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How labels are becoming more recyclable


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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What are the environmental impacts of alternative raw materials?


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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Eurostars project for fibre-based packaging concluded


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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Detail of a packaging plant with revolving grippers.

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Wireless automation


Manufacturing increasingly requires automated solutions that intelligently network components within plants. Rotzinger is therefore now using CoreTigo's wireless IO-link technology in its new machine for packaging food. The technology is being employedfor wireless control of grippers on a rail system as they move through the plant performing tasks.
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Tin packaging becomes more climate-friendly


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


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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Labels with separation information on packaging help the circular economy


Efficient and consistent recycling is one of the pillars of a functioning circular economy in the packaging industry. Such recycling includes the correct separation of packaging so that it can be fed into its respective recycling stream. A survey has now shown that information about separation can play a decisive role for consumers.
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Millad®️ NX®️ 8000 for PP certified by RecyClass for plastic packaging recycling in Europe.

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Mono-material packaging solutions take center stage at interpack


Polypropylene is durable, lightweight and very popular as a packaging material, but often requires multi-material constructions to ensure end-use performance, making such packages difficult to recycle. New material developments –– improving barrier properties and clarity –– are making effective, all-PP packages a reality.
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Designing barrier-free packaging


No packaging, no product protection. But how can the visually impaired be sure about what they’re putting in their shopping baskets? A German designer has come up with a clever solution to this problem.
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Cold shipping with paperfloc eco systems

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These topics will shape interpack 2023


Circular economy, conserving resources, digital technologies and product safety – those are the four hot topics which will shape interpack 2023 more than any other issue. But what exactly are these focal points of interest all about?
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The students worked on the research project in six teams. (Image: BAU)

SAVE FOOD research project: New food packaging from leftover food


Food production generates a lot of residual material, which is usually not put to use but disposed of. At the same time, there is an increasing demand for alternatives to plastic packaging. Biodegradable and compostable packaging can be a sustainable solution, especially if it is made of leftovers from food production.
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tna’s virtual factory experience at Interpack 2023

tna at interpack 2023

Advertorial - Virtual processing and packaging world to advance sustainability


tna invites food producers for a virtual factory immersive experience at interpack 2023.
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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


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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Is automation the end-all and be-all? (Image: Rock'n Roll Monkey/unsplash)

Where does automation help in packaging?


Trend topic or permanent issue? Everybody is talking about automation. However, switching to fully automated packaging solutions is anything but a guarantee for success. Small and medium sized companies should consider several things before investing in large machinery.
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Biobased plastic wrap made from coffee grounds

As part of the WaysTUP! project, Aimplas has produced a plastic wrap from coffee grounds. (Image: Aimplas)

Plastic wrap from coffee grounds


The project WaysTUP! is looking for new use options to maintain organic waste in circulation for longer and to use it as secondary raw materials. The Spanish centre for plastic technology Aimplas is using coffee grounds to make biobased polymers for flexible packaging.
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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


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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Sausage in a recyclable film wrapping

The new film by allvac is suitable for wrapping foods and has a high degree of recyclability. (Image: allvac Folien GmbH)

Recyclable wrap for food packaging


Film wrapping can achieve an appetising presentation of foods at the PoS. For composite films, their ability to be recycled is especially relevant. allvac has achieved confirmation from the cyclos-HTP institute that their new wrapping film is 100 percent recyclable.
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Fog rising from a pine forest.

Bio-based adhesives may for example be produced from pine resin. (Image: Michele Purin/unsplash)

Glue goes green


Quite often, consumers only take notice of it when it doesn’t work: glue. But as invisible as this little helper of packaging might be, so important is paying attention to its carbon balance, too. Improvements can be made, for example by using bio-based adhesives.
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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


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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Bottles of Maggi condiment from 1886 to 2011

The Maggi condiment over the years. The dark bottle with the red and gold design remains unique until today. (Image: Nestlé)

125 years of Maggi in Germany


Some brands seem made for eternity – and so is their respective packaging. Maggi, Swiss manufacturer of condiments, is a fixture in many modern kitchens, and in German-speaking areas every child recognises the brown bottle with its red and gold label.
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Close-up of the recycling symbol for polypropylene.

Many companies are switching their packaging to mono-materials like polypropylene. But what are their advantages and disadvantages? (Picture: Shutterstock/ CalypsoArt)

Mono-material, a ray of hope


The industry is in pursuit of the circular economy. That is why, in the packaging industry, companies are increasingly switching to mono-materials. But what exactly does that term mean, and why are these packaging materials becoming ever more popular?
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Sausage wrap that can be recycled


Sliced sausage is supposed to look good on the refrigerator shelves in the supermarket and is usually wrapped in non-recyclable transparent composite film. Now, thanks to energy-efficient heating systems in thermoforming machines for packaging, it is possible to use more sustainable materials – while maintaining the same level of safety, quality and transparency.
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Ice cream packaged in mono-material


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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Less material needed to produce sealing films


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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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?


