• Mondi scores a hat trick at Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards

    Mondi scores a hat trick at Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards

    Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, has won three awards for sustainable packaging at the Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards.

    The annual Green Packaging Star Awards recognise environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling solutions, as well as packaging-related improvements in operational processes in production, logistics, and distribution. The award is presented by Kompack magazine and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology.

    The judges of these awards recognised the high standard of the following three Mondi products:

  • Rondo-Pak Upgrades Equipment Line Up by Investing in New Heidelberg Printing Press

    Rondo-Pak Upgrades Equipment Line Up by Investing in New Heidelberg Printing Press

    Company’s new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 10 Color Perfector is part of a multi-phase machinery investment in response to rapid business growth due to increased demand for specialized packaging

  • PACT Awarded US Patent for Thermo Shield™ Fire Suppressant Shipping Wrap

    PACT Awarded US Patent for Thermo Shield™ Fire Suppressant Shipping Wrap

     

    100% recyclable wrap solution exceeds SAE G27 lithium battery packaging performance standards

  • Covid accelerates use of digital print in packaging to $21.1 billion in 2021,  new Smithers data finds

    Covid accelerates use of digital print in packaging to $21.1 billion in 2021, new Smithers data finds

    LEATHERHEAD, Surrey, UK and AKRON, Ohio, USA – September 8, 2021 – Through 2020 and into 2021 inkjet and electrophotography printing has secured new markets in labels and packaging. Data from the new Smithers report – The Future of Digital Print for Packaging to 2026 shows total value for this will reach $21.1 billion in 2021

  • Neopac Wins Swiss Packaging Award for First Application of Novel Tube Procurement Service

    Neopac Wins Swiss Packaging Award for First Application of Novel Tube Procurement Service

    Utilized for Well Body foot cream from Steinfels, Neopac’s DigitAll360° offers intuitive ordering of digitally printed tubes with high-quality variable printing, precision color matching, flexible batch sizes and expedited delivery.

  • TRAY SEALING TECHNOLOGY PERFECTLY PAIRED TO MEDICAL PACKAGING

    TRAY SEALING TECHNOLOGY PERFECTLY PAIRED TO MEDICAL PACKAGING

    Advanced tray sealing technology from Proseal is proving ideal for the safe and efficient packaging of a variety of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Proseal’s clean-room compatible machines have replaced the time-consuming manual placement of the lidding onto the trays for a faster and more efficient continuous sealing operation that can help to reduce material usage without compromising on pack integrity.

  • Rethink Plastic Alliance calls for “eco-modulated” EPR scheme to incentivize EU packaging reuse

    Rethink Plastic Alliance calls for “eco-modulated” EPR scheme to incentivize EU packaging reuse

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    The report, funded by the Rethink Plastic Alliance and Break Free from Plastic movement, details how charging companies differentiated fees according to the environmental sustainability of their products could incentivize producers to stimulate a more circular economy. 

    “Redesigning products and packaging addresses the issue of waste at the most upstream source and places responsibility there,” explains Blaine Camilleri, policy officer at the European Environmental Bureau on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance.

    The eco-modulation of EPR fees is “an effective way” of incentivizing the redesign of products by making them more sustainable and circular, and shifting the focus of waste prevention to the design phase, he details. 

    “EPR fees should reflect the true environmental costs of products and serve as a price signal for consumers to opt for sustainability when making their consumption choices.”

    The importance of eco-modulation 
    Modulating fees for different packaging materials depending on sustainability criteria such as recyclability is already practiced in various EPR schemes around Europe. For example, infinitely recyclable materials like glass have lower fees than harder to recycle materials like flexible plastics. 

    However, in current EPR systems, most eco-modulation criteria, such as sortability, recyclability, market demand of secondary raw material, are primarily focused on improving the recycling of packaging and not on generating less waste in the first place.

    Since packaging is not a durable product and typically turns to waste after one use only, product lifetime-related criteria, such as durability, do not play a significant role in fee modulation unless there is an increased focus on reusable packaging. 

    The report argues that reusability can play an essential role in reducing waste; however, most EPR schemes currently promote recycling and end up inadvertently discouraging reuse as a more expensive alternative. 

    Innova Market Insights has highlighted the importance of reusability as a criteria of waste reduction, marking the “Reusable Revolution” a top packaging trend for 2021. 

    The market analyst notes the majority of global consumers (52%) believe reusable packaging is the most sustainable model, followed by recyclable (50%) and recycled (39%), biodegradable (31%) and compostabl

    Implementation challenges 

    Besides these issues, EU member states also face a range of implementation and enforcement challenges that further complicate the use of EPR systems for waste prevention.

    These challenges include:

    1) Lack of uniform modulation criteria and fees across member states, which “creates complications within the domestic market and weakens the effort for EPR to achieve the desired results.”

