• Anheuser-Busch Announces Partnership to Develop More Sustainable Cans



    According to Anheuser-Busch, it will work with metals giant Rio Tinto on bringing low-carbon aluminum to its cans via a manufacturing process that will ultimately cut carbon emissions by 30% per can. This falls under the beverage giant’s pledge, launched in 2018, to cut carbon emissions by 25 percent across its supply chain by 2025.

    The partnership with Rio Tinto will reportedly leverage a disruptive new process called ELYSIS, a type of zero-carbon aluminum smelting technology, in tandem with using renewable hydropower for manufacturing.

    Michelob Ultra, the fastest-growing beer brand in the United States, will be responsible for a pilot project of a million cans produced using the new process. While 70% of the average Anheuser-Busch can is already made of recycled materials, pairing it with low-carbon aluminum will mean cutting carbon specifically in the packaging supply chain, which is the sector of its process responsible for the most emissions.

    According to AB’s Vice President of Procurement and Sustainability, Ingrid De Ryck, the new project “will bring low-carbon aluminum to the forefront with our consumers and create a model for how companies can work with their suppliers to drive innovative and meaningful change for our environment.”

  • INKonnect: Siegwerk introduces remote service solution to take its customer service to a new level

    By applying its new remote service solution, Siegwerk optimizes its customer service once again. The new assisted reality-based solution allows the company to support its customers over distance with even faster response times and easier accessible expert knowledge.

  • Smurfit Kappa introduces new eBottle packaging solutions


    Paper-based packaging solutions provider Smurfit Kappa has introduced a new range of eBottle packaging solutions for online beverage and liquids market.

    The new product portfolio consists of several sustainable solutions, including the Rollor bottle pack, BiPack, and Pop-up insert, for single and multi-pack products.

    Smurfit Kappa Europe innovation and development vice president Arco Berkenbosch said: “Our new eBottle product range offers beverage businesses a suite of fit-for-purpose and bespoke packaging solutions which address the key challenges for their e-commerce channel.

    “The innovative range, combined with our focus on e-commerce processes, supply chain and consumer experience, have all contributed to increased sales and greater efficiencies for our customers.”

    Smurfit Kappa also provides a host of automated solutions to enhance packaging processes, in addition to the new eBottle product range.

    The new product portfolio is part of Smurfit’s Better Planet Packaging range, which is produced using sustainable, renewable and recyclable raw materials.

    InterDrinks is an eMerchant that sells overs 2,500 different types of beers and beer products.

    Smurfit Kappa has launched a flexible and advanced packaging solution, which is suitable for various sized products marketed by InterDrinks. It also consists of an automated assembly that mounts the packs as needed.

    Smurfit Kappa market development director Herwin Wichers said: “The online European alcohol beverage market is worth €5.6 billion and we want to help companies take advantage of the real growth and opportunity in this segment.

    “As a result of the implemented packaging and automation solution by InterDrinks, it has increased its packing and filling capacity by 66%, allowing it to fulfil more orders, faster.”

  • Amid New Sustainability Guidelines and Increased Demand for Child-Resistant Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging, Keystone Folding Box Co. Sees Uptick in CR Blister Cards in India

    Company sees India demand soar for Key-Pak child-resistant, eco-conscious paperboard blister card.

    Keystone Folding Box Co., a designer and manufacturer of paperboard packaging solutions, has seen a surge in demand for its line of child-resistant, paperboard-based blister cards from pharmaceutical companies in India. The sales spike for its Key-Pak series comes amid two parallel occurrences: new sustainability guidelines in India, and increased demand for child-resistant (CR) pharma packaging in the US, to whom India supplies some 40% of packaged OTC and prescription drugs.

  • Sustainable Footwear Packaging

    Viupax is a sustainable shoe box in the market. thus innovatiove shoe box design reduce the use of cardboard and also improves the effciency of conatiner and radically reduce the enviormental footprint.

    Viupax uses 57 % less paper as compared to traditional 2piece shoe box. It can decerase engerygy use and emission by 57 % during the paper making process.

    Its unquie shape requires50 % less space then the traditional 2 piece shoe box. Viupax's built in mechanism allows it be coverted in a carry bag therefore reducing the use of paper bag.

