A man in a supermarket looking at a package.

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Less material needed to produce sealing films

21/07/2022

Films are an important part of packaging: They provide an impenetrable barrier between the product and the environment. That said, industrial handling of such sealing films is not always simple. A cooperation between Plasthill and Constantia Flexibles has now led to the development of a PE film which uses less material, thus leading to reduced CO2 emissions, yet has greater seal strength.
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Container for Aino ice cream against a woodland backdrop

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Ice cream packaged in mono-material

21/07/2022

Companies continue to ask themselves how they can meet customers' demands for sustainable packaging. Together, Borealis, Froneri and Paccor have found an answer, and are packaging ice cream from the brand Aino in mono-material.
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Three garbage bins next to each other and one garbage sack for different kinds of waste.

Image: "Mülltrennung wirkt" (waste separation works) initiative / Steffen Jagenburg

Public obligations for recycling: Germany – a good role model?

14/07/2022

In 2019, the Central Agency Packaging Register started its work. Since then, companies that place packaging in circulation must register with it. An amendment to the German Packaging Act led to this requirement being extended to all online retailers and providers of take-away packaging on July 1st, 2022. Is this still reasonable or is this over-regulation?
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Pulp moulded one-way pallet

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Hemp, a trending material?

24/06/2022

When cannabis is mentioned, its intoxicating effects are the first thing that springs to mind for most people. However, the European hemp varieties that are cultivated today contain very little that is intoxicating, and instead have a high amount of fibres that are ideally suited for making them into paper labels, cold storage packaging or even one-way pallets.
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A fully loaded container ship being towed into a harbour.

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What are the consequences of the strain on supply chains?

23/06/2022

The pandemic, war, scarcity of resources, the energy crisis – there are many reasons why supply chains, including the packaging industry, are under pressure the world over. As an end to this situation is not currently in sight, companies are called to examine their logistics procedures.
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Paper is wrapped around a pallet stacked with water bottles.

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Mondi wraps pallets in paper, not plastic

03/03/2022

03.03.2022 - With Advantage StretchWrap, Mondi has added a new paper to its assortment that has been specifically designed to wrap pallets. The paper is elastic, puncture-resistant and provides robust protection for goods during transport.
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Close-up of some cup plant blossoms; a bee has landed on one of them.

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Packaging made out of cup plant fibres – an eco-friendly alternative?

15/02/2022

15.02.2022 - Every child knows that paper is made out of wood. A truth that could soon crumble: German company OutNature uses the cup plant to make some of their paper products – including packaging. A Fraunhofer study has scrutinised the ecological balance of this new commodity.
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Two men discuss data and statistics on a piece of paper at an office table.

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Trends in packaging: All this and more in 2022

05/01/2022

Nobody can really say what the new year holds in store for packaging. However, some speculations can be made, based on the current state of affairs. We dare to take a look into the crystal ball...
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Cream cheese packaging with visible design and invisible digital watermark

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HolyGrail 2.0 and the digital recycling passport

23/11/2021

High-quality recycling is the be all and end all for a working circular economy. The HolyGrail 2.0 initiative is now testing how invisible digital watermark codes can contribute to increasing efficiency when sorting packaging waste; the project is supported by more than 120 companies and organisations along the entire packaging industry value chain.
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Bins, bucket, crates for the home with a rug

New products made from packaging. Photo: LIDL

New products made from packaging

15/03/2021

Packaging is valuable and should be reused and repurposed as often as possible in line with the ethos of a sustainable circular economy. Thanks to improved recycling technology, more and more new products can be created from packaging, as demonstrated by the discount retailer LIDL.
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Mask on the floor with a waste bin and a woman’s legs.

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Hygienic disposal of masks

27/01/2021

People are wearing masks around the globe. This means we’re also seeing more and more of them littering the streets and the environment all around the world. The packaging specialist Metsä Board has now ensured that there is a hygienic solution for disposing of used masks.
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Multi-use Gift Packaging

07/10/2020

It’s far too pretty to throw away! Who hasn’t thought this when they’ve been presented with beautiful, high-quality gift packaging? Even your Grandma has probably given up on ironing wrapping paper by now, but many others have a new take on handling the concept of gift packaging with special care in this modern era too.
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Foto: Deutsche Post AG

Foto: Deutsche Post AG

What is conveyor technology 4.0?

09/07/2020

Order a book or a coffee machine today and have it delivered tomorrow – no problem for e-commerce. However, keeping up this fast pace requires automated intralogistics systems and modern conveyor technology 4.0.
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Blue ALDI carrier bag

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Alternatives to plastic bags and single-use plastic packaging

03/01/2020

The European Union has resolved a multi-stage ban of single-use plastics from 2021 onwards. In Germany, the Federal Government finalised a ban on plastic bags in November 2019. And in Britain, customers are calling for carrier alternatives for their supermarket shopping.
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