“Sustainability has remained a priority in the packaging industry throughout 2020, even as demand for packaging safety has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brad Hansen, president of Presto’s Specialty Products businesses. “This year at PACK EXPO Connects, we will demonstrate the importance of both safety and sustainability in packaging while sharing products and programs that brands can use to enhance their current green initiatives.”
The Fresh-Lock team will feature closures from its expanded Fresh-Lock 8000 series. The 8000 series was developed to provide brands with a line of sustainable closures for flexible packaging. New product highlights from the 8000 series include Fresh-Lock Zipper Top, Fresh-Lock child-resistant zipper, and Fresh-Lock Triple-Lock zipper. These closures offer recyclability and enhanced package reclosability ideal for the meat, pharmaceutical, lawn and garden, and pet industries respectively.
In addition to the 8000 series expansion, the Fresh-Lock team has developed new closures that will advance the brand’s presence in the meat and produce markets. Fresh-Lock style 345 is a thermoform zipper engineered for processed and sliced meat packs; its design helps to prevent leakage once the package is opened and resealed. Fresh-Lock style 375 string zipper has high package-side holding strength and low consumer-side holding strength that allows for usage across many applications.
On Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. CST, Todd Meussling, Fresh-Lock senior manager, market development, will present “Packaging as an Ally: Sustainable Considerations In The Evolving Normal.” This Innovation Stage seminar will discuss the shifting perceptions of plastic, the importance of plastic management and education in sustainability initiatives.
The Fresh-Lock team will utilize the brand’s first-ever virtual market at PACK EXPO Connects. Guests of the virtual market will be greeted by avatars of Fresh-Lock experts, including Brad Hansen. Access to the market will begin at the start of PACK EXPO Connects through guided tours.
For additional information about Fresh-Lock closure solutions and initiatives, visit PACK EXPO Connects. To request an innovation kit or schedule a tour of the Fresh-Lock virtual market
The new segment is designed to help specifiers, converters, compounders and buyers search, filter, collaborate, request samples and quotes, and purchase everything from raw materials to compounded products in one place.
Knowde’s plastics for packaging segment offers an array of vinyl polymers, polyolefins, polyamides, styrenics, polyesters and copolyesters, pigments and colorants from hundreds of producers.
“From protecting the food that we eat to creating tamper-proof safeguards for medical and pharmaceutical applications, plastic packaging materials play a vital role in the production of the bottles, bags, shrink wrap, stretch film, blister packs and clamshells that consumers use every
day,” says Dan Haas, chief commercial officer at Knowde. “Plastic packaging is often considered to be the most recyclable, sustainable alternative among packaging material options.”
Knowde’s search capabilities enable users to explore materials by chemistry, application, function, technical properties and more. Additionally, KnowdeConcierge is designed to provide access to expert advice and insight on all manufacturer, brand and product pages, and ensures prompt replies to inquiries. Signup is free for R&D and procurement professionals.
For plastics packaging materials producers, a Knowde says its storefront offers everything they need to move online quickly and meet the new needs of customers who want a better online buying experience. Knowde offers providers targeted digital marketing tools to build storefront traffic and analytics to support data-driven decision making.
The initial trials carried out in Switzerland demonstrate that Greiner Packaging is already capable of producing yogurt cups from 100 percent recycled material. Basically, it’s the most eco-friendly and sustainable solution imaginable.
According to data by the National Restaurant Association of India, both social distancing and food safety concerns have heavily impacted food businesses leading to more than 40% closures in the past fiscal.
Covid-19 has brought noticeable changes in the consumption pattern as well. For instance, instead of visiting a restaurant or a food court, people are more comfortable ordering a takeaway or food delivery service, citing health and hygiene reasons.
Hence, to stay in business, restaurants and snack outlets are meeting consumer demands by investing in food delivery. They are either collaborating with third-party food delivery service providers or initiating their very own service, getting the food to one’s doorstep.
Along with food delivery, businesses are enhancing their packaging practices to ensure food safety and hygiene, shifting mostly to disposable packaging. But are these new changes in alignment with eco-friendly practices? That’s where the concern lies.
Increase in use of plastic for food packaging
There is no denying that the food packaging industry has experienced exceptional growth throughout 2020, and trends continue in 2021. All the leading packaging manufacturers reported up to a 70% jump in the productions of packaging materials.
While that translates well for the food and packaging industry, it has raised new concerns regarding environmental degradation. Why? It is because most of the packaging materials used are single-use plastic, which is adding to the non-biodegradable waste especially in the urban areas.
Why are businesses using plastic and not a greener alternative?
Disposable plastic containers and food packaging are cheaper, easily available, leak-proof and help the food vendor or restaurant abide by the hygiene regulations. Since plastic containers give the impression of sealed and safe food, it fits the consumer satisfaction as well. Nevertheless, it has dealt a severe blow to the government’s efforts to curb the use of plastics.
Is there a way out of this new plastic packaging crisis?
Let’s face it; Covid-19 is here to stay. Even with vaccination, businesses and consumers would have to abide by the safety protocols to prevent transmission of the virus. So, restaurants and eateries will have to intensify their delivery efforts in the coming days, as physical outlets are yet to open up with full occupancy for the consumers. Businesses need to rethink the use of plastic for packaging and opt for a greener alternative with minimal environmental impact.
Here are a few options to try:
Recycled or Agro Based paper is the cheapest alternative to plastic packaging. One can use quality paper packaging for snacks and food items (leak-proof consistency).
Kraft paper is a viable alternative to plastic since it is both oil and waterproof. It addresses your leaking issues.
Another option here is using quality containers to deliver the food. The customer would receive the food and return the container for reuse. It would curb the use of disposable food containers.
