• Mondi expands release liner range with launch of two new paper-based sustainable EverLiner products

    Mondi creates new range of sustainable paper-based release liners, EverLiner
    New products help reduce carbon footprint while ensuring high performance on existing machines and applications 
    EverLiner range comprises liners created from recycled paper and light-weight solutions 
    EverLiner M R is the first release liner on the market using recycled base paper

  • Neopac develops plastic tube with reduced wall thickness


    The new solution is available in plastic tube diameters ranging from 30-50mm, and in four substrate varieties: polyethylene and recycled tubes, each with or without EVOH barrier.

    The reduction of material usage is most apparent in the tube’s wall thickness, which has been reduced from 0.5 mm to 0.35 mm without, Neopac says, sacrificing “exemplary” haptics. Low profile closures are already in the pipeline with the aim of achieving maximum weight reduction in plastic tubes.

    Neopac estimates that, in its own packaging manufacturing operations, the new tubes will eliminate the need for as much as 4.6 tonnes of HDPE materials per one million tubes produced. This translates to an overall carbon footprint reduction of about 8.6 tons of CO2 per million tubes manufactured. 

    “Finding ways to reduce the overall amount of material is mandatory for packaging suppliers to move toward ambitious sustainability goals,” says Cornelia Schmid, head of marketing at Hoffmann Neopac.

    “The challenge is always to boost a pack’s eco-friendliness without sacrificing product protection or aesthetics. The new lightweight tubes are viable solutions for brand owners in a number of industries, helping meet increasing consumer desires for comprehensive product sustainability.”

  • Partnership to explore the functional properties of algae


    Origin by Ocean’s vision is to build a new value chain around the eutrophication problem of oceans – by harvesting algae from the Baltic Sea and turning algae-based biomass into sustainable ingredients. These ingredients are used in production of everyday consumer goods such as food, beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Seaweed’s natural building blocks give algae a wide array of sustainable and functional properties suitable for many different applications like packaging. 

    "In our Nauvu® biorefineries, we isolate various components from different naturally occurring seaweeds to create new sustainable raw materials. These components can, for example, increase the viscosity, adhesion and porosity of the material or give it different decorative features for luxury glass packaging, explains Mikael Westerlund, Chief Business Activist from Origin by Ocean.

    For Brightplus, the redefined algae biomass offers a non-fossil-based side-stream for biosourced BrightBio® materials. The cooperation focuses especially on examining the different decorative and barrier properties of seaweed-based biomass, which can provide e.g. haptic effects for glass coatings.

    "There is a growing demand for algae-based synthetic biomaterials in Europe, and we are happy to start cooperating with an innovation leader such as Origin by Ocean. Algae is a naturally occurring side-stream that captures CO2 efficiently. With a wide array of functional properties, it is an ideal component for our synthetic chemistry BrightBio® materials, says Milja Hannu-Kuure, Managing Director from Brightplus.

  • Kingsmoor Packaging launches lightweighting initiative


    Pioneered by Kingsmoor’s R&D team, KPL Cirrus works by creating a unique pattern in the sidewalls of a thermoformed container. As the container is formed, a series of small pockets are created where material continually gets slightly ‘affixed’ during the thermoforming process.

    According to the company, this in turn creates stronger sidewalls with less material, thereby creating a much lighter yet stronger pack.

    “As expected, there has been considerable positive interest in KPL Cirrus from our customers,” says Kingsmoor Packaging’s managing director, James Hill.

    “And while we appreciate that lightweighting might not be the ultimate answer to producing sustainable packaging, KPL Cirrus represents an important step towards achieving a more sustainable solution to a hugely complex problem.

    “Amongst the positives in this scenario - the use of less energy, less material and the increase in transport efficiency - lightweighting is ultimately about utilising the great benefits that plastics bring to food packaging, but using only what is totally necessary to make the product fit for purpose. The initiative also enables both our customers and us to reduce carbon emissions wherever we can.”

  • Constantia Flexibles launches recyclable pharma packaging


    Constantia Flexibles has announces a new product called Perpetua, a sustainable high-barrier packaging solution for pharma products. It is the company’s first recyclable polymeric mono-material, has a wide range of uses in pharma packaging applications and is now available worldwide. Perpetua offers excellent product protection from oxygen, water vapor and light.

    High protection levels against moisture, oxygen and heat are important for protecting active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), to provide the patient with an effective medication. Constantia Flexibles’ goal was to meet the very high barrier properties for pharma products, while implementing the best possible sustainability standards. The result is Perpetua, a recyclable product family, based on a unique line of full PP (Polypropylene) high barrier laminates. The flexible packaging solution is available in application-tailored versions. Being cyclos-HTP certified, its recyclability ranges from 90% to 96%, depending on the individual material specification, the company says. 

    The high barrier properties and lower environmental footprint do not limit the design possibilities of the packaging.

    Pierre-Henri Bruchon, EVP Pharma Division Constantia Flexibles, comments, “Our mission is to constantly rethink packaging to make a meaningful contribution to our customers and the environment. Sustainability plays a decisive role in all our business activities. Therefore, the development of a more sustainable but at the same time high-barrier solution for pharma products like Perpetua was of high importance to us. It is the perfect packaging solution for pharma products.”

  • Sustainable Packaging Grows Into A New Plant


    Single-use plastic continues to be one of the largest culprits in ocean pollution, just behind food and beauty products. Both industries make up an extra 50% of the world’s plastic waste problem. The Beauty and food industries are under pressure to create and use more sustainable packaging.

    However, improvements in sustainable packaging have been made globally,  promoting both healthy food and lifestyle with sustainable living. Supermarkets are offering reusable glass bottles in exchange for plastic packaging. Staples such as rice, beans, pasta, herbs and other dried items are sold in reusable containers.

