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The Refill Coalition aims to take reuse and refill mainstream

21.05.2024

The UK-based Refill Coalition, led by the GoUnpackaged NGO, has worked with molder Berry Global and supply-chain firm CHEP to create a system designed to vastly reduce retailers’ need for single-use plastics packaging.
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Lisa Antonie Scherer

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Inventor with team spirit

13.05.2024

Founding a start-up right after graduation takes courage. Therefore, Lisa Antonie Scherer joined forces with three others to market her invention, an eco-friendly padding material. The most recent step is a successful crowd funding campaign to enable the purchase of a demonstration system.
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Compulsive EU regulation for sustainable packaging not far away

13.05.2024

Harmonising the rules on packaging and packaging waste within Europe is long overdue. The draft of a Europe-wide, compulsive packaging directive by the European Commission in 2022 has already passed through the different levels of legislation and could achieve final adoption in autumn. Industry representatives are both expressing approval and criticism.
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Pia Schnück

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Women in packaging: Circular economy at REWE Group

16.04.2024

How can you use resources within the company and along the supply chain efficiently, and how can commerce make the leap from a linear to a genuine circular economy? Questions like these are the daily business of Pia Schnück. The economist and environmental scientist at REWE is responsible for the area sustainability, packaging and circular economy.
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Sway Co-founders at a seaweed farm

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Seaweed-based packaging gaining traction as a plastic alternative

16.04.2024

Notpla Ltd. has landed a big contract with a UK sports-venue operator, while California startup Sway has launched a new seaweed-based biopolymer and secured major new funding. Both have won awards and are helping to commercialize seaweed-based packaging.
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Woman carrying multiple boxes

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Why ‘right-sizing’ your parcel packaging is good for the planet, and the bottom line

26.03.2024

Consumers are all but addicted to home delivery of all types of products, driving the number of parcels shipped globally from 161 billion in 2022 to an estimated 225 billion by 2028.
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Green box with tray with holes and glass jars

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A sturdy concept for the future of reusable containers?

12.03.2024

Within the planned EU packaging regulation, quotas for reusable containers play an important part. However, reusable container collection systems are not yet widespread in Europe. This is in spite of the fact that preserves, jams, fruit gums, sauces or dried products could come in reusable packaging in addition to beverages. Pacoon now has developed a new reusable container system.
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Caroline Babendererde is Head of Sustainability Mid Europe at Tetra Pak

“We must make packaging more attractive as a varied professional field”

21.02.2024

In a world forced to meet the global challenges of sustainable food systems, progressive packaging solutions are indispensable. This includes the people working on these solutions. In this interview with Caroline Babendererde, Head of Sustainability Mid Europe at Tetra Pak, we discuss how to win young talents for the industry and the role of sustainability initiatives.
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Caroline Babendererde is Head of Sustainability Mid Europe at Tetra Pak

“We must make packaging more attractive as a varied professional field”

21.02.2024

In a world forced to meet the global challenges of sustainable food systems, progressive packaging solutions are indispensable. This includes the people working on these solutions. In this interview with Caroline Babendererde, Head of Sustainability Mid Europe at Tetra Pak, we discuss how to win young talents for the industry and the role of sustainability initiatives.
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Paper safety labels for recycling

14.02.2024

Products that are counterfeit or which have been tampered with cause large economic damage. Safety labels can help to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of goods, as when someone attempts to open the packaging, it leaves irreversible traces. When it comes to recyclability, however, these small labels are often not performing very well.
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Foam from waste cardboard

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Researchers tout sustainable packaging foam made from waste cardboard

17.01.2024

Researchers in Beijing have developed an environmentally friendly cushioning and insulating foam made entirely from recycled cardboard that they say offers a sustainable, plastic-free packaging alternative to the shipping industry.
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Mia Pettersson

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Networked packaging industry specialist

17.01.2024

Who is saying something, for what reason are they saying it, what is behind it and who does it benefit? Industrial engineer Sonja Bähr uses questions like these to encourage people to be more critical about statements regarding packaging, waste disposal and recycling.
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Children in front of full plates.