    2) Limited availability of data on the real costs of end-of-life (EoL) treatment as well as product specifications, which is needed to estimate EPR fees and eco-modulation.

    3) Governance challenges: free riding, reporting and enforcement challenges leading to distortion of EPR internal market by making it difficult for uniform and widespread adoption among producers. 

    4) In competitive EPR scheme 

    an increase in EPR fees could create a competitive disadvantage for certain PROs. Certain Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) would be impacted more than the others depending on the product portfolio. 

    Addressing the issues 
    The report suggests supplementing the EU’s current recycling targets with reuse targets, which would provide a regulatory basis for stakeholders involved in an EPR system to develop reuse systems. 

    This would require expanding the scope of cost coverage and “necessary costs” to include costs required to build a value chain for reusable packaging. To meet the new cost coverage to achieve reuse targets, EPR fees would have to be increased, which in turn would increase the revenue generated. 

    However, care should be taken while increasing EPR fees. Following the principle of waste hierarchy and eco-modulation, EPR fees should be increased for single-use packaging, it suggests. 

    Conversely, reusable packaging should be incentivized through lower or no fees for producers to shift from single-use packaging to reusable packaging. 

    “The increase in revenue generated will further need to be utilized to develop the logistical infrastructure required to ensure the reusable packaging reaches back to the producers for reuse. This would need sound governance, more data and increased transparency, which a centralized online public register can meet,” concludes the report. 

     

     

     

  • Swedish Plastic Recycling invests a billion in world’s largest advanced recycling facility

    Swedish Plastic Recycling invests a billion in world’s largest advanced recycling facility

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    Using advanced recycling technologies, the site will have the capacity to recycle any plastic used in Sweden using entirely renewable energy, making the country’s plastic economy completely circular. 

     

    Located in the city of Molata, construction is expected to conclude in 2023. It will expand an existing facility, which the company says is already the “most efficient on earth.” 

     

    “We are doubling our capacity and will be able to handle 200,000 tons of plastic packaging per year. This creates the conditions needed for receiving and eventually recycling all plastic packaging from Swedish households,” says Mattias Philipsson, CEO of Swedish Plastic Recycling.

     

    “The investment creates the prerequisites needed for making Sweden a world leader in plastic recycling. Being able to do it together with our producer customers and owners, who consist of large parts of the Swedish business community, is very inspiring.”

    Tackling all plastic types 

    Currently, the facility recycles four types of plastic; once construction is complete, it will have sorting capacity for 12 types: polypropylene (PP), HDPE, LDPE, PET tray, PET bottles (colored and transparent), PP film, EPS, PS, PVC, two grades of Polyolefin mix, metal and non-plastic waste.

    Any small parts of plastic that remain after the sorting process will be separated and sent to chemical recycling or become new composite products. Zero packaging will go into incineration.

    “There is today no other facility in the world that has that capability,” asserts Phillipson. 

    “We are also preparing for washing and granulation of the plastic in phase two, which is planned for 2025. Then our entire plastic flow in Sweden can become circular.” 

    Any materials or rare types of plastic that are unable to be recycled at the facility will be sent to a Carbon Capture Storage, which prevents carbon emissions produced during incineration from entering the atmosphere. There are further plans to run the facility using solar panels. 

    Advances in advanced recycling 

    PackagingInsights recently sat down with Susan Hansen, global strategist for F&A supply chains at Rabobank, to discuss recent developments in advanced or chemical recycling technologies and what they could hold for the future of plastic waste management. 

    She explained that Rabobank has seen a “huge amount of activity” in advanced recycling since 2019. According to the bank’s estimates, there were around 70 plants installed worldwide in 2020, with approximately 1.1 million tons of capacity.

    However, Hansen emphasized that chemical recycling should not be seen as a “silver bullet” to the limitations of mechanical methods. 

    Even if all the global advanced recycling projects recorded are actually completed, there would be a doubling in the number of plants and around three or four times the capacity there is today. However, this would only mean 140 plants on earth, which would be a maximum of about four million tons of capacity. 

    The UN estimates roughly 300 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year globally. 

  • FACHPACK 2021: Greiner Packaging to showcase innovative and sustainable packaging concepts for the future

    FACHPACK 2021: Greiner Packaging to showcase innovative and sustainable packaging concepts for the future

    Alternative and recycled materials, barrier technologies, innovative solutions for the POS, and the circular economy itself will be the focus of Greiner Packaging’s appearance at FachPack this year. The packaging experts will be exhibiting in Nuremberg, Germany from September 28 to 30, giving prospective and existing customers an exciting look at current developments, trends, and innovations.

  • s & Apples Remain Best Opportunities for Fresh Fruit Packaging Suppliers

    s & Apples Remain Best Opportunities for Fresh Fruit Packaging Suppliers

    The Freedonia Group finds that, apples and berries will remain the best opportunities for fresh fruit packaging suppliers through 2024, together accounting for 51% of demand:

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