Sustainability drops: News from EXPRA members
Within the prevention measures of CONAI to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, CONAI is evaluating the methodology to define the contribution levels on the basis of three base criteria:
- and destination circuit in a LCA approach .
A route already taken with modulate fees for reusable packaging.
More information here
The initiative aims to explain to the obliged industry how to comply with the legal requirements in Spain and the available tools and services that Ecoembes offers
These services are offered to Ecoembes members at no cost. Ecoembes organised conferences in 10 Spanish cities, six on-line sessions and with the collaboration of sectorial associations (ANEABE, ADELMA and STANPA) will organize three more conferences for their members.
In the initiative took part 593 companies, increasing the attendance by an 18% compared to the previous year. The participating companies rated Ecoembes activity with an average of 8.88 points (from 10 possible), improving their evaluation by 2.5% compared to 2015. Especially successful were the on-line sessions, tripling the 2015 attendance of companies. Respectively on line trainings will be further increase and will play a greater role in coming editions.
OptimEco.ca’s portal offers businesses a range of fact-based information, documentation on packaging optimization and practical tools
These aim to help them implement their ecodesign initiatives:
• Ecodesign strategies
• Self-diagnosis quiz
• Tools and solutions
The optimization team also offers a personalized training and coaching program to support businesses in their efforts to implement an ecodesign approach.
Green Dot Norway and Förpacknings- och Tidningsinnsamlingen (FTI) in Sweden have in cooperation carried out a study to better understand what actually happens to plastic packaging after collection when it is sorted and recycled.
Through analysis of each step in the value chain recommendations regarding design for recycling are given. Clear recommendations are given where it has been possible, and in areas where there is more than one correct solution, options have been given.
The recommendations are based on existing sorting and recycling technologies for Norwegian and Swedish plastic packaging products, and is meant to assist Norwegian and Swedish producers when designing their packaging for recycling. In addition to the report there will be developed a set of guidelines that can be easily communicated.
Draft consultation document on tips and tricks how to improve the recyclability of 5 types of plastic packaging
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable packaging (KIDV) wants to help designers, developers and buyers of packaging as well as marketers to make choices that make their packaging more recyclable. As a start, the KIDV drafted a document for consultation, concerning tips and tricks to improve the recyclability of 5 types of plastic packaging. It is a living document: in 2017 the KIDV will extend the content of this document with other types of packaging.
The competition recognizes Belgian companies for their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging
Since 2012 the bi-annual competition recognizes Belgian companies for their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging These prizes reward companies that make special efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. The numerous applications submitted for these Awards illustrate how strong companies are interested in the environment. Indeed, innovative designs that also focus on the packaging life cycle are interesting from an ecological as well as an economic point of view. As in previous years, the bi-annual competition recognizes Belgian companies for their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their packaging. Interested companies could apply until 30 June 2017 via the website www.greenerpackaging.be.
CONAI promotes environmental sustainability with the “CONAI tender for prevention and packaging sustainability”
The initiative is aimed at rewarding the most innovative packaging solutions and ecofriendly placed on the market in 2015-2016 biennium.
The companies that, in the period 2015-2016, have invested in prevention activities aimed at environmental sustainability of their packaging can participate, acting on at least one of the following levers: reuse, saving raw materials, optimization of logistics, facilitation of activities recycling, use of materials from recycling, simplifying the packaging system and optimization of production processes
'LIBERA, nature without littering', a project created by the environmental NGO, SEO / BirdLife, in partnership with Ecoembes
'LIBERA, nature without littering', a project created by the environmental NGO, SEO / BirdLife, in partnership with Ecoembes, the non-profit environmental organization that promotes circular economy through the recycling of packaging Http://www.proyectolibera.org/que-es-libera with the objective of raising awareness and mobilizing citizens to keep the natural spaces free of littering.
To this end, LIBERA proposes an approach to the problem in three dimensions: knowledge, prevention and participation. It is necessary to improve and deepen the knowledge about littering: knowing more about the quantity, typology and origin of the waste will allow the identification of effective solutions for its prevention. In prevention, LIBERA works to avoid the abandonment of rubbish from the sensitization, the reinforcement of the infrastructures in sensitive points and, above all, from the education.