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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Mono-material sachets


For packaging made of plastic, their potential to be recycled is very important. Refilling systems save material. Mono-material sachets and bags also reduce the amount of material consumed, protect packaged goods and have practical uses for customers.
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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


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.

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Digitisation you can print


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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The trend for paper packaging


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.

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Fish in packaging made from chemically recycled plastic


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)

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Weaving a web for the future


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

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HiPP organic food jars are climate-positive


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.

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The Eco-score makes sustainability visible


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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Is the virus present on packaging?


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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ReCup packaging cup from McDonald’s

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The future of sustainable fast food packaging?


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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Yoghurt lids

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The reusable packaging trend


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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Enjoy a barbecue without meat with the “Sensational Bratwurst” from Nestlé.

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A Vegan Barbecue


The barbecue season has begun. The wide variety of new vegan meat substitutes, brought out in response to the trend for vegan barbecues, show that steaks and burgers don’t necessarily need to be made of meat to be tasty. Mixing and filling machines need to work with great precision when processing these complex ingredients.
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Plastic containers with “WOW” printed on them

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Plastic packaging: Good or bad?


Plastics are a hot topic and polarise debate at the moment. Public perception of them is often bleak. Specialists praise them because they perform well in life cycle assessments. Who’s right? We want to throw some light on the subject of plastic packaging and take a closer look at this subject in this article.
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Cucumber packed in foil on light blue background

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The pros and cons of packaging cucumbers


After consumption, cucumbers that have been packed in foil result in plastic waste. However, when these delicious veggies are not packed in protective packaging, a significant share winds up in the bin and is not consumed at all – particularly during the winter season, when cucumbers are imported from Southern Europe.
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It’s not just the products that are getting more sustainable - their packaging is too.


Fresh meat packaging: Demand is on the up


The globally increasing demand for packaged fresh meat leads to innovative developments in the meat packaging sector. These days, packaging and materials must be recyclable, compostable and renewable. Technology such as vacuum skin packaging, thermoforming and modified atmosphere packaging are equally gobbling up the market currently.
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Sheet of paper to pack FRoSTA products


Paper replaces plastic in frozen food packaging


From now on, there will be no more plastic in the refrigerated section – at least when it comes to selected product packaging by frozen food manufacturers FRoSTA and iglo. Their packaging innovations no longer include any plastic whilst still protecting contents ideally against permanent moisture, say the companies.
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Only the best


Would you like a bit more? In the luxury product segment it is very common to spend a few more euros on packaging that is both striking and unique.
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Food Safety


Technical progress and changes in lifestyle and society are also leading to different demands on food packaging. Safety, sustainability and convenience have come to be standard consumer requirements. Also, experts are anticipating a rise in e-commerce which, again, will impact the packaging of food and beverages.
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Many consumers have unstructured lives with a high degree of mobility and spontaneity. For snacks on the go eco-friendly and practical solutions are required. Photo: EcoTensil

Spoon at the Ready


Worldwide there is a growing trend towards “to-go” options and there are more and more innovations for practical products in the packaging segment. One case in point being the EcoSpoon – a foldable spoon for carefree food enjoyment on the go.
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The UK supermarket chain Tesco’s have a new product range: Perfectly Imperfect. It simply means selling any wonky or otherwise less attractive fruit and veg that would normally end up in the bin.

Perfectly imperfect


Tesco’s have decided to do something about global food waste. The supermarket chain recently developed a new range called Wonky Food which has its own, specially designed packaging. The fruit and veg is sold at selected outlets and is the kind that most of us wouldn’t be very keen on.
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Even EAN codes, QR codes and ISBN numbers can provide information on the nutritional values of food. Photo: barcoo /

Plain text at a glance


Food labelling is meant to inform consumers about nutritional values and the health risks of products. But some companies are trying to find a way around these ratings thereby reducing the actual added value of these ratings.
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No compromises on taste: for picnics, camping, the garden, office and all outdoor “tasks” freshly brewed coffee is now available – conveniently poured from a bag. Photo: Coffeebrewer Nordic A/S

Three cups of hot coffee from the bag


No compromises on taste: for picnics, camping, the garden, office and all outdoor “tasks” freshly brewed coffee is now available – conveniently poured from a bag. Photo: Coffeebrewer Nordic A/S
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Special packaging from lager sponsor at UEFA Euro 2016 Carlsberg. Photo: Carlsberg.

