• Pioneering proof of concept to help close the loop for digitally printed pouches

    Within a cooperation project the key industry players Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), HP Indigo, Cadel Deinking and Karlville together with Reifenhäuser, announce the successful delivery of the first-of-its-kind pouch-to-pouch mechanical recycling concept.

  • Pentel goes plastic-free with its packaging

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    Pentel Marketing Manager Wendy Vickery explains, “Moving away from conventional blister cards, with their single-use plastic, is the right thing to do for the environment, but it’s not without its challenges. The obvious benefit of the plastic bubble is that it affords full product visibility to the consumer, which is a real advantage in those precious few seconds at the point of sale.”

    To solve the problem of how to showcase products most effectively, Pentel has created cardboard packs featuring an angled aperture that allows consumers to see how many products are in each pack and to identify the ink colour of products. With strong Pentel branding and prominent key messages about recycled product content and refillable items, the new packs are designed to attract attention and generate swift purchasing decisions. This eco-development won’t affect planograms though, as the new packs are the same size as the previous blister cards.

    Wendy Vickery said, “The launch of our new all-cardboard retail packs is the next step in the journey we embarked on in 2006 when we launched the Pentel Recycology range of products made with a minimum of 50% recycled material. At the time there were few, if any, products in our industry made with recycled materials, but 15 years later the picture is thankfully very different. And we know that over the past few years especially packaging has been scrutinised in an unprecedented way, with buyers and consumers seeking to make more environment-friendly purchasing decisions to avoid the creation of unnecessary waste.”

  • Sustainable packaging by LEGO

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    LEGO® bricks are designed to be reused and handed down through generations, but LEGO boxes and other packaging are often disposed of quickly. Some of our packaging contains single-use disposable plastic, which today, isn’t sustainable or in some cases able to be recycled. That’s why we’re taking urgent action to make all our packaging sustainable by 2025.

    Lego been playing with paper packaging

    LEGO will begin to test paper bags in our boxes which means goodbye single use plastic and hello recycling bin! First, LEGO will trial recyclable paper bags that are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. They will be designed to help children understand the importance of recycling and ensure they have the best possible play experience. Our new bags will be phased in over a four-year period from 2021.

    Today, approximately 75% of cardboard used to make LEGO boxes comes from recycled material. In addition, all the paper and cardboard used in our products and product packaging is recyclable, sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®C117818).

    At the end of 2019, we announced that LEGO will phase out plastic retail bags in our 500 LEGO® Stores globally in 2020. The plastic retail bags will be replaced with paper bags made from 100% certified Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C117818) material.

    In 2019, LEGO boxes in the US and Canada featured the How2Recycle® label. This promotes packaging recycling and provides US and Canadian consumers with clear guidance to responsibly recycle or dispose of their LEGO packaging. We are continuing to work on a global approach to reach all LEGO consumers.

    In 2018, LEGO began using recycled plastic in packaging ‘blisters’ – the transparent plastic windows which allow you to have a sneak peek into the boxes – although this was a temporary measure as we will eventually phase out blisters.

    In 2017, we started using recyclable paper-pulp trays in advent calendars, saving up to 1 million plastic trays from going to landfill.

  • Tanzania: New Rules on Plastic Bottles on the Cards

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    Soft drink manufacturers will be required to use a clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle for packaging, instead of colored bottles whose recyclability is said to be not critical to improving the environment.

    Clear plastics are always preferred in the recycled materials market, and have the highest material value because transparent plastic can typically be dyed with greater flexibility.

    Speaking yesterday, the minister of State in the Vice President Office responsible for Union and Environment, Mr Selemani Jafo, said the regulations are set to be ready before the end of the year and will be painful to soft drink makers who use colored bottle packaging.

    Mr Jafo was speaking during a function where Coca Cola unveiled the new look of its Sprite which is now packaged in the new plastic bottle.

    "Regulations which are in the offing will be really very tough. You (soft drink makers) will need to tolerate us," said Mr Jafo, noting that the government's aim was to phase out unfriendly packaging.

    "The regulations will be gazetted before the end of the year, ready for use.

    Commending Coca Cola for taking the lead in using reusable and recycled materials in its packaging, he urged other investors to follow suit.

    The National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) director general, Dr Samuel Gwamaka, said that the plan on cards is to phase out coloured bottle packaging within 12 months from now on.

    He said NEMC had already written to some investors to inform them about the plan and the need for them to act responsibly when it comes to environmental protection.

    "We need investors' tax. But we are not ready to compromise with environmental protection," noted Dr Gwamaka.

    Pouring his praise on Coca-Cola for being proactive, he said it is very rare to see members of the private sector pursue a certain move, environmental protection in this regard, without directives from regulators.

    Coca-Cola Kwanza managing director Unguu Sulay said the change of the iconic bottle look is the demonstration of Coca-Cola's commitment to environmental protection using eco-friendly innovations.

    "A new shift from iconic green bottles means more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled and reused to make new ones," noted Mr Sulay.

    The move, he added, is part of the company's 'world without waste' vision which targets to collect and recycle every bottle that the company produces by 2030.

    The world without waste strategy represents Coca-Cola's commitment to do business sustainably, which includes addressing the packaging waste challenge.