LIBERA also wants to promote the mobilization of citizens, so that, among all, the situation can be changed. This mobilization is channeled through sponsorship projects (50 throughout Spain) http://www.proyectolibera.org/apadrinamientos, to help associations and citizens committed to the cleaning and conservation of natural spaces. In addition to massive collaborative littering collection or other ecosystems collection to get data. Http://www.proyectolibera.org/1m2-playas
Packplay 2 is a student packaging design competition jointly organized by the School of Design at UQAM and Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ).
Packplay 2 is a student packaging design competition jointly organized by the School of Design at UQAM and Éco Entreprises Québec (EEQ). The objective of this project is to gather the best packaging design projects from design schools around the world for a competition, an exhibition and a book. Specifically, the competition aims to promote research and innovation in packaging eco-design and showcase the work of designers of tomorrow in all packaging design related fields, including graphic design, industrial design, object design, branding etc.. https://fr-ca.facebook.com/Packplay2/
The exhibition will be part of the World Design Summit, which will be held in October in Montréal. To know more about the summit: http://worlddesignsummit.com/
EVERY YEAR EKO-KOM ORGANIZES CONFERENCE FOR ITS CLIENTS
Since the year 2005 we have organized at least 12 big seminars for clients, in Prague as well as in regions a year. During 2 hours on seminars we have explained them legislation and standardization for prevention and minimization in detail and we have shown them the best results from other companies from Czech Republic and abroad. In addition, the clients have the option of individual consultations. Our employees has been part of CEN Working Groups. So, we have been able to provide our clients with the most up-to-date information and knowledges.
EKO-KOM´s financial system is based on the weight of produced packaging. All clients/packaging producers are motivated to minimize your packaging.
Fost Plus has a widespread know-how for designing packaging in a most effective and sustainable way as possible.
Fost Plus has a widespread know-how for designing packaging in a most effective and sustainable way as possible. It is a pleasure for us to share this knowledge with various organizations as for example a big retailer, who contacted Fost Plus this year to obtain concrete advice on the environmental footprint of their packaging. In its strategy towards sustainability, the company drives a full attention to packaging. For all its new products, the company analyses the most relevant and intelligent packaging, and can count on the support from Fost Plus to help them on this matter. Fost Plus has therefore recently organized a workshop with the buyers from the retailer to review the packaging they have brought during an interactive session. We also invite you to visit www.preventpack.be or participate to the Greener Packaging Seminar to get some ideas on the contribution Fost Plus can offer. Some tools like www.pack4recycling.be or www.pack4ecodesign.org can help industries to assess the environmental impact of their packaging
Factsheet Opaque PET bottles and recycling
In France, the use of opaque PET in packaging has increased significantly in recent years. This is a plastic that has been made opaque by the addition of certain pigments.
Opaque PET can disrupt the recycling process. In the Netherlands, the plastic is not being widely used yet, but in France this material is already causing problems in the recycling chain.
This factsheet provides more information on the use of opaque PET, why it disrupts recycling and how France deals with the increased use of opaque PET.
You can find the factsheet here.
KIDV: TIPS AND TRICKS TO IMPROVE THE RECYCLABILITY OF PACKAGING
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable packaging (KIDV) wants to help designers, developers and buyers of packaging as well as marketeers to make choices that make their packaging more recyclable.
The Conai (Italy) Eco Tool is an online instrument that allows companies in the Conai consortium to evaluate the environmental efficiency
The Conai (Italy) Eco Tool is an online instrument that allows companies in the Conai consortium to evaluate the environmental efficiency (eco-efficiency) of their packaging through a comparison of environmental impact of the packaging BEFORE and AFTER the implemented action.
This tool permits calculation, through simplified LAC analyses, of the effects of prevention actions implemented by companies on their packaging.
The result of the analyses are expressed through reduction of CO2 emissions, reduced energy consumption and reduced water consumption
THE PACKAGING ECODESIGN GUIDE WAS LAUNCHED AT THE BASQUE ECODESIGN MEETING
Ecoembes (Spain) coordinated the Packaging Session at the Basque Ecodesign Meeting (BEM2017), one of the most important meetings on Ecodesign throughout Europe, facing the challenge of sustainability from the Ecodesign point of view.
Biannually, the Basque Ecodesign Center organizes this International Ecodesign Event, which is one of the most important meetings on this field in Europe that brings together about five hundred business professionals with strategic decisions making capability, and with an interest in introducing Ecodesign and environmental product innovation into their corporate policies in order to obtain competitive advantages.
