• Research shows explosive growth in deposit return systems


    European countries with DRS are found to have the highest rate of success, with an average beverage container return rate of 91 per cent. Australia’s deposit programmes, which are relatively new compared to other jurisdictions, have the lowest success rates so far, with an average return rate of 68 per cent.

    The return-to-retail model of DRS – where empty bottles and cans are returned for a refund of the deposit at shops where they are purchased – is the most effective, with an average return rate of 89 per cent, compared to return-to-redemption centre or depot systems, which have an average return rate of 81 per cent.

    Clarissa Morawski, chief executive of Reloop, said: “This is good news for the planet. It reveals that each year more and more countries are realising the need for DRS to collect and recycle valuable cans and bottles and to address the massive crisis in wasted containers, many of which end up as litter.

    “Deposit Return Systems are the only proven way for a country to achieve recycling rates of over 90 per cent, meaning fewer bottles and cans in our forests and on our beaches.”

  • GCUBE EcoBalance™: Sustainable IBC bottle made with recycled plastic a first for Russia


    The inner layer of the sustainable bottle is 100 percent virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE), while the external layer is primarily made from PCR with an overall balance of 50% virgin PE and 50% PCR. The virgin HDPE inner layer and accurate selection of PCR assure product integrity and the visibility of the filled product level.   Additionally, all external components such as corner protectors, plastic feet or plastic pallets are produced with recycled polyethylene.

    The PCR is generated from the collection of empty IBCs which are then treated by reconditioning and recycling partner facility in Russia.

    “This was a very rewarding project for the Greif Russia team, and we are pleased that this product is now commercially available in our region,” commented Konstantin Chetverikov, quality and technology manager for IBCs Greif Russia. “Being able to generate our own source of PCR from IBC bottles that might otherwise end up in landfill, means we can support customers in achieving their sustainability goals by decreasing raw material consumption and reducing CO2 emission into the atmosphere. It is also a significant step towards ad vancing our own circular economy principles.” 

    The GCUBE PCR bottle is an extension of Greif’s EcoBalance product line which includes drums and other containers made using PCR. The EcoBalance product line helps support many of Greif’s customers with their sustainability goals including reducing carbon emissions, energy consumption and diverting waste from landfills.

    GCube EcoBalance is already available in Italy and Russia while being implemented in Germany and Spain. Further expansions will follow in the coming months with the target to produce this sustainable product in most of our GCUBE facilities including APAC and North America.

    If you would like to find out more about the GCUBE EcoBalance with a PCR bottle please contact your local account manager. 

  • Fakuma: The whole world of Plastic Processing Technology

    The whole world of plastics technology!

    More than 1,900 exhibitors present their international range at the world's leading specialist event for industrial plastics processing. The next Fakuma will take place from October 12 to 16, 2021 in the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center.

    The Fakuma offers a comprehensive overview of all plastics technologies: Whether injection molding - here the Fakuma occupies a leading position worldwide - extrusion technology, thermoforming or 3D printing: At the Fakuma, the user can find out about all processes and technologies relevant to plastics processing and tools to provide targeted information.

  • New multipack yogurt cups made from PP


    Greiner Packaging has successfully replaced yogurt multi-packs made from polystyrene (PS) with polypropylene (PP), and thanks to ‘Project Snap’ has recreated an important feature that has always been popular with consumers.

    Yogurt multi-packs have traditionally been made from polystyrene (PS), but there is currently no PS recycling stream in the UK and supermarkets have focused on removing all PS products. Seeking to deliver a sustainable alternative, in February 2018 Greiner Packaging’s Dungannon factory began trials using polypropylene (PP), and was first in the UK to recreate a functional multi-pack in PP.

    One of the advantages of PS was its ability to deliver a really effective ‘break’ which was initially difficult to achieve with PP. Leading UK retailer Tesco was one of the first customers to move from PS multi-packs to PP multi-packs, but consumers were disappointed that packs made from the new material did not ‘snap’ in the same way as the previous PS packs.

    In July 2020, Greiner Packaging began ‘Project Snap’ to develop and improve PP multi-pack breakability. By October 2020, the first successful filling trials of the latest PP 4-pack had begun, and the new improved yogurt 100g 4-packs are now on-shelf.

