DS Smith’s team in Germany brings an innovative product development to the market with the quickly erectable tray. Equipped with two lateral automatic bases, the stable, material-optimized packaging solution can be erected in no time at all, saving valuable time in logistics. The smart, 100% recyclable construction made of 100% corrugated cardboard also scores with its high sustainability. Because when the tray is no longer needed, it can just as easily be folded up again and stored in a space-saving way until it is needed again. Whether for transport, storage or product presentation - the easily and safely stackable reusable tray is suitable for a wide variety of sectors and uses.
At DS Smith, we systematically develop innovative ideas and turn them into solutions with real added value. How it is done? Always ask the right questions and then deviate from usual thought patterns. In both display and packaging development, the company pursues a holistic approach that takes the entire supply cycle into account. Our designers consistently apply the Circular Design Principles that the company developed together with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. One of the five principles is ‘we find a better way’ which is all about challenging what is really possible.
As in the case of the quickly erectable and reusable tray that DS Smith recently presented in Germany. Thanks to the unusual design with automatic side bases, this innovative solution not only simplifies logistical workflows. The tray is material-optimized (reduce), reusable (reuse) and made of 100% recyclable corrugated cardboard (recycle).
The new solution is delivered flat and pre-glued. It can be erected on-site in just a few steps. The integrated stacking lugs allow several trays to be stacked safely and without slipping. The reinforced corners ensure high load-bearing capacity. When the trays are no longer needed, they can be folded up again quickly and easily thanks to the automatic bases on the sides. And without damage, so that their functionality is fully preserved for the next use.
This ever-expanding ecological crisis caught the attention of 33-year-old Montrealer Mishel Wong. She has just launched an app-based reusable takeout packaging service in the city, the “Bo option.” In collaboration with 16 restaurants in the Plateau/Mile End districts, customers now have the option to choose reusable packaging in the form of what she calls “Bo containers” when ordering takeout.
And it doesn’t cost the customers anything — if they follow the plan — plus it will at least allow them a little clearer conscience. It’s the restaurateurs who pay Bo for the reusable containers, and in the not-so-long run, they, too, will come out ahead.
If customers opt for Bo, they simply have to create an account at participating restaurants, which will provide them an app code. They are then requested to rinse out the containers and leave them at various Bo drop-off bins at retail spots and restaurants in the area within 14 days. (If not returned before the mandated borrow period, clients will be charged the retail price for the containers.)
The Bo team will sanitize the returned containers at its industrial washing facility, before sending them back to the restaurants that purchased them.
Seems like a no-brainer.
For the scientists out there: the Bo containers are made of polypropylene plastic, which is BPA-free and FDA-approved. They can be reused up to 1,000 times, after which the Bo containers will be recycled for construction-brick material with a New Brunswick construction company. The containers can withstand freezers and microwave ovens and can be cleaned in commercial dishwashers.
Among the restos that have signed up for the service are Ye Olde Orchard Pub and Grill (Prince Arthur St. location), Montreal Paella, Nakamichi, Liv Salades, Maynard, Otto Bistro, Sumi Dojo, Momo Sushi and Phoenix. Wong now reports that over 60 restaurants around the city have signed pre-agreements to become involved with the Bo plan, and she is making plans for island-wide expansion shortly.
“To be perfectly honest, I had always seen myself more as an entrepreneur, a salesperson, than as an environmentalist, and the initial idea around this was to help out our employer, a restaurant supplier, who was undergoing hard times with the pandemic,” Wong says.
“Frankly, I had been quite ignorant before about what has been happening to the environment, particularly with single-use plastics. But when I learned that less than nine per cent of plastic food packaging was being recycled, I sensed a possible solution as well as an opportunity. Studies have shown that it takes less than 50 uses of our containers to start reducing negative impact on the environment.”
Bo is a service-based company and makes its money selling restaurants a base-inventory level of boxes adhering to the Bo code. Bo also recharges the restaurants for the clean-up operation, after sending the containers back to them.
“Even as such, the fees the restaurants pay are way more competitive than what they would pay for plastic disposable boxes, which are in the 30-cent to $1 range per piece, whereas ours are in the 24-cent range,” she says. “After three to six months, depending on the volume, restaurateurs can recuperate their costs, just the way they can with plates and utensils.”
As such, the only onus on the customers is to return the containers.
“Apart from many other reasons, we wanted the service to be free for clients because we wanted to remove the barrier for those who have enough financial issues going,” Wong says.
“Try to visualize this: ordering takeout for a family, you could end up with 10 containers. And if you were told you had to pay a deposit of $5 to $7 per box, you would be looking at me like I’m nuts, in terms of paying as much in consignment as for the meal. Our app allows clients to use the containers without paying for them as long as they return them — like a library book — within 14 days.”
