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."
Thanks to the thermo-lamination technology, which bonds individual films together through exposure to heat without using the adhesives that are required for classic lamination, production of M-Compact 77 is more environmentally friendly and resource efficient. Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 12% bag weight reduction and 7% less CO2 emissions.1
Commenting on the innovation, Victor Juan, Film Manager at Smurfit Kappa Ibi, said: “We have been developing this film for more than two years; challenging our suppliers, analysing our own film structures and applying our strictest testing protocols.
“Having full control of the manufacturing processes on all steps, we can guarantee excellent performance of our new metal bags on production lines, supply security and efficient traceability for our customers, and good product preservation during transport, on shelf and at home.”
Pascual Martinez, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Ibi, added: “Sustainability is embedded into all our business operations. Today, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box cannot imagine a single product development that does not involve reducing the carbon footprint of the lifecycle of our bags.
“Our integrated production model, big investment in advanced technologies and research and development have already enabled us to make significant progress towards our environmental goals.”
M-Compact 77 will broaden the vast portfolio of films offered by Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box for different market applications and supply chain requirements.
It also complements the company’s range of flexible materials with reduced plastic weight alongside the previously introduced EVOH films E-Compact and Vitop® Compact tap.
The first in a series of new innovations under the heading of DeltaGlobalOriginals, the FutureBox launch comes when sustainability is at the forefront of consumers’ minds.
The Leicester-based firm, whose clients include Net-a-Porter, MATCHESFASHION and Tom Ford, said it has designed the FutureBox to ensure the highest sustainability standards and the packaging uses no tape, has flatpack functionality and has easy assembly functionality.
Delta Global said this makes it simple to fully recycle and is cost effective at the production stage. The materials used are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited. Crucially, the box requires no magnets for secure closure, an addition that prevents even the most ‘sustainable’ packaging from being fully recyclable.
Robert Lockyer, chief executive of Delta Global said, “COP26 will see world leaders leverage the post-pandemic rebuild as way to accelerate eco-friendly policy making. It is less likely that sustainability efforts will rely on good will but will be led by laws and policies that require luxury brands to meet environmental standards.
“The FutureBox makes it easy for brands to meet these standards and flourish in this new economy.”
The company said each box can be tailored to both brand aesthetics and its sustainability goals. Foiling and water-based finishes can be incorporated into the packaging design and its versatility makes it optimised for the modern luxury brand, with many heritage labels increasing sustainability efforts to align with consumer, investor, and government policy demands.
The luxury fashion sector is under scrutiny for the excessive package and textile waste it produces. As much as 88% of newly listed items on e-commerce websites contain plastics, while 85% of all textiles in the US are thrown into landfills.
Gucci and Burberry are notable examples of this sustainability drive. Both brands have eliminated plastic lamination from boxes, introducing ethically sourced packaging materials that are easily reused.
And where the big fashion houses lead, other luxury brands are compelled to follow. Delta said the FutureBox makes this transition both cost-effective and practical. It can be viewed as a high-end, future-proof template that brands can customise to their own needs and design aesthetics.
GIMATIC is an Italian company, innovative and leader , with a presence in the industrial automation market for more than 35 years , focused on the manufacture and sale of components for the construction of automated assembly and assembly systems, according to the objectives set. for Industry 4.0 and the start-up of smart factories (“ Smart factories ”).
Thanks to its competence, flexibility and extensive use of new technologies in the field of design and production, it is able to offer specific and adapted solutions for each application / production process, allocating the available resources more efficiently.
In the Iberian Peninsula we work with the aim of being your technical and professional reference , combining ambition, honesty and professionalism with a clear orientation to the client and their best service .
Among the many solutions that make up this new vacuum range, GIMATIC presents its suction cups dedicated to handling in the food sector , be it for applications in direct contact with the product or applications for handling the product in its packaging .
FP Multifuel Suction Cups for handling FlowPacks and Unpackaged Food
Ideal suction cups for handling packaged snacks and for compensating unevenness. Its high vertical movement is very useful for the separation of fine pieces. It can be supplied with a perforated disc to increase stability and to allow handling of thin films. It exists in a Silicone version approved by the FDA and, therefore, ideal for handling non-packaged food.
BC Multifuel Suction Cups with thin lip for handling bags with liquid and deep-frozen
Ideal suction cups for handling bags containing fragile products, bags with liquids and deep-frozen. They have robust bellows, thin and flexible lip and specific high flow connections. Its 4.5 bellows make it possible to compensate for height differences.
Rectangular BR and LBR suction cups for handling oblong snacks
Suction cups suitable for handling snacks and food bars in flow pack. Available in version with 1.5 bellows or 2.5 bellows. In its version with 1.5 bellows, it allows moving objects with small differences in height, while its version with 2.5 bellows is ideal for high height compensations, snacks with an irregular surface. Suitable for applications with parallel and perpendicular apprehensions to the surface, its lip is able to adapt perfectly to the plastic film. Ideal for apprehending and placing the manipulated object aside. Available in a version with an embossed design to avoid damage to the product being handled and implosion of the lip.