    We needed to remove PS from our packaging and Greiner Packaging helped us with the move to PP. However, our customers were always accustomed to the easy "snap" of the old PS yogurt multi-packs and we needed to further develop this feature with the new recyclable PP packaging. Greiner has been at the forefront of these developments and worked with us quickly to re-engineer the PP multi-pack to give it the same "snap" quality of PS.

    Denise Mathieson, Tesco Senior Packaging Manager



    A new HDPE bottle developed in cooperation with Beiersdorf for its NIVEA brand is good for the environment in a number of ways. The innovative bottle with cap developed for a body lotion series requires around half the packaging material usually needed. This therefore reduces the cost of materials as well as the associated carbon emissions. Its thin-walled structure makes it lighter and means it is easier to squeeze, while nevertheless remaining stable and impact-resistant enough for transportation, for example. It also continues to protect the formula from external influences such as UV rays.

    Optimised discharging of contents

    Another advantage of the revolutionary bottle is demonstrated towards the end of its use by the consumer. When its contents begin to run out, it can be rolled up much like a tube of toothpaste, allowing it to be completely emptied. There is a groove on the base of the bottle along which it can be squeezed together to completely flatten the body of the bottle. It can then be easily rolled up and completely emptied, resulting in less waste.

    Design for recycling

    In developing this packaging solution, attention was paid in particular to high-quality recycling in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle. This involves new bottles being produced using recycled bottle material to create a closed loop. To make this possible, both the bottle body made of HDPE and the cap made of PP (not produced by ALPLA) are fully recyclable and can be easily separated in the relevant sorting steps and then efficiently recycled. The label is made of the same material as the bottle.

    • Technology: EBM

    • Bottle material: HDPE + white

    • Contents: 200 and 350 millilitres

    • Optimised discharging of contents thanks to special packaging design (roll-up function)

    • Easy to use – simply squeeze

    • Reduce: The packaging including cap and label uses approximately 50% less material than other body lotion packaging of the customer. Approximately 40% of the reduction is achieved in the bottle body

    • Recycle: Ideally and completely recyclable within existing recycling streams (yellow recyclables bin bags/bins) in accordance with the bottle-to-bottle principle

    • Lightweight: Reduced carbon emissions during production and transportation

    • Decoration: Label made of the same material as the bottle (HDPE) and is likewise easy to roll up

    • The packaging solution is available in stores as NIVEA Naturally Good Body Lotion/NIVEA Natural Balance Body Lotion

    ‘The new NIVEA bottle developed in close cooperation with Beiersdorf is a highly innovative packaging solution with a clever squeeze and roll-up function. We also focused heavily on the topics of sustainability and recycling, and optimised the bottle in terms of material reuse. And we are already developing it further – together, we are now working on using recycled plastics as well as on additional formats.’

  • Kraft Heinz pilots roof board made of recycled flexible packaging


    According to a news release from Kraft Heinz, the project installed roofing made from postconsumer flexible plastic into two Kraft Heinz manufacturing plants in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and Holland, Michigan. The recycled roofing materials were installed late in 2020. Kraft Heinz says the materials included 4-foot-by-8-foot boards, and 94 percent of each board was made of postconsumer recycled plastic and fiber. Kraft Heinz says it’s using flexible plastic packaging in materials across its product portfolio.

    The company says the pilot project will be monitored for performance versus standard building materials. If the recycled materials perform as well as or better than standard building materials, Kraft Heinz says it will “strongly consider standardizing the use of this recycled material in the future.” The company plans to report on its use of recycled content to the Association of Plastic Recyclers Demand Champion program, having joined late last year.

    “It was a privilege being part of MRFF, which not only helped identify ways to curbside collect and recycle flexible packaging but also identified end markets that we could leverage within our facilities,” says Erik Groner, senior principal packaging engineer at Kraft Heinz. “Our test project highlights the company’s commitment to sustainable packaging and the priority it places on its environmental, social and governance commitments. Kraft Heinz continues to search for ways to make our packaging recyclable and to incorporate recycled content within our supply chain.”

    Susan Graff, vice president of Michigan-based Resource Recycling Systems and a MRFF research director, adds, “This Kraft Heinz project is a powerful example of environmental stewardship, reducing use of virgin materials by choosing roofing material made of recycled flexible plastic packaging.” Working with recyclers, they’ve provided a model for addressing expectations for full life cycle management of plastic while using an efficient, low-cost package for consumer product protection.”

