Sustainability > Envirofriendly packaging

Shellfish may give us ‘vanishing plastic’

20 July, 2010

Researchers at Swinburne University have been investigating the use of bioplastics - ingredients from renewable sources - and the properties of biopolymers that determine their ‘compostability’.

Lightweight boards, quality and carbon footprints

21 June, 2010

Companies can reduce their carbon footprint without affecting quality by using lighter weight cartonboard.

Bioplastic for deep-freeze packaging

24 May, 2010

A sustainable deep-freeze packaging made from renewable resources has been developed by FKuR.

Marks & Spencer packs its wine in PET

10 May, 2010

Marks & Spencer will convert its range of mini still wine bottles to PET, saving 525 tonnes of packaging a year. The range includes 19 bottles of red, white and rose wine.

Packaging is leading the ‘green’ agenda for consumers

05 May, 2010

Getting packaging right can help convince a cynical consumer that a product’s ethical claims are real, according to new research from Datamonitor.

Sweet ending for compostable plastics

07 April, 2010

Food packaging and other disposable plastic items could soon be composted at home, along with organic waste, thanks to a new sugar-based polymer.

Green plastic in carton packaging pilot

27 November, 2009

Tetra Pak has an agreement with Braskem to purchase HDPE, derived from renewable feedstock, for use in a pilot project to produce 'green' caps and closures.

Plastics without the use of fossil fuels

24 November, 2009

A one-stage process which produces polylactic acid and its copolymers through direct fermentation makes the renewable production of PLA and lactate-containing copolymers cheaper and more commercially viable.

Trends impacting secondary packaging

05 November, 2008

Improved operations, cost savings and lower transportation costs are the top three drivers for companies re-evaluating their secondary packaging according to the latest PMMI report. Sustainability is high on the agenda but not one of the major drivers.

High-performance sheet

01 June, 2008

Plantic HP1 is a development in biodegradable packaging. It enhances the existing functional properties of Plantic R1 sheet, thereby creating a larger addressable market.

Biodegradeable polymer technology

01 June, 2008

Plantic Technologies has released its biodegradeable polymer technology.

Wal-Mart Packaging Scorecard graded poorly in Europe

03 October, 2007

The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) has urged the packaging industry to not allow the Wal-Mart Packaging Scorecard to become an industry standard.

Biodegradability and the packaging industry

12 September, 2007 by Gio Braidotti

As market demand for environmentally friendly plastics grows, CSIRO is helping the packaging industry assess product biodegradability

Packaging that minimises product waste

10 September, 2007

Shaking and tapping is often the only way to get the last drop of tomato sauce out of the bottle. But soon a special coating on the packaging will make every last, precious drop of sauce ooze out of the bottle with ease.

Call for papers on a sustainable packaging industry

16 August, 2007

The food, beverage, packaging and manufacturing industries are invited to submit an abstract for the 2008 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) National Conference, to be held 12-13 June 2008 at Luna Park, Sydney.

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