V-Shapes, a supplier of vertically-integrated products and services for convenient, hygienic and sustainable single-dose packaging, today reported that visett, a leading provider of branded and white label cosmetics and body care products, has added V-Shapes sachets to its packaging mix. The company currently has a V-Shapes PRIME single-lane fill and seal packaging/converting machine for on-demand production of unique single-dose sachets that can be opened with a single gesture using one hand, as well as a Trojan Label T2-C printer. The company is using a combination of printing on demand and pre-printed flexo substrates to meet the widest possible range of customer needs. visett, located in Germany and in business for two decades, offers its products via white label, B2B and B2C. B2B business for the company, which has nine employees, has grown in 50 countries over the last decade.
“We have historically offered a whole range of packaging for our products, including bottles and tubes,” says Michel Raad, owner and managing director of visett, “We had never offered sachets before because many of our competitors did. But as an innovative company, when we learned about V-Shapes, we saw it as the next-generation solution, a differentiator for us, and we didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.”
The V-Shapes PRIME has been so successful for visett that the company is currently in the process of seeking a larger facility in order to add two or three V-Shapes ALPHA six-lane packaging machines. Since based on volume, some substrate is preprinted with flexography, the company will likely configure one of its machines as an AlphaFlex with in-line printing and use pre-printed flexo rolls for the others. “In this way,” Raad says, adding, “We will have the ability to produce relatively large quantities with on-demand printing, but for the largest quantities, we can still leverage our flexo fleet as well.”
Currently, sachets comprise less than 10% of visett’s overall volume, but that share is expected to grow dramatically once the ALPHA units are installed. For visett, sachets represent an add-on offering, building on its overall growth rather than replacing any current production.
“As we have introduced these innovative sachets to the market,” Raad notes, “We have found a number of unexpected uses. For example, for sampling, we don’t need to ship large containers anymore, which reduces our sampling costs significantly. In addition, customers who might previously have purchased a full-sized container of a product now are frequently asking for full sets of 10 to 20 sachets in addition to the full-size container for more convenient use. For example, they might take sachets with them when they travel and prefer not to carry the full-sized container with them, or for handing out to their customers as samples to encourage those customers to purchase the full-sized containers. Sometimes customers find the single-unit sachets more convenient overall. A good example is our cream make-up removal. Some customers would prefer to purchase 10 or 20 single-use sachets rather than a pot of the product.”
The other opportunity is in restaurants and at events, Raad points out. “The Health Department has told us that as we come out of the pandemic, most certainly, large multi-use containers on tables in restaurants and bars, as well as at events, will be forbidden. So the demand for single-use sachets will continue to grow. And the V-Shapes sachets are so much easier, cleaner and more hygienic to open and dispense than traditional single-serve packages.”
Raad has also been extremely pleased with the support he has received from V-Shapes, saying, “It’s been a very good relationship, they are easy to work with and very supportive. Their response time is also very fast. I have two phone numbers to use with WhatsApp … if the first one doesn’t answer right away, the second one usually does, which means I literally have 24/7 service.” He also notes that, like his own company, V-Shapes is very proactive. He says, “At visett, once we have a good product range, we start selling it. But in the background, we are also developing new products and upgrading existing ones. V-Shapes has that same philosophy, and they are very proactive in communicating to us about upgrades or new developments. For example, they have already notified us we should expect to have another equipment upgrade soon, and we are also looking forward to implementing substrates made from recycled feedstocks. V-Shapes stays on top of all of that for us to make sure we are delivering the best product possible to our customers.”
French heritage fashion brand Lacoste is launching a sustainable and eco-friendly twist to its bestseller polo, with the introduction of the Loop Polo made using recycled cotton from surplus Lacoste polos.
The eco-friendly unisex Loop Polo is composed of 30 percent recycled cotton spun together with 70 percent virgin cotton, made using a “closed-loop” process, which means no two polos are identical.
It comes in a speckled look in heather grey or midnight blue and the iconic polo still maintains its “petit piqué” texture, explains Lacoste, as well as its two-button neckline, short sleeves and tonal croc camouflage, which has been made from recycled polyester.
The whole process marks a new era for Lacoste, with the French brand adding that it is a new reinvented low environmental impact model, as production also consumers less water.
Launching on February 22, the Loop Polo will retail for 135 US dollars and will be available in Lacoste stores and online.
In addition, the French brand is partnering with hybrid ethical retailer Maison De Mode, co-founded by Amanda Heart and Hassan Pierre that has been a champion in empowering individuality, raising awareness on a global platform within the luxury sustainability market.
In December, Lacoste joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s ‘Make Fashion Circular’ programme. Since 2009, this nonprofit association has introduced circularity into the worldwide economic agenda by helping fashion brands become greener, with a focus on the impact on the planet and those who live in it.