Ecoembes took this opportunity to launch its "Packaging Ecodesign Guide", developed in collaboration with IHOBE (the Basque government’s environmental entity). This guide aims to help and guide how to implement a Packaging Ecodesign Methodoly from a practical point of view.
During the Packaging season, speakers from several companies, such as L'oreal, Procter & Gamble, Eroski, Pescanova, Químicos Vinalopó, Wite and Solá, A & B biotechnology laboratories… presented their cases of success in Ecodesign, putting their collaborative projects with Ecoembes in value. With this event, another milestone of the work plan was achieved, promoting the environmental improvement of packaging.
A survey published by the Observatoire sur la consommation responsable (OCR)
For the past three years, ÉEQ has been a partner in the Baromètre sur la consommation responsable published by the Observatoire sur la consommation responsable (OCR) of ESG UQAM School of Management. In 2015, the collaboration led to the release of the 1st eco-responsible packaging knowledge indicator and a survey on the myths and realities of eco-responsible packaging.
You can find more information here
The 4th edition of the Greener packaging Awards ceremony took place in November 2017 in Brussels
Organized in cooperation between Fost Plus and Valipac (Belgium), the 4th edition of the Greener packaging Awards ceremony took place on 23rd November 2017 in Brussels. The awards give recognition to the companies that put every effort in reducing the ecological footprint of their packaging in one or many of the following fields: packaging weight and / or volume reduction, circular economy, product waste reduction.
Two bigger awards are also attributed to the best eco-design improvement for household packaging and for industrial packaging, and this year a new voting system was introduced to allow the public to vote for their favorite packaging eco-design initiative out of the nominates.
The ceremony also gives the opportunity to get inspiration from a keynote speaker that introduces the audience to sustainable products and initiatives, and it is also an opportunity to get to know and network with other players in the field of sustainable packaging.
Please visit the following site to know more about the Greener Packaging Awards and to discover the nominates and winners of this 4th edition: https://www.greenerpackaging.be/en
Nordic Council of Ministers awarded Green Dot Norway’s support for the project ‘Plastic packaging recyclability in a Nordic context’
Circular Economy Package demands a shift in knowledge and practice in the Member States of the European Union. One key driver is the drastically increased recycling targets for municipal waste. Specifically, plastic packaging may see targets increasing from 30 % up to 55 %. The main aim of this project is contributing to higher recycling rates of plastic packaging by supporting Nordic producers implement validated design for recyclability principles when designing their packaging.
The project focuses on helping the producers design packaging solutions that are actually recyclable. This demands general, validated knowledge of how design choices influence recyclability, and success stories showing how this can be converted into practice. Circular economy calls for solutions that are both technologically feasible and produces recycled materials that are in demand. By meeting these criteria, designing for recyclability will facilitate higher levels of recycling at a reasonable cost.
This project will bring the value chain of plastic packaging together, to learn and find solutions that enable more efficient recycling. The effects of source separated biodegradable plastics in the recycling stream will also be described. Designing for recyclability requires an understanding of the current technology for sorting and recycling. It is therefore important that this knowledge is communicated and implemented among producers in the Nordic countries. One project aim is to develop design for recyclability guidelines that help producers to make informed design choices and validate the results in test facilities.
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) wants to help designers, developers and buyers of packaging as well as marketers to make choices that make their packaging more recyclable.
For this, the KIDV made a website on which everyone can find tips and tricks to improve the recyclability of their packaging: recyclability.kidv.nl. There are tips and tricks for each of the five materials (plastic, glass, metal, paper/board and wood). The tips are based on the knowledge of the KIDV, input on the consultation, collaboration with the different material organisations and internationally agreed standards, such as EPBP. Per material one or more packaging types are elaborated. The website can be found here: https://recyclability.kidv.nl/
The Trophéco award aims to reward and promote sustainable and eco-friendly packaging
The Trophéco award aims to reward and promote sustainable and eco-friendly packaging sold in Luxembourg with the help of a panel of experts. It offers winning businesses a unique opportunity to promote their products.
Winning the Trophéco competition means obtaining certification in the form of a strong and recognizable logo. This certification is designed to make it easier to recognize the product packaging's sustainable characteristics.
For consumers, it guarantees that the packaging has been produced using environmentally-friendly methods.