FO suction cups for opening bags on packaging machines
Suction cups ideal for opening bags and handling fine and delicate objects such as sheets and thin films. The internal weft and the thin lip prevent damage to the manipulated object and maintain its flatness. Suction cups made of transparent silicone approved by the FDA.
The goals were to design a package that could:
• Easily and accurately measure each 1 oz dose
• Transfer each dose to the broom bottle without spillage
• Avoid the use of loss-prone removable dosing caps
• Maintain the Libman brand identity
Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, introduces its latest e-commerce innovation. The BCoolBox is a 100% recyclable and reliable packaging solution to keep perishable food cool while in transit. With this product innovation, food stays fresh from the store to the consumer or a pick-up station and offers online retailers the opportunity to expand their geographical reach for deliveries.
Benefits of BCoolBox
- Corrugated packaging solution with thermo-insulation keeps food chilled below 7° celsius for up to 24 hours without using a cooling truck
- Inner corrugated panels enclose the shipment from all sides, providing enhanced insulation
- Ability to use different cooling agents
- Made entirely from recycled material and 100% recyclable
The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted the e-grocery business. During the 2020 European lockdown, 28% of people in urban areas used online shopping as their main channel for buying groceries – a 10% increase compared to before the pandemic. Furthermore, 80% of European consumers who started buying groceries online plan to continue doing so.
We are proud to introduce a reliable solution that is proven to handle all the challenges that online food retailers face. After having tested various scenarios, we came up with a formula for the perfect composition. BCoolBox means cooling trucks are no longer needed to transport food and we can play our part in reducing food waste.
Sofia Backstrom, Product Innovation Manager e-commerce at Mondi
Mondi rolls out its range of sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for growing online grocery delivery services across Central EuropeNews:
- Seven new packaging solutions meet the growing demand for online grocery (eGrocery) delivery services
- Sustainable eGrocery portfolio offers a packaging solution for a range of delivery channels including click & collect to local or nationwide deliveries
- Innovative designs offer retailers fully recyclable, efficient and convenient packaging options
Mondi’s latest eGrocery packaging solutions follow the successful introduction of its BCoolBox in March and its VinoBoxes in May. Grocery retailers can choose from Mondi’s expanded portfolio of seven sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for all kinds of grocery pick-up and delivery options, such as click & collect, local deliveries via retailers' own vehicle fleets or long-distance deliveries via third-party carriers. The boxes can be adapted to be used by small and large scale retailers.
Mondi’s latest eGrocery packaging solutions include:
- Pick&ShipBox – a one-pack solution for all channels. It adapts to multiple requirements and offers convenience features such as easy lifting and opening.
- PantryBox – for quick and easy filling and closing. It is strong, stackable, and suitable for carrier shipping or click & collect.
- RecipeBox – for doorstep delivery of fresh produce and groceries. It has an integrated lid and optional holes for better ventilation.
- EatsBox – for smaller local deliveries by bike or scooter. It is lightweight and offers a quick filling option.
- Click&LoadBox – for click & collect of mixed grocery orders. It has handles for loading into cars and carrying home.
- Click&EnjoyBox – for holiday, gift or seasonal promotion packs. It has compartments for tall products like bottles, with an easy handle carrier.
- Click&CarryBox – for heavier mixed orders, providing strength and stability. It has an integrated handle for easy carrying.
Camvac’s latest commercial development is a post-consumer recycled (PCR) grade PET barrier film named ExtraPET PCR. This new development joins Camvac’s existing ExtraPET film range which is used primarily within for the food and converter marketplace and positions itself within Camvac’s growing Camvert range of sustainable packaging solutions.
ExtraPET PCR has been purposely developed to meet the growing consumer demand for more sustainable lidding film solutions. The new film development sets out to reduce plastic waste and plastic going to landfill. It also utilises the circular economy, reducing the use of fossil feedstocks, alongside reducing carbon footprint, and supporting recycling streams along with improved waste collection. The film still provides an all-PET structure and maintains Camvacs’ high gas barrier performance, both OTR and WVTR as required for MAP & CAP packaging applications.
Available in either peel or weld seal laminate structures, the mono-material lidding film has been designed to offer excellent sealing properties and exceptional barrier performance. Whilst guaranteeing the film appearance is not hampered by using food contact approved PCR grade base webs. Camvac can offer a sustainable film that truly challenges virgin PET films, due to very similar characteristics and visual appearance – no yellow hints are visible in the barrier lidding film!
The high barrier polyester laminate film’s versatility contributes to the film being used for a wide range of processed meats, fresh meats, poultry, pastas, vegetable, and bakery packaging solutions, where presentation and fresh appearance is critical.
Camvac’s Development Director, Gary Chalkley, states “ExtraPET traditionally provides a variety of environmentally friendly and atmosphere packaging solutions in peel and non-peel, anti-fog, and high barrier options. By introducing a minimum 60% PCR content film into the range boosts the film’s environmental attributes of this mono-material film in the drive for more sustainable film solutions for the packaging of fresh and prepared produce.”
The peelable ExtraPET PCR is available as an adhesive laminate of 12-micron polyester to 20-micron polyester. ExtraPET PCR Peelable total PCR content makes up 62% of the laminate structure.