  • Target Commits to Reduce Virgin Plastic In its Brand Packaging by 20% by 2025


    In May, after the filing of a shareholder proposal by As You Sow and Green Century Capital Management, Target agreed to set a virgin plastic elimination goal for its private brand packaging to be announced at a later time.
    Conrad MacKerron, senior vice president of As You Sow, said, “We are pleased that the company set a significant goal to reduce plastic by one-fifth. We hope PepsiCo and Walmart will at least match these cuts when they announce the size of their commitments later this year. We would like to see Target build toward absolute cuts in plastic use across all its private brands in the future. Many more companies need to step up and make significant cuts in use of plastic for single-use packaging if we are to make meaningful progress in reducing the flow of plastic wastes into oceans.”

  • PreZero opens light packaging sorting plant in Belgium


    Germany-based PreZero International has announced that it has started operations at its new sorting plant for light packaging in Evergem, Belgium, following a one-year construction period. The new automated plant is expected to separate about 80,000 metric tons of material collected from around Brussels and in Belgium’s Flanders’ region.

    PreZero invested about 46 million euros (or about $56 million) into the site, which will create about 100 jobs. According to a news release from Fost Plus, a nonprofit organization responsible for sorting and collecting household packaging in Belgium, the plant’s separation procedures combine new technology to ensure it can meet the country’s “stringent sorting quotas.” In addition to wind sifters, overbelt magnets and ballistic separators, the Belgium-based plant will feature 26 near-infrared (NIR) devices to sort lightweight packaging into 14 fractions, including plastics polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Fost Plus reports that special robots in the plant will ensure that drink cartons, PET trays and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) packaging can also be separated in subsequent sorting of material.

    “The start of operations at the sorting facility for lightweight packaging in Evergem also strengthens our network of high-performance plants on a European level,” says Stephan Garvs, managing director of PreZero Germany. “Against the background of the EU Commission Action Plan with minimum quotas for the use of recycled materials, it means we are ideally positioned to face the future challenges of a sustainable circular economy.”

    Claudy Lejeune, who is in charge of expansion and business development at PreZero Belgium, says the technical equipment featured at the plant will help it meet sustainability requirements. “The sorted fractions are of a quality, which the processing industry has been demanding for some time, for use in production cycles. I am confident that we can make a significant contribution to the acceptance of secondary raw materials.”

    Christian Kampmann, head of PreZero Recycling Germany, says the new facility plays “an important role” within the overall strategy of PreZero. “The start of operations is a further important step on our way to becoming a company that implements the conservation of finite resources along the entire value creation chain.”

    Mik Van Gaever, chief operating officer of Fost Plus, says he is hopeful that the new PreZero sorting facility’s technology will enable Belgium to produce “high-quality  material for the European recycling market.”

    PreZero has also announced it is releasing OutNature as a new, sustainable fiber and paper packaging solution that incorporates silphium plant components. According to a news release from PreZero, the OutNature product will be introduced in the Fruit & Vegetable department in Kaufland stores. OutNature uses a biothermal method to separate plant fibers before bioenergy generation and enables its use as a new raw material produced in Germany. The company says silphium plant products can also be tested as an alternative to conventional plastic packaging in the future.

    “The new cup plant packaging strengthens the identity of our ‘K-Bio’ own-brand,” says Jürgen Schartschinski, head of purchasing Fruit & Vegetable at Kaufland, of the new OutNature packaging. He says vegetables, including cress, white and brown mushrooms and tomatoes from the Kaufland K-Bio own brand, will be the first to feature PreZero’s OutNature packaging.

    PreZero reports that its Silphie-paper can be used in a variety of paper applications with a specific focus on packaging applications that come into direct contact with food. Dietmar Böhm, chief operating officer of PreZero, adds, “The launch of our silphium plant packaging at Kaufland is an outstanding starting point for OutNature’s market entry and will enable us to impress other customers with our innovative packaging solutions in future. With OutNature, we are unlocking a completely new source of raw materials and we will continue to forge new paths.”

    According to PreZero, OutNature received the German Packaging Award in the “New Material” category at the end of 2020 for the idea of manufacturing sustainable packaging from silphium plant fibers. At the start of 2021, the product received the World Packaging Organisation’s WorldStar Award in the “Packaging Materials & Components” category.

