Sustainable packaging advancements continue in pharmaceutical markets with the launch of kpNext, a first-to-market innovation in recyclable PET blister films from Klöckner Pentaplast (kp). It’s produced from a globally recyclable material and designed to be recycled in the RIC (resin identification code) #1 PET stream.
kpNext is claimed as the only PET recyclable blister that’s 100% compatible on pharmaceutical manufacturing form, fill, and seal (FFS) equipment.
It performs as well as conventional materials and is a drop-in replacement for standard blister films. Pharmaceutical companies and converters can utilize kpNext on their FFS lines without a loss of line speed or a need to retool.
“Current pharmaceutical blister packaging is classified as RIC #7, produced from a multimaterial structure, which is not recyclable and therefore is disposed in a landfill or incinerated,” says Daniel Stagnaro, head of technology. “Pharmaceutical companies have been challenging blister manufacturers for a solution that is responsible and recyclable. kp has answered those challenges with kpNext.”
AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active material science solutions, announces the launch of the company’s first fully recyclable mono-material pump for the beauty and personal care industries, called Future.
Certified and Sustainable by Design
In order to facilitate recycling, Future was designed using polyethylene (PE) mono-material only. Future is certified by Cyclos-HTP, the institute for Recyclability and Product Responsibility *. The innovation is also recognized “A” by RecyClass – a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to establish a harmonized recycling approach and traceability in Europe*.
“Today we are pleased to launch our latest sustainable innovation, Future, a game changing dispensing solution. Following more than two years of design, engineering and testing, I am very proud of our team’s mono-material design and it truly reflects our commitment to a more circular economy,” said Marc Prieur, President, Aptar Beauty + Home.
In developing the concept for Future, Aptar’s experts turned to recognized eco-design principles, which call for plastic dispensing products to be made from a mono-material to facilitate the recycling process. Traditional pumps may contain different materials, including metal components that can in some cases complicate the recycling process. Because the Future pump is made from PE only, it also aligns with the most common materials used to make bottles – PE and PET. Therefore, the complete packaging, including pump and bottle, are more easily recycled*.
Christophe Marie, Product Sustainability Director, Aptar, explains, “The ideal situation for the complete value chain is to have mono-material packaging where the container, the closure or dispensing system is made from the same material family. This was the big challenge our innovation team overcame with the development of Future.”
RecyClass recognition applies for an undecorated clear or white pump.
Future is also available using post-consumer resin (PCR). Aptar Beauty + Home proudly obtained an International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its European production.
“Our ultimate goal was to have the final consumer be able to take their body lotion, shampoo or shower gel and easily put the empty packaging in their recycling bin. This way, it enters a circular life cycle and can be turned into another product,” explained Sabine Bouillet-Lubot, Global Strategic Marketing Director, Aptar Beauty + Home.
E-Commerce Capable & Eco-Design
The Future pump combines the best eco-design principles with cutting-edge innovation. A stand-out feature of the Future pump’s innovative design is an incorporated on/off locking system and a 360° degree actuator. This modern take on closure design also renders Future compliant with the rigorous ISTA 6-Amazon protocol**. Designed for e-commerce, Future’s ISTA 6 compliance ensures that the pump withstands the risks associated with transport and distribution network pressures as well as necessitates less protective carton and paper packaging.
Sustainability at Aptar
Aptar believes that the packaging industry must move beyond the make, use, dispose behaviors of the past and actively work toward a circular economy. By circulating used plastic and packaging, we keep it in the economy and out of the environment. Therefore, reducing the quantity of plastic needed, using recycled materials and developing reuse models. Our vision is to design products and processes with people and the planet in mind and we are focusing our activities on three mains areas for sustainability: recycled materials, recyclability and reusability. Collaboration is essential to achieving a more circular economy, so we work with partners, suppliers and customers who share our vision. As a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, this innovation highlights our pledge to reduce environmental impact and support the Foundation’s vision for a circular economy. We are working hard towards our 2025 goal to have all of our packaging 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable for our dispensing solutions for the beauty, personal care, home care and food and beverage markets.
