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Top 5 packaging gifts of November 2016

Here are the top articles about sustainable packaging on PackagingDigest.com in 2016, based on page views:

 

5. Why are pouches becoming the go-to package format?

Have you noticed? It seems like brand owners are putting just about every type of product in flexible packages these days. TerraCycle CEO and regular Packaging Digest contributor Tom Szaky shares a few insights about why in his popular article The ‘pouch-ization’ of the world.

Is it because of better packaging performance? Consumer convenience? Environmental reasons? Yes, yes and yes.

But wait! There will be more because, as Szaky says, “Pouches continue to push enhanced functionality and convenience in excitingly fresh ways.”

 

4. Is the search for the Holy Grail of sustainable packaging over?

Sustainable guru Nina Goodrich believes we may have discovered the Holy Grail of sustainable packaging. As director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and executive director of GreenBlue, Goodrich knows a significant development when she sees it.

New recyclable barrier films and pouches using Dow’s Retain technology are a pretty big deal. But when you also combine that with up-and-coming high-pressure processing (HPP), food companies can do so much more than improve their environmental footprint.

“I believe that these two innovations combined (package and process) may lead to many new sustainable innovations,” Goodrich enthuses. “This is a huge step towards the circular economy for flexible packaging and a significant opportunity to reduce food waste.”

 

3. Riding the wave of sustainable packaging

With the new year less than one month old, TerraCycle CEO and regular Packaging Digest contributor Tom Szaky (yep, same author of the No.5 article—he’s on a roll) outlined 4 sustainable packaging drivers in 2016 and many of you jumped all over these hot trends.

Szaky explains why he thought clearer labeling, an appeal to the conscious consumer, a boom in bioplastics and the continuation of lightweight packaging would command your attention this year.

With 2017 looming and new trends to be identified, how do you think Szaky did in calling out the 2016 sustainable packaging trends?

 

Click here to read the top 2 packaging gifts: http://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/top-5-sustainable-packaging-trends-and-news-of-2016-2016-11-30/page/0/2

Source: Packaging Digest

Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

To read the entire article please visit:

http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package

New Research aims to recover more flexible packaging

Resource Recycling systems, out of Ann Arbor, MI has focused their efforts on new research aimed at improving the material recovery technology. The research will look into a more efficient way to recover flexible packaging, including reseable food packages, pouches for soup, crackers and tuna, pet food bags, and snack bags for recycling. Resource Recycling Solutions has developed the test methodology that will run various flexible packaging in single stream recycling through existing sorting technologies then measure the amount captured to determine the effectiveness of the technology. This sorting technology is critical when uncovering the flexible packaging loop, what happens in the MRF that is not picking up on various kinds of packaging? This research aims to discover the answer to that question through the use of optical scanners and screens that will capture that data.

 

Material recovery is a hot topic in flexible packaging and many companies have come together to create an alliance called Materials Recovery for the Future. This new alliance trade group includes companies, manufacturers, trade groups, and packaging industry professionals. All with the common goal of collecting data from the research that will help learn how to recover and divert more valuable resins from landfills.

 

For further reading, please visit http://www.wastedive.com/news/new-research-aims-to-recover-more-flexible-packaging/405740/

 

Source: Waste Dive

Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?

Currently retail packaging for cleaning chemicals, personal care products and beverages is single use, however that is changing. With a goal of eliminating waste, eco-conscious companies are setting up in store refill stations to reuse containers. The motto for The Refill Place, stores that offer refills for personal care products, laundry detergent and cleaning chemicals, is “Refill, Not Landfill.”  The Common Good company offers customers refill options for their hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent. While it may be challenging to reduce the amount of waste produced by single use packaging, companies offering refill options can make a significant difference in reducing packaging waste.

 

http://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/are-refill-stations-the-answer-to-packaging-waste150401

 

Source: Packaging Digest

GualaPack Group strenghens its presence in China

The GualapackGroup has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially higher stakes in two Chinese flexible packaging companies: Guangzhou Secure Packaging Co., Ltd. in Guangdong and Secure HY Packaging Co., Ltd., in Jiangsu.

With this move the Group strengthens its pouch manufacturing and laminates production capacities as a complete provider on the Chinese, Far East Asian & Pacific markets, in collaboration with its longstanding Japanese partner Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.

The reinforced production network will offer new business development opportunities in the region, as well as a future-oriented product portfolio in attractive segments other than for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets to our customers.

The GualapackGroup is the world leader of spouted pouches and filling machinery and a key global player of the flexible packaging industry. To date, it operates with direct manufacturing sites in Europe (4), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, 1), Latin America (1) and through joint ventures in the USA (1) and the Far East (2).

Source: World Press Online

CDF’s PHS, personal hydration system, on exhibit at Marine West

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display their newest flexible packaging product, PHS, at Marine West in January 2016.

Marine West, founded in 1992, is hosted and held at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, at the Pacific Views Event Center. Marine commands throughout Southern California send delegations to visit this annual exposition. Marine West showcases the latest technology and prototypes aimed at preparing today’s Marines for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Marine West is January 29th through the 30th.

Representing CDF will be Iris Thomas, Flexible Packaging Product Manager and Jimmy Pigg, Flexible Packaging Engineer. CDF’s newest product, PHS, is a disposable bag and tube combination that fits in any backpack hydration system. The PHS, personal hydration system, offers a cost effective alternative to the CamelBak reservoir. PHS’ standard size is 3L; other sizes are available upon request. The PHS is durable, easily disposed of, refillable, impervious to dust, dirt and chemicals, BPA free and made in America. The transparent film and hose allow for easy inspection. PHS will not break down in sunlight due to custom UV film. There is no plastic taste because of the custom film. PHS is capable of enduring varying environmental conditions

“PHS is an alternate solution for military hydration in the field. It provides a cost effective hydration system with a high degree of cleanliness and durability,” stated Iris Thomas.

