• Sidel and Elettric80 enter strategic alliance to provide combined packaging line and intralogistics solutions

    Two leading companies, Sidel and Elettric80, have started a strategic alliance to provide comprehensive services ranging from production to warehouse, distribution centre and logistics management for beverage and food, home and personal care (FHPC) producers. Both companies will act as a one-stop source, allowing producers to become more flexible, safe and sustainable with Smart Factory tailored solutions.

  • Cannondale’s new bike packaging is better for the environment, your bike, and mechanics


    Cannondale will completely change the way it packages its entire range of bikes. The new packaging will be 100% recyclable and plastic-free, reducing Cannondale’s landfill by 4,500 cubic metres (roughly 1million gallons). The savings here are enormous but even when broken down to an individual purchase the savings are still staggering given that Cannondale previously shipped up to 15 litres of non-recyclable materials per bike.

    The new packaging has already been implemented at Cannondale’s European assembly facility in the Nederlands with North American and Asian facilities to follow suit “through the course of 2021”.

    Cannondale’s new packaging is more sustainable but the new packaging will also better protect bikes in transit. The bike industry has been adding extra foam, plastic, zip ties etc to packaging as new bikes required extra protection. This complete redesign of packaging will protect the modern bike by suspending it within the packaging so that no part of the bike is in contact with the outer box. The packaging has passed ISTA transit standards for dropping and vibration and should mean a reduction in bikes returned due to damage during transportation. This could further cut down Cannondale’s environmental impact.

    Good news for bike shops – Within the new packaging, bikes will be delivered 95% assembled, meaning less assembly time for mechanics. Having spent many days as a mechanic tasked with building shop display bikes, I can attest to how good this news is. That added to the fact there will be no more zip ties, plastic guards, foam etc gathered from each bike delivered and the impact will be tangible for every LBS.

    Cost neutrality was a key goal for Cannondale while developing this new packaging. Cannondale has been able to keep costs similar to that of its previous packaging and the new packaging is similar in dimensions to the outgoing version, so no additional transportation charges. This means the new packaging has been implemented with no cost to manufacturer or consumer so will hopefully inspire more brands to follow suit.

  • Nivea introduces e-commerce care box with sustainable packaging


    Skincare brand, NIVEA, has taken a step towards becoming more sustainable through its packaging by launching its first ever e-commerce ready-to-ship pack – ‘NIVEA CARE BOX’ partnering with Amazon India.

    Keeping in mind the growing need for packaging solutions that are effective and eco-friendly, these boxes have been designed by the in-house teams and are 100 per cent recyclable with absolutely no plastic using minimal material for an easy and hassle-free experience. The box embodies the brand’s value of ‘care’ going beyond the skin, expressing the brand’s responsibility to people and the environment at large.

    As the demand of online deliveries increase, the challenges of product packaging also rise which lead to common issues of breakage and leakage of vulnerable goods. This ultimately results in damage of products during transit even before it reaches the end consumer.

    Moreover, consumers, today, are also becoming more and more conscious about their environmental footprint and are looking for sustainable solutions and eco-friendly ways by which they can contribute to the planet. To address these issues, NIVEA has extended its care beyond skin to the end consumers and the planet to create this parcel of goodness that helps you to unbox not only hassle-free but also guilt-free.

  • Danimer Scientific and PSI to create bio-based, home compostable film packaging


    The packaging films produced by PSI will use material provided by Danimer Scientific. The packaging films will reliably degrade without leaving behind any harmful microplastics. This packaging film will be created using customized resins, providing additional end-of-life options to PSI's existing line of compostable films. The films will contain Danimer Scientific's proprietary biopolymer, Nodax PHA. The new PHA-containing films will have home, soil and marine compostable options.

  • Brands joins Pack4Good initiative to eliminate unnecessary waste from packaging


    A group of brands including Lush Cosmetics in the U.S, Stitch Fix, The Very Group and Saloni, have joined Pack4Good to tackle the extensive impact paper packaging is having on the world’s forests, biodiversity and climate.

    According to Pack4Good three billion trees are currently cut down every year to make paper packaging. “As online sales continue to surge, we must ensure that measures are taken to reduce the reliance of packaging on forests,” the company said in a statement.

    Currently 126 global brands including H&M, Bestseller Group, Stella McCartney, Ted Baker, Aritzia, Tensei, and Mara Hoffman are working with environmental non-profit Canopy to develop holistic, innovative packaging solutions through the Pack4Good initiative to reduce waste and keep forests standing. The pre-Black Friday boost to the campaign comes at a pivotal time as experts expect online sales to increase 25 percent to 35 percent over this holiday season.

    “There’s no longer any need to use the last of the world’s Ancient and Endangered Forests to ship and wrap everyday products,” stated Nicole Rycroft, Executive Director of Canopy. “In this turn around decade for our planet, the companies that are joining Pack4Good are demonstrating the leadership that must be taken to tackle paper packaging, and scale up low-impact alternatives. What better time to strengthen this movement than on the eve of one of the world’s busiest

    Last year Black Friday sales saw over 93.2 million people shopping online, which resulted in a whopping 7.4 billion dollars in sales - an all-time record. This year those numbers could be even bigger. The additional packaging needed to meet this demand would intensify impacts on the world’s climate-rich forest ecosystems, as e-commerce shopping requires, on average, seven times more packaging.

    The commitment Pack4Good partners are committed to ensuring that by the end of 2022 all their packaging is:

    ● Free of Ancient and Endangered Forests.

    ● Designed to reduce material use.

    ● Maximizing recycled and alternative Next Generation fibres (such as agricultural residues).

