• Skincare for everyday people

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    Bondi Sands self-tan and suncare products are globally known by consumers and beauty experts for their high quality, environmentally conscious formulas and packaging. Since last November, the Australian-based brand is also venturing into the promising skincare market and chose Quadpack to develop the packaging for its new Everyday Skincare Range.

    “Everyday Skincare is a natural progression for Bondi Sands; first evolving from self-tan to suncare, through to body and now skincare – which completes our skin health story,” says Bondi Sands CEO and co-founder Blair James.

    The challenge during product development was to ensure optimal customer experience by offering innovative, creative and environmentally-friendly packaging, without compromising formula and functionality. “We wanted bespoke packaging that sets us apart from any other skincare brand in the market whilst staying true to our brand value and look and feel. Quadpack offers hybrid and innovative packaging solutions and pushes the boundaries in what can be achieved in packaging,” says James.

    The range has bottles and caps in PP, and five-layer tubes with PCR content. The decoration techniques used are silk-screening and hot stamping. Blair James is happy about the result and celebrates the partnership with Quadpack: “Besides having similar values to Bondi Sands, Quadpack allowed us to deliver a comprehensive range, without compromising our timelines.”

    Bondi Sands Everyday Skincare Range is available online worldwide at bondisands.com and instore exclusively at Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Farmers and Boots.

  • CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER: REDESIGN FAILS

    CHANGE ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER: REDESIGN FAILS

    A constant point of engagement for FMCG designers and manufacturers is to match their packaging design to market standards. To keep up with trends, big brands usually have a full-time team dedicated to improving shelf impact (discussed in the previous blog) and product recognition. Consumer research is conducted to see what changes buyers would like to see and what aspects of the packaging are they currently happy or unhappy with. 

  • SÜDPACK now has ISCC PLUS certification

    SÜDPACK is one of the first film producers to have successfully completed the initial audit for ISCC PLUS certification (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification). All its German sites were certified in October and November 2021 and will gradually be followed by other locations. SÜDPACK has therefore established an important basis for the further development of its processes and products that will continue to drive the transformation from a linear to a circular economy.

  • Connect-e-Cap®: the intelligent packaging solution by Röchling Medical

    It is extremely important for the success of medical treatment that patients adhere exactly to the medication prescribed to them. Numerous studies prove that adherence to therapy pays off. But studies also show that many patients ignore their treatment plans – out of stubbornness, carelessness or excessive demands. This so-called non-adherence not only jeopardizes the success of treatment, but also causes immense costs for the health care systems.

  • Airnov expands Changshu manufacturing site and releases new products for Chinese market

    • New HDPE bottles and CRC caps offer competitive advantage versus current solutions
    • HAT SNAP products manufactured at higher capacity in Changshu
    • Investment at Changshu helps Airnov to modernize and meet the needs of the growing Chinese healthcare market

     

    December 16, 2021 – Airnov, a global leader in innovating packaging solutions for the healthcare market, has completed an expansion and upgrade of its manufacturing facilities in Changshu, China.

  • AmPrima™ PE Plus offers a breakthrough sustainability innovation for complex packaging formats

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    AmPrima™ PE Plus recycle ready solutions provide brand owners with innovative packaging that supports recyclability in categories that have been historically challenging. At the same time, AmPrima PE Plus innovation delivers highly durable hermetic edge and fitment seals that perform well under abusive manufacturing, distribution and usage conditions.

    Amcor, a leader in responsible packaging design and development has engineered a high-barrier flexible film that provides superior heat resistance and is a more-sustainable alternative to standard metallized or foil-based structures.

    “We know that in today’s world of high-performance equipment, rigorous quality testing and consumer-driven environmental consciousness, developing a recycle-ready solution that delivers on all attributes is crucial,” said Amcor Marketing Director Brian Douglas. “Our proprietary, oriented structure has a demonstrated ability to run on commercial converting and filling equipment at the same machine speeds as non-recyclable material, putting it in a different class from other conventionally-oriented, recyclable film options.”

