Developed in partnership with Memjet and ColorGATE, AlphaFlex enables on-demand production of unique single-dose sachets that can be opened with a single gesture using one hand with sophisticated, high quality in-line printing
Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data.
Publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics'
In the publication 'Transition Time! A circular economy for plastics' gives the coalition insight into the plastic challenges, shares innovative cases and provides specific recommendations to stimulate joint action. This publication was presented on January 13 by Jan Peter Balkenende, chairman of the DSGC, to the Dutch cabinet and Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President European Commission & European Green Deal. “A transition of this magnitude requires shared values and the willingness of various partners to create a responsible society in which plastic - which is now too often regarded as waste - is a source,” says Jan Peter Balkenende.
The benefits of the transition are enormous. In a circular economy, the amount of plastic in the environment will radically decrease. At the same time, energy and water consumption will decrease significantly, as will CO2 emissions. New technologies can be scaled up to innovative applications to ensure that plastic retains its value as a secondary raw material.
Frans Timmermans agreed while receiving the publication that the plastic issue must be tackled together. “This publication is urgently needed: we want to significantly reduce the amount of plastics and plastics that are incinerated in the EU and bridge the price difference between new plastics and recycled plastics. We will focus on this when revising various guidelines. ”
Collaboration between governments, knowledge institutions, civil society organizations and the business community is crucial in order to jointly close the chain. DSGC members describe innovative cases from their own practice, in which they show how they contribute concretely to closing the plastic chain together with stakeholders. The shared knowledge & experience can be a source of inspiration for other companies to also invest in a circular economy. For initiatives to develop into impactful sustainable solutions, both harmonized policy and effective legal frameworks are of great importance, for which the DSGC shares specific recommendations.
Value chain stages
The publication covers all stages of the value chain:
Promoting Principles of Circular Design : Ensuring that plastic can become a new secondary raw material.
Conscious Customer & Consumer Use : Ensuring that plastic is preserved within the economy
Championing Collection Infrastructure : Establishing effective and harmonized collection systems
Sustainable Production & Innovate Recycling : Scaling up renewable raw materials and advanced recycling
Collectively Closing the Loop : Creating impact through international collaboration across the entire value chain
Novolex, a major supplier of packaging and foodservice products, is adding easy-to-understand How2Recycle Store Drop-off label recycling instructions to more of its plastic bags and packaging. The news release dated February 16 comes several months after the company revealed plans to increase its capacity to recycle plastic bags.
Novolex will add the label to Load & Seal Tamper Evident Deliver Bags, which are growing in demand as to-go orders increase at restaurants and products from Shields such as poly mailers for shipping applications and security bags frequently used in the banking industry. It is also including the supplier’s iconic Hilex brand "Thank You" plastic T-shirt bags and produce bags for conventional and organic items.
Novolex is a member of How2Recycle, a program created by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to clearly communicate recycling instructions to the public. The program offers standardized labels that provide clear, concise and consistent instructions for how to recycle each product.
"Increased consumer knowledge is key for the success of recycling, and we are proud to partner with the How2Recycle program to help accomplish that," says Erik Gonring, director of sustainability of Novolex. "People want to do their part for the environment, and labeling our products is one more way to help everyone recycle successfully. Better consumer messaging is one more step towards achieving a circular model for film products."
Novolex announced in October that it is investing in a new water treatment system that will increase its capacity to recycle plastic retail bags and other films collected through store drop-off programs. Novolex expects this investment to increase recycling capacity by more than 500,000 pounds per year.
The Novolex recycling center in North Vernon, IN, processes plastics collected through a North American network of store drop-off collection points, commonly found at grocery stores and other retailers. Consumers can bring back plastic retail bags as well as other select bags and film, including produce bags, bread bags and newspaper bags. Novolex manufactures plastic bags from recycled films collected through store drop-off recycling programs.
Working with industrial designer Yves Béhar, EveryDrop packaging features LiquiGlide’s coating technology that eliminates friction between the inside of the package and the product and for the first time allows products to flow freely and completely out of the container, which it says establishes new standards for sustainability and consumer experience.
The new translucent packages are designed to allow consumers to see how much product is left and get virtually every drop of the product, which could make the package more recyclable.
And by eliminating material waste, the packages further reduce the carbon footprint associated with consumer-packaged goods.
LiquiGlide is building on the work of its partnership with Colgate. The launch of the Colgate Elixir sub-brand featured a transparent PET bottle which it says advanced sustainability.
According to Béhar, LiquiGlide’s breakthrough technology has the power to scale and make a significant difference from a sustainability standpoint. “When combined with design innovation, the LiquiGlide technology is an opportunity to completely transform primary packaging and to finally bring about a cyclical system of ‘zero waste’ – from product design to disposal – to drive responsible consumption.”
Kripa Varanasi, an MIT professor and co-founder of LiquiGlide, added: “Recycling is almost impossible when a product is left behind. In some cases, a significant amount of water is needed to clean the packages. But the reality is that many products we believe we are recycling end up in the landfill.