Enhance and reward the best sustainable inventions developed in the cellulosic packaging sector
The Consortium for the Recovery and Cellulose-based Recycling, member of Conai, Call for Proposals provides for the awarding of 3 prizes for an amount of 35,000 euros to be allocated to the best patents for inventions (€ 20,000), utility model patents (€ 10,000) and design and model registrations (€ 5,000) that relate to packaging or solutions applicable to it with measurable benefits in environmental terms.
ÇEVKO, Turkey: 4th Green Dot Award 2018
4th Green Dot Award 2018 - category of Prevention Applications by Reducing Resources in Packaging Design
This study was financed by Technological Agencies of the Czech Republic. The study was realized in the period of 5 years (2011-2015) to cover the lack of consistency with regard to the subsequent handling of bioplastics as waste. There is a potential problem for existing systems of recycling organized by PRO in Czech Republic.
Ecoembes ‘2015 – 2017 Prevention Plan´s Monitoring Closure Report’
Last March 31st Ecoembes presented the ‘2015 – 2017 Prevention Plan´s Monitoring Closure Report’ to all the Spanish Autonomous Regions with the following results:
- Packaged-to-product ratio decreased in 2.7% during the 2015-2017 period, above the objective (1.1%)
- 2,072 Member companies adhered.
- 88% tons adhered
- 3,043 prevention measures forecast.
- 0.7% reduction of the Packaged-to-product ratio.
Fost Plus is committed to support its members in packaging eco-design and design for recycling
Once again this year, Fost Plus is committed to offering its members numerous tools and services that help them in their packaging eco-design and design for recycling.
In addition to organizing monitoring projects with more than 40 member companies, together with VAL-I-PAC, Fost Plus has carried out 12 diagnostics of packaging solutions with the help of university partners specialized in the field of packaging. This service was developed to help companies optimize their packaging. A clear and precise report is sent to the member companies of Fost Plus and VAL-I-PAC with a description of the actions to be taken to reduce the ecological footprint of their packaging.
Members are then free to apply the proposed improvements at their convenience, without significant investment in new technologies. Thus, in December 2017, a big retailer company carried out a packaging diagnosis in three main product categories, giving rise to numerous eco-design perspectives for their packaging.
Result of a collaboration of CONAI with the research group of Politecnico di Torino and the support of professionals from CiAl
A public consultation was opened on the web-based platform www.progettarericiclo.com the result of a collaboration with the research group of Politecnico di Torino and the support of professionals from CiAl.
The model provides a clear overview of the key areas of attention
Starting with sustainable packaging, you will quickly discover that this involves more than simply using less or a different material.
This KIDV model provides a clear overview of the key areas of attention that you have to take into account when developing sustainable packaging. It also gives you the opportunity to zoom in on issues that are relevant to your specific situation from any angle. It offers background information, tips, guidelines, and examples that can help you along the way.
Over 10,600 volunteers rallied by June 16th across Spain
Over 10,600 volunteers rallied by June 16th across Spain to fight the environmental catastrophe that means the waste abandonment in natural environments, within the ‘1m2 –one square meter- for the Nature’ campaign.
It is an action carried out by SEO/Birdlife in partnership with Ecoembes to double the number of heroes who have dedicated their time to clean natural environment.
In its second call 420 natural areas of all over the country have been cleared from waste
Increasing the use of recycled plastic
Increasing the use of recycled plastic is an ongoing effort involving a stakeholders through the value chain. By increasing the demand and use of recycled plastic, producers will create a pull in the circular economy.
Several Grønt Punkt Norge members are already using recycled plastic in their packaging as a result of their own decisions and research. To increase the use of recycled materials, we need more knowledge on suppliers and qualities, and production - and user tests. All involved producers are well aware that consumer satisfaction and physical/technical functions are at the core of an optimized packaging solution. At the same time, they know that using recycled plastics is the single most effective way of reducing packaging materials’ footprint. The Norwegian project SirkulærPlast (CircularPlastics) is providing technical data for a broad range of recycled materials. This will answer questions from packaging - and commodity producers, and surely accelerate their transition to recycled plastics.
Members of ÇEVKO Foundation L’Oreal Turkey, Mey İçki, and Sütaş were awarded with their projects.
The 5thSustainable Business Awards, which aim to reward the successful sustainable business models, were given to projects that created major effects on social, economic, and environmental issues.
