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A range of glass bottles filled with various recyclates.

Image: Fraunhofer IVV

Rebound Plastic Exchange: New trading platform for recyclates

25/05/2022

Circular economy can only truly work if plastic waste is collected, recycled and reused. To drive international trade with recycled plastic, Abu Dhabi-based International Holding Company (IHC) has now established a new trading platform for recyclates with Rebound Plastic Exchange.
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A collage shows a dummy flow pack in the foreground, with a portion of mince on a wooden chopping board in the background.

Image: Südpack

Flow packs as a sustainable solution in food packaging

25/05/2022

From requiring less material in production to taking up less space on supermarket shelves, flow packs have some clear benefits. Predominantly used in the food sector, this packaging is becoming more and more popular. But how sustainable are these packs?
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A person attaches a QR label to a wrapped cheese loaf.

Image: CFPR

Digitisation you can print

19/05/2022

For many packagers, labelling products correctly is part of their daily business. But digitisation has now entered this field as well. As a result, some manufacturers are working on combining tried and tested labels with bits and bytes.
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Pasta, legumes and spices in a transparent package.

These food packages are mostly made from cornflour and cellulose. Photo: Amelie Graf

A fresh design for food packaging

28/04/2022

Students at German universities and other institutes of higher education are taking new approaches, including to packaging food. Sustainability often drives their new ideas.
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A Dachshund pops out of a cardboard carton.

Image: Erda Estremera/unsplash

The trend for paper packaging

08/02/2022

Paper packaging has always been part of the scenery in every supermarket. Lately, however, it’s also been creeping into areas where it’s slightly more unusual. There’s more behind this trend than pure marketing strategy.
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Ccycled styropor box from BASF and Vartdal containing salmon fillets from Bömlo.

Image: Peter Tubaas, Vestland Media

Fish in packaging made from chemically recycled plastic

04/02/2022

Styropor boxes are a popular choice for transportation, particularly when food or medication need to be kept cool on the road. In Norway, this task is now fulfilled by the world’s first styropor boxes made from chemically recycled plastic.
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Proteins make the fibres of natural spider silk particularly elastic and tear-resistant. Properties that are also well suited for packaging. (Credit: Chase McBride/unsplash)

Image: Chase McBride/unsplash

Weaving a web for the future

16/12/2021

Researchers from Cambridge University had a mad idea for a new, sustainable alternative to plastic packaging – vegan spider silk. The start-up Xampla now wants to market this plant protein-based material and use it to protect consumer goods.
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HiPP organic food jars are climate-positive

Photo: HiPP

HiPP organic food jars are climate-positive

10/08/2021

In close cooperation with sustainability consultancy Soil & More Impacts, baby foods manufacturer HiPP is analysing the entire manufacturing process for its jars of organic HiPP food so as to ensure their production is climate-positive along the entire value chain, from the field to the retailer’s warehouse.
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If an item has the lowest level of impact on the environment, it is awarded a green A, and if it has the greatest it is given a red E.

Photo: Yuka

The Eco-score makes sustainability visible

19/02/2021

With the Eco-score label, another new food labelling campaign from France has been brought onto the European market. The Nutri-score focused on the health of the customer, but the environmental friendliness of the product is paramount for the Eco-score.
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Woman wearing a blue mask reaches for packaged beverages on a supermarket shelf

Photo by Imants Kaziļuns on Unsplash

Is the virus present on packaging?

12/01/2021

After a year, we all know more about the coronavirus, but it’s still not enough. Therefore, some of us are asking whether an infection hazard is posed by packaging. The experts say that the answer is no: according to the latest findings, packaging is not a significant source of infection.
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