    • Amcor’s AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant recycle ready solutions for pouches delivers significant value in multiple ways. It offers:
    • Pre-qualification of film by How2Recycle® in the U.S for applications that meet the clean and dry requirement
    • Sealing and spout insertion without distortion due to heat-resistant outer web
    • Ability to match current run cycles per minute achieved with a non-recyclable oriented polyester laminate
    • Product quality and flavor preservation with high-barrier properties comparable to AlOx or metallized films
    • Excellent durability for distribution, including puncture and scuff resistance
    • A 22% reduction in carbon footprint for AmPrima PE Plus heat resistant pouches compared to a 3ply foil solution even when the used packaging is landfilled. Once recycled the reduction increases to 49%.*
      *Verified by ASSET™ – Amcor’s proprietary lifecycle assessment tool certified by the Carbon Trust

    Leading the market with the first high-barrier, high-speed, heat-resistant, recycle-ready solution is a strategic opportunity for today’s environmentally-focused brands.

    About Amcor

    Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve supply chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using an increasing amount of recycled content. Around 46,000 Amcor people generate $13 billion in annual sales from operations that span about 225 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC

  • Ranpak Expands Total Solution for Cold Chain Packaging with Acquisition of Recycold Cool Solutions BV, Makers of Cool Packs

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    “We are thrilled to add Recycold and its Recycold Cool Packs products to our portfolio of sustainable Cold Chain packaging solutions at Ranpak. Recycold will immediately bolster our position as a highly effective thermal solution provider in the marketplace,” said Omar Asali, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Ranpak. “This acquisition reflects our focus on growth-oriented new products and our shared vision on eco-friendly solutions that express the values with which we operate Ranpak’s business worldwide.” Asali continued, “We have received great feedback from customers about Recycold Cool Packs. Ranpak will be scaling up Recycold’s business. Recycold products are already sold in 14 European countries and we look forward to leading further worldwide expansions in the future. Ranpak will also be integrating Recycold’s innovative manufacturing operations into the new Ranpak Netherlands facility, expected to open by the end of 2022.”

    “Recycold and Ranpak have been collaborating for several years now and I am so pleased that, under Omar’s leadership, Ranpak can take our business to greater levels,” said Ruud Titulaer, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Recycold. “Our companies share common values for a more sustainable world, and the combination of Recycold and Ranpak products will provide an unmatched unboxing experience. We are so pleased to be part of the Ranpak family, with the ability to further integrate our offerings for a more streamlined thermal protection solution for our customers, and to collaborate even more closely on future product developments.”

    An Integrated Cold Chain Solution

    Ranpak has been active in the Cold Chain field for several years with its WrapPak® Protector thermal liner. The paper pads trap air and prevent heat conduction, creating an exceptional insulator for Cold Chain applications. Cooling is needed to keep products cold up to 48 hours, and Ranpak recommends the use of Recycold Cool Packs as the most sustainable option in the market to meet this requirement. Ranpak and Recycold customers will now be able to order the entire solution from a single source and benefit from:

    • Easy integration: Packers position WrapPak paper pads easily in the box before adding the Recycold cool packs, a complete process that is easy to optimize into almost any existing packing operation.”
    • Unmatched unboxing experience: Ranpak Cold Chain thermal liners with Recycold Cool Packs offer a superior unboxing experience, minimizing or eliminating the need for plastic packaging for a more sustainable approach.
    • Cost and sustainability gains: No costly return shipment and handling of conventional cooling systems with the use of these sustainable products.

    About Ranpak
    Founded in 1972, Ranpak's goal was to create the first environmentally responsible system to protect products during shipment. Ranpak’s mission is to deliver sustainable packaging solutions that help improve supply chain performance and costs, reduce environmental impact, and support a variety of growing business needs globally. The development and improvement of materials, systems and total solution concepts have earned Ranpak a reputation as an innovative leader in e-commerce and industrial supply chain solutions. Ranpak is headquartered in Concord Township, Ohio and has approximately 850 employees. Additional information about Ranpak can be found on its website: https://www.ranpak.com.