  • Talley's switches from polysterene to cardboard for fish transport


    An innovative new cardboard box is helping to remove 180,000 polystyrene containers from landfill every year.

    Talley’s has worked with packaging company Sealed Air to develop a cardboard box which allows fish to be carried in unrefrigerated vans without the seafood deteriorating.

    The move has been praised by the Packaging Forum, as an example of innovative thinking coming to fruition.

    The new TempGuard cartons, which are fully recyclable and made from 80 per cent recycled materials, have been rolled out throughout the Talley’s supply chain.

    Talley’s account manager Greg Buckett said there were three benefits from the switch to the new packaging.

    “Avoiding food waste, reducing the risk of environmental contamination and minimising non-recyclables going to landfill.”

    Expanded polystyrene had been the industry go-to for keeping the produce insulated, but it was not recyclable, and would break apart in landfills, contaminating waterways, he said.

    “While EPS bins ensured that seafood arrived fresh to supermarkets, they posed environmental and logistical challenges across the distribution network. We needed to find a new way.”

    The TempGuard boxes have padded cardboard that provides insulation and cushioning for the fish, while still being suitable for kerbside recycling.

    Trials were carried out on the hottest days, because previous products Talley’s had trialled worked on cooler days, but not when the temperature rose, Buckett said.

    But the new design worked just as well as polystyrene, even in summer.

    “All supermarket store managers were so happy with it, they requested we change to this solution immediately.”

    The new cartons also meet the Sealed Air goal of 100 per cent recyclable packaging solutions by 2025.

    Packaging Forum chief executive Rob Langford welcomed the innovation.

    “We definitely support any organisation that provides innovative solutions to removing problematic material.”

    The new TempGuard boxes were an example of a circular product – where a product can be recycled and made back into the same item.

    “You can take the product, and you can put it back into the paper stream, and you can make another product ... this is just an example of that coming to fruition as a fully enclosed circular solution.”

    The new product has also received industry recognition.

    Foodstuffs awarded Talley’s its national sustainability award at the 2021 Foodstuffs Expo, and Sealed Air received the 2020 Gold ANZ PIDA Sustainability Award (Product Protection) and was a finalist for the 2020 New Zealand Sustainable Business Awards.

  • HexcelPack Develops Protective Paper-Based Wrapping System for Cost-Effective & Sustainable Product Shipping

    Used by the USA’s three leading retailers, HexcelWrap™ cushioning paper ensures product protection and packing simplicity, replacing environmentally-harmful alternatives.

    Sedona, Arizona – HexcelPack, a developer of eco-friendly, paper-based protective cushioning solutions to replace bubble wrap and other plastic or foam-based materials, has developed a cost-effective and sustainable wrapping system for a wide array of product shipping needs.

  • Dabur pilots carton-free packaging for toothpaste brand


    Packaged consumer goods company Dabur India is doing away with the outer paper carton from its toothpaste brand Dabur Red Paste, in a pilot with Reliance Retail as the company attempts to reduce packaging waste.

    The company is also launching a paper carton-free low unit price pack of the oral care brand created for rural markets.

    “In a first of its kind step by any toothpaste brand in the market, we are pleased to announce the launch of our carton-free packs for Dabur Red Paste with a new eco-friendly design. This is a pilot initiative being rolled out in Modern Trade outlets, to begin with. Together, this move is expected to result in an annual saving of 150 tons of paper," Rajeev John, vice president marketing-personal care, Dabur India, said.

    The paper saved by removing the outer cartons will be repurposed to create notebooks for underserved children supported by Child Rights and You (CRY), the maker of Vatika hair oil and Real drinks said on Thursday.

    “We are excited about working with Dabur on this smart way to reduce paper usage in packaging. Supermarket and SuperApp shoppers are aware citizens and are open to embrace such green efforts. They’ll welcome this right away. Here’s looking forward to our small step today becoming an industry-wide practice, soon," said Damodar Mall, CEO grocery, Reliance Retail.

    Several fast-moving consumer goods companies are attempting to reduce their use of plastic and packaging material used in their products as the waste typically ends up in landfills—in what is an environmental hazard. Companies are also scaling up efforts to recycle waste, but the quantum of plastic generated by them outstrips recycling efforts.

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