Overview: News

Page of 8
Drink cans and plastic bottles

There is no such thing as innately good or bad packaging, and the environmental impact should always be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. (Image: Nick Fewings/unsplash)

Life cycle assessments – a useful tool or greenwashing?

26/09/2022

Plastic or paper, single use or reusable – which packaging gets the best marks in a life cycle assessment? The answer often appears to be simple, but an environmental assessment should always look at the individual case in detail, because there are benefits and drawbacks everywhere – and the results are sometimes surprising.
Read more
White smoke coming out from factory grounds

Many companies are thinking about their energy consumption and CO2 emissions. (Image: Marcin Jozwiak/ Unsplash)

Reliably determining the carbon footprint of packaging machines

26/09/2022

Companies are looking for ways to make their production and their products more sustainable. One of the important factors is the machinery which is used here. TÜV Rheinland has now certified a method by Syntegon which determines the carbon footprint of the machines produced by the company.
Read more
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?
Read more
Pulp moulded one-way pallet

Photo: Wiederstein Verpackungen

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.
Read more
A fully loaded container ship being towed into a harbour.

Image: Mika Baumeister/Unsplash

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.
Read more
A collage showing the use of the waste compartment in the cigarette packet Input.

Four students of the Muenster School of Design have created a cigarette packet that contains a compartment for butts. (Photo: J. Zerr, E. Freymüller, M. Hesse, F. Vennemeyer)

Design students develop sustainable packaging

28/04/2022

Fresh ideas on how to design packaging often come from institutes of higher education. In different study courses, young up-and-coming designers are perfecting their future-ready, and often prize-winning, solutions.
Read more
Paper is wrapped around a pallet stacked with water bottles.

Photo: Mondi

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.
Read more
Close-up of some cup plant blossoms; a bee has landed on one of them.

Image: OutNature

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.
Read more
Two men discuss data and statistics on a piece of paper at an office table.

Credit: Scott Graham/Unsplash

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...
Read more
Cream cheese packaging with visible design and invisible digital watermark

Photo: Mondi

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.
Read more
Page of 8