A Sporting Year


The World Cup, the European Cup, the Olympics – already months ahead of all large sporting events marketing and design departments in the consumer goods and food industry are abuzz, busily producing special-edition product packaging.
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Sustainable Packaging


Increasing demand for ecological packaging.
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According to the FAO, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost each year – a share of 30 to 40 per cent. Photo: Woman checking food labelling © Korta /

Debate on best-before date produces new business ideas - Expired, but still fine


While the European Union is still debating the best-before date, a clever guy in Yorkshire has set up a flourishing enterprise, selling food which is past that date.
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Voluntary chocolate product recall. © Mars GmbH / Incorp. & Tochtergesellschaften

Product recall: Quality in the manufacturing and packaging process decides


The recent recall of chocolate products bearing the MARS®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY® and CELEBRATIONS® brands makes it perfectly clear once again how important the control of manufacturing and packaging processes is, especially in the food and pharmaceuticals industries.
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XXL packages have become obsolete


Small packaging sizes are not just helpful while travelling; they also meet the changing requirements of an ageing society and the growing number of small households. Precisely tailored packaging plays a major part in the fight against food waste.
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Coffee capsules likely to remain exempt from mandatory deposit


They are extremely practical and the coffee they contain is exceptionally tasty. The colourful aluminium capsules are currently the focus of public attention again giving rise to the demand for a deposit system. How things will go for ‘Nespresso’ & Co. in Germany in the future remains to be seen.
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Most food losses are caused by the consumer – nearly 40 per cent in Germany. Distribution losses account for 40%. © highwaystarz /

If it’s still edible, it doesn’t belong in the bin


As hunger is increasing in the world, the prevention of food losses should of course be of concern to everyone. However, it should be especially at the focus of the food industry. As well as increasing social responsibility, Save Food innovations are also of benefit to the energy balance of a business.
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Packaging also decides about sweet or sour. © mitrs3 /

Colourful = lots of taste!


There is no denying that packaging influences purchasing decisions at the PoS. But attractive packaging not only boosts sales – its type and colour can also impact shoppers’ taste buds.
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US President Ronald Reagan called the “Frozen Food Day” into existence in 1984. Since then it has been celebrated on each 6 March in the USA.

Ready-to-eat trend benefits frozen food packaging producers


According to extrapolations of market research institute Transparency Market research (TMR), the global market for frozen food products will grow to US$ 293.7 billion by 2019. The right packaging, as well as controlled storage and transport conditions, ensures the quality of frozen produce.
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This packaging ist protected!


Packaging designers are never completely free in their aesthetic choices. This has recently emerged in a variety of court rulings throughout the world. Disputes about patent protection for word-and-image logos and registered designs can meet with a wide range of views among affected persons, judges and even countries
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In Germany there is currently an increasing trend towards organically produced food. © jackfrog,

2016: New food packaging regulations


Both the European Union and the United States are set to implement new food packaging regulations this year. Their primary purpose is make product information more transparent for the consumer and to ensure that this is reflected on the packaging.
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Packaging that looks at you


Packaging can make a positive contribution to a reduction of litter. This has been the result of a recent study in the UK which examined people’s willingness to put packaging in the bin or drop it as litter.
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New York’s ban on airpop®-based takeaway packaging and doggy bags has been reversed by the Supreme Court. © mark notari,

New Yorkers divided on airpop®


Politicians vs courts: New York City is divided into two camps on the continued use of polystyrene packaging, also known as airpop®. Six months after a ban was issued on take-away packaging and doggy bags made from expanded polystyrene, the ban has now been removed again by the Supreme Court of the city.
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In Germany the tin plate recycling ratio stands at over 90%. © R by La-Liana /

Recycling champion tin plate


Boasting a recycling percentage of over 90% tinplate again outperformed all competing packaging materials last year. Sheet steel owes its top position first and foremost to its material resistance.
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Hot food at the press of a button


Self-heating packaging has been around for quite a while now, after it was first developed in Europe and the United States nearly 10 years ago – though without any resounding success. As the cold season is upon us, the Belgian packaging specialists at Scaldopack have designed an eco-friendly bag which automatically heats up its content at the press of a button.
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Sales growth on the packaging market


According to current figures by the United Nations, a total of some five billion people will be living in cities by 2018. The packaging sector is also forecast to grow correspondingly according to, among others, experts from the market research institute “Smithers Pira”
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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


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