Lacoste created its first polo in 1933. Today, the Crocodile brand is present in 120 countries through a selective distribution network. Two Lacoste items are sold every second in the world. The French brand range includes apparel, leather goods, fragrances, footwear, eyewear, homeware, watches and underwear.
Coles’ Together to Zero waste ambition sees the supermarket continue to work with industry partners, suppliers, and customers to reduce waste and unnecessary plastics.
Scoops from Coles Tropical Paradise and Coles Ultra Original and Sensitive laundry powders will be removed from April 1.
The new scoopless laundry powders will be specially marked with ‘Reducing our Impact’, with the packaging featuring a light green lid, ensuring customers can easily spot the packs.
As shoppers become increasingly mindful of their plastic consumption, Coles is proud to offer customers a range of products without unnecessary plastic packaging, as well as recyclable packaging alternatives that do not compromise on quality or value.
Coles General Manager Own Brand, Quality & Responsible Sourcing Charlotte Rhodes said the removal of plastic scoops from laundry packs was another important step in Coles working toward its ambition of becoming Australia’s most sustainable supermarket, with 87% of Coles Own Brand and Coles Own Liquor Brand primary packaging already recyclable.
“As customers look to live and shop more sustainably, Coles is leading the way in innovation and value, offering customers quality options across household necessities that won’t hurt the planet or the budget. As part of our Together to zero waste journey, Coles is proud to provide customers with more sustainable solutions,” she said.
“Removing plastic scoops from Coles Brand laundry packs is a small step we can take with our customers that will reduce our environmental footprint. In addition to our wider sustainability initiatives, every change and commitment we make toward a greener future helps to create a better Australia for generations to come.”
Customers who may still have plastic measuring scoops from Coles Brand detergents are encouraged to hold on to their scoops and reuse them. But while the plastic scoops in new packs will be removed from this week, packaging will still provide clear detergent dose instructions to help customers with measuring their powder without a scoop.
Following the unveiling of Coles’ Sustainability Strategy in June 2021, Coles has continued to make strides in its sustainability journey by working Together to Zero emissions and waste, as well as working Better Together with our Coles Brand suppliers to support farming and sourcing practices that are ethical, transparent, and sustainable.
Coles affirmed its commitment to packaging sustainability in 2021 by joining the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Plastics Pact (ANZPAC) as a founding member and continuing to work toward the Government’s 2025 packaging targets.
Coles also recently celebrated 10 years of working with soft plastics recycling organisation, REDcycle. Through the partnership, Coles customers have returned more than 1.2 billion pieces of soft packaging to Coles supermarkets since 2011. The soft plastic is then recycled into a range of products including outdoor furniture, playground equipment and is even used in some Coles carparks.
Upon the recent launch of Colgate’s Elixir in collaboration with LiquiGlide in Canada, Packaging Connections took the opportunity to invite Mr. Daniel Rippy, CBO of LiquiGlide to learn more about the technology, its application in various industries, and their expansion plans.
Currently, LiquiGlide’s patented EverDropTM Technology is a first-of-its-kind slippery coating that compliments clear, recyclable packaging tubes such as the one employed in “Elixir”.
The company has recently implemented several technology upgrades in production, and brings a variety of EcoDesign solutions for its signature SpringTube™ and Plastic Tubes.
Procter & Gamble India becomes ‘plastic waste neutral’
P&G India is among the first few FMCG companies in India that have achieved 'plastic waste neutrality’ by recycling 100% of post-consumer plastic packaging waste
P&G also announced that it will set up in-house solar plants at its Goa and Mandideep manufacturing sites
24 February 2022 marked the beginning of huge fluctuation in the global market. From oil to wheat, the demand and supply chain was greatly disrupted. With Russia being one of the largest exporters of oil, both sanctions against its international trade activities along with its own reluctance to supply to its adversaries have caused a huge hike in gas prices around the world.
The last 15 years observed an increasing discontentment with the use of plastic in the packaging industry. With growing concerns regarding excessive excavation of non-renewable resources as well as the toxic nature of plastic’s painfully slow degradation process, it was obviously to be replaced with environment-friendly alternatives.
The round format AD Circus Mini NTAG213 measures 16mm (0.63 in) in diameter and is designed for customer experience applications, while AD Microblock ICODE SLIX, with dimensions of 8 x 8mm (0.31 x 0.31in), is primarily designed for authentication and brand protection use cases.
“NFC allows consumers to interact with brands in a way that goes beyond the point of sale, and to provide useful information about a product: what it is made of, how to use and how to recycle it. By being able to access this information with just a tap of a phone, it supports a more conscious approach to consumer goods production and consumption,” says Max Winograd, vice president of atma.io and connected products at Avery Dennison Smartrac.
