Posts Tagged ‘sustainable’

Thermoformed Trays: A Reusable Alternative

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The new Sell Stack from Innovative Plastech is an improvement on the conventional corrugated fiberboard packaging for bottles and cans. The thermoformed plastic alternative will improve the sustainability of the product while providing a clear view of the product for the consumer. The Sell Stack is completely customizable and is manufactured to create the correct fit and amount of support on a pallet necessary. The pallet trays provide the perfect combination of quantity per pallet and lad bearing capabilities. Along with proper function, the Sell Stack is a waterproof solution that can be reused up to five times. It is made from a combination of post consumer products and post industrial recycle PET plastic, creating a sustainable alternative to the traditional corrugated fiberboard. The Sell Stack is easy to recycle as they are accepted by any US recycling center or they can be returned directly to Innovative Plastech to be recycled for future trays.

Source: PackWorld

Partnership to Develop Bio-based Adhesives for the Packaging Industry

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Henkel, the adhesive supplier, and DaniMer Scientific LLC have recently partnered up for the development of hot-melt adhesives for packaging made of bio-based raw materials. At first, this application will be targeted towards the consumer packaging and labeling market. The partnership is beneficial because it will combine Henkel’s adhesive expertise with Danimer’s expertise in biopolymer science. The alliance will hopefully bring to the marketplace a technology platform that will include both bio-based adhesives and hot-melt applications supplied at a global level. The innovative technology that will result from this alliance will finally meet the needs that customers have been asking for. Not only will the partnership increase the amount of renewable materials used in manufacturing, but it will also continue to support the health and safety requirements in packaging applications. The first product results are expected for their market launch in the first half of 2013.

Source: Packaging Digest

Building a Culture of Sustainability in the Workplace

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The more aware we become of sustainability and what we can do to lessen our impact on the environment, the more organizations are looking to engage their employees in sustainable efforts in the workplace. There are 5 main steps that are extremely beneficial to ensure compliance and engagement with sustainability practices; permit, educate and engage, act, embed, and evaluate. The first step, permit, is important to establish support and permission from top leaders and management. Second, by educating employees of the newly established practices, they are more likely going to be willing and able to engage in eco-friendly practices. The most common ways to do this is to establish “green teams” among employees, volunteers to ensure compliance, social media, and awards or incentives for contributing to the effort. Next, each employee should have the knowledge and resources to be empowered to take action in the office, in their home, and elsewhere in the community. The fourth step is to embed sustainability efforts into the corporate culture. By doing this, sustainability should be mentioned in or involved in recruitment, operations, employee performance reviews, and product/service development. Finally, evaluate how you are doing. Gauge how all of your efforts are impacting the community and how well it has been integrated into the culture of the workplace. The goal of the 5 aforementioned steps is to really create a sustainable culture in a timely manner and realize the value of these efforts.

Read more at Green Business Times

Environmental Friendly Packaging Solutions on the Rise

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

An Irish supply chain management company, PCH International has decided to set up a new sustainable packaging design centre. This will be located in Shenzhen,China and a product showroom will be set up in San   Francisco ,CA. Designing new packaging solutions that are sustainable and have the least carbon footprint and a full life-cycle assessment is the ultimate goal. This project is set to launch in 2013 with the goal being able to develop more environmentally friendly packaging solutions.




Dell’s Interesting New Packaging Options

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Dell Computers have projected trying new packaging options that focuses on sustainability. These sustainable packaging materials are compostable bamboo and mushrooms.

Dell uses bamboo-based packaging in its netbooks packages. Their supply of bamboo is coming from a forest inChinathat holds Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The environmental benefits bamboo provides is outstanding. Bamboo grows fast, does not need a lot of water, no need for pesticides, pulls more carbon dioxide out of the air than trees and releases more oxygen.

The specialty developed packaging material is derived from mushrooms that cushions the product. This packaging material is called EcoCradle. The material begins as agricultural waste which cannot be used for food, seed, or feed. After the waste is cleaned and processed, mycelium is injected into it. This is a proto-mushroom fibers that eat the waste and grow into the fruiting bodies. This mixture is placed into molds where they grow and form into shape. No chemicals, water, or light is needed for this growth process. It is also compared to Styrofoam but only uses one-fortieth of the energy.

“The final product looks and acts like Styrofoam- only this is organic, biodegradable and can be used as compost or mulch, which makes for easier and more environmental-friendly disposal,” Dell’s sustainability team wrote.



Sustainable Packaging Turns to Renewable Resources

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Sustainability and environmental are two words that are appearing more often in concerns for businesses ethics. Beliefs the business has and the customer needs are the driving factors behind the push to expand the sustainable packaging market. With the evolution of sustainable packaging, questions arise in the safety, effectiveness, affordability and standards involved regards to the renewable packaging. Understanding renewable packaging options and the choices involved help answer these questions.

Renewable materials come from a variety of places. One of the main materials used in renewable resources for packaging is pulp from managed pine plantations. This fructose-based plastic is rapidly changing the way packaging is done. This plastic is 100% biodegradable because it is made out of plant materials. Just like non-degradable plastic packaging, this biodegradable packaging is turned into a vessel that holds air and protects the contents of the package from damaging. Tape can also be made from this plastic.

The performance of the packaging is always the main concern. If the biodegradable plastic holds up to its expectations, the sustainable packaging will completely turn to renewable resources.


Bridgestone Creates Version of the Air-free Tire

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012


About a month ago, Bridestone introduced it’s 100 percent recyclable, air-free tire! This product looks like a great start to 2012 and creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly environment. Although the product is still in its development stages for a more widespread use, it is still pretty cool to think about the implications that wide spread use of this 100 percent recyclable and air-free product could have.  