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Cartons for Good project wins SAVE FOOD competition

13.12.2023

1.3 billion tonnes of food are lost or wasted globally every year. With their project Cartons for Good, the SIG Foundation is using the SIG know-how to reduce theses losses. With a specially developed bottling station, the team supports communities in poorer countries to preserve food locally – and was able to win in the project competition by the SAVE FOOD Initiative.
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Two hands holding an open cardboard package.

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Ultrasonic welding of uncoated paper

12.12.2023

Welding uncoated paper using ultrasound is something new. The innovative joining procedure is friendly to the environment, making it possible to save large amounts of energy and resources. Syntegon, who own the patent, have recently licensed the process to Herrmann Ultraschall. The company is supposed to bring the process to market.
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tray sample

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VTT PILOTS CELLULOSE AS ALTERNATIVE TO RIGID POLYPROPYLENE PACKAGING

30.11.2023

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed formable, cellulose-based webs that they say offer a sustainable alternative to plastic in rigid polypropylene in food packaging applications.
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White and green plastic bags

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Egypt’s Innovative Solutions: Turning Plastic Waste into Recycling Opportunities

16.11.2023

The packaging industry is heavily reliant on plastics. However, as the focus shifts to more sustainable packaging options, global industry stakeholders and policymakers are searching for ways to investigate how plastic packaging waste can be used to explore sustainable industry practices and market opportunities, some of which might be real gamechangers.
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Glass of beer and paper bottle

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Inside Paboco’s Quest for the Ideal Paper Bottle

15.11.2023

Tim Silbermann, Paboco’s new 33-year-old CEO, is on a mission to help the Alpla-owned company develop a 100 percent bio-based, fully recyclable bottle. It currently is supplying customers such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal, Coca-Cola Co., Carlsberg, and Absolut Vodka and continues to strive for a viable all-paper bottle.
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Mia Pettersson

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Women in packaging: Mia Pettersson – helping take compostable bioplastics to the next level

14.11.2023

BASF has been active in the bioplastics field for more than 30 years. Swedish chemical engineer Mia Pettersson is head of BASF’s biopolymer portfolio in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where she works on continuing to develop compostable and biodegradable plastics while supporting women in their advancement in the company.
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Three unprinted tea bags with clip-on cards

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Compostable biopolymer PBS replacing fossil plastics

14.11.2023

Bioplastics can replace conventional fossil plastics in many applications while being processed in the same way. One important type of bioplastic is PBS. The biopolymer is plant-based, biodegradable and recyclable. A Japanese tea manufacturer is now using PBS in the packaging for its tea bags.
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Glowing glass bottles in production

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Less material and more green energy: The glass industry is becoming more sustainable

17.10.2023

Glass is the ideal packaging material for beverages and foods. It is odourless and neutral in taste and does not react with the filled goods. However, its production is very energy intensive and the industry is working hard to become climate-neutral.
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Light-coloured bottle with water drops

The novel cellulose fibres are produced from a mix of curran, bamboo and bagasse. (Image: RyPax)

New bottle design – 100 percent fibre-based

11.10.2023

The interest in fibre bottles is large, as they are lightweight, robust and made from renewable resources. The material does not always have to be wood from fir and deciduous trees, left-over material from food production is also suitable. For example sugar beet chips, which are a waste product of sugar production.
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The compact På(fyll) containers stack neatly for both storage and transportation.

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Designing for Circular Consumer Goods Packaging

21.09.2023

Four Nordic companies partnered to create a new circular service for consumer packaged goods. Called På(fyll), it is an app-based subscription service for household products made by conglomerate Orkla. Honored recently by Fast Company, it uses specially designed reusable and recyclable HDPE containers and aims to reduce single-use packaging waste.
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Two plastic bottles with transparent label

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How labels are becoming more recyclable

12.09.2023

A world without labels? Inconceivable. Their endless variety of materials, shapes and functions help labels attract attention. But it should also be possible to separate them from their packaging again at the end of the packaging’s life in the interests of a circular economy. Recyclable solutions are on the way.
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Workers at BASF

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What are the environmental impacts of alternative raw materials?