Aptar to Present at the ChangeNow 2021 Global Summit
Aptar’s innovative dispensing solution will be introduced live at the ChangeNOW 2021 Global Summit on May 27th. As a proud supporting partner of ChangeNOW, Aptar’s Vice President of Global Sustainability, Beth Holland, will be a featured guest speaker during the circular economy panel discussion.
The bottles will be the first to use rPET from the Esterform Packaging facility, based in North Yorkshire. According to Britvic, the move will save 1,354 tonnes of virgin plastic per year.
Mark Tyne, Esterform’s managing director, said: “Our £20m project to produce 42,000 tonnes of recycled food grade PET could not have got off the ground without Britvic’s support and we look forward to working together to rollout recycled PET usage across Britvic’s portfolio.”
Sarah Webster, director of sustainable business at Britvic, added: “We are extremely proud and excited to see the first use of Esterpet in our iconic brands as they make the move to 100% rPET.
“It’s a fantastic example of the progress made in the facility with Britvic’s investment support and the first in a series of changes using Esterpet packaging as we continue our journey to fulfil our rPET commitment.”
The move is in addition to the 1,900 tonnes already saved by Ballygowan Mineral Water and Fruit Shoot Hydro switching to rPET bottles. Last year, Britvic set a target for all of its UK plastic bottles to be made from 100% recycled plastic by the end of 2022.
PET converter Esterform Packaging has supplied Britvic for over 15 years.
Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biological resources, such as vegetable oils, corn starch or sugarcane. Idealpak’s bioplastic packaging products are made from 100% biobased material derived from sugarcane.
Instead of fossil-based materials, these products are sourced from 100% renewable resource—sugarcane. Their carbon footprint is lower than traditional packaging because sugarcane absorbs CO2 from the air as it grows. Also, they are 100% recyclable.
Our sugarcane HDPE/LDPE bottles and jars include cylinder PE bottles, round-shoulder PE bottles, flat square PE bottles, tottle PE bottles, PE foam pump bottles, PE jars and many more from 9ml to 1000ml.
Our sugarcane tubes are available in round tube, oval tube, flat oval tube, 2-layer tube and 5-layer tube from 5ml to 360ml.
Idealpak’s strengths in bioplastic sugarcane packaging:
- Idealpak has a complete range of products in great variety of sizes
- Idealpak provides different closure options: pumps, sprayers, screw caps, flip top caps, roller caps, twist top caps, and many more
- Idealpak offers different decoration options including silkscreen printing, hot stamping, offset printing, spray painting and labeling
- Idealpak’ s highly skilled team and complete and systematic quality assurance system will ensure efficiency and quality.
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The Food Industry Promotional Agency of Korea Releases Video Lectures that Encourages the Food Industry to Accelerate ESG Management
- Carbon neutrality and eco-friendly packaging were introduced as a resolution that realizes ESG
- English subtitle provided for global food industry workers
The Food Industry Promotional Agency of Korea (FOODPOLIS) released 12 lectures of the 11th FOODPOLIS International Conference which was held in June to actively respond to the ESG trend in the food industry through its official YouTube channel.
Nordson Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire NDC Technologies, Expanding Its Test and Inspection Capabilities
Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the NDC Technologies business, a leading global provider of precision measurement solutions for in-line manufacturing process control, from Spectris plc (SXS: LSE). The acquisition expands Nordson’s test and inspection platform into new end markets and adjacent technologies. The all-cash transaction, subject to customary post-closing adjustments, is valued at $180 million.
The Prestige-Pak acquisition expands our capabilities in packaging for snack foods, confectionary, and baked goods.News:
With this latest acquisition, C-P Flexibles expands its multi-plant manufacturing base to provide rapid response and best-in-class printing quality. Prestige-Pak is a second generation, family-owned converter with a 53 year history of success. The company brings diverse capabilities including ten-color flexographic printing, laminating, custom slitting and a variety of prepress services. Prestige-Pak’s long standing customer relationships were built on innovation, quality, and trust and provide a strong foundation for growth.