Understandably, Wong feels her system is a win-win-win situation.
“We’re looking to save restaurants money and the city money in waste-management costs, plus help the environment.”
She does, however, caution that even if the Bo option is applied, it won’t be 100 per cent reusable at restaurants until full conversion of all takeout materials is attainable.
“Until there is that shift, we’re looking for a better balance between disposables and reusables. But when the day comes that a restaurant announces that it only offers reusables, that will be like the biggest win of all.
“The ultimate goal is to create something that’s lasting and not just a fad, both from an environmental and business point of view.”
“Cristal Renew and Eastman's innovative molecular recycling technologies will play a crucial role in helping us achieve the commitments laid out in our '2030 A MORE Beautiful Promise,' without sacrificing the premier beauty experience customers expect from Amorepacific," said Jung Changwook, senior vice president of Amorepacific development and purchasing division.
Eastman's molecular recycling technologies break down hard-to-recycle plastic waste into building blocks used to create new materials that are comparable to traditional materials in clarity, luster and mechanical properties. Using molecular recycling to make these materials diverts plastic waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment. The process also reduces the use of fossil resources and results in 20%–50% lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional manufacturing.
For Amorepacific, Cristal Renew is key to creating recycled-content packaging that lives up to its signature beauty aesthetic, renowned worldwide. Cristal Renew, available with 30% and 50% certified recycled content*, gives the skin care leader brilliant, crystal clear packaging that enhances its products and customer experience.
"It's an honor to be selected as a partner in Amorepacific's sustainability journey," said Glenn Goldman, commercial director for Plastics at Eastman. "We look forward to working further with them to bring new innovations to market, beginning with the LANEIGE launch before the end of the year."
*The recycled content is achieved by allocating the recycled waste plastic to Eastman Cristal™ Renew copolyesters using a mass balance process certified by ISCC.
The Canadian branch of multinational retailer Walmart has pledged to remove single-use plastic shopping bags across its operations.
The retailer will discontinue the bags for both its in-store and online grocery pickup and delivery orders.
This move is expected to keep 750 million plastic bags out of circulation a year.
It comes after a successful pilot project Walmart Canada launched in August across ten stores, in which almost six million plastic bags were diverted.
The retailer will implement the initiative in a phased manner, with the aim of making more than 400 locations plastic-free by Earth Day next year.
Walmart Canada president and CEO Horacio Barbeito said: “Eliminating plastic shopping bags is a significant milestone on our journey to becoming a regenerative company – and it’s the right thing to do. We know this is important for our associates and our customers.
“I’m so proud of our team for taking this step, the most recent in a series of significant changes to ensure we’re doing right by our associates, customers and the planet and leading the way when it comes to regenerative practices.”
To assist the transition, Walmart Canada will launch a customer awareness and education campaign.
The retailer will offer low-cost, high-quality reusable bags for purchase and encourage customers to bring shopping bags from home if possible.
Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault said: “The Government of Canada has committed to banning some single-use plastics, and I’d like to thank businesses like Walmart Canada for stepping up to meet the expectations of an environmentally conscious public.”
Other plastic reduction measures Walmart Canada has previously implemented include removing plastic wrap from organic banana bunches and single peppers, increasing levels of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for baked goods, and removing single-use plastic straws from stores.
In February, Walmart selected IFCO as its exclusive provider of reusable plastic container packaging for select fresh fruits and vegetables in the US.
The recycled plastic will be obtained after processing the plastic material present in waste derived from consumer packaging, especially plastic bottles. These must be collected specifically to ensure the purity of the material and require specific processing tools.
In addition, to guarantee maximum health safety for consumers, this recycled plastic used to produce new cosmetic packaging, complies with food industry requirements and is subject to very demanding certifications.
In order to meet international certifications*, Veolia has adopted an innovative pelletisation technology based on a system for the elimination of organic compounds to obtain very high-quality plastic, which is currently in very high demand worldwide. The process developed by Veolia makes it possible to obtain a quality equivalent to that of virgin plastic.