12.09.2023

In mass balancing, chemically recycled or bio-based raw materials are input at the very beginning of plastics production and then computationally assigned to the end products. Using the example of flexible mozzarella packaging, a study investigated whether and how this procedure influences the life-cycle assessment of packaging produced from these raw materials.
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Takeaway drink with paper lid

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Paper lids for less single-use plastic

15.08.2023

When the time comes for a hot or cold drink while out and about, many people opt for takeaway beverages in disposable cups. These often come with a plastic lid, resulting in a significant volume of waste. One Finnish start-up is instead using recyclable paperboard lids and has entered into a partnership with Walki.
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Roll of adhesive tape over a cardboard box

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Sustainable tamper-proofing

11.08.2023

When it comes to protecting valuable products from tampering and theft, the method often used is to apply adhesive tape that will leave permanent marks on the packaging if an attempt is made to open it. In addition to recyclable paper solutions, there are now compostable alternatives made from bio-based film.
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A plastic energy chain

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Recycling programme for engineering plastics

11.07.2023

Plastic energy chains and bearings are deployed wherever movement is required in production. They are responsible, for instance, for keeping processes running smoothly in packaging plants. But even chains and bearings need to be disposed of at some point in time. What happens then?
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Screen drum with light packaging

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HDPE bottles made from waste light packaging

11.07.2023

A new and patented recycling process from recycling service provider Interzero allows HDPE plastics from post-consumer flows to be processed in such a way that during processing the properties of the recycled materials compare favourably with those of virgin plastics.
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Two men with a tray made from pulp material

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Eurostars project for fibre-based packaging concluded

11.07.2023

As part of the Eurostars funding programme, PulPac in Sweden and the Bio-Lutions start-up in Germany have together developed a prototype for a new dry-moulded-fibre machine that’s able to process fibres from agricultural waste. The project saw them adapting standard components that are traditionally used to make plastic products.
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Considering the carbon footprint during refitting

13.06.2023

Packaging materials are usually the first thing that come to mind when the topic of the ‘carbon footprint of packaging’ is brought up. Machines, however, also produce emissions. But even relatively simple modifications may result in considerable savings. A tool by the KHS mechanical engineering company in Germany is able to quantify those savings.
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Rolls of tin on a meadow with flowers

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Tin packaging becomes more climate-friendly

13.06.2023

They are regarded as best for recycling: Tin cans, tubes and bottles. But they don’t score well in terms of their carbon footprint because it is not yet possible to produce steel without using coal as the source of energy. Industry is, however, working on more sustainable solutions and has launched the first carbon-reduced steel for packaging.
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Food packaging with compostable extrusion coating

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Compostable coating for food-safe paper packaging

13.06.2023

Barrier properties are particularly important to food packaging. Consumers are additionally demanding solutions that are environmentally friendly. BASF has developed an extrusion coating for paper and cardboard packaging, which may be composted both industrially and domestically.
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Product photo of the PaperX tube by Hoffmann Neopac

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What are the benefits of paper tubes?

16.05.2023

Packaging is being viewed differently in these times of ever scarcer raw materials and increasing environmental issues. As are tubes. Some companies are placing their hopes on fibre-based solutions, e.g. paper. But are there only benefits to paper tubes?
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A compass lying on a tree trunk.

interpack 2023 is ready to start. But is the industry ready? (Image: Jamentle Reskp/unsplash)

Everything in crisis? The packaging industry before interpack 2023

18.04.2023

Six years are a long time. All the more so for a dynamic industry like the packaging sector. But this is the amount of time that has passed since the last interpack. Which issues are being debated worldwide shortly before the start of the trade fair?
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How to save? GreenSaver from Robatech provides detailed answers (Image: Robatech)