Winograd continues: “Intelligent packaging for consumer products continues to demand smaller inlay designs that are seamlessly embedded into packaging and devices. Product designers want finished goods which drive digital interactions, and this objective is accomplished with these smaller yet powerful inlays. These two new additions to our portfolio give brands excellent options to build digital twin experiences for their product lines.”
AD Circus Mini NTAG213 is available in wet and dry formats, and AD Microblock ICODE SLIX is available in wet format. The inlays are compliant with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management and ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management, which the company says ensure a reliable product that meets a variety of application needs, especially in the retail environment.
UFlex, one of India’s largest multinationals in flexible packaging materials and solutions and a global leader in polymer sciences has been riding the waves of innovation to build packaging products, applications, and solutions that will further enhance the role of packaging as a value-added responsible packaging.
In the quarter ending December 2021, UFlex unveiled a range of new products and solutions that meets various packaging needs of brands while aiding the consumers with added convenience and features. These developments affirm UFlex’ 360-degree focus on brand needs, user experience, and commitment towards the environment.
Ashok Chaturvedi, Chairman, and Managing Director UFlex Limited said, “UFlex has been walking the green path by recycling post-consumer MLP mixed plastic waste; upcycling recycled resins into our PCR films range and also creating solutions that use lesser amount of virgin plastic at source. The new high-value line of products and solutions are aimed at the adoption of responsible packaging and mirrors our increased focus and investments in R&D.”
“We have already been recycling almost 30,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year with a target to reach 1,00,000 tonnes. The new recycling lines to be commissioned in our Mexico and Poland facility and the proposed recycling infrastructure in Egypt will help us realize our vision,” he added.
Highlighted below are some of the marque products and solutions unveiled during the quarter.
Flexible Packaging Business
1) 3D Bags with Perforation to Give Kids an Easy-tear Experience: Kids unboxing their gift packs is nothing less than a celebratory ritual where they seek an emotional experience in checking what’s inside the pack. However, when opening the package becomes an arduous task, it dampens their spirit. UFlex’ product development team responded to the brand’s ask for convenience that children need to access the toys or goodies inside the pack easily and introduced a smart solution by adding one extra attachment with a perforation line on the 3D bag enabling easy tearing of the pack. This absolutely novel concept has added convenience to the joy and enthusiasm of children opening the package, thus making the brand enjoy popularity amongst them.
2) Standee Spout Pouches to Pour Out Chai: Beverage cafes have been embracing innovations that help them cover the last mile smoothly to deliver hot, piping tea in its most pristine state to chai-lovers. Fulfilling the need for beverage cafes to retain the temperature of tea for a long duration, UFlex has developed a special standee spout pouch that delivers the comfort of drinking brewed tea and enhances users’ experience. The pouch structure is made with BON and special grade PE along with a 21mm spout on the top for the spill-free pouring of the tea. With this pouch contained in a tea delivery box, the cafes are more confident of delivering the goodness of brewed tea at the doorstep of the consumers seamlessly.
3) Paper-based Packaging Laminate for Tetley Tea Bags: With rising concerns around packaging waste, Tata Consumer Products wanted to make a switch to sustainable packaging for its brand ‘Tetley Tea’ collaborated with UFlex to supply its green tea bags in paper-based packaging. For this, UFlex developed a packaging structure made of paper and aluminum foil with a registered hot stamping feature using emerging high energy curing chemistries to deliver high performance and low migration product system that supports cross-linking of inks and high gloss coatings.
The advanced development process at UFlex besides being environment friendly with no CO2 emissions replaces the conventional process in which solvents were used. The paper-based packaging structure can be easily recycled thereby taking the brand a step closer to its green mission and giving consumers a sense of pride in using sustainable packaging format.
1) Mirror Film for Safe and Appealing Toys: Toys help children have fun along with catering to their developmental needs and are often their best friend. But in a world that is crowded with different options, the toy manufacturers have a tough job of making them appealing for kids who are known to have a short attention span. To address this challenge, UFlex has introduced a mirror film for the toy segment under the ‘Make in India’ initiative to showcase its cutting-edge technology for toy segment applications.
This new product made of soft polyester material has been designed to incorporate various patterns to ensure learning without compromising on child safety. The mirror-like effect has been achieved with an acrylic coating on the film. Replacing the traditional glass, the toy’s mirror is unbreakable, foldable, and appropriate for a child’s use without any worries of accidents. Due to its success in the toy segment, extending its use in the fashion and accessories segment such as on handbags, wallets, shoes, etc. is being explored.