Johann Bonnet, Vice-President in charge of Business Development and Strategic Accounts at Veolia declared: “As a global champion of ecological transformation, Veolia is committed to reducing plastic waste and to promoting industrial ecology. We are delighted to support L'Oréal in achieving its sustainable development objectives, by providing our know-how in resource recovery and recycling. Our ambition is to be a privileged partner for all international brands wishing to develop sustainable packaging processes using recycled plastic all over the world in order to meet the major environmental challenges that face us all. "
Jacques Playe, Packaging and Development Director of L'Oréal also declared: " We are pleased to enter into this partnership with Veolia for the supplying of very high-quality recycled plastic dedicated to cosmetic packaging, because we share the same ambitions and values in terms of sustainable development. This will contribute to our sustainable development programme “L'Oréal for the Future”, enabling us to achieve our 2030 ambitions and significantly improve the environmental footprint of our packaging. We are convinced that we will succeed in promoting the circular economy if we join forces with expert partners to attain common objectives. This approach can be referred to as working in an extended ecosystem."
Scotch & Soda will integrate Tipa bioplastic bags into its supply chain, stepping away from conventional plastic polybags for all product categories by 2025 as part of its sustainability mission to contribute to environmental protection.
The fashion brand is committing to replacing one million polybags by mid-2022 by ensuring that its garments are packed in Tipa bioplastic bags. For spring and summer, the first two collections of the year, Tipa bags will represent 21 percent of the total product packaging and will be used for high volume items, such as T-shirts, jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters and shirts, throughout menswear, womenswear and kidswear.
Scotch & Soda sustainability director, Jelle de Jong, said in a statement: “We believe there is room for improvement when it comes to the implementation, collection and composting of bioplastic packaging in the fashion industry. By working together with Tipa and local waste processors, we hope a product traditionally considered as waste will through the composting process return nutrients to the soil.”
It is common for fashion labels to package their finished garments to protect them from water, handling and transportation to ensure customers receive their orders in the best possible condition. These bags are generally made of Polyethylene (PE), a polymer derived from fossil fuels and usually end up in landfill.
Tipa’s bags are made from 20 percent bio-based plastic, derived from corn starch and sugar cane and 80 percent fossil-based plastic, while offering the same level of protection as conventional polybags. They are also both biodegradable and compostable, with the bags suitable for at-home and industrial composting, and have been designed to fully disintegrate over a three to six month period.
The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Andhra Pradesh’s researchers have developed nanoparticles-powered food packing materials in partnership with other institutes.
A group of interdisciplinary researchers including Akriti Tirkey, Mizoram University and Punuri Jayasekhar Babu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Pachhunga University College, Mizoram University led by Tingirikari Jagan Mohan Rao, Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, NIT AP have published an article wherein they “have demonstrated how the concept of nanotechnology can be used to develop food packaging materials that enhance the shelf-life, maintain quality, retain flavor and color of packed food materials.”
Nanoparticle-based materials offer more benefit over conventional and non-biodegradable packing materials by improving the functional properties of foods such as bio-availability, taste, texture, flavor, and shelf-life. Additionally, nanomaterials can work as sensors to maintain the temperature, and detect pathogens, pesticides, toxins, and other chemicals in packed foods, an official statement from NIT AP explained.
Explaining the key features of this research, Rao said: “The research emphasizes the role of nanoparticles to provide mechanical stability to packing material and shows how the nano-sensors can be developed to detect pathogens, contamination, pesticides, and allergens and enhances the antimicrobial properties of packing material to prevent food spoilage and contamination.”
Talking about the effects of Nanoparticles, Babu, said: “It is worthwhile to note that the nanoparticles used for the packing materials may migrate into food when it comes in contact with packaging materials and hence, the impact of inorganic nanoparticles should be studied. Also, nanomaterials especially nano packaging should be only permitted after rigorous testing before applying them to food systems.” CSP Rao, director of NIT Andhra Pradesh has appreciated the work done by the faculty members and the researchers. He also motivated the scholars for such interdisciplinary based collaborative research work for emerging applications, an official statement said.
If the safety and security issues get addressed, nanotechnology will revolutionize the food processing and packaging industry to a great extent and minimize food wastage, the official statement further said.
Unlike existing materials used for such purpose like plastics and aluminum, Melodea sources its barrier coating material for packaging from wood pulp, the same raw material used to make paper. The innovative green solution helps steer paper and packaging producers toward more socially responsible packaging routes and will enable them to meet sustainability goals more quickly. The coatings are sustainable and recyclable, and do not contribute to plastic waste pollution.
Plant cellulose replaces plastic
"Cellulose, the primary building block of the cell walls of all plants, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet," explains Shaul Lapidot, PhD, CEO and co-founder of Melodea.
"It provides plants with extraordinary strength, and is a lightweight—yet strong—material We found that this bounteous and renewable material can be utilized to produce novel, eco-friendly packaging alternatives for the packaging industry."
