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Modiform adds new building blocks to Closed Loop Commitment

Optimising the process of closing the material loop

Modiform is adding two new building blocks to its Closed Loop Commitment: multiple-use trays and 100% recycled and recyclable pots. By incorporating multiple-use barrels, we lower the amount of plastic required and reduce CO2 emissions. The 100% recycled and recyclable pots are made from 100% recycled…

Greenhouse tomato box leads man to childhood memories

Randy Gulli was wandering through Orange Circle Antique in Old Towne Orange on New Year’s Eve when a box caught his eye. It looked so familiar, a lot like the cardboard tomato crate he used as a kid for his toys. “I just looked at the side, and it said ‘Ricky and Randy’s Toy Box’ in my handwriting,”…

Compostable cucumber wrap adapts to new Australian industries

In South Australia, a fully compostable shrink-wrap for cucumbers was developed; it is now being adopted by other food sectors and a global airline. The material’s Adelaide-based manufacturer BioBag World Australia has doubled production in the past six months and will significantly boost its output…

"Sustainable plastic pots do exist"

If you want to be sustainable, you have to get your hands dirty. At Van Krimpen, one of the major suppliers of cultivation pots in the southern region of the Netherlands, they started collecting and recycling plastic themselves seven years ago. Trucks full come in every day, while on the other hand large…

Tomato bucket with lattice structure wins sustainable packaging award

The Pöppelmann Famac tomato bucket with lattice structure provides protection for delicate foodstuffs and material savings of up to 30 percent. This is why it was awarded by the Meyer-Hentschel Institute with the “Höfliche Verpackung” award. Since 2007, this award has been bestowed on brand owners,…

Spanish packaging company joins Dutch growers' sustainability initiative

Obeikan MDF, the Spanish packaging company specialized in medium density fiberboard, joins the Dutch Harvest House cooperative in the project 'Food Fellows', the initiative with which the cooperative is committed to converting rejected food or surplus which has not been able to sell into high quality…

US: Start of ‘bio engineered’ labeling

Consumers in the US will begin to see labels for genetically modified foods on their store shelves. The law implementing the labeling began Jan. 1. Any product containing…

ILAPAK unveils new paper bagging solution

Packaging machinery specialist ILAPAK has collaborated with manufacturer Van der Windt Verpakking to develop a “breakthrough” bagging solution. As an adaptation of ILAPAK’s flagship Vegatronic 6000 bagmaker, the new system can run off paper pillow packs and pouches that can apparently be fully recycled…

Bengaluru's first zero-waste cafe

Indians use fruit shells as cups

While the Indian city of Bengaluru produces over 5,000 tonnes of garbage every day, and the city administration has attempted to impose no-plastic and segregation-at-source rules strictly, there is no 100 per cent adherence. However, a juice cafe owner in the city is now proving that it is possible to go the zero-waste route.…

Arnaud van de Graaf from Soest

Plastic-free fruit and vegetable packaging line

At the end of October, AGF-Holland announced a plastic-free packaging line for the entire fruit and vegetable department. Under the name Johannes, the wholesaler is bringing a line of baskets, bowls and banderoles made from specially developed natural cardboard on to the market. The material is 100%…

An International Guide to Fair Trade labels

In an international collaborative effort between four joint partners -Commerce Équitable France, Fair World Project, FairNESS France and Forum Fairer Handel - and within the…

Conclusions of the round-table on Circular Economy at the COP25

Proper packaging can reduce global food waste

The director of the UNESCO Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF course and observer of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP25, Pere Fullana i Palmer, participated in the Round Table on Circular Economy organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. This…

Tomato grower automates palletizer to stack higher, faster

To maximize how much product could fit on a truck for shipment, Canadian tomato farm Cecelia Acres wanted to stack its pallets higher than its employees could comfortably handle. A Kawasaki CP180L robot integrated by Caxton Mark did that and more. The robotic system enabled Cecelia Acres to get the most…

Andrew Pollock, Novamont/Mater-Bi Southern Africa

“We’re beyond just recycling: the world is ready for our compostable resins”

A retailer has rolled out 100% home compostable and biodegradable shopping bags as well as bags for loose items of fresh produce at its store in the new Constantia Emporium shopping centre in Cape Town, built using the latest in sustainable and low-energy technology. The bags were manufactured at two…

Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA:

"Only one container from harvest to trade"

"After our appearance on the Fruit Logistica 2019, we will once again be exhibiting our packaging solutions for harvesting, transport and trade at this year's trade fair," said the communication managers of Smart-Flow Europe SA and Gamma-Wopla SA, the Belgian manufacturers of plastic boxes and pallets. Aleksandar…