    The clear PET can be made into a wide range of new products, such as pillow and duvet inners, as well as into new bottles, making it more valuable than green PET which has limited uses.

    "We are excited to introduce the transparent Sprite bottle in Tanzania, in a fresh bid to support the government's environmental sustainability endeavours," noted Mr Sulay.The clear PET plastic also contributes to economic empowerment as it will have more value for waste recyclers who depend on collecting and selling plastic packaging waste for a living. Tanzania is the fifth market in Africa where Coca-Cola has introduced the Sprite clear PET, after South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya.

  • Which Packaging Is Better For Cosmetics? Glass Or Plastic? Read more: https://www.getnews.info/1169127/which-packaging-is-better-for-cosmetics-glass-or-plastic.html#ixzz78Dyzuwqa

    While buying and using cosmetic products, there are different types of packaging. But packaging materials can also have the significant amount of influences over the actual product itself?

    There is also another fact that is seen that the different type of product in terms on application also has the fixed tradition of packaging. Such as nail polish bottles are made of glass. Or fairness creams, face wash packaging tubes are made of plastic. Here are the pros and cons of these materials.

    Plastic packaging for cosmetics

  • Revamped packaging with QR tells ‘farm-to-bar’ story of chocolate brand

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    The packaging is designed to highlight unique properties of single-origin cocoa. Working with global packaging and brand experience company SGK, the company is shifting its descriptors from heirloom to single-origin to increase awareness of the unique flavors in each country’s cocoa, created by genetic varieties and local environmental conditions.

    As part of the brand’s commitment to transparency and traceability, the new packaging will include a QR code on the inside of the wrapper, allowing consumers to scan and see into Beyond Good’s supply chain. Through the new packaging, set to roll out in November, consumers will discover the distinctive complexities of single-origin chocolate. In addition, using digital technology will enable the company to tell a more detailed story about the product’s journey from ‘farm-to-bar’. For the Madagascar varieties, consumers can meet all 93 farmers Beyond Good works with directly, see where the cocoa beans in their chocolate are grown and where their chocolate is made. For the Uganda flavors, consumers can learn more about the unique flavors of Uganda cocoa and the company’s supply chain goals in that country.

    Tim McCollum, CEO of Beyond Good, said, “ We are in the final stages of building an interactive, public facing website that connects consumers directly with the farmers in our supply chain – down to the parcel of land and the number of trees on that parcel.” He went on to explain that social and environmental responsibility – and the traceability that requires – has been built into the company’s business model. “We have a factory in Africa and zero middle men between us and the farmer. Whereas traceability is impossible for most chocolate companies, it is unavoidable for us,” he added.

    To elevate the experience even further, each package will also incorporate curated tasting notes to help guide the consumer through distinguishing single-origin flavors and qualities.

  • Plastic using Mango leaf extract offers food preservation and UV filtering

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    This packaging is intended to maintain the properties of food for a longer period without the need to add chemical additives. This is due to the biodegradable film containing antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds from mango leaf extract that have been tested in vitro, while at the same time offering a more powerful ultraviolet light filter, that also delays food spoilage. These tests looked at antimicrobial performance against two food pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. The researchers compared two different techniques for obtaining the packaging. The conventional one consists of dissolving the components in a solvent, which is later removed. The alternative procedure uses supercritical CO2 to functionalize the polymer, which provides the bioplastic with more effective physico-chemical and bioactive properties, they say. The innovative aspect of this study is that it validates the latter method of obtaining the film.

    In addition this bioactive packaging increases the protective barrier against ultraviolet light especially on foods containing oxidable compounds such as lipids. “Food wrapped in this film could be preserved longer without the addition of preservatives. The film itself replaces the chemical additive, since the active substance exerts its effect via the packaging without the need to add anything to the food,” said Cristina Cejudo, researcher at the University of Cadiz. To develop this bioplastic, the experts used mango leaf extracts from pruning remains from the cultivation of the fruit at an experimental farm at the Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture in Malaga. The nano-fibrillated cellulose that forms the polymer comes from the chemical and enzymatic treatment of a paper industry waste product.

    An advantage of the supercritical technique, the research discovered, is that the pathogen inhibition is higher due to the selection of the most bioactive compounds in mango extract for supercritical impregnation. This gives the plastic a higher concentration of these compounds than the conventional technique. “As a result, the active properties of the mango remain intact after impregnation, which increases the film’s ability to protect food,” says Cejudo.

    The next step for this research team will be to study how this bioactive packaging responds to preserving specific foods and to analyze its performance at pilot scale. The full study was published in the journal Food Hydrocolloids.

  • Xeikon expands its organization in Greater China Mr. Sean Wu is appointed General Manager

    Xeikon has appointed Sean Wu General Manager for Greater China, signalling the company’s increasing presence in the region. In his new role, Wu is tasked with managing the significant growth in interest for Xeikon's digital solutions in China, particularly from label and packaging printers and converters working with the high demands from brand owners and designers, creating unusual, unique and high-end products to meet ever-evolving consumer demand.

  • At INTERPHEX NYC, TurboFil to Showcase Module for Simplified, Automated Syringe Filling & Assembly

    Equipment specialist also will exhibit new benchtop syringe filler

    ideal for compounding pharmacies

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