Burgopak release first publication, sharing insights and expertise on power of packaging in Financial product delivery
At the forefront of packaging design in the financial sector, Burgopak share studio secrets on card packaging design featuring top challengers and neobanks.
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A sustainable development master student at the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University compared for his thesis the primary and secondary packaging: a Fillbee used in combination with reusable glass bottles, aluminum cans wrapped in plastic film and cardboard packs with one-way glass bottles.
The Fillbee with reusable glass bottles generated significantly less CO2 than conventional packaging — 46% less CO2 than aluminum cans with plastic wrap and 64% less CO2 than single-use glass with cardboard, according to the study. The lifecycle assessment also showed it outperformed single-use packaging on sustainability criteria including water use, landfill and energy use.
Results were measured per lifecycle stage (manufacturing, use and disposal stage) per functional unit in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14044. The selected functional unit was carrying, containing and protecting 1.8 L of beverage, while maintaining the quality of the beverage.
Driving toward a goal of using more sustainable materials in packaging, two Alexia Organic Potatoes brand products from potato producer Lamb Weston will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning in April 2021.
The packaging is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of producing French fries. Research by GlobalData (March 2021) indicates more than 3 in 10 U.S. consumers believe environmentally friendly packaging material is a key driver of a purchase.
Alexia’s Organic Sweet Potato Fries and Organic Yukon Select Puffs will feature a special seal, identifying the plant-based packaging. Lamb Weston’s packaging team spent two years collaborating to create a sustainable packaging alternative and continue working to expand their sustainable packing efforts.
“Sustainability is a pillar of our packaging innovation strategy. By combining efforts with teams across the business we were able to create something innovative that will not only help reduce our carbon footprint, but also continue to deliver to our customers,” says Deb Dihel, Vice President of Innovation.
The new bag material lamination replaces a legacy oriented polypropylene (OPP) bag with LLDPE sealant layer.
“The bio-material is replacing LLDPE of our sealant layer,” says Casey Bettendorf, Senior Mgr Packaging Engineering on the Innovation Team. “OPP has proven to have many advantages that support our retail business, from its machineability to graphics. This effort is to reduce our footprint by utilizing more renewable resources at this point. Work is underway to expand this concept into a fully recyclable design.”
In the new lamination, 16% of the complete structure has been replaced with plant-based material. Annualized across both items equates to removing 8,928 lbs of PE and replacing it with bio-based material and a 6.5-ton reduction in CO2 emissions.
“Lamb Weston has a robust supply chain. We had to make sure that the structure could meet all of our quality and operational requirements,” Bettendorf says. “Packing French fries using v/f/f/s [vertical form/fill/seal] tends to put a lot of stress on our material so good seals, puncture, and tear resistance is critical to ensure we can provide a quality product to our customers.
Converter and flexible packaging supplier American Packaging Corporation (APC) provides the flexographically printed rollstock for this application. According to APC, the environmental impact annually* of using a packaging substitute for the Alexia Organic Potato equates to:
· 14,700 miles driven
· 252 trash bags in landfill
· 750,000 phones charged
· 98 trees over 10 years
· 14 barrels of oil
“As a company committed to making healthy snacking more accessible, Fresh Cravings is proud to now offer our hummus line to Kroger shoppers,” said Jay Whitney, chief marketing officer of FoodStory Brands, which owns Fresh Cravings. “We continue to see interest grow in plant-based food and sustainable packaging. We pushed ourselves to introduce a hummus with 100 per cent recyclable packaging to meet these demands.”
The pouch will initially be available with Uncle Ben’s ready-to-heat wholegrain rice, which is soon to be re-branded as Ben’s Original.
The mono-PP material, unveiled in December, is built on Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex recyclable film and will be its first application for microwavable food and the first in a stand-up pouch format.
Learnings about how the material runs through Mars’ supply chain will inform a wider rollout in the year ahead.
The food manufacturer said the use of a high performing mono-PP material will allow it to retain the shape, shelf-life, functionality and high safety standards needed for the packaging of its brands.
It will also enable the pouches to be recycled, where collection and recycling infrastructure exists, Mars added.
At present, mono PP flexible plastics is not supported by at-home recycling collection in the UK. However, several major retailers have recently announced in-store flexible plastics collection trials.
Effective collection and sorting systems alongside availability of recycling infrastructure are critical elements in building a circular economy for all packaging types, Mars suggested. It is expected that by the end of 2021, UK-wide in-store recycling will be available for mono-PP flexible packaging, with in-home recycling available from 2023.
Mars’s Sustainable Packaging Plan includes a commitment to make its packaging 100 per cent recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025.
Matt Cutts, innovation director at Mars Food, said the new material is a “huge step forward” for the company’s journey towards fully recyclable packaging.
