Working with industrial designer Yves Béhar, EveryDrop packaging features LiquiGlide’s coating technology that eliminates friction between the inside of the package and the product and for the first time allows products to flow freely and completely out of the container, which it says establishes new standards for sustainability and consumer experience.
The new translucent packages are designed to allow consumers to see how much product is left and get virtually every drop of the product, which could make the package more recyclable.
And by eliminating material waste, the packages further reduce the carbon footprint associated with consumer-packaged goods.
LiquiGlide is building on the work of its partnership with Colgate. The launch of the Colgate Elixir sub-brand featured a transparent PET bottle which it says advanced sustainability.
According to Béhar, LiquiGlide’s breakthrough technology has the power to scale and make a significant difference from a sustainability standpoint. “When combined with design innovation, the LiquiGlide technology is an opportunity to completely transform primary packaging and to finally bring about a cyclical system of ‘zero waste’ – from product design to disposal – to drive responsible consumption.”
Kripa Varanasi, an MIT professor and co-founder of LiquiGlide, added: “Recycling is almost impossible when a product is left behind. In some cases, a significant amount of water is needed to clean the packages. But the reality is that many products we believe we are recycling end up in the landfill.
“Beyond the superior user experience and zero waste, LiquiGlide technology can reduce carbon and water footprint for beauty packaging as it eliminates product waste, allows for the ability to concentrate products, eliminates the need for secondary packaging, enables smaller packaging sizes, and reduces transportation emissions.”
Dave Smith, chief executive and co-founder of LiquiGlide, said: “We believe that LiquiGlide’s technology offers clear advantages over anything else in the market and will eventually become ubiquitous. For example, creams and gels that are typically constrained to cumbersome and unsanitary jars can now be sold in delightful, hygienic, and sustainable EveryDrop packaging.”
The latest pharmaceutical packaging and devices are supporting the growing trend towards eHealth, according to leading global supplier Berry Healthcare.
eHealth seeks to promote and facilitate health and wellbeing in people, and enhance carer practice, through the use of information management and information and communication technology (ICT).
Tageos launched its EOS-202 U9 RAIN RFID inlay. With the smallest form factor available today for healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, the new inlay has successfully passed latest tests specified by the Auburn University RFID Lab Spec S. Furthermore, EOS-202 U9 is certified by DoseID as suitable for a broad range of pharmaceutical and healthcare purposes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for high-performance, resilient healthcare solutions worldwide. RFID technology contributes strongly to that by providing products for seamlessly tracking and tracing pharmaceutical items on a unit-of-use basis. DoseID, an industry consortium for the use of RFID technology in the healthcare and pharmaceutical space certifies RFID inlays for tracking of pharmaceuticals.
With the EOS-202 U9, Tageos is not simply expanding the range of DoseID certified and ARC Spec S approved inlays designed for unit-of-use medications and specimens in pharmaceutical applications. The French-headquartered RFID supplier is upgrading that range with a product of unique capabilities.
The new UHF product features a sophisticated, very-small-footprint antenna design measuring just 20x10 mm (wet inlay finished size 22x12 mm) alongside NXP’s UCODE9 IC. The IC complies with the EPC Class 1 Gen 2 protocol and the ISO 18000-6c standard for global use, and features auto-adjust technology, unique brand identifiers, and pre-serialized 96-bit EPC memory.
The chip and the antenna design tailored to it make EOS-202 U9 the market’s smallest RAIN RFID inlay (as of August 2021) to exhibit strong performance across all types of items currently tested according to ARC Spec S for healthcare and pharmaceutical applications.
Its read sensitivity and reliability, even in dense RFID tag populations, make the EOS-202 U9 viable for use across the latest portfolio of tested items outlined by ARC Spec S, including clear and amber liquid glass vials, clear glass powder vials, plastic/COC syringes, plastic syringe caps and plastic blow-fill-seal vials. That performance edge pays off in a wide range of hospital, pharmaceutical and inventory management workflows.
“The new EOS-202 U9 inlay underpins our strong commitment to always provide our customers with the most advanced products in terms of maximum performance, quality and sustainability. With its unique combination of the smallest size and optimum read characteristics in challenging environments, the new inlay provides the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector with the ultimate ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution,” said Chris Reese, head of product management at Tageos.
