• Plastic packaging manufacturer Greiner Packaging making strides toward reducing material usage for yogurt cups

    Greiner Packaging is taking various steps to make its packaging solutions as sustainable as possible. One key approach is reducing material usage while maintaining or improving recyclability to save weight as well as cutting carbon emissions. The company is now unveiling a plastic cup for Greek yogurt that demonstrates the strong success of these efforts.

  • Berlin Packaging Continues European Expansion with the Acquisition of Glass Line

    Addition of family-owned business strengthens Italian operations

  • J. Cortès switches to more sustainable packaging; renames Neos Exotic brand

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    On re-naming its popular Neos Exotic cigarillo line, the company decided to find a more sustainable alternative to plastic packaging.

    Frederik Vandermarliere, CEO, J. Cortès said: “We initially considered using recycled plastic, but there’s not enough of it available and biodegradable plastic hasn’t yet caught up when it comes to colour retention and strength. We, therefore, settled on a totally different approach.”

    ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY MANUFACTURE

    This revolved around the use of Metsä Board card packaging, produced with young fibres and a focus on environmentally friendly manufacture using timber certified as sustainably sourced.

    According to the Belgium-based company as much as 99% of Metsä Board production waste is reused for energy generation.

    “This new packaging symbolises the logical resumption of our sustainability policy,” Vandermarliere remarked. “As another example, we installed a new water system at our cigar factory in Sri Lanka, which allows us to save 2.6 million litres of water every year.

    “In reality, the running costs of the new system offset the savings we achieve in water. But as a family business, we think it’s more important to leave behind a better world for our kids.”

    Exo as it is now known, is a line of aromatised cigarillos manufactured using the best tobacco products from the world’s equatorial regions. It is available in four rich flavours (Exo Classic, Exo Red, Exo Blue and Exo Filter).

  • Low migration labels

    What is Migration?

    Migration is the transfer of chemical compounds from plastic packaging materials into food products.

    These chemical compounds are usually present in inks and adhesives that travel through the primary packaging material to contaminate the contents. This can be extremely dangerous when the contents are either food or medicines.

    Earlier, migration testing was only performed on containers, closures and other packaging components, excluding labels.

  • ecoVeritas launches online Plastic Packaging Tax calculator to support packaging industry

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    The ecoVeritas Plastic Packaging Tax calculator enables users to input information relating to the amount of plastic packaging they manufacture, import and export, before generating an estimate of direct costs based on the current draft of the plastic tax legislation. It also allows users to calculate potential annual tax savings that could be achieved by increasing the amount of recycled content used in the manufacture of plastic packaging.

    David Harding-Brown, CEO of ecoVeritas, said: “It’s a little over 12 months until the UK Plastic Packaging Tax comes into force and companies need to start thinking now about how they can reduce their liability to avoid costly implications nearer the time.

    “Our new tax calculator provides companies across the packaging industry with a free-of-charge estimate that will help them plan for the future and act as a starting point for taking action to reduce future tax obligations.

    “At ecoVeritas, our core expertise lies in global data collection and analysis, meaning our experts can offer packaging intelligence and advise on compliance and legislation. We are keen to play our part in readying the packaging industry and its supply chains to make the introduction of the tax as smooth and cost-efficient for businesses.

    “With such a significant – and potentially costly – change on the horizon, we want to ensure companies are as prepared as they can be. As a result, we invite those affected to try our new calculator and engage with our dedicated team. ecoVeritas can provide further advice and guidance in the form of a more detailed cost analysis or support around improving recyclate usage.”

    The implementation of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax is part of a new law to reduce the environmental impact of packaging and cut manufacturers’ reliance on virgin plastic. The tax will apply at a rate of £200 per tonne of plastic packaging which does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic from April 2022. This will apply to plastic packaging which has been manufactured in, or imported into, the UK.

    In terms of liability, businesses that manufacture in the UK or import packaging into the UK will be subject to the tax. The responsibility also falls onto those across the plastic packaging supply chain too, including online marketplaces, fulfilment houses and businesses importing finished packaging into the UK from overseas, where they share joint liability if the tax has not yet been paid.

  • Study of plastic packaging waste helps to deliver a circular economy

    CEFLEX and partners PCEP, Petcore Europe, Styrenics Circular Solutions and MORE Recycling team up to understand the reality of today’s collected household packaging waste – a vital step forward towards a circular economy for packaging materials. 

    Hailed as Europe’s first in-depth analysis of its kind, the resulting data aims to reveal the amounts and types of post-consumer flexible and rigid plastic packaging, in the two main waste streams in which it is collected. Sharing the findings of the study is expected to define and deliver a circular economy for all packaging materials.