“The work is not finished, and we hope this innovation will mean greater discussion surrounding the collection and recycling infrastructure that is needed alongside packaging development,” Cutts said.
Helen Bird, strategic engagement manager at the Waste & Resources Action Programme, heralded the “breakthrough” in microwavable food pouch design, which means that once it is collected, it can be recycled into new items.
“And these collections are coming,” Bird said. “We are encouraged by the recent announcement by some supermarkets to collect all types of plastics bags and wrappers and feel sure that similar announcements are in the pipeline by other retailers.
“These supermarket collection points are a critical stepping stone towards these materials being collected directly from households in years to come.”
On re-naming its popular Neos Exotic cigarillo line, the company decided to find a more sustainable alternative to plastic packaging.
Frederik Vandermarliere, CEO, J. Cortès said: “We initially considered using recycled plastic, but there’s not enough of it available and biodegradable plastic hasn’t yet caught up when it comes to colour retention and strength. We, therefore, settled on a totally different approach.”
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This revolved around the use of Metsä Board card packaging, produced with young fibres and a focus on environmentally friendly manufacture using timber certified as sustainably sourced.
According to the Belgium-based company as much as 99% of Metsä Board production waste is reused for energy generation.
“This new packaging symbolises the logical resumption of our sustainability policy,” Vandermarliere remarked. “As another example, we installed a new water system at our cigar factory in Sri Lanka, which allows us to save 2.6 million litres of water every year.
“In reality, the running costs of the new system offset the savings we achieve in water. But as a family business, we think it’s more important to leave behind a better world for our kids.”
Exo as it is now known, is a line of aromatised cigarillos manufactured using the best tobacco products from the world’s equatorial regions. It is available in four rich flavours (Exo Classic, Exo Red, Exo Blue and Exo Filter).
Known for kiwifruit, Maori culture, and spectacular scenery, New Zealand is also home to a new certified home-compostable plastic compostable flexible packaging option for home use for US consumers.
Available at the Compostic website and at Amazon, the company’s compostable cling wrap and resealable bags offer a guilt-free, 100% home-compostable alternative to traditional kitchen plastics. Both product and packaging are zero waste materials.
As well, Compostic's innovative materials offer high-quality elasticity and strength to match the performance and functionality of traditional plastic as a drop-in replacement for eco-minded consumers.
After years of development, Compostic's product line is vegan-friendly, FDA-approved, BPA-free, non-GMO and non-toxic. Unlike common plastics, Compostic's materials break down in a home compost in 12-24 weeks, which is said to be faster than an orange peel.
Compostic was founded in 2018 by Jon Reed as a way to eradicate the need for common, single-use plastics from the home while maintaining the convenience of traditional plastics. "My inspiration behind Compostic began with my realization of the massive threat that plastic has become to our environment," says Reed, founder and CEO. "It soon became my life's mission to find a sustainable solution to the convenience that plastics have within our lives, but that won't stick around polluting our environment for hundreds of years. We’re thrilled to launch Compostic in the US as we continue our mission to eliminate single-use plastics on a global scale. We believe that with Compostic's alternatives, there is no longer an excuse to use toxic plastics."
Key ingredient: Biopolymers.
Compostic's environmentally friendly materials are made from a compound of biopolymers designed to mimic traditional plastics in functionality.
Compostic declined to disclose any further information regarding the biopolymers used.
Debuting in New Zealand, Cling Wrap’s packaging is free from any metal or plastic cutters. Instead, the wrap cleverly uses pre-perforated markings for seamless use. The box is printed with soy-based inks and is recyclable and compostable. The wrap is available in 150 square feet and 250 square feet lengths.
The resealable bags feature an easy-to-use zip to ensure fresh food storage and are available in snack, sandwich, and gallon sizes.
"We understand few consumers are willing to sacrifice quality to purchase the most environmentally friendly option," says Reed. "We look forward to introducing Compostic to US consumers and helping them seamlessly transition to a more sustainable lifestyle."
With the problem of plastic waste receiving significant attention, demand for more eco-friendly packaging continues to increase, and companies around the world are taking various measures focused on targets for better circulation of plastic resources used for packaging and containers.
In one example, Toppan Printing has successfully collaborated with Unilever Japan on quality tests resulting in the adoption of mono-material flexible packaging for “Lux Luminique Sachet Set Limited Design,” which is due to go on sale in Japan starting in April.
Unilever has announced global commitments for a waste-free world, aiming to halve its use of virgin plastic; help collect and process more plastic than it sells; and ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is designed to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable. Unilever is transforming its approach to plastic packing through its “Less plastic. Better plastic. No plastic.” framework and making progress around the world.