Advertorial - Systematically making use of savings potential in adhesive application

13.04.2023

Rising energy prices, shortages of raw materials and supply bottlenecks are increasingly putting a strain on companies. Under the motto "You don't need much. Just the right thing.", Robatech will present GreenSaver at interpack 2023. With this service, the savings potential in industrial hotmelt application can be determined.
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Cold shipping with paperfloc eco systems

The carbon neutral paperfloc eco systems keep temperature sensitive products cold and can be disposed of completely with the waste paper. (Image: easy2cool GmbH)

Green shipping package for temperature sensitive products

13.03.2023

When food, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products have to be shipped, they sometimes need constant cooling. Often, the solution is polystyrene. The Munich company easy2cool has developed a sustainable alternative. The paperfloc systems are fully recyclable.
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A bottle made of bioplastic stands on top of a moss covered tree stump.

Looks like PET, but is PEF bioplastic. (Image: Avantium)

Bioplastics in packaging

14.02.2023

There is a reason why the packaging industry has been focusing for decades on the many different applications for fossil plastics. Now, companies are increasingly focussing on biobased plastics. But what are the possible applications, and what needs to be considered during the changeover?
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Product photograph of three PET water bottles with stretch sleeve

CCL Label was able to reduce the thickness of their stretch sleeves to 30 micrometres. (Image: CCL Label)

Thinner sleeves for more sustainability

14.02.2023

Everyone is talking about sustainability. The way to an improved carbon footprint is to decrease the use of unnecessary material. Austrian company CCL Label, for example, were recently able to decrease the thickness of their stretch sleeves for PET bottles by one third.
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Three EU flags

The European Green Deal is supposed to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050. (Image: unsplash/Alexandre Lallemand)

European Green Deal – ambitious concept for carbon neutrality in Europe

17.01.2023

The bundle of measures that makes up the Green Deal is supposed to make Europe the first carbon neutral continent. Circular economy is an important stepping stone on the way to achieving this goal. The EU Commission now has presented a suggestion for a packaging regulation which is supposed to create a new order for the European packaging market.
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A person joining two pieces of a puzzle.

Business cooperations can offer added value especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. (Image: Vardan Papikyan)

Added value through cooperation

16.01.2023

In a competitive system, cooperation might not seem the way to success. But small and medium-sized enterprises especially can profit from cooperation – even in the packaging sector. This can be seen in the example of German companies Koch Pac-Systeme and Zahoransky.
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The words

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Eventful times for the packaging industry

12.12.2022

Only few would have expected the direction in which the year 2022 will develop. A lot has also happened in the packaging industry. Not only has the conflict in Ukraine thrown the markets into turmoil, but new legislation is also presenting the industry with new challenges. But there are also good things to report.
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Plastic pallets by Cabka

The sustainable load carriers by Cabka were especially designed and improved for the chemical industry. (Image: Cabka)

The new generation of recycled plastic pallets

12.12.2022

For the chemical industry, plastic pallets could be a sustainable alternative when it comes to the transport and storage of products. With the help of industry feedback, Cabka has developed a sustainable generation of their plastic pallets, made from recycled material.
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A delivery van showing many different parcels with different labels stacked inside.

The number of online orders and delivered packages is growing every year, all over the world. (Image: Claudio Schwarz / Unsplash)

Packaging in the times of e-commerce

17.11.2022

Today, even your grocery shopping is delivered by mail. The changes to the way we live our everyday lives, brought about by the lasting e-commerce trend, also mean that packaging is not what it used to be. Even something as seemingly simple as a shipping box comes with a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration and improved.
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Several harvested sugar bundles lie on the ground.