The first innovation is the Vittel® GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel® natural mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than a traditional 50cl Vittel® bottle. Because the bottles are made with as little recycled plastic as possible, they are very flexible and light, which means they must be used with the reusable protective case to make it easy to drink the water.
The second packaging innovation is a 100% recyclable 1-liter Vittel® Hybrid bottle that is made from two types of materials. It opens up new possibilities for the development of the next generation of water bottles.
The first material is an ultra-thin plastic bottle made entirely from recycled content. It uses two times less plastic than a classic 1L bottle. The plastic layer is surrounded by a fiber-based material made from 100% recycled cardboard and old newspapers. Proprietary technologies enable the plastic and fiber-based layers to be locked together to create a functional, sturdy water bottle that can be easily used without any damage. Nestlé packaging experts are currently developing a tearing system which allows consumers to easily separate the paper and plastic components for recycling when the hybrid bottle is empty.
The new packaging innovations were developed by experts at Nestlé's research and development center for Waters in Vittel, France who received special funding from Nestlé's internal R&D 'Shark-Tank' initiative. To develop the hybrid bottle, the experts worked in collaboration with Ecologic Powered by Jabil, a Californian start-up that specializes in eco-design of packaging.
Both the Vittel® GO and Vittel® Hybrid water bottles will be available for consumer testing in France in July. These two innovations are part of the company's continuous efforts to introduce novel packaging materials to help Nestlé reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025.
By using similar materials for product packaging, the recycling process is simplified. If packaging and closing labels are made out of the same material, the quality of the recycled raw material, and efficiency of the recycling process, is significantly enhanced. Paper packaging that is closed with paper-based security seals can be better integrated into the recycling process than paper packaging with plastic labels.
In all industries, green innovations have been continuously coming onto the market in recent years. When it comes to packaging including security closing mechanisms, there was one final hurdle to clear.
"By using the latest paper-based security seals and tapes, industries can not only package their products in a more tamper-proof way, but also make a sustainable contribution to environmental protection and avoid plastic," says Werner Horn, the CEO of Securikett, an Austria-based security labeling specialist committed to producing high performance products in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner.
Securikett specializes in digital and physical security systems for a broad spectrum of product sectors, is attracting attention with its invention of the new paper security seal, the company says. "Our VOID labels turn all types of packaging into safes," says Horn. "We are pleased that we can now offer this special paper-based VOID technology solution. Paper is one of the most renewable raw materials and recycling of paper is well established. Pulp fibers can be recycled up to eight times."
The security closure seals are characterized by the fact that an irreversible effect remains on the packaging when it is peeled off. Opening and tampering of the packaging is thus immediately and clearly obvious. The company produces these new paper VOID seals in various designs, sizes and colors.
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The Food Industry Promotional Agency of Korea Releases Video Lectures that Encourages the Food Industry to Accelerate ESG Management
- Carbon neutrality and eco-friendly packaging were introduced as a resolution that realizes ESG
- English subtitle provided for global food industry workers
The Food Industry Promotional Agency of Korea (FOODPOLIS) released 12 lectures of the 11th FOODPOLIS International Conference which was held in June to actively respond to the ESG trend in the food industry through its official YouTube channel.
Nordson Corporation Announces Agreement to Acquire NDC Technologies, Expanding Its Test and Inspection Capabilities
Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has signed a definitive agreement for the acquisition of the NDC Technologies business, a leading global provider of precision measurement solutions for in-line manufacturing process control, from Spectris plc (SXS: LSE). The acquisition expands Nordson’s test and inspection platform into new end markets and adjacent technologies. The all-cash transaction, subject to customary post-closing adjustments, is valued at $180 million.
BevCanna will produce and distribute the full line of Tinley’s ready-to-drink, adult beverage-inspired sparkling Tinleys Classics, Canadian versions of Tinley’s Tonics, currently available in California. The line includes the Moscow Mule-inspired Tinley’s™ Tonics High Horse™, winner of First Place at California’s prestigious Emerald Cup, the world’s largest cannabis competition. BevCanna will also produce Tinley’s blue agave & lime-inspired Stone Daisy, the juniper berry & lime-inspired Juniper Sky and the blue agave, grapefruit & lime-inspired Mystic Dove.