Toppan provides solutions to global companies addressing environmental issues such as global warming and plastic waste. “Sustainable-Value Packaging” was recently launched as part of the "Toppan S-Value Packaging” brand, which targets added value for society and fulfilling living. The Sustainable-Value Packaging range includes more readily recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mono-material flexible packaging for individual packages. By fully leveraging vapor deposition and coating technologies accumulated over 30 years as a global leader in the manufacture of transparent barrier films, Toppan has now worked with Unilever Japan to achieve a switch to mono-material composition for individual packages for liquid toiletry products.
Conventional individual packages combine a PET substrate with materials such as aluminum and polyethylene. Toppan’s mono-material packaging uses a PET-based grade of GL Film a vapor-deposited transparent barrier film from the GL Barrier range and combines it with PET sealant. These films are used for wide range of items in the food, medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial materials sectors.
The manufacturing method and material composition ensure superior oxygen and water vapor barrier performance, provide low adsorption to prevent loss of aroma and quality, and make it possible to prevent reduction of product weight during storage over long periods. The use of a single material improves recyclability, and the absence of aluminum film enables a reduction of roughly 25% in CO2 emissions during packaging manufacture.
“We’re delighted that Unilever Japan has chosen Toppan’s mono-material flexible packaging for these new products,” said Yoshimitsu Anamizu, managing executive officer of Toppan’s Living & Industry Division. “We continue to work on developing more readily recyclable and eco-friendly solutions for diverse packaging [applications].”
The Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics (SPICE), co-founded by L’Oréal and sustainability consulting firm Quantis, is an initiative that brings together organizations in the cosmetics industry to work towards a common goal: to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging. The initiative has now released what it calls “a science-based ecodesign tool that assesses the environmental footprint of any cosmetics packaging, empowering cosmetics packaging engineers to make more sustainable design choices and accelerate innovation toward sustainability.”
The publicly available SPICE Tool is the latest solution developed by the 25 members of SPICE, created to shape the future of sustainable cosmetics packaging while addressing the issues that beauty and personal care companies face while trying to improve the environmental performance of their products’ packaging. Along with the Tool, SPICE has released a set of best practice materials, including environmental claims guidelines.
According to the group, the SPICE Tool solves one of the key sustainability challenges facing the beauty industry: embedding ecodesign into the packaging development process. Further, they say that the platform, with a Free demo version and a Pro version, “makes robust environmental data accessible to packaging designers, giving them the insights they need to develop more resilient packaging designs. The Tool calculates a holistic environmental footprint across the full lifecycle of a product’s packaging (from production to end-of-life), covering 16 environmental indicators that assess impacts on climate change as well as resource depletion, water use, biodiversity and more.” This, they say, will enable beauty companies to now have an easy way to measure, improve and communicate more credibly on their packaging’s environmental performance.
"The SPICE Tool ushers the entire cosmetics industry into a new era of sustainable packaging innovation,” affirms Dimitri Caudrelier, CEO of Quantis. “It delivers robust environmental metrics and actionable insights for packaging designers to make resilient decisions. This is a huge step toward SPICE’s mission to collectively shape the future of sustainable packaging — and we’re just getting started!”
"As the co-founder of SPICE, L’Oréal is proud to see the initiative uniting the cosmetics industry around a shared vision of sustainable packaging,” adds Philippe Bonningue, group global director of sustainable packaging at L’Oréal—and a member of Beauty Packaging’s Board of Advisors. “For more than a decade, we have been committed to innovating our packaging toward sustainability. We are pleased to share this experience to help develop the SPICE Tool so that, together, we can drive the industry’s sustainable transformation.”
L’Oréal Hong Kong is kicking off a cross-brand recycling program with its 13 beauty brands. This month, Kiehl’s, Lancôme and L’Oréal Paris will be taking the lead in accepting used product containers at their stores.
By the end of Q2 2021, the program will cover the group’s other 10 beauty brands in Hong Kong, contributing together to Hong Kong’s sustainable development through joint effort of the brands. Partnering with local environmental social enterprise V Cycle, beauty packaging which can be recycled in the program includes not only plastic bottles but also glass and metal parts of the beauty products such as mascara tubes, brow pencils tubes and body, lipstick cases and compact powder cases, etc.
“Having worked alongside L’Oreal Hong Kong for 2 years, we’re delighted and grateful for the opportunity to step up our efforts in this exciting citywide recycling program,” said Eric Swinton, founder and CEO at V Cycle. “In offering people a platform to recycle and reuse valuable resources, we are creating a circular economy that benefits both the environment and our society, while changing consumption habits by stemming the inflow of plastic. We are confident that together with L’Oreal Hong Kong, we will raise consumer awareness on the need to recycle and that this initiative will inspire people to take action.”