21 February 2020

Schwarzkopf and TerraCycle to start hair care packaging recycling

Henkel brand Schwarzkopf has partnered with international recycling company TerraCycle to launch hair care packaging recycling programmes.

As part of the partnership, the two companies will focus on making retail hair care, colour and styling products recyclable through three programmes.

Schwarzkopf hair care items participating in the programmes include göt2b styling & color, Color Ultime, Keratin Color and Simply Color brands.

The programmes include Schwarzkopf Aerosols Recycling, Schwarzkopf Hair Coloration Recycling and Schwarzkopf Recycling.

Schwarzkopf Aerosols Recycling Programme covers own-branded empty aerosol container recycling.

Schwarzkopf Hair Coloration Recycling Program includes own-branded hair colouring products such as plastic jars, lids, bottles, closures, tubes, pumps and caps.

Schwarzkopf Recycling Program will include all other own-branded retail products apart from the hair colouring and aerosol product lines.

Interested individuals, schools, offices or community organisations can sign-up and send the packaging waste in a box with a free shipping label to TerraCycle for recycling.

The recycled packaging waste will be transformed into consumer products, including park benches, bike racks, pet food bowls and recycling bins.

n addition to recycling, collectors also earn cash points or charity gifts that can be donated to a non-profit, school or charitable organisation.

In October 2019, TerraCycle partnered with US-based nutrition provider Gerber to recycle baby food packaging across the country.


20 february 2020

Ahlstrom-Munksjö introduces sustainable paper for confectionery market

Fibre-based material supplier Ahlstrom-Munksjö has launched a new sustainable confectionary paper line.

Called Delicitera Confectionary Papers, the safe-to-use sustainable food packaging papers offer enhanced shelf presence with various visual and functional benefits.

Based in Helsinki, Finland, Ahlstrom-Munksjö manufactures speciality papers for bakery, fast food, cheese, sweets, microwave popcorn, fruits and vegetables, and pet food markets.

The Delicitera portfolio includes Cristal transparent papers, Rocalonde twisting papers, and Gerstarpapers for glossy print applications.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö also offers release liners, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, and electrotechnical paper.

Earlier this month, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, announced the development of a new range of LamiBak release base papers approved by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).


20 february 2020

TriMas signs agreement to acquire Rapak brand from Liqui-Box

Consumer products manufacturer TriMas has acquired flexible packaging brand Rapak from Liqui-Box for an undisclosed amount.

The agreement also includes the purchase of some dispensing innovation and aseptic application products and capabilities.

In addition, TriMas will take over all global ownership rights for the Mustang wine bag-in-box dispensing products, the Autokap and Stericap brands and product lines, as well as capacity to produce IntaSept filling machine products.

In March 2019, Olympus Partners portfolio company Liqui-Box agreed to acquire DS Smith’s Plastics Division.

As a regulatory condition to complete the acquisition, Liqui-Box has to sell certain DS Smith’s bag-in-box product lines.

TriMas will also purchase manufacturing facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Union City, California.

Following the acquisition, TriMas will use the Rapak brand name globally.

In addition to Rapak brand name, the deal enabled TriMas to obtain the global ownership rights for the Mustang wine bag-in-box dispensing products.

It also includes the Autokap and Stericap brands and product lines, as well as IntaSept filling machine product manufacturing capacity.

The completion of the deal also depends on other closing conditions. It is expected to close in early 2020.

In a separate development, DS Smith said the US Department of Justice reached a consent decree to take the sale of Plastics Division forward to closing.


19 february 2020

Zero Waste Scotland launch projects to find single-use item alternatives

Scottish government-funded organisation Zero Waste Scotland is delivering 14 projects with community and business partners over the next year in order to find eco-friendly alternatives to single-use packaging.

Scottish organisations will be taking part in Zero Waste Scotland’s £1m scheme, which will include deposit return scheme for reusable coffee cups and a charge for disposable cups across Scotland as part of ‘the ditching disposables project’.

The scheme is supported and funded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will see areas of Scotland including Glasgow and Edinburgh testing alternatives to single-use products, such as reusable packaging.

The projects announced today include Glasgow Connect Community Hub removing single-use water bottles from sale, Edinburgh independent cafés and restaurants piloting a deposit-return coffee cup scheme, and the Fringe by the Sea festival in North Berwick reducing consumption of single-use items like cups and bottles.

The projects follow last year’s collaboration between Zero Waste Scotland and NHS Ayrshire & Arran which enforced a charge 10p for disposable cups at a canteen in the University Hospital Crosshouse, Kilmarnock.

This action saw an increase in coffee cup reuse from 1% to half of all hot drink sales.


19 february 2020

Saica invests £50m in new purpose-built production facility

European packaging specialist Saica announced yesterday that it is investing £50m to create a purpose-built production facility in Livingston, Scotland as part of its Saica Pack division.