“Beyond the superior user experience and zero waste, LiquiGlide technology can reduce carbon and water footprint for beauty packaging as it eliminates product waste, allows for the ability to concentrate products, eliminates the need for secondary packaging, enables smaller packaging sizes, and reduces transportation emissions.”
Dave Smith, chief executive and co-founder of LiquiGlide, said: “We believe that LiquiGlide’s technology offers clear advantages over anything else in the market and will eventually become ubiquitous. For example, creams and gels that are typically constrained to cumbersome and unsanitary jars can now be sold in delightful, hygienic, and sustainable EveryDrop packaging.”
Emmi, Borealis and Greiner Packaging partner up to create first chemically recycled polypropylene ready to drink iced coffee cups
Swiss dairy company Emmi is partnering with Borealis and Greiner Packaging to produce Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE drinking cups using chemically recycled polypropylene.
Kremsmünster, Austria, August 2021. Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE, one of the leading ready to drink iced coffee brands in Europe, has started to incorporate chemically recycled polypropylene into its packaging. The cups are produced by Greiner Packaging and the chemically recycled material comes from Borealis, one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions based in Vienna, Austria.
• Strawberry and mint flavors join core range alongside orange, lemon and vanilla
• Aroma-Can® improves the user experience in a variety of food/vitamin and nutraceutical products by masking or enhancing scents
• New flavors become part of Airnov’s standard offering, with ability to create new flavors to meet customer demands
Troisdorf/ Cologne – Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data. silver plastics is therefore cooperating with the software company RE: GmbH, a corporate start-up of the Reifenhäuser Group. As an initial step, RE: GmbH has connected two machines at the facility in Troisdorf to the c.Hub platform and has developed a dashboard for data visualization.
The ‘skin minimalism’ concept is not new, but simplified and sustainable beauty routines are the key drivers behind the hybridisation trend dominating make-up launches in 2021. After a difficult year, brands are embracing colour products with complementary skincare benefits, inaugurating a new era for foundation serums, lip gloss treatment and glowing face oils.
“It’s a natural evolution of a process that started many years ago with BB and CC creams,” says Marcia Bardauil, Quadpack’s Market Insights Lead. The prominence of ‘clean beauty’ brought new elements to the table, shifting the focus towards efficient and sustainable formulas. By offering multiple benefits, hybrid products drive reduced beauty routines, allowing consumers to purchase fewer products and have minimised environmental impact.
According to Margaux Caron, Mintel’s Global Beauty Analyst for Colour Cosmetics, consumers’ shrinking budgets, a focus on ‘clean’ formulations and growing eco-consciousness foster a minimal approach to beauty, as they seek out brands that offer transparency, value for money and green claims. “Hybrid products are tapping into this attitude, with short, readable ingredient lists, and multifunctional value,” she says.
Driven by increasing health and wellness concerns accelerated during the pandemic, consumers want products that will not only have an instant cosmetic effect but also improve their skin’s appearance in the long term. “They are more demanding and want to see value in every purchase. New social habits created by the pandemic also made them more cost-conscious, so if they have to choose between two products, they’ll opt for the one that offers more benefits to the skin” explains Bardauil.
New regulations and policies, such as the European Green Deal, are also propelling brands to make eco-ethical efforts and will help this trend become the norm. We’re about to see a future where more mindful and slower beauty consumption will be focused on products’ positive impact - for the skin and for the planet.
Seven design and engineering graduates from Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, Spain, had a challenging final year project to present this summer: to design sustainable packaging solutions with added value to consumers, the environment and the society as a whole. For the fourth consecutive year, the students received mentorship and assessment from Quadpack’s professionals.
The collaboration between Elisava and Quadpack, who once again sponsored the degree project of the class of 2021, is one of the ways in which the company connects with stakeholders to share value and ideas. Working with academia allows it to foster young talent and inspire a mindset of collaborative innovation to create sustainable solutions.
The graduate project gives Quadpack unique insights into the minds of the next generation, bringing fresh thinking to industry issues, while supporting young designers as they embark on their career. Over the course of the partnership, the company has employed several graduates and acquired the rights to develop the most outstanding concepts.
According to Elisava, the students appreciate the corporate perspective from Quadpack. Tutor, ex-alumna and former packaging professional Anna María de la Corral said:
“For the students, the degree project is a unique opportunity to demonstrate their worth as future professionals, in an academic context. Linking the project to a company like Quadpack - which proposed a real brief and monitored the project, making valuable, professional contributions - allows the students to experience the reality of what will be their future profession.”
Quadpack’s Head of Categories Pierre-Antoine Henry, member of the Elisava project review committee, said:
“This year’s students came up with some exceptional ideas. I always tell anyone involved with product ideation the same thing: start with the dream and work backwards. The students demonstrated their creative talent and did exactly that. As a packaging company, we are pleased to help them on the path to making their dreams a reality. We are able to share our experience in assessing feasibility and marketability, and transforming great ideas into real products.”
Previous projects covered new perceptions of fragrance (2018), skincare packaging for mature audiences (2019) and emerging trends in make-up (2020). Some projects have been displayed at design and cosmetics trade shows, included in market trend presentations and shared with selected clients.