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Here you can find a handpicked selection of the big stories and latest updates for professionals involved in all things related to packaging covering issues around sustainabilty, design, innovations, technology and product launches.

Morrisons goes completely glitter free

Morrisons has removed glitter completely across all its own-brand ranges ahead of Christmas . Christmas crackers are now 100% plastic-free as traditional disposable toys have been removed. All cards, wrapping paper and cracker shells and packaging are fully recyclable at kerbside 

CCL masterminds circularity-boosting WashOff Labels ahead of new European recycling rules

CCL Industries, producer of WashOff Labels, is expecting the German Packaging Act and other impending European packaging legislation to boost demand for its recycling and reuse-supporting label and sleeve solutions.

Kellogg’s aids visually impaired consumers with smartphone playback cereal boxes

Kellogg’s is partnering with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Co-op supermarket to launch a trial of cereal boxes featuring UK-first technology for blind and partially sighted people. The cereal boxes allow a smartphone to detect and playback labeling and allergen information to the user.

Plastic-free packaging from Iceland and Subways removal of plastic lids and bowls

Supermarket giant Iceland has begun trialling plastic-free packaging on products including potatoes and loaves of bread, in the same week that Subway confirmed plans to phase-out plastic salad bowls.

Barcardi to roll out biodegradeable bottles accross portfolio

Bacardi has announced a new partnership with Danimer Scientific to replace the bottles across its entire product portfolio with 100% biodegradable, plant-based alternatives – a move that is projected to replace 80 million plastic bottles per year.

Specialist plastic recycling technology and process supported by Unilever and UK Government

A joint project hoping to scale-up chemical recycling for hard-to-recycle plastics waste, involving Unilever and synthetic fuel giant Neste, has received a £3.1m grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Arjowiggins revolutionary new product the latest in sustainable packaging

Single-use plastic, a major source of pollution on every corner of the planet, has been vital to the food industry worldwide as it keeps products fresh and protected in the supply chain, on the supermarket shelf and in consumers’ homes.

Welsh food packaging hub to receive £2 million in funding

The AMRC Cymru will develop an emerging technology demonstrator that will accelerate the adoption of waste-reducing innovations in the food and drinks packaging industry

NFC to be incorporated in packaging thanks to Jones Healthcare Group

Health and wellness brands looking to engage consumers while collecting real-time supply chain and user data can now elevate their omnichannel marketing strategy using CpaX NFC Connected Packaging. 

'Certified As Recyclable' launched by OPRL

OPRL is launching a new UK Certification scheme – Certified As Recyclable – to provide thoroughly evaluated and tested recyclability assessments.

Loop and Suez unite on enhanced European recycling facility as rPET demand skyrockets

Loop Industries, a leading innovator in sustainable plastics, and Suez, a leader in environmental services, are building the first Infinite Loop recycling facility in Europe. Infinite Loop is an enhanced recycling technology for producing virgin quality, food-grade recycled plastic.

Edible packaging bites into climate change and plastic pollution emergencies

Edible packaging is a developing space that shows promise in combating environmental crises. A novel solution to climate change and plastic pollution could be to eat the packaging that contributes so ubiquitously to these issues.

Amcor and Nestlé unveil world’s first recyclable retort pouch for pet food

Amcor and Nestlé are launching the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch with the Purina wet cat food brand in the Netherlands in October 2020. The “recyclable packaging breakthrough” reportedly improves environmental footprint by up to 60 percent.

Rebranding from clean beauty brand Pai

Thirteen-year-old Pai, one of the beauty industry’s original clean skin-care brands, revealed a rebrand on Thursday aimed at better commercializing and communicating the brand’s positioning.

PepsiCo pilots invisible digital watermark technology to boost recycling

PepsiCo is trialling products encoded with invisible digital watermarks for more effective recycling. The technology is pegged as the “holy grail” that will make mechanical sorting more efficient.

Paper-based drinks bottles trialled by Absolut

The Absolut Company will trial 2,000 paper-based bottle prototypes across Sweden and the UK later this year, to test the viability of paper as an alternative to single-use plastics in beverage applications.

Iceland supermarket rips UK rivals’ plastic footprint transparency amid 2023 plastic elimination mission

UK supermarket chain Iceland Foods is calling on its national government and rival retailers to commit to enhanced transparency in plastic packaging reporting. Iceland aims to eliminate plastic packaging from its own-brand portfolio by 2023.

UK supermarket launches 100% recyclable fruit punnet with nondetachable lid

UK supermarket Asda has launched its first fully recyclable blueberry punnet and film lid, equating to an estimated 5.5 million recyclable packs annually.

Henkel joins U.S. Plastic Pact

The German consumer goods giant joins L’Oréal and Unilever in pledging that 100% of its plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025

Plastic-free paperboard utensils by EcoTensil introduced throughout Europe

EcoTensil has launched its plastic-free single-use cutlery for food packaging in Europe.

Zappar advances Augmented Reality with scalable affordability as adoptions take off

Augmented Reality (AR) is a fast-growing technology in premium and non-premium packaging that imagines new depths of brand-consumer engagement

US Plastics Pact unites value chain’s circularity mission

The US Plastics Pact, a collaborative led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF), has launched as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global Plastics Pact network

Diageo emissions reduced by half, accomplishing their goal

Diageo, producer of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, has met its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets, delivering on its commitment to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 50 percent.

Recycled Plastic Tubs for Unilever's Magnum brand

Unilever’s ice cream brand Magnum has today announced the rollout of more than 7 million recyclable ice cream tubs made with recycled polypropylene (rPP), following a successful pilot launch in Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands last year.

