• Shiseido Launches Eco-Conscious Skincare Brand Ulé


    Shiseido first revealed the news of its new brand, Ulé, a couple of weeks ago—and here are more details about the innovative eco-conscious skincare brand. 

    Ulé has a mission to promote botanical, conscious beauty—and is the first skincare brand to grow its ingredients in its own indoor high-tech vertical farm. 

    The Ulé Eco-Farm, near Paris, ensures the purity of the brand's ingredients, ensuring its supply chain is as short as possible. "It is an agricultural and technological breakthrough in eco-responsibility, efficiency and safety, the brand states—and the technology also allows for full traceability of the plants."

    The farm was created in partnership with Tower Farm, a company driven to develop an urban agriculture model through responsible local production, indoors, according to Ule Beauty's website. 

    Lindsay Azpitarte, the creator of the brand, has worked at Shiseido for ten years and began the development of Ulé in 2019, with Shiseido Group’s support. She serves as Shiseido's vice president of new brand development. 

    “We are the first skincare brand to create the future of botanical beauty powered by vertical farming," says Azpitarte. "Here in France, we cultivate and extract ultra-potent whole plants from around the world at our proprietary Ulé Eco-Farm. This allows us to maintain the shortest supply chain possible and lessen our environmental impact while ensuring the freshness of our plants,” she explains.

    Eco-Friendly Packaging 
    Ulé's formulas and packaging are made in France, and the brand minimizes its packaging's environmental impact. Bottles and jars are ultra-light and paired with bio-based lids, which biodegrade without leaving permanent microplastics behind.

    The caps are made of wood chips from industrial side streams and plant-based binders. The texture of this composite reveals the fibers embedded within it. The unique material was developed by the Finnish innovation startup Sulapac.

    All eight of Ule's products, consisting of serums, mists and creams, have lids made with Sulapac materials. The launch of Ulé marks the largest product range to date using Sulapac’s solutions.

    “Ulé has also utilized the Sulapac Barrier innovation. It is the world’s first material for water-based products that biodegrades without leaving permanent microplastics behind,” explains Dr. Suvi Haimi, CEO and co-founder of Sulapac.

    The Ulé' collection launched on May 2nd online, but only ships within France.

  • Arctic Glacier Announces Industry-Leading Eco-Friendly Packaging Alongside ESG Goals


    Arctic Glacier’s shift to 51% recycled content packaging represents a 46% reduction in global warming potential impacts compared to the industry standard generic polyfilm. “We are thrilled to pioneer sustainable packaging for the ice industry. Supporting a circular economy with recycled content packaging is an important aspect of our forward-looking ESG strategy focused on creating a greener supply chain and supporting safer work environments through ethical business practices,” said Richard Wyckoff, CEO and President of Arctic Glacier, LLC.

    Underpinning Arctic Glacier’s ESG goals are its partnerships with like-minded, sustainably, and ethically focused companies and customers including Cascades, which supplies the packaging. “Cascades' expertise in sustainable packaging, combined with years of intensive R&D, has resulted in a new bag made from 51% recycled materials, with no compromise on quality. By using them in place of the current virgin product, Arctic Glacier can avoid the equivalent of more than 2,500 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year - the equivalent of driving a car more than 10 million kilometers,” said Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cascades.

    The introduction of eco-friendly packaging follows the April 8, 2022 Sustainable Footprint Award by Arctic Glacier’s energy partner EnelX who is assisting the ice company in actively reducing their carbon footprint. The honor recognizes the ice company’s significant contributions to boost grid stability through flexible energy solutions. To date, Arctic Glacier’s efforts to create a greener supply chain have eliminated over 5,000 metric tons of carbon and saved 510K gallons of fuel in 2021, enabling the growth of 5,557 acres of forest a year and the growth of 75,002 tree seedlings for ten years.

    Arctic Glacier is partnering with the global investment firm Carlyle to strengthen and refine their long-term ESG goals. Steve Hatfield, Head of ESG, US Global Sustainability, The Carlyle Group said, “A strong ESG strategy is more than checking a box. Investments in actions and processes that support energy-efficient infrastructure, value inclusivity and diversity together with practices that enable better management of waste, reduction of operating costs, as well as attraction and retention of top talent also help to mitigate risk and generate more prosperous and enduring top-line growth.”

    Arctic Glacier is phasing in the eco-friendly packaging, with several major markets including California, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kansas, New York, and Missouri already up and running. The ice company expects all markets and package sizes to be available in the new packaging over the next 12 to 18 months.

  • HexcelPack Introduces 100% Paper-Based, Fully Recyclable Protective Mailer

    A sustainable alternative to traditional plastic bubble mailers, company’s Hexcel’ope™ is ideal for the e-commerce market.

    Bristol, CT – HexcelPack, a developer of eco-friendly, paper-based protective cushioning solutions to replace bubble packaging and other plastic or foam-based materials, has introduced Hexcel’ope™, an innovative, 100% paper-based protective mailer. Developed as a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to the traditional plastic bubble mailers commonly used throughout the e-commerce supply chain, Hexcel’ope™ is curbside recyclable and fully biodegradable.

  • Young entrepreneur from J-K’s Shopian sells Kashmiri apples online, introduces new packaging


    30-year-old Adnan Ali Khan, a resident of Pinjoora village in Shopian, has now emerged as a local hero by setting up a supply chain that ensures fair prices to farmers by helping them sell their products online.

    Khan is a fourth-generation farmer from his family who completed engineering and MBA and is now doing his PhD on “value addition, planning and marketing of Kashmiri products”. He launched his online venture that delivers Kashmiri apples to the doorstep upon receiving orders online.

    The youth entrepreneur is probably the first Kashmiri to sell apples in retail packs on the internet. The 30-year-old made his debut in September when he sold the products from his family-owned apple orchards and is now receiving orders online.

    Khan is selling around fifteen varieties of apples and selling to customers in packs having one to six apples.

    He says that if the government provides facilities to young entrepreneurs they can excel in many fields and it will help other educated youths also.

    “I am providing strategic support to my father. The idea is to sell apples with quality packaging. We have a single apple pack or a larger pack with more apples. I want this apple packaging concept to be used by all orchardists. Kashmir growers should develop the art of packaging themselves and market it globally,” Khan told ANI.

    He procures eco-friendly packaging material from Gujarat to add value to his produce.

    “The concept came to my mind 10 years back but I could not implement it due to some situation then. This year, I decided to take it up with the help of my friend Danish. We brought the packaging equipment from Gujarat. We did a test sample and sent some samples to the Department of Horticulture. Later, we launched it in online and offline modes. I also got an award for Lieutenant Governor for the initiative,” he said.

    “Our input cost was low but the output cost was higher. Our products were good but there were problems with our marketing. Then I developed this packaging,” he added.

    Showket Ali Khan, father of Adnan Ali Khan expressed over his son’s success.

    “We have been in the fruit business for 40-50 years. We have been doing it in our traditional way. After my son completed the MBA, he joined our business. He brought the new packaging system and we are making profits,” he said.