Around 2007, Michelin introduced the first airless tire, which they called the Tweel. The Tweel was the first of its kind, it used no air, therefore it could not burst or become flat. The product appeared to be very promising, but was never really heard of again… until now. Riding off the coat tails of the Tweel idea, Bridgestone unveiled an airless tire of its own at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The newest version of the airless tire is supported by a mesh of spokes that are made of thermoplastic resin. Bridgestone says that the thermoplastic resin has the ability to be recycled back into new tires, which causes less waste. The material is durable and flexible, and the best part of all, it’s 100 percent recyclable! Because the tire is air-free, the risks punctures and flat tires is eliminated making the tire more safe and less wasteful. 

The company is still innovating for the future uses of the product and hopes to continue develop the technology with the aim of practical implementation. The airless tire concept created by Bridgestone was presented at the Tokyo Motor Show. The wheel is nine inches in diameter, and each wheel is strong enough to support 150kg (about 330lbs), according to the company.

As of now, the company has only been testing the airless wheel on a small, one-seated electric vehicles, but is making plans to continue developing the new technology for wider commercial use.

Check out the video link below to see the wheels in action!

Coke Aspires for 100% Plant-based Bottle by 2020

Friday, December 30th, 2011

The Coca-Cola Co. just recently announced that they signed a multi-million dollar contract with three leading biotechnology companies in an effort to accelerate the developments of a 100% plant-based bottle. The partnership includes agreements with Virent, Gevo, and Avantium all combining their efforts to create the first commercial solution for next-generation PlantBottle™ packaging made 100% from plant-based materials. The partnership with the biotechnology could lead to practical results of a 100% plant-based PlantBottle available by 2017. Coca-Cola is expecting that all of its PET packaging will be replaced by the year 2020.

Coca-Cola’s current PlantBottle™, which was launched in 2009, is made from only 30% plant-based material. The remaining 70% of the bottle is made out of purified terephthalic acid (PTA), which Coca-Cola hopes to replace with plant-based materials. Since the current bottle was first introduced in 2009, Coca Cola states that they it has already distributed more than 10 billion PlantBottle™ packages in 20 different countries worldwide. Coca-Cola estimates that it has helped save the equivalent emissions of more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

According to Coca-Cola, agreements with these three companies (Virent, Gevo and Avantium) will help support the companies long-term commitments through sustainable practices in sourcing and in packaging supply.

“While the technology to make bio-based materials in a lab has been available for years, we believe Virent, Gevo and Avantium are companies that possess technologies that have high potential for creating them on a global commercial scale within the next few years,” said Rick Frazier, vice president of commercial product supply for The Coca-Cola Company. “This is a significant R&D investment in packaging innovation and is the next step toward our vision of creating all of our plastic packaging from responsibly sourced plant-based materials.”

As leaders in sustainable packaging, Coca-Cola also looks to innovate and advance opportunities to other companies throughout the industry and recently announced an industry first partnership with H.J. Heinz Company. This partnership will allow Heinz ketchup to use PlantBottle™ technology in its production.


Paper Packaging Market Will Reach $236 Billion in 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

With a global recession negatively affecting many industries there are some industries experiencing phenomenal growth. One example is the paper packaging market which according to recent research, is expected to hit $236 billion dollars globally before the end of 2011. Further, in emerging markets such as China, Brazil, and India, the growth is expected to persist. The consumer demand in North America and Europe is also on the rise.

So why the growth in this market? Various factors such as the ability to recycle, convenience, and cost-effectiveness can be attributed. The main advantage the paper packaging industry has through is its environmentally friendliness. Combined with quality, paper packaging is a viable packaging option in our modern world that is concerned about sustainability. As technologies and innovations continue to evolve, the paper packaging market only gets stronger providing manufacturers with more customized solutions.

This report comes as no surprise to anyone who has observed packaging in a retail setting over the past handful of years. Paper packaging is replacing many types of plastics packaging. Consumer behavior is changing, demanding less packaging that is recyclable and marketers and packaging manufacturers are capitalizing on the opportunities.

More Evidence of Green Packaging Growth

Friday, August 26th, 2011

World demand for green packaging is expected to rise 5.7% per year to $212 billion in 2015. We’ve been tracking these projections for a couple of years now. Without becoming redundant, it should be noted that these growth numbers have been consistent. A lot of speculation rose over the green packaging market a few years ago that is was a passing fad. But surviving a terrible world economy is a tell tale sign that the demand is real.

This new growth projection for green packaging comes from a new study by the Freedonia Group. The study shows recycled-content packaging as being the largest product type by far. However, recycled-content packaging will see the slowest increases due to the maturity of products such as metal cans and glass containers. Reusable and degradable packaging will experience above-average growth with degradable packaging in particular seeing double digit annual growth rates. Though degradable packaging’s demand will increase significantly, it will only make up approximately 1% of the overall green packaging market by 2015.

The largest regional green packaging market in the world will remain Asia/Pacific at $79 billion because of its large food and beverage industries. Asia will see some of the fastest growth in India, China, and Indonesia. Other countries such as Russia, Turkey, Brazil, and Mexico will see healthy gains as well.

Accounting for 23% of the green packaging market in 2010, the US has the largest market share by a long shot. Other mature markets can be found in Germany as well as Japan though Japan’s growth is expected to slow down quite a bit.

Stay tuned…..although at this point we can predict the same type of story in the next study.