Deposit return scheme backed by MP's

A group of 20 MPs have signed a motion calling for all materials to be covered by a UK deposit return scheme for cups, bottles and containers to boost recycling rates.

Sealed Air invests in Plastic Energy, chemical recyling company

Sealed Air has signed a collaboration agreement with advanced chemical recycling technology company Plastic Energy to transform how packaging is viewed and eliminate its waste

Plant-based giant promotes superior carbon credentials with on-pack labels

Plant-based nutrition leader Upfield will introduce on-pack carbon labeling on 100 million packs of its spreads, margarines, butters and creams by the end of 2021

Shift in store design to aid the implementation of Reusable Packaging

Loop stations selling food and other household items in returnable containers are coming to grocery stores

Systematic roadmapping can solve plastic pollution crisis in a generation, claims landmark report

Yet Business-as-Usual could nearly triple ocean plastic pollution by 2040

Feeling sheepish? Startup's compostable wool padding reimagines e-commerce

Sheep’s wool is entering the sustainable packaging sphere as a viable alternative to plastic and paper.

Touchguard provides antibacterial coating for packaging

Parkside has collaborated with high-tech surface protection suppliers, Touchguard, to launch an antibacterial coating for packaging, enabling brands to protect consumers against bacteria and viruses.

Wales launches consultation on single-use plastic ban

The Welsh government has launched a consultation on proposals to ban a range of single-use plastic items.

Mastercard to launch cards made from ocean plastics

MASTERCARD is to limit its use of single-use plastics by launching credit cards made from recycled ocean plastics.

CVP Everest Fit-To-Size, from Quadient, is the chosen E-Commerce packaging system by The White Company

The White Company to now use CVP Everest system, allowing more than 1,100 packages to be made every hour

Increased demand for takeout and delivery presents packaging challenges

Operators are dealing with increased costs, supply issues and sticking to sustainability goals.

Asda launches fully recyclable crisp tube

The new packaging launch has been described by the supermarket as a UK supermarket first to have an own-brand crisp in a fully recyclable tube. 

MPs urge more action on energy from waste

A group of MPs have called for the UK to link up energy and waste policy, arguing for a Scandinavian approach.

Circular economy experts WRAP demand for action on flexible packaging recycling

Plastic reduction targets look set to be missed unless businesses urgently increase the recyclability of flexible packaging.

Food & Drinks sector call for affordable plastic packaging

Trade association FoodDrinksEurope a makes call for affordable and safe recycled plastic packaging to be available for food manufacturers to ensure a circular economy. 

Coca-Cola Europe invests in groundbreaking polyester rejuvenation technology

CCEP Ventures funding for CuRe Technology supports progress towards eliminating virgin oil-based PET from its packaging.

COVID-19 slows Europe's "already sluggish" single-use plastics ban adoptions

The transposition of the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD) into domestic law has stalled in most European countries, largely due to COVID-19-induced disruptions.

O-I:Expressions delivers customised limited-edition Bacardi bottle

Bacardi has chosen O-I:Expressions bottle customisation service, enabled by digital printing, to create a limited edition bottle.

Amazon fulfills pledge to eradicate single-use plastic packaging in India

Amazon has announced the elimination of all single-use plastic packaging across its more than 50 fulfilment centres in India.

Garnier announce 'Green Beauty' initiative for end-to-end sustainability

Global beauty products giant L’Oreal is to implement use of zero virgin plastic and make all packaging reusable and recyclable for its Garnier brand.

NoodlPlus get packaging redesign from Path

Design consultancy Path has partnered with Westmill Foods to create the branding for NoodlPlus.

NGOs raise concerns over plastic waste-to-fuel

Could converting fossil plastics to fuels be part of the solution to the plastic industry’s environmental and waste management issues? Not according to Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) and the Rethink Plastic Alliance…

Over 125 health experts defend safety of reusables during COVID-19 pandemic

Over 125 health experts from 19 countries signed onto a statement today assuring retailers and consumers that reusables are safe during COVID-19, pushing back on claims by the plastic industry.

Amazon Announces $2 Billion Climate Pledge Fund

Amazon has announced The Climate Pledge Fund to support the development of sustainable technologies and services that will enable Amazon and other companies to meet The Climate Pledge—a commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040.

Diageo whiskey brand’s rPET switch wipes out 1000 tons of virgin plastic

Alcoholic beverage giant Diageo North America has launched 100 percent recycled PET (rPET) bottles for its Seagram’s 7 Crown American whiskey brand across all formats (1.75 l, 750 ml, 375 ml and 200 ml).

Andrex to use 30% recycled plastic in its packaging

Kimberly-Clark have announced that it’s Andrex brand will now use 30% of recycled plastic in packaging.  

Industry calls for ban on oxo-degradable plastics

A group of trade associations and environmental charity  Greenpeace has called on the government to implement a total ban in the UK on so-called oxo-degradable plastics.

Mondelez launch Philadelphia tub created from recycled plastic after collaboration

Mondelēz and Berry Global have announced their collaboration on the packaging for Philadelphia using advanced recycling technology. 

Fears that oil price crash could damage the plastic recycling industry

The global pandemic of Coronavirus has caused a crash in oil prices, which has led to plastic recycling facilities struggling to stay afloat.  

ProAmpac launches tamper-evident foodservice delivery bags amid e-commerce boom

Flexible packaging company ProAmpac has invented CurbSafe, a foodservice delivery bag. The latest packaging innovation caters to the retail and e-commerce sector, which has seen a surge in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nestlé unveils recyclable paper wrapper for Smarties chocolate bar

Nestlé has taken another yet step toward more eco-friendly packaging, as it has launched its Smarties chocolate bar in a recyclable paper wrapper.

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