphasizes Storbeck. “In the Carton Nature Packer we offer the beverage industry yet another system that’s fit for the future.”

  • Frugal Cup - Made from recycled paper and 4% PE

    Designed for food and beverage products, the Frugal Cup is the only paper cup that can be recycled as part of the mainstream waste process and is made from recycled paper (96%) and a PE liner (4%).

    The two elements easily separate during the standard recycling process so that the paperboard can be recycled again and the liner can be recycled or used for energy from waste.

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