• 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.

     

  • Scholle IPN partners with chemical plastic recycler Obbotec on flexible packaging project

    News: 

    Through the partnership, the companies will work to engineer and test new chemical recycling methods with a focus on flexible packaging such as pouches and bag-in-box – which are suitable for a variety of food and beverage applications

    Based in the Netherlands, Obbotech specialises in advanced forms of chemical recycling technologies for plastics including SPEX (Selective Plastic Extraction) and Hydrocat. SPEX can convert a mix of waste plastics into near virgin PE and PP materials, while Hydrocat helps take products which might normally end up in landfills and turn them into useable fuel products.

    “With SPEX technology…we employ a dissolution process to recycle in a circular manner. We create a plastic-to-plastic system using both PE and PP materials, delivering high-quality yields while using minimal energy throughout the process,” said Wouter van Neerbos, chairman of Obbotec.

    The company’s SPEX method can reportedly comply with difficult materials such as mixed plastics, multi-layer films, laminates, and foils; upgrading the resulting material into near-virgin plastic granules again.

    Van Neerbos continued: “Hydrocat technology is a third-generation hydrocracking process which turns a mix of biological and plastic waste into distillates such as marine gas oil (MGO) and naphtha crude oil.”

    Ross Bushnell, president and CEO of Scholle IPN, said: “The packaging industry has much work to do in order to achieve true circularity, but we believe that the technology and processes Obbotec employs will help us to significantly improve in this area and, in turn, to make positive strides with respect to our impact on Earth’s climate and resources.”

    Scholle IPN and Obbotec will soon begin joint trials that push a variety of film and fitment products through these technologies.

    “The resulting analysis will help both companies develop next-generation solutions that can truly move the needle toward a circular economy in flexible packaging,” said Bushnell.

  • New tool from Ecoveritas aims to solve packaging data management challenges

    News: 

    The company describes ecoview as a comprehensive digital platform that provides users with transparency and accessibility to their packaging data at a granular level, while offering brands and retailers a detailed breakdown of their packaging supply chain.

    Ecoveritas says that in the past, compliance schemes and EPR data services have only been required to perform one task - complete submissions in an accurate and timely fashion so that data stands up to audit from governing bodies and the correct fees are being paid.

    In more recent years, it says that the environmental landscape has shifted considerably for producers of packaged goods, highlighting the problems of a plastic packaging linear economy.

    New requirements for businesses have emerged meaning more responsibility, accountability, and activity around packaging metric data. This has presented many companies with the challenge of establishing quality packaging data resources that can be accessed through a central mechanism.

    Even if they do have data, the task to maintain, ensure quality, and interrogate the data requires skilled, ongoing resource.

    Josh Remi, commercial manager at Ecoveritas, says: “At any point in time, users can view a high-level snapshot of their packaging products, enabling them to interrogate their data, see gaps and opportunities for improvement in their packaging operations, and benchmark progress to meet KPIs.

    “Users can really drill down into everything from packaging by polymer type, volume of recycled content by supplier and recyclability of materials, to plastic packaging tonnage by department and information about OPRL certification. It also provides information relating to branded and own-brand products.

    “Importantly, as we approach implementation of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, users of ecoview can see their projected costs from April 2022 and easily identify, at the click of a button, where action can be taken to reduce their bill by both supplier and product.”

    Ecoview focuses on the global picture and has been designed with the aim of being flexible and providing in-depth analysis and reporting that seeks to add value to users’ wider sustainability objectives.

    “The platform has been developed with users front of mind,” said Josh Remi. “In creating it, we have really focused on making life easier for brands and retailers as they try to navigate the increasingly important area of packaging compliance.

  • ACC calls for 30% recycled content mandate in packaging

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    A major industry group is urging Congress to adopt a national recycled plastic standard, facilitate “rapid scaling” of the chemical recycling sector, and more.


    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) on July 13 published an outline of five actions the organization believes Congress should take to increase plastics recovery. It follows ACC’s move last fall to support packaging fees to improve the U.S. recycling system.

    The association said its members, among which are large prime plastic producers, “believe that new federal policies are essential to develop a means for valuable and highly efficient plastic material to be reused again and again rather than treated as waste, thus enabling a more circular economy for plastics.”

    At least 30% recycled content by 2030
    First on the ACC list is a call for a federal policy requiring all plastic packaging to include at least 30% recycled plastic by 2030 through a “national recycled plastics standard.”

    Getting to that point, however, requires additional steps, ACC noted. The organization estimated the 30% figure would require 13 billion pounds of recycled plastic to be recovered annually, and that level of supply is not currently available. (The report doesn’t specify whether the 30% mandate would cover post-consumer, post-industrial or both types of recycled content.)

    The organization pointed to a recent analysis from ICIS, which concluded that chemical recycling (sometimes termed “advanced recycling”) will be “essential to meet ambitious recycling targets” such as the U.S. EPA’s national recycling goal of 50% by 2030.

    “Mechanical recycling will need to continue to expand and new advanced recycling facilities will need to be built for America to improve its recycling rate and increase the amount of recycled plastic in packaging,” the organization wrote.

    ACC calls on Congress to enact federal regulations similar to rules adopted in 14 states that ease the regulatory framework for chemical recycling plants. Louisiana was the latest state to adopt such a policy.

    “Thirty-six U.S. states still have outdated policies that could regulate advanced recycling as  ‘waste disposal’ rather than manufacturing,” the organization wrote. “Doing so sends entrepreneurs down the wrong regulatory pathway for siting a facility, making it more difficult for companies to make investments and deploy advanced recycling technologies.”

    ACC previously called on Congress to reject the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, in part because the bill includes a pause on new chemical recycling facility development.

    All material types treated equal?
    The report also calls for national plastics recycling standards to create a more consistent recycling system across the country, and it recommends a full life cycle analysis of all materials to ensure policies are “developed based on data and science, not ideology.”

    Finally, it urges Congress to enact an “American-designed producer responsibility system.” Such a program should cover all packaging materials rather than picking specific material types, the organization wrote. Collected funds would be “reinvested solely to help expand efficient collection and sorting and enable recycling systems, while capitalizing on existing infrastructure,” ACC wrote.

    The recommendations drew quick condemnation from environmental groups, including Greenpeace, which described the outline as a “plan to continue endless plastic production.”

    “Recycling has been the plastic industry’s best friend, despite all of its failures, for decades,” Greenpeace noted in a statement. “The ACC knows well that this is not a plan to end plastic waste, as it claims, but rather a plan for industry to continue producing plastics for as long as possible.”

    In 2018, ACC announced a series of objectives around plastics sustainability, including a goal of recovering 100% of plastic packaging by 2040.

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