• OBI switches packaging to new recycling-focused materials


    The recyclable packaging will be used on all of OBI’s domestic canned salmon brands and export products, the company said. Its recyclable components include the cans and lids, can labels, trays, and shrink overwrap, the company said in a press release.

    The packaging components also utilize recycled content when possible, so OBI’s trays are made from 100 percent recycled content and the cans and lids are made from 35 percent recycled content.

    Meanwhile, the products’ plastic shrink overwrap is made from 30 percent recycled materials, which will make the product exempt from the new United Kingdom tax on single-use plastics that will go into effect in April 2022.

    The goal of the packaging changes was not necessarily focused on cost savings, but rather to “ensure that the packaging we are putting it [Alaska salmon] in has the lowest possible impact on the planet,” OBI CEO Mark Palmer said.

    “The purpose of this project was aligned with OBI’s mission and values, not about what costs OBI might incur or save,” Palmer told SeafoodSource. “If anything, the costs of the new packaging are higher. The goal was to maximize sustainability and to be proactive in responding to new legislation regarding single-use plastics.”

    Additionally, many of OBI’s customers with strong sustainability programs “have been very interested in our packaging development program, and we are also pleased to help them reach their sustainability goals,” Palmer said.

    In collaboration with its affiliate Kent Warehousing and Labeling, OBI has begun a phase-out of its current stock of packaging and will switch to the new packaging for all shipments at the beginning of 2022.

  • Kellogg's to trial fully recyclable Corn Flakes packaging with paper liner


    Kellogg’s is trialling fully recyclable packaging for its boxes of Corn Flakes, with the replacement of the plastic liner for paper.

    The food giant has said it would prefer plastic liners to be accepted in kerbside recycling but the trial of the paper alternative in a small number of Tesco stores from January “ensures we have an alternative”.

    While the outer card packaging of the company’s cereals boxes are recyclable, the plastic inner liner is not widely accepted in kerbside recycling.

    Kellogg’s said a paper liner would have to keep the product fresh over its 12-month shelf life and be able to withstand the process of filling, sealing and transportation to retailers.

    Kellogg’s said the results of the trial were crucial as it planned for fully recyclable cereal packaging, whether that included plastic liners being recyclable at the kerbside as they are in countries like Ireland and Belgium, or the rollout of fully paper-based alternatives.

    Chris Silcock, Kellogg UK and Ireland managing director, said: “We know people want to do more to help the planet and that’s why we are working hard towards meeting our commitment of all Kellogg’s packaging being reusable, recyclable or compostable by the end of 2025.

    “This important trial of fully paper cereal packaging ensures we have explored all our options.

    “Ultimately, we would prefer plastic liners to be accepted in home recycling as our data tells us that they are better for the planet over the full life cycle of the packaging, but this trial ensures we have an alternative.”

    Tesco grocery director David Beardmore said: “It’s great to see that Kellogg is trialling a paper cereal bag in our stores. Our customers will be pleased that they can easily recycle the bag at home.

    “We call on suppliers to test and roll out actions like this; using as little material as possible and making sure that necessary packaging is easy to recycle.”

    Recycling Association chief executive Simon Ellin said: “The Recycling Association fully supports Kellogg’s initiative in trialling the use of paper liners in their cereal boxes.

    “Currently, the plastic liners which are used in cereal boxes are largely unrecyclable due to the difficulty in collecting them and limited markets for the plastic.

  • Jones Healthcare Group launches sustainable medication packaging


    Canada-based packaging and medication dispenser company Jones Healthcare Group is adding sustainable packaging products to its Qube and FlexRx medication adherence product lines for pharmacies.

    The company has introduced the Qube Pro, FlexRx One and FlexRx Reseal blister packs made using Bio-PET, a medically approved bioplastic from plant-based material developer good natured.

    These packs are intended to help pharmacies reduce their environmental footprints.

    Jones Medication Adherence senior vice-president Trevor Noye said: “We continue to focus on circular design principles for our products to bring more sustainable packaging to the marketplace – it’s our responsibility, and it’s important to our pharmacy customers and the patients under their care.

    “Not only is our new packaging the first to use leading-edge Bio-PET, but it also uses foil-free backings to improve recyclability.”

    The Qube Pro, FlexRx One and FlexRx Reseal solutions are designed to increase the efficiency and quality of sealing in both automated and manual filling environments.

    According to Jones Healthcare Group, the products take half as much time to seal as other comparable solutions on the market.

    They will be made available to pharmacies in the first quarter of next year.

  • Stora Enso introduces portfolio for bio-based packaging foam


    Stora Enso’s offering consists of Fibrease and Papira. Both foams come with versatile technical and sustainability properties, and customers can select a suitable foam based on their specific packaging requirements. The foams can be used for protecting fragile goods and are optimal for thermal packaging of temperature sensitive products.

    Fibrease is commercially available now, while the pilot plant for producing Papira has started operations at the Fors site in Sweden, following the investment announced in August 2020.