The Marine Military Expos are three trade shows specifically aimed at the Marine Corps market. The mission of the shows is to assist the Marine Corps to identify and procure the best products and services to help their war fighting efforts and to promote the message of the Marine Corps League. Modern Day Marine is designed to be a systems-level show where industry can interface with the requirements and procurement experts in the Marine Corps. Modern Day Marine has been held annually for over 30-years and averages about 500 vendors and 8,000 attendees. Given the proximity to Washington, DC, Modern Day Marine attracts a broader array of attendees from the larger DOD community, all service branches and a distinct international presence.

Growth and fragmentation in flexibles gives brands food for thought

Flexible packaging is finding new applications for consumers, currently pouches and other flexibles are involved in snacking from adults to toddlers. They are finding a wide range of products to target every consumer. Flexible packaging is offering unique shapes, functions, and convenience. Quite literally, this form of packaging is presenting its self as flexible for the needs of many industries. The flexible packaging industry is not pigeon holing either, the genius of the product is that it is flexible for those looking to convert, and those who are looking to be innovative and differentiate their product.

Between 2012 and 2013, the use of pouches for snacks grew 7%, the use of pouches for sauces and seasonings saw growth of 20%. Over the past decade, pouches have become quite the competition for traditional rigid packaging and has been embraced by U.S. consumers for the ease of use and accessibility. Going forward, we can count of seeing innovative designs, convenient uses, and easy storing.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.packagingdigest.com/flexible-packaging/growth-and-fragmentation-in-flexibles-gives-brands-food-for-thought140731

Source: Packaging Digest

Plastic is the sustainable packaging choice according to new study

According to a new study titled Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials. Using 2010 as a baseline year, the data shows replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would result in 4.5 times more packaging weight, an 80% increase in energy use and 130% more global warming potential.

The study examines the six major packaging resins (low density polyethylene, high density PE, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, expanded PS, PET) against paper, glass, steel, aluminum, textiles, rubber and cork. The study considers the implications of the materials used in caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers, shopping bags, shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging in a detailed life cycle assessment.

“The benefits hold up across a range of different kinds of applications and materials,” said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for ACC. “Because plastics use so much less material in the first place it results in dramatic greenhouse gas reduction, and that’s just the start. It really adds up across the different types of packaging, to the equivalent of taking more than15 million cars off the road.”

Source: Plastics News

Packaging expectations for 2014

There are six developments expected to take place in 2014.

Flexibles rule– Data suggests that this is the year flexible packaging will become the primary packaging choice for food, personal care and pharmaceutical products. It’s estimated that Americans will be using (32.85 billion) more rigid plastic and flexible packs in 2017 than in 2012. Flexible packaging is the fastest growing segment in the United States packaging industry.

Retail ready packaging advancement– The move out of peg-displayed pillow pouches by cheese shredders will transform supermarket dairy cases into a more European (i.e., “pegless”) model.

Fewer one trick ponies– There will be a development in more interactive packages. Some of the developments include time/temperature indicators, regimen-compliance indicators, near field communications (NFC) and freshness/efficacy monitors.

Biopolymer packaging– Expect economics and performance shortfalls vs. petrochemical polymers to slow the advance of bio-derived polymers for packaging. Don’t expect packaging for bio-derived polymers until around 2020.

Leveraging technology– Five years ago a group of scientists and US regulators met to discuss nanotechnology and the packaging health and safety implications of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) that are minuscule enough to migrate through barrier membranes that couldn’t be penetrated by larger materials. Nanomaterial applications have quietly expanded since then. This year we could see nanomaterials replacing foil in the classic paper/poly/foil structure to improve recycling and sustainability.

Beefing up for e-commerce and m-commerce- The explosive growth of consumer online and mobile transactions is going to trigger a surge of protective packaging to meet the more demanding, higher package-to-product ratio needs of single items traveling by USPS or carrier vs. conventional pallet load transport packaging of goods to brick and mortar retailers.

Source: Packaging World

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/unit-doseunit-use/packaging-expectations-2014


The EZ-Flo™ dispensing system and Cheer Pack® pouches selected to exhibit at ConAgra

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the TOPS ConAgra Foods show.

CDF Corporation will be co-exhibiting with Cheer Pack North America at the TOPS Exhibition and Innovation Fair at ConAgra Foods, Inc. held at the Embassy Suite Omaha on March 11, 2014 in Omaha, Nebraska. CDF Corporation is one of forty-six companies selected to exhibit; the focus of the show is Clean Label.

Representing CDF will be Mark Sinn, EZ-Flo Product Manager. Mark will be promoting the EZ-Flo dispensing system, an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.

Cheer Pack North America will be represented by Stacia Draper. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko. Cheer Pack North America will be promoting the Cheer Pack, a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch featuring a convenient, easy-flow straw and a reclosable, large tamper-evident, screw-on cap. This unique pouch format is ideal for packaging squeezable liquids, gels, pastes and purees. Cheer Pack is available in a variety of sizes, styles and film choices. Cheer Pack North America supplies a complete packaging solution, including package design and conversion, filling equipment options and technical support.