The weld seal laminate structure is 12-micron polyester to 15-micron polyester. This laminate structure uses two base webs that accumulates the total post-consumer recycled content of 65-percent of the laminate structure.
As a direct result of the ExtraPET range being an all-polyester structure, the potential of total recyclability, where post-consumer collection infrastructure exists, is possible.
The recyclable lidding film has the capability to seal and peel from various tray structures including PET trays. A PET tray and ExtraPET film lid combination meets the ever-growing requirement of a complete mono-material packaging solution that is truly recyclable.
Camvac’s ExtraPET film range is found in most UK supermarkets and has a growing presence globally, particularly in mainland Europe. Not only are the UK consumers demanding greener and more sustainable options but also the imminent introduction of the UK plastic tax is forcing converters and food packaging companies to find sustainable alternatives.
ExtraPet is a perfect solution to enable products currently packed in multi-polymer tray/lidding combinations to switch a 100% PET film / tray solution that is already extensively used in the MAP/CAP markets.
ExtraPET PCR has been developed to go beyond the 30% post-consumer recycled minimum.
With this new product being added to Camvac’s ExtraPET portfolio, the predominant customer base of converters and packers will not change. The long-standing supply partnerships will continue to be built upon, albeit with a new environmentally friendly stance, alongside the proven reliability of Camvac’s ExtraPET film.
ExtraPET PCR Key Product Benefits
• Mono-material (widely recyclable)
• Chlorine free barrier coating (environmentally friendly)
• Excellent seal integrity
• Minimum 62% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Content
• Peel and weld seal options
• Market leading antifog properties
• Excellent light transmission / low haze values. Excellent clarity and product visibility
• High barrier laminate offers extended product shelf-life
• Print receptive top coating
As Camvac continues to invest and develop new packaging films, the company is continually seeking new opportunities to partner with likeminded companies and would welcome any opportunity to discuss new partnerships – not only for their ExtraPET films but also their other packaging solutions.
Driving toward a goal of using more sustainable materials in packaging, two Lamb Weston Alexia brand products will use corn and potato starch in their packaging beginning this month.
The packaging is partially made of potato starches, a byproduct of producing french fries, and will be identified with a label on the front of the package indicating it is partially made from plants. Research by GlobalData (March 2021) indicates more than 3 in 10 U.S. consumers believe environmentally friendly packaging material is a key driver of a purchase.
Alexia’s Organic Sweet Potato Fries and Alexia’s Organic Yukon Select Puffs will feature a special seal, identifying the plant-based packaging. Lamb Weston’s packaging team spent two years collaborating to create a durable, sustainable packaging alternative and continue working to expand their sustainable packing efforts.
“Sustainability is a pillar of our packaging innovation strategy. By combining efforts with teams across the business we were able to create something innovative that will not only help reduce our carbon footprint, but also continue to deliver to our customers,” said Deb Dihel, Vice President of Innovation.
According to American Packaging Corporation, the environmental impact annually* of using a packaging substitute for the Alexia Organic Potato equates to:
- 14,700 miles driven
- 252 trash bags in landfill
- 750,000 phones charged
- 98 trees over 10 years
- 14 barrels of oil
*Utilized 3.0 mil LLDPE (low density polyethylene) sealant film with 20% biomaterial by weight. 6.5 reduction in net CO2 emissions
“Lamb Weston’s Packaging Team has set clear and meaningful sustainable packaging aspirations. Delivery of this innovation to consumers illustrates progress towards these goals first shared in our 2020 ESG Report,” said Trudy Slagle, Senior Director, ESG Administration.
As the digital shift advances rapidly and consumer behavior changes significantly, it has become increasingly important for businesses to offer optimized services to customers by effectively leveraging consumer touchpoints. This includes enhancing customer and purchasing experiences by making use of smartphones and other digital devices in product marketing. Toppan’s new NFC-enabled packages make it possible to provide a range of interactive customer experiences linked to smartphone apps.
A wireless NFC-based connection is established when a smartphone is in close proximity to the package. No Bluetooth pairing is required. Pad-type switches embedded in the package allow consumers to enjoy interactive experiences, pressing or tapping to produce sounds or control content on the smartphone screen via a compatible app. LEDs and other additional components can be incorporated into the package to meet needs based on the purpose or conditions of use.
The structure of input-output devices such as antenna modules and switches can be customized, allowing controller modules to be built into various types of packaging, including gift boxes and other paper-based packages, molded plastic, and corrugated fiberboard.
Power for the controller is supplied by the smartphone over the wireless NFC connection, eliminating the need to incorporate a battery into the package. This power can also be used to make LEDs embedded in the package light up. The use of NFC means that a high level of security can be provided, for example, by linking to ID authentication systems to ensure that apps and content are only activated when the unique ID of the NFC tag built into the package is verified.
“These packages are very effective for making the most of touchpoints to provide new experiences to consumers when they purchase products,” said Takamitsu Nakabayashi, senior R&D manager in Toppan’s Security business. “The combination of easily accessible interactive functions and NFC-enabled ID authentication means that this is a solution that provides both outstanding added value and enhanced security for packaging.”