    About Recycold Cool Solutions BV
    RECYCOLD Cool Solutions develops innovative packaging products that contribute to safe and eco conscious distribution of food, fresh ingredients and pharma. Recycold’s aim is to make sure every manufacturer, supplier or store can reach their customers with fresh and cooled products with a promise to focus on using materials that are eco-friendly, recyclable and suitable for passive cooling in the last mile of distribution.

  • Les Crudettes, Mondi and IMA scoop French awards for new paper packaging

    • Collaboration led to top prizes at prestigious French packaging awards
    • Packaging producer Mondi developed the recyclable functional barrier paper allowing Les Crudettes to save 137 tonnes of plastic per year, the equivalent weight of one blue whale
    • Machine supplier IMA Ilapak developed new solutions on their range of vertical baggers ''Vegatronic'' to handle paper-based materials at high speed
    • French vegetable producer Les Crudettes uses the new paper packaging to replace plastic packaging for its ready to eat salads in France

     

  • Bayer targets 100% green packaging for consumer health brands by 2030 as part of €100 million sustainability plan

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    Bayer promised in 2019 to do its part to mitigate global warming, with a pledge to be climate neutral by 2030 and net zero for greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    Now, its consumer health division is getting specific, with a 100 million euro plan that includes moving to green packaging for all of its over-the-counter drugs and supplements.

    The investment equals 2% of the division’s sales and will help drive sustainability while using the company’s products to “create a world where people can live healthier lives,” the pharma, consumer health and crop science conglomerate said in a news release. 
     
    That includes moving to 100% recyclable or reusable brand packaging by the start of the next decade for all consumer health products, which include vitamins and OTC pain, allergy and cold medicines.

    In Teligent's case, the company is recalling two lots of topical lidocaine solution after companies testing the drug received superpotent results at the nine-month and 18-month stability time points. The company faced similar problems in September, and it had a number of run-ins with the FDA prior to that.

    The company also wants all brand packaging to be made from an average of 50% recycled content and all purchased paper to be sustainably sourced by 2030. 

    “We’ve been doing quite a bit behind the scenes to work on our products and start to transition, but this really sets it out with a clear road map,” said Daniella Foster, global vice president and head of public affairs, science and sustainability. 

    For instance, by the end of this year, all shipping boxes will include 80% recycled content. Bayer also began using paper from responsibly managed forests for some global brands, including allergy med Claritin and pain reliever Aleve.  

    The company will also invest in energy efficiency projects and increase its use of renewable energy to continue reducing carbon emissions, which it said already fell 30% between 2019 and 2020. And it vowed to work with competitors to collectively address the climate problem.

    “No single entity can win the fight against climate change,” Heiko Schipper, president of Bayer’s consumer health division, said in a statement.

    The announcement comes weeks after Bayer joined other consumer health companies to sign an industrywide pledge to lessen the environmental impact of self-care products. 

    While Bayer’s pharma division is moving toward similar goals, Foster said prescription packaging is different in that it's “primarily oriented towards function.” So to transition, “they’ll have a bit of a longer time frame,” she explained.

    Bayer is one of several drugmakers that have made similar environmental pledges in recent years. AstraZeneca earmarked $1 billion to get to zero emissions by 2025, while Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline promised carbon neutrality by 2030. Biogen, meanwhile, is in the midst of a $250 million initiative to eliminate fossil fuels by 2050.

    The pandemic has underscored the link between the health of the planet and human health, and Bayer wants to lead on both fronts, Foster added. “We want to start to connect and really marry human health and the health of the environment together, and tackle both,” she said.

  • Rfid: A Crash Course

    What is RFID?

    Radio Frequency Identification Device (“RFID”) is a technology that uses radio-frequency waves to transfer data between a reader and a movable item to identify, categorize and track.

    How does it work?

    An RFID Tag Consists of:

    • An antenna that detects radio waves and responds with signals
    • A chip that stores and manipulates data

    RFID Reader kit consists of:

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