Plastics can also be produced from fibre-based raw materials, for example from sugar cane. (Credit: Victoria Priessnitz/unsplash)

A bioplastic for every application

24.10.2022

Fossil plastics have a lot of advantages, but they are also said to be harmful to the environment. Bioplastics are an alternative for packaging manufacturers. They are just as versatile, but are made using renewable resources, and some are even compostable.
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A blue rubbish bin with a white recycling symbol

The use of recyclates begins with the correct separation of waste. (Image: Sigmund/unsplash)

Use of recyclates in packaging

24.10.2022

If there is one thing the industry agrees on, it is that more recycled raw materials must be used. In the case of plastics, this means recyclates. They are in greater demand than ever, but the supply is still relatively small. What do packaging manufacturers have to pay attention to when using them, and what has to change so that more recyclates can be used?
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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.
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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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Nachhaltigkeit

22.06.2022

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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.

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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 range of glass bottles filled with various recyclates.

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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 reusable glass bottle upright on the beach. Next to it lies a plastic bottle that is damaged in some places.

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Deposit systems for cosmetics packaging?

24.05.2022

On the beverage sector, deposit systems have been around for many years. Now, deposit systems are being introduced specifically for cosmetics packaging as well. A pilot project by Circleback is currently underway in Berlin, while Sea Me has introduced a reusable solution for cosmetics packaging with zerooo.
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Greiner Packaging and LyonellBasell’s CirculenRevive as a circular coffee capsule for Nestlé

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PCR Coffee Capsules Stay in the Recycling Loop

12.04.2022

For their morning coffee, many consumers choose coffee capsules that then end up in the bin. This is not particularly sustainable, since the capsules consist of new plastics. Greiner Packaging and LyonellBasell have developed a circular solution made of post-consumer recyclates for Nescafé.
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A refill cap is inserted into a cosmetic jar.

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Refill and Reuse

16.03.2022

Most packaging is used once and then thrown away. However, a change in this trend is emerging: In addition to the use of recycled materials, new reuse and refill systems are becoming a particularly attractive alternative.
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Two mint green tubes with aluminium seals lying next to each other.

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Tube Trends

10.03.2022

The tube as we know it was invented in 1841. In times of resource scarcity and rethinking sustainability, however, this faithful companion is facing major changes. Certain trends are emerging clearly.
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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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Coca-Cola bottle with new cap

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Coca-Cola keeps its cap on

02.03.2022

Coca-Cola Germany has given its single-use PET bottles new caps. In November 2021, the company introduced caps that are tethered to a safety ring on the necks of their bottles. In doing so, Coca-Cola is implementing a EU directive on plastic products way ahead of time.
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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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One person holds shredded plastic

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Goods in short supply but in high demand

10.02.2022

10.02.2022- Although the use of recycled plastics is an important pillar of the circular economy, the recyclate market is nearly empty as of the beginning of 2022. In future, standards are supposed to ensure the availability of a sufficient amount of recyclates with consistent quality in order to supplement new material.
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A Dachshund pops out of a cardboard carton.

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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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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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Lenor bottles with digital watermark

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Procter & Gamble is packaging the future

25.11.2021

What direction will packaging take? How can we meet the challenges of our times? These questions face small and major companies alike. At consumption goods giant Procter & Gamble, the future of packaging is in the hands of one man.
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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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HiPP organic food jars are climate-positive

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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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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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AdeZ beverage bottle on the table.

Photo: Coca-Cola Deutschland

The Coca-Cola paper bottle

25.02.2021

Coca-Cola is not the first company to place a paper bottle for beverages on the European market. The beer manufacturer Carlsberg had brought out a paper bottle, the Green Fibre Bottle, before the Coca-Cola bottle.
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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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Thayers’ cosmetics bottles with red caps.

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Increasing recycling of cosmetics packaging

12.02.2021

The cosmetics group L’Oréal is striding into the future with new technology and an attention-grabbing recycling campaign with the objective of increasing recycling of cosmetics products and closing loops.
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ReCup packaging cup from McDonald’s

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The future of sustainable fast food packaging?

