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    Cost vs value: Where is Smart Packaging in the equation?


    In our latest comment piece, Andrew Manly, AIPIA’s communications director, looks into one of the biggest issues for companies that are considering using smart packaging: cost vs value.

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    How can we make extended producer responsibility a reality?


    Ignacio Gavilan, Sustainability Director at The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) and Sander Defruyt, Lead of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Initiative, outline the ongoing work of their respective organisations on extended producer responsibility schemes, and explain the key role these schemes play in a circular economy for packaging.

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    Could this innovative technology replace plastic coatings and PFAS?


    Cellulotech, a Canadian materials science company, claims to have developed a food contact-approved process that makes paper products resistant to water, grease, oxygen, and vapour – all while having no effect on recycling and composability.

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    The inside story of P&G's new shampoo bars


    Earlier this month, Procter and Gamble announced that its Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Herbal Essences, and Aussie brands will now offer shampoo and conditioner bars in a volume equivalent to two 250ml liquid bottles, which will be packaged in recyclable FSC-certified paper boxes. Artur Litarowicz, P&G’s head of beauty Europe, tells us more.

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    Considerations for sustainable flexible packaging


    How can we tell if flexible packaging products are truly sustainable? Ed Roberts, global sustainability leader at Sealed Air, tells us more.

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    ‘We need composting, but compostable packaging is still single-use’


    Compostable packaging is popularly seen as an answer to plastic pollution, but while it has a role to play in a circular economy, it is not a silver bullet. Preventing waste in the first place should be top priority, says Laura Collacott, freelance editor at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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    The changing face of the wine industry


    Stephane Triquet, vice president of strategic marketing at Selig, discusses trends, wine packaging predictions and how wine sealing is evolving.

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    How e-commerce packaging adapted during the pandemic


    Ross Woodburn, managing director at BUBL Packaging explores how manufacturers that adapted faster by using core skills and exploiting knowledge of specific sectors created opportunities for growth during the pandemic.

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    How much should packaging cost?


    Ruben Rausing, the founder of Tetra Pak, once said that “packaging should save more than it costs.” Valeriy Krivoshey, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of Packaging Magazine, tells us what companies – and consumers – should bear in mind when thinking about the cost of packaging.

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    A look at safety and compliance for biobased packaging materials


    New innovations for biobased packaging materials are announced on an almost daily basis. However, there are many things to consider related to their categorization, compliance, and safety – especially when they are used for packaging foods and beverages.

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    How can we make reusable packaging mainstream?


    Over the past few years, Returnity has collaborated with Walmart, New Balance, and Estée Lauder to create tailored reusable packaging systems at scale. We caught up with the company’s CEO, Mike Newman, to talk about collaboration, LCAs, and what more can be done to normalise reusable packaging solutions.

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    Plastics, microplastics, bioplastics, and waste management - the deep reaching implications of the Circular Economy Action Plan


    Disruption is on the horizon for the plastics value chain, with experts predicting that the EU’s new Circular Economy Action Plan could direct actions and business plans for the next decade. Following on from his previous article on this topic, Paul Foulkes-Arellano, founder of Circuthon Consulting, takes a closer look at the proposals and what they might mean for our industry.

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    ‘Is packaging circularity a false sustainability prophet?’


    The idea of a circular economy is certainly promising, but how can we turn it into a reality? Robert Lilienfeld, founder and executive director of sustainable packaging think tank SPRING, looks into scientific theory and historical parallels in a bid to answer this question.

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    A closer look at Smurfit Kappa’s recyclable water-resistant paper


    Smurfit Kappa recently launched AquaStop – a water-resistant paper with a coating that reportedly does not interfere with recyclability. To help our readers learn more about this solution, we spoke with Lars Henricksson, VP of product development at Smurfit Kappa Paper Division.

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    Why product IDs are a key driver of a more circular economy


    With plastic production set to double by 2035, accurate and reliable identification methods have never been more important in terms of sorting and recycling. Ken Sickles, EVP and chief product officer at Digimarc, breaks this issue down for us in our latest comment piece.

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    What does Holmen Iggesund’s ‘platinum’ sustainability rating mean in practice?


    Paperboard specialist Holmen Iggesund was recently awarded a ‘platinum level’ sustainability rating by EcoVadis, a global sustainability rating agency. This certification puts them in the top 1% of all companies assessed by EcoVadis. But what does this award mean in practice? We spoke with Johan Granås, ...

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    A closer look at Amcor’s AmPrima® recycle-ready packaging range


    Amcor’s AmPrima® range of mono-material packaging solutions was designed with the aim of replacing hard-to-recycle, multi-material options, without any compromise on performance. To find out more about this family of solutions, we spoke with Trevor Davis, Marketing Director at Amcor.

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    How can active food packaging help us to avoid waste and improve food safety?


    With roughly 30% of food going to waste, why aren’t companies doing more to adopt packaging solutions that can help to prevent this wastage? Andrew Manly, AIPIA’s communications director, tells us more.

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    European and global demand for paper packaging: what does the future have in store?


    First the pandemic, now the war in Ukraine with rising inflation and fuel costs, and all the while pressure to move away from plastic. Amidst such turmoil, what does the future hold for the growth of paper packaging?

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    Where is the industry at with labelling sustainability?


    From a look at what the EU could be doing to promote more sustainable practices, to glaring brand owner mistakes, Marika Knorr, head of sustainability and communication at CCL Label, takes a look at the current state of sustainability in the labelling industry.