Members of ÇEVKO Foundation L’Oreal Turkey, Mey İçki, and Sütaş were awarded with their projects.
• Co-operation – In the B2B category L’Oreal Turkey was awarded with its Project “Beauty Knows No Obstacles”. You cane read more here: http://www.guzelligiherkeslepaylasmak.com/
• Mey İçki was rewarded in the Carbon and Energy Management category with the Carbon Footprint Calculation and Reduction Project of Kayra Vintage Wines.
• In the Waste Management category Sütaş received the award with “From Farm to Dinner Table” Value Chain Waste Management Model.
CONAI (ITALY) DIVERSIFICATION FOR PAPER AND CARDBOARD PACKAGING AND NEW RULES FORTHE PLASTIC SUPPLY CHAIN LAUNCHED
The CONAI Board of Directors has approved the introduction of the Diversified Contribution for certain paper and cardboard packaging and the evolution of diversification for plastic packaging since 1st January 2019.
For the paper and cardboard supply chain, the diversification concerns “polylaminated packaging with a prevalence of cartons suitable for containing liquids", such as containers used for fruit juices, milk and preserves.
Ecoembes, with the collaboration of the International University of La Rioja (UNIR), have launched the course `University Expert in Packaging and Digital Ecodesign’
The course, which will be 100% online, will begin on November 19th and will last four months. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Manage, evaluate and validate technical, economic and commercially new packaging designs.
• Integrate the environmental variable within the packaging design process and ensure that packaging is reusable or easily recyclable.
• Translate packaging sustainability into technical improvements and real economic savings.
• Improve the competitiveness of the product, making the environmental advantages an added value to the market.
The combination of theoretical content and practical material, and the global approach of the final business case, will allow to practice and connect all the acquired knowledge.
More information at
Five perspectives on sustainable product-packaging combinations
New knowledge domain on the KIDV website with background information from different perspectives on how to work on sustainable product-packaging combinations.
To more Circular Plastic Packaging for Construction Materials
The WRF is organizing the 2019 forum in the city of Antwerp around the general theme ‘Closing Loops – Transitions at Work’. The Valipac proposal has the title : ‘To more Circular Plastic Packaging for Construction Materials’ and during a presentation on ‘Eternal life of a shrink hood’ will be delivered. Shrink hoods for pallets can stay in circulation much longer if the entire value chain makes good agreements. Still,iIn order to achieve a higher rate of circularity, Valipac started a project to bring the shrink hoods of building materials back into the value chain as ... new shrink hoods. Therefore, we involve all actors: packers, construction contractors, waste collectors, recyclers and shrink hood producers. A step forward in the right direction, but more ideas are welcome. Come and brainstorm with us and let us inspire you by a more circular economy. To register please follow this link: https://www.wrf-antwerp2019.be/
Fost Plus tackles packaging that is difficult to recycle
At present, Fost Plus already recycles 89.1% of the packaging placed on the market in Belgium. With the expanded collection of PMD we will capture much more plastic packaging and increase the recycling rate of plastic packaging.
"There are still a number of types of packaging that are very difficult to recycle," says Nicolas Egri, Prevention Advisor at Fost Plus. "Today, we want to tackle this problem in close collaboration with our members. "
During the first phase, Fost Plus has inventoried the packaging which is difficult to recycle based on the declarations of the members. Based on this a potential of 17,000 tons of packaging has been identified, which will be tackled as a priority. Some of such identified packaging include potato chips, coffee packaging, black EPS trays, drug blister packs and infant milk packaging. It's often packaging that combines different materials from plastic, paper or metal - usually for hygienic reasons and for better preservation.
"We are nevertheless convinced that we can find alternatives in collaboration with producers. In the coming months, we will be sitting around the table with many of our members to discuss this issue. "These initiatives will reconcile the ecological and economic aspects, by reducing the contribution to the Green Dot rate by our members who are putting more recyclable packaging on the market. "
Do you place on the market non-recyclable packaging, and want to discuss possible recyclable alternatives that exist? Do not hesitate to contact our prevention department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together with KIDV more than twenty sector organizations have drawn up their sector innovation plans for 2019-2022
Together with the Netherlands Institute of Sustainable Packaging more than twenty sector organizations have drawn up their sector innovation plans for 2019-2022.
Amongst these organizations there are those active in the food industry, cosmetics, plants and flowers and the e-commerce. The sector innovation plans contain goals and measures which will improve the sustainability of the packaging used. These are intended to reduce the amount of packaging used and to improve the recyclability and reusability of plastic packaging.
