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    Unpacking the ‘first step’ on P&G’s paper bottle journey

    2022-11-23T10:21:00Z

    Earlier this month, Procter & Gamble and Paboco announced a commercial trial for an innovation that it describes as its first step towards a fully recyclable paper-based bottle. We spoke with Jerry Porter, Senior Vice President of R&D for Global Fabric & Home Care Sector at P&G, to get his thoughts on recyclability, the criticisms that have been leveled at P&G following the announcement, and the steps that must be taken in order to launch a fully recyclable paper-based bottle at scale.

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    Achieving climate goals in a post-consumer recycled materials desert

    2022-11-22T10:52:00Z

    The EU’s deadline for all packaging to incorporate at least 30% recycled material is fast approaching, while the industry finds itself in the middle of what some are describing as a “post-consumer recycled materials crisis”. Jack Bigio, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of UBQ Materialstells us more about how the packaging value chain can overcome these challenges.

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    Parcel theft is on the rise – how should the industry respond?

    2022-11-15T11:00:00Z

    Doorstep parcel theft is on the rise – potentially costing the global economy around US$38.8 billion each year. In the midst of additional complications like strikes and supply chain uncertainty, how can the packaging value chain confront the issue of stolen parcels? Fergal O’Carroll, CRO at Scurri, tells us more.

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    The science behind packaging sustainability

    2022-11-14T14:36:00Z

    We need more facts, not simply more faith, to move the needle on packaging sustainability. In this article, Robert M. Lilienfeld, executive director at SPRING, unpacks sustainability misconceptions and myths, and gives an introduction into the key forces that contribute to climate change.

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    Bioeconomy 2.0: Creating a bio-based, resilient future

    2022-11-14T10:59:00Z

    Bioeconomy 2.0 refers to the research and development of the next generation of bio-based solutions aimed towards renewable, reusable, recyclable and sustainable production. We asked Ali Harlin, research professor at Finland’s VTT research centre about the potential benefits of bio-based materials for the packaging industry, the impact of current solutions and some of the main challenges in this field.

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    What does modern traceability look like for CPG businesses?

    2022-10-27T09:50:00Z

    Consumers are paying attention to their products – where and how they are sourced, and whether they are everything they claim to be. How can smart packaging accommodate for this shift, and what additional benefits can it bring? Ken Sickles, EVP and chief product officer at Digimarc, tells us why digitisation might be the way forward for CPG businesses.

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    How ensuring accessibility improves packaging for everyone

    2022-10-25T12:36:00Z

    In this article, Howard Wright, executive creative and strategic director UK, IE & Australia at Equator Design, explores how inclusive design can be used to create packaging that not only meets the expectations of disabled customers but can also lead to a better product overall.  

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    Building more resilient, flexible supply chains for the future

    2022-10-17T10:07:00Z

    European supply chains are facing intense pressure under the strain of various social and political disruptions. For Phil Reuben, executive director at SCALA, adaptation is the way forward. In this article, he weighs in on the progress supply chains can make to work towards survival in turbulent times, from digitalisation to diversification.

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    Paul Foulkes-Arellano: It’s time we welcomed 3D printing into packaging factories

    2022-09-27T10:14:00Z

    As brands go bespoke and packaging goes local, will packaging megafactories become redundant? Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, asks this question and more – arguing that the industry needs to work smarter, not larger, and embrace technology over expansion.

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    How can the packaging industry engage with disability-led design?

    2022-09-22T12:59:00Z

    Several consumer goods companies – including high-profile Unilever and Procter & Gamble brands – have unveiled what they refer to as inclusive or accessible packaging designs in the last few years. These companies often assert that they worked with disabled people during the development of the packaging, ...

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    Design for sustainability: Does the easy dissembling of a product improve its sustainability?

    2022-09-21T09:53:00Z

    We spoke to Sheri Dillard, director of Engineering Services at Jabil, about designing products with their disposal in mind.

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    How to work towards sustainable plastic packaging in an economic crisis

    2022-09-16T10:54:00Z

    With many parts of Europe facing a cost-of-living crisis, Andrew McCaffery, global EPR director at Ecoveritas, argues that we should prioritise the planet over saving money in the short term. He tells us about the financial benefits of recyclable packaging, holding suppliers accountable for unsustainable practices, and the monetary incentives that might change consumer and company behaviour where legal ones fall short.

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    Could smart labels replace best before dates?

    2022-09-16T07:59:00Z

    OliTec’s smart labels can be applied to a temperature-sensitive product at the same time as it is packaged, offering a visual representation of freshness based on the temperature it is stored at over time and mimicking the product’s lifecycle. The company’s CEO Nicholas Richardson says the labels can provide greater clarity than best before dates and contribute to a reduction in food waste.

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    Getting the sustainable message across: What is the role of Smart Packaging?

    2022-09-15T10:40:00Z

    How can our industry empower consumers to play a larger role in recycling and packaging sustainability in general? The answer, according to AIPIA’s communications director Andrew Manly, lies in smart packaging.

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    What role can packaging play in the reduction of carbon footprints?

    2022-09-15T09:54:00Z

    Against a backdrop of rising greenhouse gas emissions and extraordinarily high levels of food waste, what role can packaging play in terms of carbon reduction? Dr. Thomas Gröner, director at TG Pack Solutions, gives us his thoughts on this in his latest opinion piece.

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    What’s next for PepsiCo’s sustainability drive under its new Chief Sustainability Officer?

    2022-09-14T09:46:00Z

    We spoke to Katharina Stenholm, PepsiCo’s new Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, to check in on the company’s progress and her role within it.

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    Finalist interview: WestRock’s fibre-based mailer solution

    2022-09-13T14:24:00Z

    WestRock’s fibre-based mailer solution, KD-fold™, is a curbside recyclable replacement for single-use plastic mailer bags. Find out more about the solution in this interview with WestRock, which is a finalist in the E-Commerce category of the Sustainability Awards 2022. 

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    Finalist interview: Pre-cutting recyclable resins for FFS with Synerlink’s Snapcut tool

    2022-09-13T13:54:00Z

    A finalist in the Machinery Category of the Sustainability Awards 2022, Synerlink’s Snapcut tool is an equipment modification that allows for the pre-cutting of recyclable and recycled materials like rPET to the correct depth for Form Fill Seal (FFS) applications, without compromising on quality and safety. 

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    Finalist Interview: Henkel’s ‘carbon-negative’ hot melt adhesive

    2022-09-13T12:49:00Z

    With only hours to go until the Sustainability Awards 2022, we speak to Henkel about its ‘carbon-negative’ hot melt packaging adhesive, which has been nominated for our award under the Climate category.

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    Finalist interview: envoBOX, an e-commerce solution made from discarded agricultural fibres

    2022-09-13T09:51:00Z

    envoPAP’s envoBOX, which is made from discarded agricultural fibres and offers a carbon footprint saving of 28% compared to virgin wood fibre boxes, is a finalist in the E-Commerce category of the Sustainability Awards 2022. We spoke to the company to find out more about the solution.