Scen Van De Voorde, Delhaize

"In the future fresh produce will have just as little plastic as 50 years ago"

Slowly but surely, plastic is disappearing from the fruit and vegetable shelves at Delhaize. "We are trying to move to a completely plastic-free fruit and vegetable shelf, but that is not yet feasible for certain products, including sliced ​​vegetables," says Sven Van De Voorde, fruit and vegetable…

"For now, some cardboard and plastic formats will have to coexist"

According to the study 'Packaging formats and materials: perception from society', carried out by the Spanish Association of Corrugated Cardboard Packaging Manufacturers (AFCO), cardboard is the highest rated packaging material by Spanish consumers, with the most commonly used being cardboard, plastic…

UK: Supermarkets’ single-use plastic waste rises to nearly 1 mln tons a year

Despite public commitments to cut down on their packaging, supermarkets' use of single-use plastic has risen to more than 900,000 tons a year. Seven out of the 10 major UK…

Packaging with 'zero waste' and 'zero impact' presented

Packaging with "zero waste" by 2025 and with "zero impact" by 2035. The Besana Group is increasing its green commitment and determining progressive and increasingly ambitious…

How to finally replace the plastic bag

After Australian states and territories introduced plastic bag bans, supermarkets like Woolworths have recently begun offering alternatives such as paper bags. But much to the chagrin of eco-conscious consumers, it’s hard to go into a supermarket these days and not still be frustrated by the overwhelming…

UK: 82% of consumers demand drastically less plastic-usage

Using a sample of 2,003 British adults, research commissioned by Ubamarket found that 82% of UK shoppers believe that the level of plastic packaging used in food and drink…

Team Pack focuses on new solutions made of sustainable materials

"Consumer interest in paper shows steady growth"

Today's consumers are extremely sensitive to sustainable packaging and are increasingly no longer accepting plastic. As a result, manufacturers and suppliers in all sectors of the industry - whether in direct marketing, wholesale or retail - are inevitably on the lookout for sensible alternatives made from…

Coop Sweden will introduce paper bags for fruit and vegetables

Coop Sweden has announced plans to replace single-use plastic bags for fruit and vegetables with paper bags. The project will start by the spring of next year and this…

Breaking down biodegradable:

US (FL): UF scientist creates guide to bioplastics

The term “bioplastics” describes plastics made of a biological source, as opposed to traditional plastics made of petroleum. But as products using bioplastics increasingly become fixtures on store shelves, consumers may not understand the various terminology used to describe them. “These days, I get…

ASEO GmbH relies on packaging alternatives made of paper

"We enable direct marketers to give their product a higher value"

How does one combine recyclability, water resistance and robustness in one packaging solution without losing sight of the benefits of the direct marketer? Packaging developer ASEO has addressed this question: at the ExpoSE 2019, the company will present the two latest solutions from the diversified product…

Company is committed to actively promoting the circular economy

Circular Economy has a priority at Pöppelmann

Plastics manufacturer Pöppelmann from Lohne has committed itself to signing two basic statements on the active promotion of the circular economy. The family-owned company has announced that the Pöppelmann Group supports both the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and…

Europe Retail Packing takes over Van der Linden

As of the 1st of January 2020, Europe Retail Packing will take over the packing company Van der Linden from Poeldijk. "Van der Linden has been a specialist in packaging vegetables and fruit for more than 40 years. Europe Retail Packing and Van der Linden mostly perform the same service, and therefore we…

Sweet peppers handed out like candy at Fruit Attraction

From October 22nd to October 24th, Tribelli participated in Fruit Attraction together with the 7 European partners, Murgiverde, Agroiris, Vicasol, Granada La Palma, Sat Campos de Granada, Indasol and Fruca Marketing and, for the first time, it also had a space of its own. Tribelli put a special highlight…

Preview: new compostable packaging hits the shelves at Esselunga stores

IGP Pachino tomatoes are plastic free

"It is now a matter of fact: the European Union has voted to say goodbye to single-use plastics, which must be completely eliminated by 2021. Because of this, I was inspired to create an eco-friendly and innovative packaging that resembles a jewelry box to emphasize the preciousness of our product. It…

Old plastic crates can be regenerated into new ones

"We pay for used crates to make new ones that are certified to be used with fresh produce and are therefore suitable to come into contact with food," explains Mariano Magarotto from Plastic Packaging.  Mariano Magarotto "We pay a set amount per kg and then use a Japanese technology to break down, sterilize…


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