“Prestige-Pak is an excellent addition to the C-P family,” said Mike Hoffman, CEO of C-P. “We are excited to add Prestige-Pak’s state of the art, spotless facility to our portfolio and benefit from their focus on rapid response and problem-solving capabilities. Together with Prestige-Pak, we are expanding our ability to support our customers with their supply chain needs. C-P continues to invest and grow rapidly to address ever-changing market demands.”
Vince Kuber, President of Prestige-Pak, Inc., said, “We are excited to join C-P and see our two companies as highly complementary. The new, larger organization will provide our customers with a broader portfolio of products and access to C-P’s sustainable technologies.”
According to First Atlantic Capital Managing Director, Emilio Pedroni, “We are committed to supporting the growth efforts of C-P. This acquisition further allows us to expand our footprint in North America and continue our strategy to build a leading flexible packaging company with a laser focus on innovation and customer service”.
“The Prestige-Pak acquisition will add to our already extensive footprint in the flexible packaging industry“, stated Roberto Buaron, Chairman of First Atlantic Capital. “Our C-P leadership team will help accelerate Prestige-Pak’s proven track record of developing products to better serve customer needs while providing enhanced capabilities.”
There are many reasons why making the change to more sustainable packaging is important, but six stand out as evidence that sustainable ways of doing business will be critical for our future and a potential boost for the economy as well. These include environmental, consumer, and government factors supplying enough momentum to create a megatrend.
1 – Our planet requires sustainable packaging solutions
Globally, an estimated 42% of all plastics are being used in packaging, the majority of which are only intended for a single use. The problems created by plastic pollution in an ecosystem are long-lasting.
90% of plastic never re-enters the product lifecycle and is instead incinerated, put into a landfill, or released into the natural environment.
It can take anywhere from 20 to 400 years or more for plastic to break down.
Once it does, the resulting fragments, or microplastics, typically linger in everything from our water to our food and soil.
Using sustainable materials for packaging can break this negative cycle.
2 – In a growing number of places, reducing plastic packaging is the law
In 2021, Australia announced its National Plastics Plan, a plan to ban single use plastics by 2025. Apart from Australia, a growing number of countries and cities around the world are also taking action to ban the use of plastic for single use applications.
In the EU, the “Directive on Single Use Plastics” of 2019 aims to combat the 10 most commonly found single-use plastic items on European beaches which represent 70% of all marine litter in the EU.
In the US, states like California, Hawaii, and New York have begun to legislate against items like plastic bags, forks, and food containers.
In Asia, countries like Indonesia and Thailand have spearheaded calls to adopt measures against single use plastics.
Rather than wait for legislative pressure, Morgan Stanley research reports that the number of companies with a visible plastic strategy in the US more than doubled year-over-year from 2018 to 2019 alone. When anticipating megatrends, companies have reasons beyond profit to make changes. However, in the case of sustainable packaging, business benefits can be a major factor.
3 – Sustainable packaging materials are what consumers like to see
Ranpak and Harris Research revealed that e-commerce customers across the US, UK, France, and Germany all prefer to do business with companies that use sustainable packaging. In fact, across all these countries, over 70% of consumers shared this preference, with >80% saying the same in the UK and France. Consumers felt even more strongly that they would prefer to see paper packaging instead of plastic protecting their online purchases.
Not only do consumers prefer seeing paper in a box, a 2013 study found paper was the most pleasant to the touch out of a field of 12 materials, ranking five spots higher than plastic and even beating out velvet for the top spot.
4 – Sustainable packaging protects goods effectively
The persistent myth that plastic is superior to other types of protection doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Sustainable materials have continued to be used as packaging materials for thousands of years—long before the wide commercial use of plastic.