KIDV expects that the sector innovation plans will contribute to reduction, reuse and improved recycling of resources and packaging materials.
[link to webpage sector innovation plans]
CONAI promotes environmental sustainability
This year CONAI promotes environmental sustainability with the “CONAI contest for prevention and packaging sustainability: 2019 edition”, aimed at rewarding the most innovative and ecofriendly packaging solutions placed on the market in the 2017-2018 biennium.
The available budget is equal to € 500,000, which is divided as follows:
- € 410,000 in proportion to the score of all admitted solutions;
- € 60,000 for best solutions referred to single material (steel, aluminium, paper, wood, plastic and glass);
- € 30,000 in Enlarged Technical Committee opinion (Awards for Circular Economy), for one or more of the following eco-design drivers:
- Design for reuse,
- Design for recycling,
- Use of secondary materials.
Green Dot Cyprus promoting responsible consumer behaviour
A conscious consumer is someone who considers the health effects, and environmental and social impacts before making a decision on what to buy.
Learn the top 10 ways to be a more conscious consumer by considering the health effects, and environmental and social impacts of products and companies before making the decision to buy.
Design for Circularity
Scientific Research Programme 2015-2019
Throughout 2015-2019, the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) executed a Sustainable Packaging research programme in collaboration with the Top Institute Food & Nutrition (TIFN). The programme was geared towards urgent, relevant issues that would contribute to a structural decrease of the environmental impact in the Dutch product packaging chain.
The programme explored a large range of topics: consumer experience and behaviour when purchasing and disposing of items, the environmental impact of packaging, the collection and processing of plastic packaging waste, and business models for making sustainable packaging practically feasible. It also involved research into the way people experience packaging in online business, business models in the Packaging Loop, the use of rPET in PET bottles, and mitigating measures in production processes to prevent mineral oils in recycled paper and cardboard.
Labeling of packaging and magazines
Starting from May 2019, labeling for packaging and magazines has been updated to become even clearer.
The marking is designed so that it works on both packaging and recycling containers. All to make it easier for consumers to sort properly. The idea is to have a uniform label that acts as a red thread throughout the recycling journey, with the same symbol on the packaging itself as on the recycling bins.
The Circular Shrink Hood has proven its robustness on production scale trials and during EUMOS transportation test.
Valipac is now disseminating the learnings with Benelux companies – who already ordered 10 tonnes worth of circular shrink hoods. At the same time the Circular Stretch film project is progressing very well. The production trial showed that a 23 micron film can be produced with 15% and 25 % PCR.
However some more formulation work is needed to bring the performance of the circular stretch film to the same high level as a film produced with 100% virgin plastic.
Flanders Circular made this summer another call for projects. This time Valipac made 3 entries: Circular Stretch Hood, Circle Strap and Circular Ink. All projects were declared admissible now let’s keep our fingers crossed that they will receive a grant too.
2019 edition of the Prevention Dossier,
The 2019 edition of the Prevention Dossier, entitled ‘Pensare Circolare – Risorse e idee per la sostenibilità’, or "Circular Thinking - Resources and ideas for sustainability" takes stock of trends relating to the sustainability of packaging and the strategies adopted by companies
The document describes the work of virtuous companies that adopt a sustainability strategy by taking into consideration the multiple functions of packaging and its environmental characteristics as well as the implications on the same organizations and their investments.The aim of the research is to provide a roadmap for the sustainability of packaging defining the main factors to be considered in a sustainability strategy.
he Community of Practice reusable packaging started in October 2019
Led by the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging the Community of Practice reusable packaging started in October 2019.
Representatives of twenty companies and organizations joined together in this community. They discussed market developments, shared challenges and the necessity and opportunities of reusable packaging. The more often a packaging is used the lower the environmental impact will be. In that sense reusable packaging will be more favorable to use in comparison to single use packaging.
The participants vary from multinationals to start-ups, brand-owners, retailers, (logistical) service providers, universities and NGO’s.
Fost Plus: Greener Packaging Awards 2019
In October 2019, we once again awarded two prizes to highlight innovative packaging that contributes to circularity.