    Fossil-based packaging is a major contributor to pollution, accounting for 40% of the world’s plastics. Today fossil-based materials, such as plastic wrap or polystyrene foams, are widely used as cushioning and insulating materials in packaging. With Fibrease and Papira, Stora Enso is introducing renewable and climate-friendly alternatives to fossil-based packaging protection. The bio-based foams come from certified wood and are recyclable in paper recycling streams.

    “Consumers of today are pushing to minimise the use of plastic and maximise recyclability,” said Markus Mannström, EVP Biomaterials at Stora Enso. “At the same time, the need for packaging protection is increasing due to growing demands in e-commerce and cold-chain logistics. With our bio-based foams we help customers create eco-friendly and circular packaging solutions, while also meeting material performance needs to protect and insulate the goods,”.

    Stora Enso’s new pilot plant aims to evaluate and validate Papira as a packaging foam in customer tests. Stora Enso’s Fors site in Sweden, where the Papira pilot facility is located, produces lightweight paperboards for consumer packaging.

  • talabat to pilot 100% plant-based sustainable packaging in Qatar from this month


    The launch is part of Delivery Hero’s (talabat’s parent company) global rollout of the programme, across eight markets.
    talabat’s new packaging, which will be available for selected restaurant partners and vendors to adopt, is 100% plant-based and contains no perfluoroalkoxy-alkanes (PFA), which are commonly known as forever chemicals, and cannot be broken down by nature. The packaging has also been rigorously tested to meet food safety, quality assurance, sustainability and ethical supply standards, talabat has said in a statement.
    Research conducted by Delivery Hero underlined that consumers want a more sustainable delivery ecosystem. Some 88% of customers in Qatar would consider ordering from restaurants that offer sustainable packaging, while two-thirds of customers in Qatar would order more from a restaurant that offers sustainable packaging.
    Tomaso Rodriguez, CEO of talabat, says the organisation is committed to creating a sustainable delivery ecosystem.
    “Globally, I think everyone can agree that a plastic-free world is imperative. Statistics from the National Geographic and Ellen MacArthur Foundation show that currently 91% of the world’s plastic is not recycled - and 70% of plastic ends up in landfills or the natural environment. By 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish. That is the enormity of the challenge that, as a planet, we are facing.
    "Regionally, our ultimate goal is to create a more sustainable delivery ecosystem by constantly introducing industry-leading standards and innovations, and that every product purchased through our talabat platform be delivered in sustainable packaging.
    "However, this is not a short-term or medium-term fix. Through introducing our Sustainable Packaging Programme to the region as a pilot, we are aiming to influence the reduction of food packaging wastage.
    "Also, as part of Delivery Hero, who are introducing this same initiative initially in eight markets around the globe - Qatar, the UAE, Austria, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary and Singapore, we are able to produce this packaging at scale, with the aim of deploying 10mn units globally by the end of 2022, which makes it a cost-effective solution to normal packaging for our restaurant partners and vendors."
    talabat has previously taken steps to reduce the use of plastic by introducing a “no-cutlery” default option at check-out for all orders made through the app, resulting in a 74% increase in no-cutlery orders in just a few months in Qatar and saving over 10mn plastic cutleries.
    Additionally, talabat mart, talabat’s own delivery-only 24/7 store with no shop-front, and the region’s first to deliver groceries in less than 30 minutes, switched to biodegradable and reusable bags that consume four times less energy to produce.
    Francisco De Sousa, managing director of talabat Qatar, added: “We are thrilled to be among the first countries introducing sustainable packaging to the market, launching it in Qatar along with seven other countries worldwide. We are highly committed to Qatar’s 2030 sustainability vision, and believe that every action to protect the environment is a step forward towards a better future. We encourage our partners and customers to adopt new habits through these sustainable packaging initiatives and we look forward to developing Qatar’s sustainability market.”

  • Cosmo Films Ltd. launches Enhanced Barrier Metalized BOPP Film

    A metalized bi-axially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film for packaging applications

    New Delhi, 23, 2021: Cosmo Films Ltd., a global leader in specialty films for flexible packaging, labeling and lamination applications as well as synthetic paper, has launched Enhanced Barrier Metalized BOPP Film specially designed for packaging applications with very high moisture and good oxygen barrier properties and high metal bond. 

  • HexcelPack Introduces 100% Paper-Based, Fully Recyclable Protective Mailer

    A sustainable alternative to traditional plastic bubble mailers, company’s Hexcel’ope™ is ideal for the e-commerce market.

    Bristol, CT – HexcelPack, a developer of eco-friendly, paper-based protective cushioning solutions to replace bubble packaging and other plastic or foam-based materials, has introduced Hexcel’ope™, an innovative, 100% paper-based protective mailer. Developed as a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to the traditional plastic bubble mailers commonly used throughout the e-commerce supply chain, Hexcel’ope™ is curbside recyclable and fully biodegradable.