What food businesses and restaurants can do is collaborate with paper packaging manufacturers to come up with, economic and eco-friendly solutions to the plastic packaging problem.
Mitigating the initial impact of the pandemic followed by the gradual shift to new business practices has been tough on business across all sectors. The transition commenced in haste to extenuate the immediate crisis. Now, as we ease into new-normal, it’s time to correct the errors committed and innovate sustainable practices towards a safer future.
Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data.
Publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics'
In the publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics' gives the coalition insight into the plastic challenges, shares innovative cases and provides specific recommendations to stimulate joint action. This publication was presented on January 13 by Jan Peter Balkenende, chairman of the DSGC, to the Dutch cabinet and Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President European Commission & European Green Deal. “A transition of this magnitude requires shared values and the willingness of various partners to create a responsible society in which plastic - which is now too often regarded as waste - is a source,” says Jan Peter Balkenende.
The benefits of the transition are enormous. In a circular economy, the amount of plastic in the environment will radically decrease. At the same time, energy and water consumption will decrease significantly, as will CO2 emissions. New technologies can be scaled up to innovative applications to ensure that plastic retains its value as a secondary raw material.
Frans Timmermans agreed while receiving the publication that the plastic issue must be tackled together. “This publication is urgently needed: we want to significantly reduce the amount of plastics and plastics that are incinerated in the EU and bridge the price difference between new plastics and recycled plastics. We will focus on this when revising various guidelines. ”
Collaboration between governments, knowledge institutions, civil society organizations and the business community is crucial in order to jointly close the chain. DSGC members describe innovative cases from their own practice, in which they show how they contribute concretely to closing the plastic chain together with stakeholders. The shared knowledge & experience can be a source of inspiration for other companies to also invest in a circular economy. For initiatives to develop into impactful sustainable solutions, both harmonized policy and effective legal frameworks are of great importance, for which the DSGC shares specific recommendations.
Value chain stages
The publication covers all stages of the value chain:
Promoting Principles of Circular Design : Ensuring that plastic can become a new secondary raw material.
Conscious Customer & Consumer Use : Ensuring that plastic is preserved within the economy
Championing Collection Infrastructure : Establishing effective and harmonized collection systems
Sustainable Production & Innovate Recycling : Scaling up renewable raw materials and advanced recycling
Collectively Closing the Loop : Creating impact through international collaboration across the entire value chain
Flexible packaging leader ProAmpac announces the launch of R-2000D, their newest patent-pending addition to the ProActive Recyclable® series of polyethylene-based structures. Designed to be a drop-in replacement for conventional multi-material laminates, R-2000D’s unique performance characteristics allow it to run at high-speeds on form/fill/seal equipment.
R-2000D is the newest member of the ProActive Sustainability family and available in standard, high barrier and ultra-high barrier to extend the shelf-life of dry products. Both standard and high barrier platforms have been tested and pre-qualified for polyethylene store-drop-off recycling.
“ProAmpac continues to deliver on our mission to help our customers meet their sustainable packaging goals. The ProActive Recyclable® R-2000D series replaces conventional multi-material laminated films with recyclable alternatives without sacrificing performance,” states Adam Grose, chief commercial officer for ProAmpac.
Available in rollstock or premade pouches, R-2000D offers very high clarity, high drop resistance, excellent stiffness and dimpling resistance for premium shelf appearance. R-2000D provides excellent directional tear without the need for laser scoring and R-2100D provides improved toughness for sharp products like nuts, pet treats and pretzels. With superior heat resistance R-2000D allows for optimal speeds, a wide operating window and high efficiencies on filling lines.
Hesam Tabatabaei, vice president of product development and innovation for ProAmpac, states, “Engineering a high-performance recyclable solution that replaces high barrier PET/PE, Nylon/PE, PET/metalized PET/PE, and in some cases PET/Foil/PE was a multi-year material science research and development project. R-2000D is engineered to withstand aggressive filling and distribution environments. Its unique multilayer technology allows it to run on high-speed filling lines without facing film or ink distortion in the seal area especially for products with a reclose feature.”
R-2000D utilizes ProAmpac’s award-winning HD flexographic printed graphics and is available with matte or gloss registration to offer brands a package that pops off the shelf. In addition to the R-2000D series, ProAmpac offers a range of ProActive Recyclable solutions.
Emmi, Borealis and Greiner Packaging partner up to create first chemically recycled polypropylene ready to drink iced coffee cups
Swiss dairy company Emmi is partnering with Borealis and Greiner Packaging to produce Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE drinking cups using chemically recycled polypropylene.
Kremsmünster, Austria, August 2021. Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE, one of the leading ready to drink iced coffee brands in Europe, has started to incorporate chemically recycled polypropylene into its packaging. The cups are produced by Greiner Packaging and the chemically recycled material comes from Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions based in Vienna, Austria.
Troisdorf/ Cologne – Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data. silver plastics is therefore cooperating with the software company RE: GmbH, a corporate start-up of the Reifenhäuser Group. As an initial step, RE: GmbH has connected two machines at the facility in Troisdorf to the c.Hub platform and has developed a dashboard for data visualization.
Sustainable packaging advancements continue in pharmaceutical markets with the launch of kpNext, a first-to-market innovation in recyclable PET blister films from Klöckner Pentaplast (kp). It’s produced from a globally recyclable material and designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.
kpNext is claimed as the only PET recyclable blister that’s 100% compatible on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill, and seal (FFS) equipment.
It performs as well as conventional materials and is a drop-in replacement for standard blister films. Pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilize kpNext on their FFS lines without a loss of line speed or a need to retool.
“Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multimaterial structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated,” says Daniel Stagnaro, head of technology. “Pharmaceutical companies have been challenging blister manufacturers for a solution that is responsible and recyclable. kp has answered those challenges with kpNext.”