The company applies proprietary technology to extract cellulose nanocrystals from wood pulp sourced from trees grown in industrial forests. The sustainable barrier coatings are uniquely designed to offer protection from oxygen, oil, grease, and water vapor transmission. The coatings helps maintain the quality and integrity of the packaged foods inside, while eliminating the need for aluminum and plastic. As a forestry by-product, it also is compostable, recyclable, and completely non-toxic for people and the environment. Once done with the package, one can simply throw it into the recycling bin.
Helping packagers comply
"Consumers are imposing more strident demands when it comes to the welfare of the planet, and this increasingly resonates in their purchasing behavior," adds Lapidot. "Concurrently, the supply chain is 'greening' up its act, especially in light of legislative measures curbing plastic use. The Melodea barrier coating helps the packaging industry make a smoother shift from petroleum-based plastics to plant-based materials, without compromising safety or performance."
The EU Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) went into force in July, effectively placing a ban on the ten most polluting single-use plastic items littering EU beaches. Among these are plastic bags, packets, wrappers, and food containers. The directive also placed labeling requirements to inform customers on the packaging's disposal options and its content.
Packaging in harmony with nature
"It is no secret that the solution for a sustainable and circular packaging industry necessitates moving to bio-based materials," asserts Zvika Weiss, CFO of Melodea. "Our cellulose-based barrier coatings offer an economically affordable, naturally abundant, and sustainable alternative to oil-based products. More importantly, its raw material lives in harmony with nature—it comes from the forest, and it returns to the earth at the end of its lifecycle."
The company's liquid formulas can be applied as a coating to various substrates, including paper, paperboard, bio-plastic, and even plastic itself. It serves companies across the packaging value chain, from paper and packaging producers to consumer goods manufacturers and food companies. The high-barrier coatings can be tailored to a broad range of packaging products, such as pouches, lids, and food and beverage cartons. It is suitable for packaging both dry and liquid products. "Our coatings can easily be integrated into standard industrial coating lines, including slot dies, rod coaters, and gravures," Weiss adds. "The coatings already are in pilot use by a number of major companies."
Part of the German manufacturer of Nivea’s Nivea Men deodorants and most of the Nivea Men shaving gels will be available in the new, more sustainable packaging on the European Market.
To deliver on its commitment to sustainability, Beiersdorf is taking substantial measures across all areas of the business. Michael Becker, Head of Global Packaging R&D at Beiersdorf, reveals, “I am very pleased to report that we have made significant progress on our sustainability journey in the past months. We share the vision of a climate-positive future with our partners at Salvalco and are excited to deliver now more climate-friendly aerosol products to our consumers.”
Alaa Alaizoki, who is studying for an engineering doctorate, has created a meat tray without a separate piece of absorbent plastic padding underneath.
Mr Alaizoki said the technology could be used in other areas, like nappies.
Meat Promotion Wales said consumers wanted to know that food was made in an "environmentally responsible way".
About 800,000 tonnes of UK meat packaging plastic waste is produced each year,
Between 5% and 8% of this waste comes from the absorbent padding.
In partnership with packaging manufacturers Klöckner Pentaplast, the design is already being used by leading UK food suppliers and retailers, including Sainsbury's and Asda.
Mr Alaizoki's meat tray is 100% recyclable and allows consumers to look at meat from all angles through clear plastic.
He said: "Traditional padding works similarly to nappies or sanitary towels, by drawing in moisture and converting it into a gel which cannot physically leak back out into the meat."
He said his design allowed moisture into specially designed wells, but would not let it back out.
The packaging can then be washed under a tap, meaning the plastic is chemically and biologically safe to be recycled along with other household items.
He said: "You can turn it upside down, shake it, drop it, but the physics of the fluid mean that until it's flushed out there is no way of the juices escaping."
The technology has only been patented for use in food packaging, but Mr Alaizoki said it could have many more uses.
"Physics is physics, it doesn't matter if it's food packaging or any other product," he said.
"This has the potential to be used in nappies and sanitary products, which also currently go straight into landfill, and take thousands of years to break down with the current gel technology."
Mr Alaizoki, a Syrian student, said he was pleased to be able to give something back to the country which took him in.
"Swansea has supported my learning, and given me the opportunity for me to fulfil my potential.
"I have a wife and child here now, and it feels like home, even though the majority of my family are still back in Syria.
"I'm just so glad to have come up with an invention which is going to improve the lives of everyone in my adopted home."
Gwyn Howells, chief executive of Hybu Cig Cymru, Meat Promotion Wales said: "Consumers increasingly want to know that the food they buy is produced in as environmentally responsible way as possible.
"The lamb and beef sector in Wales is renowned for its non-intensive farming systems which are world leading in terms of sustainability; packaging innovations such as this can only help to deliver ever higher standards throughout the supply chain."