15.12.2020

Packaging is a valuable commodity and should be reused as often as possible, or recycled expediently. Burger King and McDonald’s are starting pilot projects in line with this theme and are testing reusable Loop solutions in fast food packaging for burgers and other foods.
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NIVEA refill station

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Filling up packaging at refill stations

26.10.2020

In a variety of pilot projects, Henkel and Beiersdorf are testing refill stations for their products. In this way, the companies are seeking to contribute to more prudent use of resources and more recycling as well as to a closed-loop economy.
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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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Yoghurt lids

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The reusable packaging trend

02.10.2020

Reusable packaging can be a resource-saving alternative to single-use packaging and is very popular with consumers. Environmental protection laws and the high demand for sustainable packaging solutions brings more and more reusable packaging into the retail market.
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Green packaging with bio-based recyclable print

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Sustainability in to-go packaging

18.09.2020

Our world is to become more eco-friendly, and manufacturers across all industries and segments are doing everything they can to give their products and processes a more sustainable design. This has resulted in a range of solutions, one of which is sustainable to-go packaging for baked goods.
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Yellow SMART BEES packaging with queen bee

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Nestlé protects bees with SMART BEES

15.06.2020

The SMART BEES app turns this limited SMARTIES edition into a masterclass on bees. Here, children can find out all there is to know about the busy honey-foragers and support bee projects across Germany with every purchase.
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Two lipsticks without caps

Foto: Kjaer Weis

Refillable cosmetics are trending

25.05.2020

More and more frequently, consumers opt for refillable solutions that help them have a positive impact on the environment. When it comes to make-up and skincare products, the offer of refillable cosmetics is on the rise.
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 Many Coca-Cola bottles in shelf

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Coca-Cola bottles made out of rPET

14.05.2020

Sweden will soon see the launch of the first Coca-Cola bottles made out of 100% rPET. Other brands produced by the group will also use this fully recycled plastic. The beverage giant has even replaced its sweeping, red-and-white lettering to motivate consumers to recycle the bottles.
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The first prize in the “Household” category at the WorldStar Packaging Awards went to the Frosch stand-up pouch by Werner & Mertz and Mondi.

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What is reverse engineering?

23.03.2020

Packaging innovations are increasingly based around closed circuits. Engineers are employing the principles of reverse engineering in packaging development. A current and prominent example of this is the stand-up pouch for Frosch liquid soap, produced by Werner & Mertz and Mondi.
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Glass objects from Cornelius Réer’s glass workshop

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Upcycling glass bottles

04.03.2020

When used glass bottles are disposed of correctly in designated glass containers, 100% of the material can be recycled and thus reused – as intended as well as for other purposes. And more and more companies are deciding to upcycle, giving original products and packaging an upgrade – and new meaning.
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Paper-based cosmetic tubes and bottles from Seed Phytonutrients

© L‘Oréal

Cardboard-based cosmetic packaging

12.02.2020

Many industries are looking for sustainable packaging. Recyclable, organic-based or compostable. The next big trend: A new approach in the cosmetics industry - paper packaging for body care products.
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Bike by Vélosophy

© Vélosophy Cycles AB

Upcycling Nespresso coffee capsules

15.01.2020

Turning waste products into new and useful products is known as upcycling. There are numerous examples: furniture made out of Euro-pallets, toys for children made out of cardboard and bicycles made out of used deodorant cans. Now, Nespresso is showing the world what old coffee capsules can do.
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Drinking bottle with scent pods, right: Installing the scent pod

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Sustainable packaging for healthy drink

09.01.2020

Consumers have increasingly high expectations when it comes to the sustainability of beverage packaging, and this also extends to their content – healthy drinks are no longer something just for athletes. As a result, the global offer of innovative solutions for environmentally friendly beverage bottles and cans has increased, as has the offer of full-flavoured, low-sugar drinks.
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Blue ALDI carrier bag

© ALDI SÜD

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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Sustainable Packaging

19.06.2016

Increasing demand for ecological packaging.
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Every followfish product has its own tracking code on the packaging. Via Internet, the end-users can see exactly where their product comes from.

Transparent packaging

01.10.2015

The tracking code of followfish shows the origin of each ingredient. Will this soon be standard in the food industry?
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