Vietnamese supermarkets go back to leaves, leaving plastic bags

Several Vietnamese supermarkets have started using banana leaves to wrap vegetables in an effort to reduce plastic waste. Shoppers at Lotte Mart in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 7 were recently surprised to see scallions, okra and other vegetables produce wrapped in banana leaves. A representative of the supermarket chain said that the company is experimenting with using leaves to wrap veggies in one outlet, and plans to expand this later to the entire chain in the country. This is part of a plan to increase the use of environment-friendly products, not just for vegetables but also for fresh meat,…

HAVI: Brings natural-based inks to packaging

HAVI announced today a new development in sustainable packaging: natural-based inks, which are better for the environment with a 25 to 30 percent lower CO2 footprint than standard aqueous inks*. They also reduce regulatory risk for brand owners and printers while increasing efficiency for printers and converters. These natural-based inks represent another aspect of clean packaging – an extension of the clean food movement – the principle of simplifying materials and chemistries for safer, more sustainable packaging. As a pioneer of clean packaging, HAVI is committed to not only improving the sustainability of packaging, but helping foodservice providers anticipate and…

Nestlé creates research institute for packaging to accelerate sustainability agenda

Nestlé announced the creation of the Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, dedicated to the discovery and development of functional, safe and environmentally friendly packaging solutions. This is a step further to achieve the Company’s commitment to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. We want to be a leader in developing the most sustainable packaging solutions for our food and beverage products. To achieve this, we are enhancing our research capabilities to develop new packaging materials and solutions. Through this, we hope to address the growing packaging waste problem, in particular plastics. We aim to minimize our…

TIDE ECO-BOX: Detergent pack especially designed for e-commerce

Procter & Gamble, the makers of Tide, are going to release new packaging for their liquid detergent specifically designed for e-commerce. Tide Eco-Box will start shipping in January 2019, and unlike plastic bottles, it doesn’t need to be wrapped and re-boxed for shipment to the consumer. The same tide clean in a smarter package – with shipping-safe packaging and a no-drip twist tap, it’s specially designed for ease of shipping and ease of use. And it uses 60% less plastic and 30% less water vs the comparable plastic bottle (150 oz Tide Original). 60% less plastic and 30% less water…

Coca-Cola China: 2030 Recycling Programme with VenCycling Machine

The next time you smile as you grab your favorite drink, the vending machine might just respond in kind – especially if you recycle the package after. Using cutting-edge facial recognition technologies and a voice interactive system, the VenCycling machine makes purchasing and recycling a variety of Coca-Cola beverages more efficient and intelligent. Sporting emotive AI LEDs and two “eyes” – one that dispenses beverages and another that collects used packaging – the machine offers a smart incentive for consumers to recycle. In exchange for returning used cans or plastic bottles into the machine, consumers receive credits, primarily via mobile…

Two designs made from Metsä Board paperboard win the Green Packaging Star Award 2018

The Green Packaging Star Award was awarded for two designs using fresh fibre paperboards from Metsä Board at FachPack 2018. The T2 Mini Fruit Tea packaging won in the category ‘Design’ and the Pago fruit juice promotion ‘Message on a bottle’ won the first prize in the category ‘Environmentally-friendly Corporate Philosophy. The T2 Mini Fruit Tea packaging, designed by Metsä Board, is printed on the uncoated reverse side of MetsäBoard Pro FBB Bright 250 g/m2 to echo the natural feel of the fruit. The Pago fruit juice promotion was developed by the Austrian Designer Gerlinde Gruber in collaboration with Martha…

The World’s First Plastic Free Supermarket Aisle

The broader identity developed for Ekoplaza Lab in Amsterdam, creators of the world’s first plastic free supermarket aisle, also works with the same principle: concise messaging (not once more spelling out the well understood problem) and simply signalling this is a lifestyle choice and not just an altruistic one. The identity adopted a slightly disruptive propaganda style aesthetic — something that allowed clear stand out and contrast to Ekoplaza’s established and premium aesthetic. NOMINATED FOR THE DESIGN MUSEUM BEAZLEY DESIGNS OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018. DESIGN: Made Thought  

Creative concept for Milk Packaging that converts into Bird Feeder

Birds are not only irreplaceable helpers of man in the fight against harmful insects. Birds are the aesthetics of our cities and dachas, parks and forests, which can revitalize and beautify nature, raise our spirits with their funny looks and ringing singing! We try to help feathered friends by feeding them in winter and in summer. But, unfortunately, not always enough time for the construction of a wooden eco-friendly and aesthetic feeding trough. In the course are improvised funds: packages from milk or juice, plastic bottles – who is in that much. The result – the birds are full, but the “garbage” on…

unPacked is the Design Concept for ‘without packaging’

unPacked is the first Zero Waste supermarket in Madrid (Spain), a sustainable store dedicated mainly to the sale of groceries and hygiene products. Its name comes from the concept ‘without packaging’, since most of the products in the store are sold in bulk. Zero Waste is a movement that arises from the merger between a traditional way of buying and the increasing social concern for the environment. unPacked seeks to promote the reduction of the use of plastics and the generation of waste, promoting healthy, proximity and accessible food & products.     DESIGN: fagerstrom

Carlsberg’s plan to reduce plastic waste globally up to 76% with new Snap Pack

Carlsberg announced a series of ground-breaking innovations including its new Snap Pack, which is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tonnes a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags. The Snap Pack replaces the plastic wrapping used around Carlsberg’s six packs with a pioneering technology that glues its cans together. A world first for the beer industry, it will reduce the amount of plastic used in traditional multi-packs by up to 76%. Three years in the making, the Snap Pack is just one of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging solutions that were announced today. Other improvements…