The company is decommissioning current Scottish sites in Edinburgh and Milngavie in order to transition from a two-site structure to one main plant.

Saica says the Livingston facility comes as a result of changes in customer demand, ageing facilities, and challenges at existing sites.

Saica has described this move as a demonstration of the company’s commitment and willingness to invest in the Scottish market.

The company claims that the transition period from the decommissioned facilities to the Livingston facility has been strategically planned to ensure that there will be no disruption for customers.

Saica Pack will rely on other operating units across the UK and Europe to maintain consistent service. Saica Pack will still be operating at the Edinburgh and Milngavie locations until the Livingston location officially opens.

Saica stated that employees of the facilities will be involved in the transition process and will be offered roles at the new site. There are currently 147 employees working at the Edinburgh location and 94 employees in Milngavie.


18 February 2020

UAE’s Agthia launches new 100% plant-based water bottle

Abu Dhabi-based food and beverages company Agthia Group has launched a new plant-based water bottle.

Named ‘Al Ain Plant Bottle’, the new product is environmentally friendly and said to be the region’s first water bottle made from 100% plant-based sources, including the cap.

The plants’ sugars are fermented and converted into special polymer materials. The obtained resin, which is free from petroleum or its by-products, is used to create the bottle.

Launched during the UAE Innovation Month, the bottle is biodegradable and compostable within 80 days.

According to the company, the packaging will improve the environmental footprint in terms of CO₂ emissions.

The bottle has been developed at the company’s new Packaging Technology Centre in Al Ain.

On 24 July 2019, the centre was inaugurated and is used to create sustainable packaging technologies.

Agthia seeks to achieve zero-landfill waste by the end of the year. It has committed to using 10% polyethene terephthalate (PET) from recycled sources and 5% plant-based sources by 2021.


17 february 2020

Britvic secures £400m credit facility to achieve sustainability goals

UK soft drinks company Britvic has secured a credit facility of up to £400m for its sustainability goals.

Co-ordinated by Dutch multinational bank Rabobank, the five-year facility has been provided by a group consisting of seven lenders.

The facility can be extended by an extra two years and is subject to the progress Britvic makes on its sustainability targets.

Depending on Britvic’s performance, the facility’s margin will reduce.

The company’s initial sustainability targets include making 50% of all plastic bottles in the UK and Ireland from recycled plastic (rPET), reduction in carbon emissions by 50% compared to 2017 and making 75% of its drinks with either low or no sugar.

Under its sustainable business strategy, Britvic has committed to achieving the targets by 2025.

Britvic, a founding signatory of The UK Plastics Pact in 2018, aims to transform the plastic packaging system in the UK.

The company’s plastic bottles, glass bottles and cans are already 100% recyclable.

In November 2019, Britvic entered a long-term rPET supply agreement with injection moulded polyethene terephthalate (PET) preforms producer Esterform Packaging.


17 February 2020

P&G announces “significant advancements” towards 2030 sustainability goals

US-headquartered multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) has today announced several brand changes in pursuit of its 2030 sustainability goals, which includes a new partnership with UK recycling company Viridor.

The company says these changes represent “significant advances across European sustainability projects” in pursuit of its ‘Ambition 2030’ goals, which include brands making a positive impact on the environment and reducing supply-chain footprint.

P&G brands Lenor, Unstoppables, and Fairy will be the first commercial brands to implement P&G-led recycling project HolyGrail intelligent packaging in Europe.

HolyGrail, formed in 2017, was created to tackle sorting issues at recycling facilities by creating digital watermarks visible to optical scanners.

Unstoppables and Lenor scent boosters will be the first P&G product to implement HolyGrail digital watermarks by October 2020. Fairy will be the second brand in Europe and the first in the UK to use HolyGrail intelligent packaging.

P&G also announced a new partnership with Viridor that aims to save 200 million Ariel laundry detergent bottles worth of virgin plastic over five years by recycling and reprocessing high-quality plastic.

The contract between the companies, which follows a three-year collaboration to produce sustainable packaging from post-consumer waste, will start in the 2020/21 financial year and supports Ariel’s ambitions to make its packaging fully recyclable by 2020 with a 30% reduction of plastic packaging by 2025.

Viridor’s high-density recycled polyethylene (rHDPE) will also assist Ariel in meeting its previous commitment to reach up to 50% recycled content in its liquid bottles by 2020.

P&G is also set to use recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic in haircare brand Pantene’s packaging, starting with Pantene’s clear collection bottles.

P&G Hair Care Europe will be trialling circular resin produced by Indorama Ventures for the transparent bottles with aims to expand its use to other brands that use PET bottles. Indorama Ventures’ resin is made using monomer recycling, giving the same grade of material as virgin PET.