• At Luxe Pack NY, Neopac to Showcase New Mono-Material Barrier Tubes Designed for Recyclability, Among Other Solutions

    In addition to its recently released Polyfoil MMB®, company will announce plans for a dedicated tube production line for cosmetics and oral care sectors at its US manufacturing facility.

  • Berry Healthcare Underlines Global Sustainability Capabilities with Full ISCC Accreditation

    The Berry Healthcare Formatec, German facility has achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC) Plus accreditation. This enables the site to sell to healthcare customers ISCC Plus certified packaging and plastic components that contribute to a circular economy approach based on advanced recycling and mass balance.

    The certification of the Berry Formatec factory follows that of Berry’s other Healthcare facilities in Europe and India, giving both global and local customers greater access to this advanced material. 

  • France to ban plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables from January

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    Implementing a February 2020 law, the government published a list of about 30 fruits and vegetables that will have to be sold without plastic packaging from January 1. The list includes leeks, aubergines and round tomatoes as well as apples, bananas and oranges.

    "We use an outrageous amount of single-use plastic in our daily lives. The circular economy law aims at cutting back the use of throwaway plastic and boost its substitution by other materials or reusable and recyclable packaging," the ministry said in a statement.

    It estimated that 37% of fruit and vegetables are sold with packaging and expects that the measure will prevent more than one billion useless plastic packaging items per year.

      French fruit sellers federation president Francois Roch said switching to cardboard will be difficult in such a short time.

      "Also, selling loose produce is complicated as many customers touch the fruit and people do not want their fruit to be touched by other customers," she said.

      The packaging ban is part of a multi-year government program to phase out plastic. From 2021, France banned plastic straws, cups and cutlery, as well as styrofoam takeaway boxes.

      Cut fruits and a limited number of delicate fruits and vegetables can still be sold with plastic packaging for now but that will be phased out by end June 2026.

      Plastic packaging will be banned by end June 2023 for cherry tomatoes, green beans and peaches, and by end 2024 for endives, asparagus, mushrooms, some salads and herbs as well as cherries.

      End June 2026, raspberries, strawberries and other delicate berries must be sold without plastic.

        From 2022, public spaces must provide water fountains to reduce the use of plastic bottles; press and publicity publications must be shipped without plastic wrapping, while fast-food restaurants can no longer offer free plastic toys.

        From January 2023, France will also ban throwaway crockery in fast-food restaurant for meals consumed on-site.

      • Berry’s Change of Material Solution for Wafer Packaging Brings Multiple Benefits

        A change of format for family-size packs of ice cream wafers from standard printed carton boxes to plastic buckets from Berry Superfos is delivering a number of important benefits for leading Romanian ice cream manufacturer TOPGEL. These include better shelf stand-out, enhanced logistics, and the opportunity for consumers to repurpose the packs.

      • Mondi scores a hat trick at Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards

        Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, has won three awards for sustainable packaging at the Austrian Green Packaging Star Awards.

        The annual Green Packaging Star Awards recognise environmentally-friendly packaging and recycling solutions, as well as packaging-related improvements in operational processes in production, logistics, and distribution. The award is presented by Kompack magazine and the Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology.

        The judges of these awards recognised the high standard of the following three Mondi products:

      • Banana leaves likely to be used to package food

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        The Greater Chennai Corporation is likely to order restaurants and eateries to use banana leaves instead of plastic for packaging food, based on recommendations by private conservancy operators. The number of food business operators using plastic packaging is estimated to be 20,000.

        The civic body had sought suggestions from private conservancy operators to improve solid waste management and prevent plastic pollution. They suggested various measures to improve source segregation and reduce waste in landfills.

        Best practices

        Upon studying the models of solid waste management in cities such as Tokyo and Dubai, a private conservancy operator suggested using better technology, implementing stringent policies and raising awareness among citizens to reduce landfill tonnage to 20%, similar to that of Tokyo. While Dubai has reduced the quantity of waste in landfills to 30%, in Chennai it is still at 85%. The Corporation is planning to launch a campaign to promote source segregation in households and commercial establishments.

        Former Corporation floor leader V. Sukumar Babu said at least 150 commercial outlets were using plastic packaging materials to sell food in each of the wards. “The Corporation should raise awareness about using banana leaves as packaging material in eateries. Residents will support the move, but the eatery staff may need proper orientation from the Health Department. The Corporation should resume training sessions for food handlers to improve public health,” he said. Some suggestions by private conservancy operators, like micro-composting meat waste, are unlikely to be implemented as residents have protested against the move due to the stench it creates.

        Proposals for incinerators in each zone will not be accepted due to air pollution. Imposition of penalties on households that fail to segregate waste will not be implemented since the Corporation plans to incentivise source segregation, an official said.

      • Greiner Packaging performs initial tests with K3® cups made from 100% r-PS

        The initial trials carried out in Switzerland demonstrate that Greiner Packaging is already capable of producing yogurt cups from 100 percent recycled material. Basically, it’s the most eco-friendly and sustainable solution imaginable. 

      • silver plastics connects its machines with new IIoT solution

        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 Connects its Machines with New IoT solution

        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.

      • Pulse Environment Day

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        The DS Group is committed to the mission of Green enabling by Social, Structural and Economic transformation that will drive sustainability in its business. As a committed corporate citizen, the Group aims to create a closed loop system that minimizes the use of resources, creation of waste, pollution and carbon emission. The use of R PET in popular confectionery brand ‘Pulse’, the leader in hard boiled candy segment is a small step towards environment sustainability and circular economy. The PET Jar is made from a combination of virgin and recycled PET granules, which means that the waste from eco system is being reused into packaging and not burdening the planet. The company is also targeting Industrial ecology and blue economy by working towards reducing resource depletion and environmental pollution.

        In last few decades the consumerism has increased at an exceptional pace and so has the quantum of waste that has led to an environment mayhem. The reuse of goods and waste utilization is negligent in the production-consumption cycle. Packaging is an unavoidable part of this development, as it protects, preserves, enhances, disperses information, acts as a marketing tool and allows for safe transportation. The packaging sector is a large user of the plastic and the increasing environmental pressure on the economic system requires a reconsideration of our economic paradigm. It is imperative that it consciously shifts its consumption preferences to recycled and reusable material.  The world is heading towards an “ecological credit crunch” and is under severe ecological debt as we are over-utilising the natural resources without replenishing, and this crisis is far worse than all the financial and health crisis mankind has ever faced. This urges societies, corporates around the world to increase the efficiency of natural resources use and to reduce the overall environmental impact. Reusable, recycled packaging has been suggested as an option to significantly reduce environmental impacts.

         

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