Packaging Films Business
1) High-barrier Metallized Recyclable BOPP Film ‘B-TUH-M’ for Food Packaging Applications: Low-unit packs (LUP) and Multi-unit packs (MUP) such as biscuits, bakery, and snacks often witness quick consumption. These packs require a packaging structure that is made using a metalized film that offers superior oxygen (<10cc/m2/day) and moisture barrier (<0.10 gm/m2/day) with robust seal performance. B-TUH-M, a high barrier and robust seal metalized BOPP film has been developed by UFlex to replace the three-layered structure with two-layers in numerous seal packaging formats especially multi-unit packs.
The film offers good optics, excellent printability, and consistent slip and anti-static properties. The high barrier film’s structure imparts excellent high seal strength of 1500 gm/25 mm, hermetic seal, high and broad hot tack, and low SIT. The film also offers good metal adhesion for brilliant metal appearance, good extrusion bond, and excellent resistance to metal cracking. Due to its ability to be recyclable and reduced layers in the laminate, this sustainable film is greening our portfolio even further.
2) Multi-layered Mono-material BOPP Film ‘B-TGM’ with Outstanding Oxygen, Aroma, and Moisture Barrier for Pouches and Bags: Some oxygen-sensitive foods like dry fruits and nuts need to be packed such that it helps retain their freshness and quality for long while locking in their aroma. The newly developed B-TGM BOPPis made to address the barrier requirements for oxygen, moisture, and atmosphere-sensitive products. B-TGM is a special effect coated BOPP film with the best oxygen barrier delivering the least OTRever for a BOPP film (<0.28 cc/m2/day).
It has excellent water barrier properties (<2.9 gm/m2/day) in duplex structure, exceptional moisture resistance, and low heat seal initiation temperature (95°C). The recyclable film that offers excellent clarity and product visibility is an environment-friendly solution; and has properties infused into the mono-material film through a unique step proprietary process onto a specially formulated coating and base film substrate. This multi-layered mono-material BOPP film substrate is specially designed with special polymers to achieve ease of processing for the converters that consequently enhance the shelf life of the packed products.
1) High-performance Sealing for Packaging with Flexbon 601A_Flexbon 601W Adhesive: A high opacity and two-component solvent-free white adhesive, ‘Flexbon 601A_Flexbon 601W’ is best suited for food packaging such as snacks and staples that requires added strength in sealing. It is compatible with various films such as PET/MET PET, BOPP/MET BOPP, PET/MET CPP. Due to its excellent wettability that helps it maintain firm contact with the substrate, the product reduces the requirement of white ink coating substantially and delivers good optics. These factors add value to clients’ products by offering optimum results that elevate the look of a printed pack considerably making them even more eye-catchy.
2) Two-Component Solvent-free Adhesive,Flexbon 702A_Flexbon 777C for Multiple Laminates: It is a two-component solvent-free adhesive used for general to medium performance in snack packaging applications. It provides a fast cure, high-run speeds with an excellent appearance to the laminates. This product offers excellent wetting on metalized substrates to give a speckling-free performance on PET, BOPP, LDPE, MBOPP, MCPP, and MPET based applications.
3) Flexcure Super Glide Coating for Lustrous Looking Packs: The attractive appearance of a clear, glossy coating is an important feature for many packaging applications. Flexcure Coating is a free-radical chemistry-based UV coating, that is applied in-line over wet or dry UV inks, or offline over dry conventional inks to impart excellent slip and scuff resistance properties. Flexcure Super Glide Coating is a great fit for fast curing in different types of food and non-food applications such as PVC sheets, mono-cartons, and book titles.
4) FlexFab HR Ink for Cement and Fertilizers Packaging: Packaging for building materials and fertilizers require ink with sharp printability and impressions due to the intrinsic woven packaging structure. With its expertise in the ink domain, the Chemicals business has addressed this challenge with FlexFab HR Ink, a solvent-based printing ink designed for printing on HDPE/PP woven packaging structures. Due to its sharp printability, high strength, excellent adhesion on laminates, and scratch resistance properties, FlexFab HR Ink is highly valued by its customers.
1) Registered Lamination Process-led Machine for Clear Product Packaging: Brands have always been exploring ways to earn consumers’ trust and gain credibility for their products. One way to achieve this is to give consumers a clear view of what’s packed inside via a see-through window. However, in achieving this, the aesthetic of a pack often tends to get compromised. To ensure a fine blend of giving a clear view as well as maintaining visual appeal, the Engineering business of UFlex has introduced a registered lamination process.
The automated process embedded in the machine combines two films into the process that keeps track of the pre-printed mark on film on both unwinders. This process detects any errors emanating which yields a precise registered lamination product with zero defect output. During the entire process, the products’ visibility and packs’ aesthetics remains the focal point. This process has already found acceptance by quite a few customers wanting to promote product visualization.