  • Silgan provides drip-free lid for Come Alive Organics’ Soviia Agave organic syrup


    Silgan Dispensing Systems has provided a new drip-free lid for an organic agave syrup called Soviia Agave, which is produced by Come Alive Organics.

    Come Alive Organics has selected Silgan’s custom drip-free lid as a replacement to the old messy lid. It has been preferred after months of evaluating various different lid alternatives.

    Silgan Dispensing’s dispensing closures sales vice president Bob Randall said: “We listened to the needs of our customers and developed a unique closure with proprietary technology. Silgan Dispensing is committed to surpassing the expectations of our customers like Soviia Agave.”

    The new lid has the potential to deliver a clean controlled flow whether pouring on pancakes, as well as in tea and coffee or even into the blender.

    Soviia Agave bottles are designed to help young and old people to easily squeeze and manage the product, in addition to delivering precise and friendly experience.

    Silgan also stated that the lid enables to avoid the extra syrup on the side of the bottle and an immaculate pour.

    Come Alive Organics’ CEO Martin Mottesi said: “Consumers love the taste of Soviia Agave. But now more than ever, the packaging matters to a market that demands we consider the complete experience they have with our product.

    “No one wants to wipe off a bottle after pouring; and now, the bottle can go right back into the cupboard without the sticky feel we get with honey or lesser packages. Better-for-you products and packaging defines who we are.”

    In January 2020, Silgan agreed to purchase the dispensing business of packaging company Albéa for $900m.

    Albéa’s dispensing business supplies pumps, sprayers, and foam dispensing solutions to major consumer goods product companies within the personal care and beauty markets.

  • Atlas introduces UVCtest Material Exposure Instrument


    The Atlas UVCTest™ is designed to test the durability of materials exposed to UVC radiation centered at 254 nm. It is based on the popular UVTest fluorescent/UV platform, with special modifications for safety and reliability. The output of the UVC-254 lamps simulates the ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) used by many sterilization devices.

  • Enval helps Little Freddie increase pouch recycling by 526%


    Since the beginning of our partnership, we’ve enabled the recycling of over 625,000 pouches that otherwise would have ended up in landfill, or polluted our natural environment.

    The Laminates League’s model is simple: customers can request pre-paid recycling kits from participating brands’ websites that they can then use to send us their pouches. Using our unique proprietary pyrolysis solution, which can handle low-density packaging waste, we recycle each component of the pouches into materials that can be reprocessed and put back into circulation. Our technology separates the plastic and aluminium from the pouches and prevents them from ending up in landfill. This ultimately creates a circular process for aluminium recycling, as waste materials can be turned into the building blocks used to manufacture new materials, before being reintroduced into the supply chain. The recycled aluminium is re-used to make new aluminium products, while the plastic is recycled into oil; we are now working with the plastic producers to use this oil to make new virgin plastics.

    2020 marked a turning point for Little Freddie, as it was able to introduce our recycling mailbags in 130 Sainsbury’s stores and online, a first in the UK. The bags retail at 99p at no profit and are now also stocked online by Ocado, Eversfield Organic and Farmdrop, as well as in-store by Daylesford. This expansion into supermarkets and online retailers has smoothed the process for end consumers, making it easier than ever before for them to send us their pouches.

    We also expanded the Little Freddie scheme further, accepting pouches from all baby food brands. As a result, the number of pouches recycled has skyrocketed, increasing by an astonishing 526%. This is an incredible achievement for the Laminates League. With more brands joining our recycling scheme we are confident that we will soon be able to work with local authorities, waste handlers and other contractors to develop and implement a proper collection and segregation system across the UK.

    If you are a brand or a retailer wishing to expand the recyclability of your products and strengthen the profitability and sustainability of your company, then please contact us to join the Laminates League.

  • A milestone in the recyclability of plastics

    On 2 February 2021, a truck filled with crude oil, which was recovered by chemically recycling reusable materials from SÜDPACK, left the RECENSO pilot plant in Ennigerloh near Münster. The goal of the strategic collaboration is to take reusable materials that cannot currently be mechanically recycled and recycle them on an industrial scale using the CARBOLIQ process to recover raw materials and consequently close further loops in the packaging industry. 

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