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Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Cadbury’s twist-to-seal packaging helps with portion control; vodka’s packaging design uses reverse psychology by highlighting dangers of alcohol use; detachable egg packaging saves room in refrigerators

Ence Energía's biomass energy plant in Puertollano receives Zero Waste certificate from Spanish association for standardization and certification AENOR; facility generates energy from forest and agricultural waste

DS Smith discusses packaging trends ‘not to miss’ in the dairy industry; company highlights on-the-go packaging solutions that are ‘smart’ and portable, and circular-ready solutions that replace plastics

Aptar launches PolkaLite, a recyclable snap-top closure that weighs 8.4g and utilizes 1.3g less plastic than the original Polka solution; the PP closure can be used in food products with chunks or a high viscosity level

European Commission launches public consultation on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics aiming to prepare for policy framework; goal of new framework is to address sustainability challenges related to their use

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December 28, 2021


Executive Perspective: An increased interest in better-for-you snacks and 'shoppable content' in digital advertising rank among Nestle USA's five consumer trends that will emerge for the food and beverage industry in 2022, says chief marketing officer
Food Business News (12/27)

 Products & Awards
Wisconsin-based Colbert Packaging wins three awards at …
Wisconsin-based Colbert Packaging wins three awards at Paperboard Packaging Council’s North American Paperboard Packaging Competition; company wins for paperboard tray for Carmex Minis Multi-Pack and for a folding carton for Blue Sept Lens Care Solution
Vinamilk recognized by both the Global CSR Summit and A…
Vinamilk recognized by both the Global CSR Summit and Awards 2021 and the Asian Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards 2021 for commitment to sustainability and community

Paper Packaging

Elopak wins WorldStar 2022 Packaging Award for its Pure-Pak Imagine carton in the Packaging Materials and Components category; the carton is fully renewable and forest-based, contains 46% less plastic compared to a carton with a screw cap
Elopak AS (12/27)

Italy-based Carton Pack, provider of tailored packaging for fruits and vegetables, acquires Spain-based Decapulp, a packaging producer that uses technology based on the reuse of paper, paperboard and virgin pulp from environmentally controlled plantations
Clearwater International (12/27)

Segezha Group opens R&D Centre in Karelia, Russia, for about 90M Russian ruble; center will specialize in the development of efficient, high-tech types of paper packaging, focusing on thermoformed, food, ecommerce and small-format packaging
Segezha Group (12/27)

Plastic Packaging

Ireland-based injection molded packaging firm IPL Global acquires UK-based reprocessing firm Bright Green Plastics for undisclosed fee; acquisition will help ensure the continued supply of high-quality recycled compounds to customers across many sectors
Packaging News (12/27)

Wegmans to remove single-use plastic grocery bags from its store in Fredericksburg, Virginia, beginning Jan. 1, 2022; while paper grocery bags will continue to be available for a US$0.05 charge/bag, Wegmans’ goal is to shift customers to reusable bags
Contify Retail News (12/27)


Reuse/Next Use/Upcycling/Closed Loop

EU-based soft beverage makers push for laws guaranteeing fair access to rPET packaging material, which is often generated by beverage bottles; trade groups critical of 'downcycling' rPET into fabrics, which cannot be recycled to high-quality products
Natural Mineral Waters Europe AISBL (NMWE) (12/27)

NanoXplore to acquire Ontario-based plastics recycler, producer Canuck Compounders for C$9.3M, increasing NanoXplore's graphene compounding capability, especially in recycled plastics; acquisition to also bolster buyer's revenue by at least C$20M annually
Globe Newswire (12/27)

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

Pallet management service provider 48forty Solutions acquires Allegheny Recycled Products, which operates a 500,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; the plant physically touches 2 million pallets/year and has over 200 trailers
Business Wire (12/27)

H-E-B launches eco-friendly household, personal-care private brand, Field & Future by H-E-B, with cleaners, dish soaps, baby wipes, tissue products, feminine care products, toothpaste, made with plant-based, biodegradable ingredients, recyclable packaging
Drug Store News (12/27)


Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Volvo, Daimler Truck, Traton Group sign JV agreement to install, operate public charging network for electric, heavy-duty long-haul trucks, coaches across Europe; move to support truck operators with transition to carbon-neutral transport solutions
Volvo Car Group (12/27)

Climate Change

CatchMark releases 2020 ESG Report outlining its mission to incorporate sustainable practices into all operations; they include sustainable forestry, seeking opportunities for carbon sequestration and alternative land uses, addressing climate change
CatchMark Timber Trust Inc. (12/27)

Kirin Holdings named an 'A list' company for climate change and water security for the third consecutive year by CDP, a global non-profit organization that provides environmental information disclosure systems
ENP Newswire (12/27)

New York state Gov. Kathy Hochul signs legislation aimed at enhancing, maintaining health of soil on farms to improve farm productivity, protect natural resources, reduce effect of farming on climate change and mitigate impact of climate change on farming
New York Governor's Office (12/27)

Forest Fire/Wildfire

US Fish and Wildlife Service proposes Endangered Species Act listing for four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in California; Center for Biological Diversity says dams, wildfires, logging among activities harming frogs' habitat
Center for Biological Diversity (12/27)

Regenerative Agriculture

Nebraska Community Federation announces launch of new fund dedicated to promoting soil health and regenerative agriculture, including but not limited to no-till farming, water conservation, tree conservation and planting cover crops
Delta Farm Press (12/27)

Two Oregon State University Extension Service Small Farms program projects awarded USDA grants totaling more than US$800,000 to build an inclusive regional food system based on equity, regenerative agriculture and fair labor practices
Argus Observer (12/27)

Nestle Italy partnering with Future Food Institute to launch a Call For Startup to encourage development of innovation and entrepreneurship projects on the theme of regenerative agriculture in the tomato supply chain
Nestle SA (12/27)


Water Pollution/Water Quality

Sateri, Conservation International to conserve Poyang Lake's wetlands by analyzing, managing, protecting ecosystem's health; Poyang Lake is China's largest freshwater lake, which supports livelihoods of over 45 million people in Jiangxi province
Sateri International Co. Ltd. (12/27)


Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Global wet wipes market to see growing momentum in next seven years from awareness about personal hygiene; consumers' rising inclination to spend on babies to fuel baby wipes demand, with focus on plastic-free, biodegradable and compostable wipes: report
American Hygienics Corp. (12/27)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Covestro signs first commercial contract for supply of ISCC Plus certified, bio-attributed TDI feedstock to Sinomax; TDI will be used for manufacture of PU-based comfort products such as mattresses, pillows
Covestro LLC (12/27)

Estonia-based startup Woola raises €2.5M seed led by Future Ventures to replace bubble wrap with wool; company now expanding to the UK, France and Germany, will roll out a product targeted at beverage companies in January 2022
Greentechlead.com) (12/27)


DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion)

Kao to launch initiative to ensure web accessibility, starting in 2022, with goal of making its websites easy for anyone to access; company to create web accessibility policy, make website improvements, starting with corporate, product catalog sites
Kao Corp. (12/27)