    In Thailand, they have combined cultural heritage with green packing by using banana leaves to package vegetables. At Qra, a new supermarket in Kuala Lumpur,  focusing on healthy foods and lifestyle, they have also adopted the same. Consumers can choose to make a conscious decision and purchase green products. The banana leaves may be used in cooking, using it as a wrap to bake meat or vegetables, whilst at the same time enjoying the fragrant aromatics wafting out of the banana leaves.

    Enter Sprout’ into the market. The innovative packaging design is an environmentally-pleasant packaging that aims to make a literally greener planet. The design packs in seeds that encourage you to grow native plants.

    Single-use plastic packaging continues to be a problem on a global scale, ‘Sprout’ packaging designed by Pat Mangulabnan offers a solution. The packaging is envisioned for a granola bar constructed using pineapple leaves to make it 100% biodegradable. The ‘Pinyapel’ material is embedded with seeds that encourage buyers to plant the packaging after use. You can grow plants inside of the unit before transferring them into the ground.

    The ‘Sprout’ packaging is printed with organic soy ink to further enhance its eco-friendly nature. It is paired with an edible starch wrapper offering added protection to the granola during transport and delivery.

    Pinyapel is a paper product made from discarded pineapple leaves. The end result of an initiative led by the aid of the Design Centre of the Philippines to provide a solution to the country’s agricultural waste problem.

    The Philippines is considered to be among one the biggest manufacturers of pineapple fruit in the world. Sprout’s innovative packaging will assist in recycling useless waste and inspire locals to actively make a contribution to the environment.

    Pinyapel paper is available for companies to make the conscious decision to adopt sustainability into their product packaging. Sprout’s plantable feature ensures that its life does not end right after consumption; its purpose continuously changes before, during, and after use – it’s where circular economy meets sustainable design.


  • European steel packaging industry announces 2025 sustainability vision


    Alexis Van Maercke, secretary-general of APEAL, said: “The four key areas of action will include a focus on optimising separate waste collection, establishing a scrap quality standard, the collection and sorting of steel closures, and designing for recyclability.

    “As APEAL’s recycling report published in 2018 illustrates, separate collection is the best way of guaranteeing high-quality input into recycling operations. It was therefore encouraging to see this highlighted in the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 2.0 report adopted by the European Parliament last 9th February.

    “Establishing a scrap quality standard is equally important. Crucially, to maintain quality in the steel for packaging scrap value chain, quality control must start when the material is at the sorting facility. This can only be achieved by establishing a quality standard for packaging steel scrap.”

    Whilst an average of 82.5% of all steel packaging is currently recycled across Europe, collection and sorting rates for steel closures in Europe are estimated to be below-average, with steel closures regularly put in the wrong waste bin (and often in the residual waste bin) by consumers.

    Mr. Van Maercke continued: “Improving the recycling rate of steel closures will make a significant contribution in the drive towards zero steel packaging to landfill. But there is currently a lack of clear sorting instructions and low awareness among citizens. At the same time, ineffective sorting techniques in a number of facilities result in collected steel closures being lost and not recycled.”

    APEAL also believes designing for recyclability will underpin the successful implementation of all these measures, helping to ensure that every product placed on the market, can be recycled as efficiently as possible.

    “Ultimately, steel packaging is a valuable resource which cannot be wasted if we are to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. APEAL will continue to work with its colleagues, the European Commission, European Parliament, Member States, and all stakeholders to realise a shared ambition of a truly circular economy.”

    A new APEAL report designed to help stakeholders throughout the value chain work collaboratively to achieve the 2025 Vision, is set to be published in December 2021.

    At the same time, APEAL will reveal a new recycling rate objective in line with the new EU calculation methodology. Applicable for data from 2020, this methodology moves the calculation point for all member states and all packaging materials, to the entrance of the recycling operation. This means that no impurities can be included and only materials that are really recycled can be included in the measurement process.

    Mr Van Maercke added: “Indeed, APEAL will release the 2019 steel recycling rate in May this year.  But towards the end of the year, we aim to be the first material to release our figures with the new methodology.”  

  • AG Barr wraps Irn-Bru in recycled material


    Irn -bru, often referred to as ‘Scotland’s other national drink’, is the first of AG Barr’s soft drinks to make the switch to 100 percent recycled wrap across its can multipacks, with the new sustainable pack set to hit shelves across the country from May. 

    Furthermore, the company has pledged that the remaining brands, including Barr Flavours and Rubicon, will feature the same eco-friendly packaging by the end of 2021. According to AG Barr, this move will save 400 tones of virgin plastic a year, corresponding to the weight of about 250 cars.

    Roger White, AG Barr’s chief executive, commented: ‘We’re always looking for ways to make our products more sustainable, and we’re delighted to introduce this new 100 percent recycled film which has half the carbon footprint of its virgin plastic equivalent. This is just one step towards our longer-term carbon neutral ambition, ensuring we play our part in reducing the effects of climate change on our planet.’

  • Polystyrene packaging to be banned under new government plastics plan


    Cups and food packaging made from polystyrene will also be banned by December 2022, federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley and Waste Reduction Assistant Minister Trevor Evans will announce at the launch in Brisbane.

    There will also be a push for councils to unify their waste collection bins into a single, nationwide system.

    “This is the first national strategy, one that attacks the issue from all sides and which sets clear targets over the next decade,” Ms Ley said.

    A taskforce will also be established to tackle the plastics contained in cigarette butts, which are still a major source of litter.

    Australians use more than 3.4 million tonnes of single-use plastic.

    The federal government held a National Plastics Summit last year, which prompted the formulation of the national plan to reduce plastic use in industry.

    The two biggest users of plastics were retail and commercial packaging and in the food industry.

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