  • Herbal Essences to use molecular-recycled plastic in its packaging


    Decreasing the use of virgin plastic
    This November, the brand has started introducing five shampoo and conditioner collections in primary packaging made from Eastman Renew resins with 50% certified recycled plastic. Five Herbal Essences bio:renew sulfate-free collections, including the Aloe Vera lineup, will be upgraded to Eastman Renew materials beginning this month. These will be followed by two new collections coming to market in January 2022. These new packages will also include standardized How2Recycle® labels to clarify recycling instructions and encourage recycling

    “It’s on all of us to make a difference and create a more sustainable future where plastics are truly recycled, reused and out of nature,” explains Herbal Essences principal scientist Rachel Zipperian. “Making this package change to Eastman Renew materials reduces the brand’s dependence on virgin plastic and helps us bring the world one step closer to making plastic a circular resource.”

    Diverting plastic wastes from landfills
    Eastman Renew materials are made via Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies using waste plastic. According to the producer of resins, without this technology, this plastic waste “would end up in landfills.”

    These recycling technologies complement traditional recycling, expanding the types and amounts of plastics that can be recycled. “This gives materials an extended useful life and diverts plastic waste from landfills or the environment,” adds Eastman.

    “We are excited to see our partnership with Procter & Gamble reach consumers’ hands with the launch of these Herbal Essences packages,” said Chris Layton, Eastman sustainability director for plastics and circular solutions. “We are delivering solutions to the plastic waste problem right now and look forward to the continued collaboration with P&G as a leading partner.”

    In addition to P&G, other cosmetic giants, such as Estée Lauder or LVMH have also partnered with Eastman to use Eastman Renew materials and decrease the use of virgin plastics in beauty packaging.


    Companies around the world are making efforts to make their products more and more sustainable and environmental friendly. This includes making changes to their packaging. Some commonly observed changes in the past couple of years include making packaging both recyclable and from recycled materials, making it reusable and making it compact in size.

    To reduce the overall carbon footprint of their products and their packaging, the following companies have made changes to their packaging designs and compositions in an effective manner:

  • Metallised MDO PE is now available from Camvac in single web form


    Primarily aimed at the food and converter markets, Camvac’s latest film development increases the company’s sustainable barrier layer packaging film solutions.

    Machine-direction orientation (MDO) film has a growing presence in food and consumer packaging. In recent months the confectionary and snacks marketplace has been requesting the industry for a metallised MDO PE based film.

    This request includes the requirement to provide a barrier coating suitable for conversion and lamination to similar product family materials, creating a mono-film laminate solution for conversion into the end-product packaging.

    This development facilitates the opportunity for recycling within the circular economy.

    Camvac’s barrier technology has delivered a solution with their latest commercial development being available in 20 and 25 micron gauges.

    MDO technology has numerous benefits for a film material.

    Processing film material via MDO enhances the properties of the film and offers the opportunity for costs to be reduced. MDO films are incredibly stable when compared to ‘standard PE’, which facilitates the potential to reduce the gauge resulting, which in turn uses less material being used, which in turn leads to a reduction in product packaging, transport costs and a reduced carbon footprint.

    Taking the raw MDO PE film, Camvac has used their unique, patented technology, adding barrier to the film via their Camplus Extra process.

    The Camplus Extra technology produces an MDO polyethylene film that has dramatically improved metal adhesion, offering higher inter-ply bond strength and enhanced barrier.

    The single-web metallised MDO PE offers the converter a high barrier, OTR and MVTR, polyethylene film that can be laminated to another PE substrate to create a mono-material film for conversion into a recyclable flexible packaging pack. These laminate film structures may predominantly feature in the snack food marketplace, including crisp packaging and similar end-uses.

    Key benefits of the latest development include;

    –         Reduced film thickness

    –         Reduced packaging costs

    –         Possibility of 100% mono-material structures that can be recycled

    –         Lamination grade of high barrier metallised PE film material

    –         High pressure resistance

    –         Exceptional barrier performance both MVTR & OTR

    –         Available in 20um and 25um single-web structures

    –         Camplus Extra process to surpass the necessary barrier requirement the market demands.

    Gary Chalkley, Development Director at Camvac, states “Developing a high barrier metallised MDO PE offers the converters and ultimately the end-users the possibility of a mono-material laminate for the snack market which can be recycled. The Technical and Production Teams here at Camvac have worked in parallel to develop a high barrier MDO PE film solution. Utilising Camvac’s barrier technology has created an exceptional a film with exceptional barrier performance. Utilising it’s unique patented Camplus Extra technology to metallise the PE Camvac has delivered the barrier requirement for the snack market. This is the first development commercially available of barrier MDO PE from Camvac and we are already close to commercially launching clear barrier solutions.“

    This innovation joins Camvac’s growing range of Sustainable Packaging Solutions within their Camvert range of films which is primarily targeting the food and converter marketplace.

    As Camvac continues to invest and develop new packaging films, the company is continually seeking new opportunities to partner with likeminded companies and would welcome any opportunity to discuss new partnerships – not only for their Sustainable Packaging Film but also their other packaging solutions.

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