    ● Using FSC-certified wood when virgin forest fibre continues to be used.

    Canopy launched the Pack4Good initiative in October 2019, and now includes the commitment of 126 companies, including fashion, beauty and grooming brands.

  • Caps and pumps: Johnson & Johnson's packaging changes put it on the path to a circular supply chain


    Converting bottles to recycled plastic. Redesigning baby lotion bottles to ditch the pump. Swapping out the black Listerine cap for a clear resin one. Reducing the dimensions of cartons holding Carefree pads and o.b. tampons to use less paper.

    These are some of the changes Johnson & Johnson will make in an effort to convert its consumer health products packaging to sustainable options.

    The goal is for J&J's consumer brands to use 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable plastic packaging, and certified/post-consumer recycled paper and pulp-based packaging by 2025.

    The packaging changes are part of a larger Healthy Lives Mission, in which the company will spend $800 million to make these packaging changes, along with changing sourcing for some products. That includes using home-compostable fibers in makeup wipes, and buying oats and flavor oils from environmentally-conscious farmers. The company also plans to source electricity from renewable sources. J&J declined an interview for this story.



  • Edible Seaweed Films: Material Technology

    Marine macroalgae, commonly known as seaweed, are an important group of biopolymers that have been studied regarding their film-forming properties to produce edible films intended as food packaging and active ingredient carriers. It has also received much interest and attention in applications related to energy, tissue engineering, and biosensors, as well as drug delivery applications.

  • Turmeric colours Biodegradable Packaging


    The packaging waste we collectively produce in Europe is heading in the right direction. Of the approximately 87 million metric tons that end up in the trash each year, a large proportion is already made from material that is recyclable or biodegradable.

    The unfortunate thing, however, is that the dyes used for the packaging are generally non-biodegradable. Some synthetic dyes are even toxic. Maastricht University announced in a press release that scientists working on the Interreg Northwest Europe project CurCol are seeking new color pigments based on curcuma; the turmeric root. The university is one of the participating partners.

    A large number of partners in Europe are collaborating in this project led by the Avans Foundation. The total research budget amounts to €2.61 million, to which the European Union contributes €1.57 million.

    Pigments for cosmetics and fashion

    The aim is to create a dye production for applications in bioplastics and paper packaging, based on the yellow natural dye curcuma. CurCol focuses primarily on packaging, but applications in, for example, textiles and cosmetics are also possible.

    The few biodegradable dyes available do not currently meet the industrial standards of quality. This is why the packaging industry does not currently use them as an alternative to fossil-based dyes. Partners from Ireland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands are joining forces in the CurCol project with a view to breaking through this. And that process starts with the cultivation of the curcuma longa plant.

    Poor UV stability of curcumin

    Curcuma originates from India and is also commonly known as turmeric, koenir or koenjit. It is extracted from the root of the Curcuma Longa plant and comes from the same family as ginger. The root of the turmeric plant contains curcumin; a bright yellow pigment. Curcumin is already used in food and pharmaceutical products. For example, it gives Indian curries their beautiful yellow color.

    A wide-ranging use of the dye has not been possible so far. The so-called UV stability is rather poor. As a result, colors based on turmeric tend to fade quickly. However, recent research shows that it is possible to improve UV stability. Other colors can even be generated, such as red and blue. With these three primary colors, all colors can then be created according to specifications. This, in combination with the proper quality criteria, will make environmentally friendly biobased colors a lot more attractive for production companies in the future.

    Project results

    The researchers in the CurCol project are researching the entire chain, from the cultivation of turmeric to the final product: natural-colored bio-based packaging. The project wants to achieve the following:

    • Optimization of regional turmeric production for dyeing purposes. E.g. consider the development of a cultivation manual for growers.
    • Extraction and production of 3 UV-stable bio-based colors from curcumin.
    • Testing the curcumin-based colors according to industrial guidelines and creating master batches.
    • Use of curcumin colors in bioplastics and paper packaging. Based on a Technical Economic Analysis, it becomes clear whether the products meet the production and cost standards.
    • A Life Cycle Assessment shows to what extent the entire process is more sustainable compared to the use of fossil dyes.

    Furthermore, a demonstration kit is being developed with material samples and specifications of the use of bio-based colors in packaging materials. With this, the project partners want to inspire as many production companies as possible and demonstrate the diverse possibilities. CurCol’s results support the packaging and horticultural companies and contribute to the transition to a circular and biobased economy.

  • Aptar Beauty + Home Becomes the First Packaging Supplier to Pre-Qualify its Sustainable Solutions in Alignment with Retailer Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines

    Aptar Beauty + Home, a global leader in dispensing and full packaging solutions for the beauty, personal care and home care industry, has taken a further step toward its sustainability goals by pre-qualifying 45+ products to ensure alignment with Credo’s Sustainable Packaging Guidelines. The current Credocompliant product selection includes airless full packaging, dispensers, spray technology and the broadest range of dispensing closures available in at least 50%, but up to 100%, post-consumer recycled resin*, in the North America market.

  • Henkel and Greiner Packaging win Green Packaging Award 2020

    Henkel and Greiner Packaging have received a special distinction, with their innovative and  sustainable packaging solution for Persil 4in1 Discs coming out a winner at the World Packaging Organisation’s Green Packaging Award 2020. 

    Kremsmünster, Austria, November 2020. The sustainable cardboard-plastic packaging used by Henkel  for its Persil 4in1 Discs has been continually upgraded in recent years and is now made from 50 percent  postconsumer r-PP. A jointly developed solution, the packaging was a winner at the Green Packaging  Award 2020.  

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