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Going green

The challenge for the food and drink industry and others throughout the sector is to continue to achieve economic success while reducing carbon emissions, waste and water and energy consumption.

Redesigns packaging for Hovis Seed Sensations bread bag

Amcor sustainability report highlights first non-refrigerated yoghurt

Shelf life extension, portion control, microwavable materials, re-closing features, moisture absorbing layers and built-in security are some of packaging highlights in The Amcor 2014 Sustainability Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

'530,000 people work for Tesco...it's like selling into Luxembourg': Paul Earnshaw

‘Packaging is a Cinderella discipline’: Tesco packaging manager

Tesco packaging manager Paul Earnshaw insists the retailer is keen to banish the perception that packaging is a Cinderella discipline given its importance in the overall consumer ‘brand experience’.

PPMA SHOW 2014, BIRMINGHAM, UK

‘Last year around 5bn PET bottles went to landfill, amazing isn’t it?’ Coca-Cola Enterprises GB

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) Great Britain warns that more consumer education is needed to reduce the number of PET bottles being sent to landfill, while the company is researching the reasons...

‘Leave your cap on!’ Initiatives boost aluminium closure recycling rate to 45%

The average aluminium closure recycling rate in Europe has hit 45% thanks to improved collection and recycling, according to the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). 

Coca Cola and Activia are advocates of bioplastics

Wageningen UR launches Biobased Packaging catalogue

The first edition of a Biobased Packaging catalogue, compiled by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research has been launched by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to the NVC Netherlands...

Nestlé and Kellogg acknowledge risks of carbon pollution from power plants

Nestlé and Kellogg have partnered with companies including General Mills and Unilever by joining Ceres' Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

Finished coils of aluminium sheet will be used in beverage can markets

Novelis opens ‘World first’ $258m aluminium recycling plant

Novelis has opened a $258m aluminium recycling centre next to its rolling mill in Nachterstedt, Germany.

Partnership with 3Dom Filaments marks first step into 3D printing industry

Biome Bioplastics creates biodegradeable plastic with higher 3D print speeds

Biome Bioplastics has launched Biome3D, a biodegradable plastic made from plant starches for the 3D printing industry.

United Biscuits to roll out waste cooking oil for lorries

United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability initiative by using waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorries and plans to roll out the project further across the business.

EuroPack Summit 2014

The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg Group and Henkel close EuroPack 10th anniversary

The Coca-Cola Company, Carlsberg Group and Henkel were some of the companies who attended this year’s EuroPack Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this month.

India

Research: India’s eco-confidence higher than US, Canada and China

Indian consumers have greater confidence in green products being better than the environment than those in Canada, the United States and China, and also believe that bio-based ingredients enhance the...

Forget ‘Horsegate’ – How to avoid ‘Packaging Gate’

The ‘Horsegate’ scandal in 2013, where horsemeat was found in prepared frozen meat products and ready meals allegedly containing beef, was not a food safety but a food integrity issue...

Special edition: active and intelligent packaging

‘We want more self-destructive and edible packaging!’ Tomorrow Machine

Packaging which expands into a bowl and opens in the oven are just two inventions created by Swedish design duo Tomorrow Machine, who took time out to discuss their work...

News in brief

‘Pledge, Play & Recycle’ Coca-Cola and Tesco launch joint recycling campaign

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and Tesco have joined forces in an attempt to boost recycling rates in Great Britain.

Carlsberg to adopt The Bowtie method to maximize level of expertise

Carlsberg is moving towards The Bowtie Method to maximize the level of interaction and expertise between its supply chain and procurement divisions

NESTLE WATERS CORPORATE COMMS DIRECTOR, JANE LAZGIN, DEFENDS COMPANY'S OPERATIONS

‘Juices, soft drinks, beer all use more water!’ Nestle Waters hits back at California drought critics

Nestle Waters has hit back at critics who claim it draws too much water from a Southern Californian spring, insisting its products are sustainable and use minimal water versus other...

Tetra Pak joins forces with IKEA and Kingfisher in sustainability drive

Tetra Pak says it wants to promote the benefits of responsibly sourced sustainable timber and has joined IKEA and Kingfisher to analyse the impact of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

EuroPack Summit celebrates 10th anniversary

EU legislation on packaging & packaging waste top of the agenda

EuroPack kicked off the 10th anniversary of its summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this week with Europen (European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) discussing EU legislation on a packaging and...

Salt of the Earth meets GRI-G4 sustainability guidelines

Salt of the Earth is one of 36 companies worldwide, and the first Israeli company, to pass GRI sustainability in advanced GRI-G4 guidelines.

'Aluminum-based plastic laminates are important to the business'

Nestle partners Coke and Tesco for flexible packaging R&D

Nestle UK & Ireland is partnering Coca-Cola Enterprises, Tesco and others to pursue a government funded R&D project on flexible packaging material collection that includes coffee refill pouches.

Edible food packaging, funny designs and unexpected materials

Tetra Pak: 5 Global Emerging Trends

Tetra Pak analysts Anna Larsson, Bettina Scatamachia and Kristina de Verdier look at five global emerging trends – and what this means for food packaging. 

Green Endeavor CEO: I’m an eco-industrialist; upscaling ‘green’ is simple

Bakers can take simple steps to go green by switching to eco-friendly cleaning products and it's surprising it hasn't happened already, says the CEO of Green Endeavor.

CCE: ‘Employees on the ground provide most useful insight for improvement’

Coca-Cola Enterprises goes back to the factory floor for top decision making

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) claims almost half of the total carbon footprint of its products comes from packaging and wants to reduce this by a third by 2020.

Plans to grow in South America, Europe and North America

OCTAL to open DPET extrusion factory in US

Oman-based OCTAL will open an extrusion factory in Cincinnati, US, in December and has joined the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) for greater visibility on what it does.

The cheese stands alone: Sonoco cheers packaging sustainability

The company’s Sonoco Recycling subsidiary has awarded its Sustainability Star Award to Saputo Cheese USA for best environmental practices.