  • Mondelēz International commits to further reduction in use of virgin plastic

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    “Our support for a more sustainable future for plastics is clear,” said Dirk Van de Put, chairman and CEO at Mondelēz International. “We’re already one of the most efficient users of plastic packaging in the consumer goods space and we’ve made significant strides to reduce plastic packaging use, substitute plastics for other materials, and design for recyclability.”

    These commitments build on the company’s existing 2025 goals to use 5% recycled content by weight across its plastic packaging and to design all packaging for recyclability, a goal Mondelēz says it is on track to achieve with 94% of packaging reportedly already designed to be recycled.

    The company says that it currently invests over $30 million a year in technology, resources, and recycling infrastructure and anticipates an acceleration in this investment over time. In total, between 2019 and 2025, Mondelēz International anticipates spending approximately $300 million on projects related to sustainability in plastics.

    It is the view of the company that recycling infrastructure improvements, such as those proposed under Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, are needed globally, particularly for flexible films.

    Commenting on this, Christine Montenegro McGrath, vice president and chief of impact, says: “Increasing recyclability of materials is a great start, but we need actual recycling rates of various materials to increase.

    “Compared to rigid plastics like PET, flexible plastic films, like the flow wraps we use on our snacks, are still difficult to collect, sort and reprocess economically, because the infrastructure doesn’t exist yet for this to be done at scale. We are committed to playing our part to improve this, including partnering with stakeholders across sectors to drive action to combat plastics pollution.”

    Mondelēz International is an active participant in the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Coalition of Action; the Business Call for a Global UN Treaty on Plastics Pollution; the U.S. Plastics Pact; the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment; the New Plastics Economy Initiative; the European CEFLEX initiative; the UK Plastics Pact and the UK Flexible Plastic Fund (formerly known as EPPIC); and the Australia/New Zealand Plastics Pact, among others.

    Mondelēz International reports on the progress it is making against its environment, social sustainability and governance commitments, strategies, and goals in the Snacking Made Right Report, which is published annually in early May.

  • Enval collaborates with The Kraft Heinz Co. and Sonoco to explore the deployment of plastic recycling solutions in the United States

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    For Enval, the ultimate aim of the project is to see our first recycling plants in the United States. These plants will be capable of recycling previously unrecyclable plastic packaging using our unique proprietary pyrolysis technology for treating low-density packaging waste. As you may know, Enval’s process has dual objectives:  it transforms plastics into oil feedstock to produce new plastic, effectively closing the loop on packaging recycling and therefore it enables previously unrecyclable packaging to become valuable and environmentally responsible. Furthermore, it is the only technology in the world capable of recycling plastic aluminium laminates by splitting them into high-value oil and aluminium with a low-carbon footprint.

    The first phase of the project will involve Enval assessing the current disposal solutions for materials used by Sonoco and Kraft Heinz during the production and use respectively of flexible plastic packaging. At the end of the first phase, we will produce, with input from the other partners, a feasibility study which will include potential locations for future recycling plants in a way in which the financial and environmental costs associated with transporting the packaging to the recycling plants is minimised. This approach is possible because the Enval technology was conceived in a modular way which ensures that economic viability of the process starts at a “small” scale.

    Enval will then continue the project by building these plants, which could initially target the treatment of scrap generated by Sonoco and Kraft Heinz, but with the idea of incorporating post-consumer waste in the future. 

    Dr Carlos Ludlow-Palafox, CEO of Enval, commented:

        “We’re thrilled to be working with two groups as important in the consumer packaged goods and packaging communities as Kraft Heinz and Sonoco. We’re convinced that it is only via these types of collaborations, which involve players at different stages of the supply chain, that new technologies such as ours can be deployed quicker. We must quickly establish new and better infrastructure to succeed in reducing plastic pollution and decreasing carbon emissions.”

    Linda Roman, Head of Packaging Growth & Technology at Kraft Heinz, said:

        “We see a high-demand for recyclable packaging amongst our consumers, which matches our goal of offering more sustainable products. The company began a relationship with Enval in 2011 to help construct their first commercial-scale plant in the UK, andwe are excited to also explore opportunities to advance packaging recycling with Enval in the United States.”

    Jeff Schuetz, Staff Vice President – Global Technology, Consumer Packaging at Sonoco, added:

        “While flexible packaging has a low environmental footprint, we recognize that innovation is needed in recycling technologies to improve its end-of-life options. Sonoco believes the combination of product and recycling innovation will provide a compelling solution and we are happy to partner with Enval on this exciting project.”

  • The European Plastic Packaging Market Overcomes the Pandemic and Prepares to Face the New Green Regulation

    IndexBox has just published a new report: 'EU - Plastic Packaging - Market Analysis, Forecast, Size, Trends and Insights'. Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

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