Weekly Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Bag-in-bottle packaging offers similar benefits to bag-in-box packaging, researchers develop bioplastics from shrimp shells, store replaces PS packaging for bedding plants with biodegradable packaging inspired by teabags

LOS ANGELES , May 9, 2014 () – Bag-in-bottle packaging offers similar benefits to bag-in-box packaging


Plastic packaging companies have taken note of the benefits of bag-in-box technology—a paperboard-centric packaging structure—and modified it for use with rigid plastic bottles. For example, packaging for Toleriane Ultra lotion by L'Oreal's La Roche-Posay combines a bag-in-bottle system with an airless pump as a way to protect the preservative-free beauty product. The bottle is made from copolyester and the inner bag is made from DuPont's Surlyn ionomer resin and an additional oxygen-barrier layer. Furthermore, Carr & Day & Martin brand uses bag-in-bottle technology as an alternative to aerosol cans. Packaging for its Equimist 360 horse care products deliver prolonged, fine and uniform mist spray with a 360-degree spray capability.

The primary souces of this information are E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Wilmington, Delaware
, and Afa Dispensing Group, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Researchers develop bioplastics from shrimp shells

Whenever “plastics” and “oceans” are mentioned in the same thought, pollution and environmental damage usually come to mind, but Harvard scientists could turn that around with their innovative bioplastics made from shrimp shells. The fully biodegradable plastic is developed from chitosan, a form of chitin, which comes from discarded shrimp shells currently used in fertilizers and cosmetics or just discarded. The Harvard research team has found a way to use conventional casting or injection-molding techniques for the chitosan material, which can then be used to produce food containers, cell phones and toys. Researchers hope to refine their process and then commercialize the eco-friendly material.

The primary source of this information is a press release issued on March 4, 2014, by Harvard’s Wyss Institute

Store replaces PS packaging for bedding plants with biodegradable packaging inspired by teabags

U.K.-based home improvement store B&Q has replaced the polystyrene (PS) packaging across its range of bedding plants with something its green-thumbed customers will surely appreciate—biodegradable, recyclable packaging inspired by tea bags. easyGrow is a self-contained "teabag" made from cornstarch and filled with natural fiber extracted from coconut husks. Gardeners can place bedding plants straight into the soil without having to discard packaging waste. Furthermore, each easyGrow bag makes bedding plants easy to transport from store shelves to home gardens with less chance of damage to fragile roots.

The primary source of this information is B&Q PLC, Eastleigh, England

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