This year, the prizes were awarded to L’Oréal for their shampoo refill system in the household packaging category, and to Werner & Mertz for the circularity of their bottles in the industrial packaging category. More infromation can be found here:
Grønt Punkt Norge (Green Dot Norway) launched Plastløftet in January
lastløftet will help Norwegian companies contribute to reaching the EU-goals for material recycling of plastic (50% of all plastics by 2025 and 55% by 2030). Plastløftet focuses on increasing the use of recycled plastic, avoiding unnecessary plastic and design for recycling.
Companies taking Plastløftet commit themselves to:
1. Set ambitious goals for the increased use of recycled plastic.
2. Prevent plastic waste. The company must work to reduce, reuse and design the plastic packaging for recycling.
3. Attend three annual seminars where producers share knowledge, and experts offer updates on regulations, new materials, recycling technology, design for recycling, etc.
The companies set ambitious goals, and report on activities and results annually.
50 companies have signed Plastløftet in 2019, and it will continue through 2020
TAMIR has set the goal of promoting simple and clear information for the residents
The information explains into which waste bin to discard each package
as well as aims to to strengthen the environmental image of the manufacturers and importers that have signed agreements with “TAMIR”.
In collaboration with designers specializing in product and packaging design, Tamir have created unique recycling symbols
Yellow bin: Waste bottles of 1.5 liters or more and their corks (these are non-deposit family drinking bottles), other plastic bottles and their caps
Orange bin: PMD or packaging waste of all kinds (except glass and cardboard)
Purple bin: Glass packaging waste such as olive oil bottles, perfume bottles, coffee jars, jam or honey jars, etc.
Blue bin: household cardboard packaging waste, white paper, magazines, newspaper papers, notebooks and cartons such as egg cartons, toilet rolls, etc.
Wienerberger Belgium won the Packaging Award
Wienerberger Belgium won the Packaging Award during the 61st Ufemat congress in Montreux. The Spanish Danosa and the British Lakes Showering Spaces were the other Award finalists.
Wienerberger entered the contest with the Circular Shrink Hood that is protecting Wienerberger’s Eco-Bricks. The jury supported the Wienerberger project because of the holistic combination of an ecological product protected by an equally sustainable packaging solution. Valipac is proud because through our connect and develop efforts, Wienerberger is now the first construction materials company that is using shrink hoods containing 50% PCR.
KIDV carried out a study into possible alternatives for laminate packaging
These are multi-layer and flexible materials which, due to their excellent packaging properties, are often used to pack food stuffs. Laminates are currently not (fully) compatible with a circular economy.
Companies with ambitions to have their plastic packaging portfolio completely recyclable and wish to use less fossil based raw materials by 2030 are facing serious challenges.
For this reason the KIDV carried out a study into possible alternatives for laminate packaging available in the short and medium term, and that are (more) compatible with a circular economy (fully recyclable) and offer the same packaging properties. The KIDV reviewed ten laminates and compared the materials with possible alternative materials. The study showed that, in practice, direct one-on-one substitution of laminates in plastic packaging is difficult or impossible.
In the research report KIDV describes the steps The Netherlands and Europe must take to achieve circular solutions for flexible multilayer materials.
New online tool allows also to simulate eco-design interventions.
Through a simple guided questionnaire, the simplified LCA it assesses the environmental impact of the packaging at all stages of its life cycle in relation to water consumption, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.
The tool therefore suggests personalized eco-design actions and dispositions to carry out comparisons between the simulations, from the point of view of the environmental impact and circularity.
A joint effort of Ecoembes, AECOC (GS1 Spain) and IHOBE (Society of Environmental Management of the Basque Government)
Ecoembes, AECOC (GS1 Spain) and IHOBE (Society of Environmental Management of the Basque Government), presented the last 24th October in Bilbao, a document with recommendations to improve the sustainability of e-commerce packaging.
The purpose is to help companies to design and develop packagings that, with the minimum amount of material, guarantee the protection of the product along its value chain, thus contributing to reduce the environmental and economic impact associated.
The report also outlines that the 43% of online shoppers are willing to pay more for more ‘environmentally friendly’ packaging.
Grønt Punkt Norge (Green Dot Norway) is developing a website to help our members develop more sustainable packaging
The guide will show how good packaging can be both environmentally - and cost efficient.
It will cover all packaging materials, and the topics packaging optimization, circular economy, reduction, reuse, design for recycling and the use of recycled materials. News and examples about trends and examples from members will be added for inspiration