While plastics were first invented in 1869, it was not until the advent of World War II that they began to become ubiquitous as they increased in production during this period by 300%.
Paper is possibly the oldest flexible packaging in the world, and along with materials like metal and glass, belong to a category of packaging materials that predate industrialization.
Sustainable materials can be used for any application within a box, even critical applications including cold chain.
In many applications, paper outperforms the protection offered by plastic, sometimes up to 58%.
5 – E-commerce continues to grow across the globe
Ranpak’s e-commerce study found that over half of consumers planned to buy more online from 2020 to 2021 within three out of four represented countries. Within these markets, growth in e-commerce is also supported by the increasing popularity of grocery, meal, and food delivery services.
eMarketer predicts that in the US, e-commerce penetration will more than double from 2019 to 2025, growing from 11% to 23.6%.
Globally, Mexico tops the list of 5 fastest-growing e-commerce markets with a 35% growth rate. Runners up are, in order, India, the Philippines, China, and Malaysia.
In 2019, the total value of global e-commerce was $9.09 trillion in US dollars.
Sustainable packaging options are needed to support the increase in global e-commerce activity.
6 – Companies should improve the sustainability of their business models
Environmental, Sustainability, and Governance strategies, commonly referred to as ESG strategies, are a critical part of many companies’ development, as consumers and investors become increasingly ecologically conscious. By improving the resource efficiency of their businesses, companies can improve their scores, and potentially gain business benefits including boosts to reputation, customer and employee loyalty, and access to capital.
ESG investments are increasingly popular. In the US alone, around a quarter of assets under management are ESG-rated investments—a total of about $12 trillion.
The circular economy is anticipated to create $4.5 trillion in US dollars by 2030.
Companies that improve their ESG performance can have an easier time attracting and retaining talent.
Based on global factors including the need for positive environmental action, massive growth in e-commerce business that requires sustainable packaging to support it, and the economic opportunities paired with low effort required to make the switch, it’s safe to say that sustainable packaging adoption will continue to be a megatrend in the near future.
Colgate-Palmolive launches the first-ever recyclable toothpaste tubes in India; aims to achieve 100% recyclability across its oral care portfolioNews:
- Colgate-Palmolive's recyclable toothpaste tubes to hit the shelves this month.
- The brand also commits to a 100% recyclable oral care portfolio in India in the coming years.
Launching the initiative in partnership with EPL Limited (Formerly known as Essel Propack Limited), Colgate is manufacturing recyclable tubes for its Colgate Active Salt and Colgate Vedshakti toothpaste portfolio. Colgate Active Salt, combines salt with calcium and minerals to make teeth strong and gums healthy. Whereas the premium Ayurvedic toothpaste Colgate Vedshakti offers the goodness of a unique blend of powerful Ayurvedic ingredients. These toothpaste tubes launched nationally with recyclable packaging will contain the identifiable Recyclable logo to help its customers differentiate between the packaging effectively.
The new tube is soft, squeezable, and recyclable without compromising on key product attributes like taste, which consumers love and have enjoyed for decades. Colgate’s recyclable tubes are a stepping stone in its journey to achieve 100% recyclability across its oral care portfolio in India.
The brand has been a pioneer in bringing world-class sustainable innovations to not only improve oral care but also reduce the burden on our environment. Colgate-Palmolive India has been manufacturing recyclable cartons and boxes across its portfolio for over a decade and is taking its next step into recyclable packaging. This new initiative is a part of the company’s continued effort in its sustainability journey.
Colgate-Palmolive was the first in the world to introduce a recyclable toothpaste tube and is sharing its technology with the industry to support a shift to a greener and much-needed circular economy.
With the launch of recyclable tubes this year, Colgate-Palmolive intends to create a recyclable alternative to reuse the billions of toothpaste tubes that end up in landfills every year. These tubes can be used by the economy for recycling into various other packaging materials and bottles for further use, thus reducing the need for virgin plastic to be added to the environment.