All Comment articles – Page 6

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    How can brands harness packaging format for better standout and performance?


    While a number of factors contribute to the success of a packaging design, the format itself plays a critical role in achieving strategic goals for brands. Howard Wright, Executive Creative & Strategy Director, UK, IE & Australia at Equator Design, tells us more about how brands can use this to their advantage.

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    Recycling markets risk consolidation in 2023 amid weak demand - but pendulum will swing back


    Demand for European mechanically recycled polymers is the lowest it’s been for several years. Costs through the chain remain high and producer margins for many grades narrow. In this insight, Mark Victory, Senior Editor, Recycling at ICIS, discusses the current underlying structural shortages – particularly of packaging suitable material – and sustainability pressure from regulators and consumers shows little sign of abating.

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    Metsä Group: ‘Proposed PPWR revisions lack clarity and will inhibit innovation’


    The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposed by the European Commission, which aims to tackle packaging waste and promote circularity, has frequently been the target of criticism for its perceived complexity and ambiguity. In this article, Maija Pohjakallio, Metsä Group’s VP of Climate and Circular Economy, and Jarkko Tuominen, VP of Projects at Metsä Spring, give their views on these potential shortcomings – and offer some solutions.

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    Gartner on understanding the circular economy growth opportunity


    In this article, Anne Michelle Avolio, Senior Director Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain Practice, discusses common circular economy misconceptions and why now is the time for supply chain leaders to embrace this disruptive market force.

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    Why has demand for corrugated and folding cartons fallen?


    After a relatively buoyant few years, demand for corrugated and folding cartons has fallen off a cliff. So far this year, UK demand for corrugated is down by 10% and folding cartons by 3%; Europe isn’t far behind. Neil Osment, Managing Director of paper packaging industry analysts NOA, takes a look at why.

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    How did Brazil achieve its 100% aluminium can recycling rate – and can it be replicated in the EU?


    Brazil recently became the first country in the world to achieve a 100% recycling rate for aluminum cans, according to reports. How was this landmark achieved, and how can this success be replicated in Europe? Cátilo Cândido, executive president of Abralatas (the Brazilian Association of Aluminum Can ...

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    Where are we at with accessibility in packaging?


    How far has accessible and inclusive packaging design come in recent times, what are some examples of effective accessible packaging design projects, and what more can the industry do to centre the experiences and opinions of disabled people throughout the design process? To get some answers to these questions we spoke with a 40-year veteran of the industry – Nick Dormon, managing director and founder at Echo.

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    Five misconceptions about sustainable packaging and machinery (debunked)


    It’s no secret that there is an abundance of misconceptions around sustainable packaging. These are used frequently outside the industry, but also often within it. So, what are the most damaging misconceptions, and how can the packaging value chain overcome them? Michelle Bryson, Global Sustainable Packaging Leader for BW Packaging, tells us more.

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    A critical view on the UN’s roadmap towards cutting plastic pollution


    Last week, the United Nations released a roadmap that outlines the changes it believes are required to end plastic pollution and create a circular economy. The document preceded discussions that are taking place in Paris this week on the subject of creating a legally binding ‘global plastics treaty’. Robert Lilienfeld, founder and executive director of sustainable packaging think tank SPRING, gives his views on the report.

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    EU Packaging and Packaging Waste draft regulations accused of falling short on e-commerce


    With the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive revisions being debated in the European Parliament this week, Elena Rotzokou (Global EPR Researcher at Ecoveritas) asks an important question: should the proposals focus more on e-commerce?

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    The interpack 2023 review


    What were the key moments from interpack 2023, what is the inside story on the COVID-affected 2020 edition, and how do physical events like interpack fit into the digital age? We put these questions – and more – to Thomas Dohse, director at interpack, in a recent conversation.

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    Rethinking packaging strategies for circularity


    Businesses face a multitude of challenges as they search for sustainable packaging solutions. Apurva Munjal, a consultant at Ecoveritas, takes a deep dive into these challenges and explains how to make a success out of infrastructure, supply chains, data-driven decision making, and innovation in this context.

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    Fortune favours the brave in the alc-bev sector


    Renan Joel, Managing Director of Packaging at Easyfairs, argues that a drink’s taste will linger much more pleasurably on the palate when its packaging hits the spot, and how premium offers an aspirational and attainable outlet, in our latest comment article.

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    What makes Sainsbury’s new mince format a ‘packaging fail’?


    In April, we reported on the overwhelmingly negative consumer feedback to Sainsbury’s new vacuum packs for its beef mince range – which the retailer implemented in a bid to reduce its usage of plastic. In this article, Robert Lilienfeld, founder and executive director of sustainable packaging think tank SPRING, gives his views on why the solution is a ‘complete failure’.

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    Taking a closer look at Mondi’s paper-based alternative to shrink wrap


    Hug&Hold by Mondi is a 100% paper-based solution that has been designed to act as an alternative to plastic shrink wrap, with a primary focus on bundling PET bottles. Tarik Aniba, Sales & Marketing Director at Mondi Corrugated Solutions, tells us more about the drivers behind the development of the solution, the biggest challenges that were encountered during the R&D process, and how it compares to alternatives from a functionality point-of-view.

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    Collaboration is key: A conversation with Rovema


    German machinery manufacturer Rovema has set up its own series of events - the Rovema Customized Experience at the company’s headquarters in Fernwald in Germany.

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    An inside look at Ball Corporation’s science-based pathway towards achieving decarbonization


    Ball Corporation, the world’s largest provider of aluminium packaging, recently unveiled a detailed breakdown of its pathway toward achieving decarbonization. The company’s ‘Climate Transition Plan’ focuses in large part on the reduction of Scope 3 emissions, increasing circularity in the sector, and positive policy advocacy. To learn more about the details, we caught up Björn Kulmann, Vice President of Sustainability at Ball.

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    ‘The only way to stop the flow of plastic into our oceans is to understand the problem’


    A key part of putting an end to plastic pollution is enhancing our understanding of exactly where this plastic is coming from in the first place. To that end, Prevented Ocean Plastic is embarking on a research project with experts from the University of Georgia that will explore this issue. Raffi Schieir, Director of Prevented Ocean Plastic and Bantam Materials, tells us more.

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    AI and the future of packaging


    The future of the packaging industry will be influenced by a range of disruptive themes, with artificial intelligence (AI) being one of the biggest to have a significant impact on packaging companies. Where should food and drink brands invest to ensure they keep up with the rest of the FMCG industry? Adam Sears, VP of Client Service (UK/IE/AUS) at Equator Design, tells us more.

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    The McDonald’s approach to packaging sustainability


    An innovative reusable packaging system created by McDonald’s recently went viral – being highlighted by a number of commentators as an example of responsible consumption patterns and waste reduction. We spoke with Floor Uitterhoeve, Director for Market Sustainability in Europe at McDonald’s, to learn more about how solutions like this fit into the company’s overall packaging sustainability strategy.