World’s First Aseptic Carton Bottle for Enriched Dairy Products

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 11. April 2016

Nova Chemicals and Tetra Pak collaboration has led to recent commercialization of novel package.


This week at the 2016 TAPPI PLACE conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, Nova Chemicals and Tetra Pak co-presented a paper on their successful collaboration to develop what appears to be the first aseptic carton bottle for ambient white milk.


Moreover, the oxygen barrier properties of Nova’s Surpass HPs667-AB HDPE made it possible for Tetra Pak to expand beyond ambient white milk to enriched dairy alternatives, including flavored and toddler and baby milk in its new Tetra Evero Aseptic package.


“The first generation of the Tetra Evero Aseptic package focuses on ambient white milk, but the ambition was to extend to a range of liquids that could be stored at room temperature throughout the supply chain and in retail outlets. To develop this, Tetra Pak searched for a new polyethylene with the exceptional oxygen barrier properties that this package required. Using Nova Chemical’s HPs667-AB resin, we are able to expand into some of the best performing categories in the global dairy market, such as flavored and vitamin fortified milk,” said Tunc Turkmen, product director for Tetra Evero Aseptic.


Produced with Nova’s Advanced Sclairtech dual-reactor process and single-site catalyst, HPs667-AB is a bimodal homopolymer, 6-melt index, 0.967 g/cc HDPE for cast film and extrusion coating. The material reportedly offers excellent barrier and stiffness performance, which helps converters and brand owners improve the sustainability of packaged goods in a wide variety of applications, including cereal, crackers, dairy and other liquids.


Experts from Nova Chemical’s Center for Performance Applications and Center for Applied Research in Calgary, Alberta, worked closely with the Tetra Pak team to qualify the HPs667-AB resin to meet the Tetra Evero Aseptic performance requirements. In addition, the Nova team helped Tetra Pak ensure that the barrier properties were retained throughout a complex, unique production process and the use of pigmented resins.


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Tetra Pak Evero Aseptic Package

Samsung Gets ISRI’s 2016 Design for Recycling Award

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 8. April 2016

First time a television has been built with a greenhouse gas emission as a building block.


Samsung Electronics America, Ridgefield Park, N.J., is the recipient of the 2016 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award for the use of environmentally-conscious materials and advanced recyclable design in its 2016 Curved Full HD TV awarded by The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).


The 2016 Curved Full HD TV (UN55K6250) incorporates easy-to-disassemble, snap-together parts that are made with minimal chemical content. The snap closures eliminate the use of 30 screws, making it easier for recyclers to disassemble their products. In fact, this television should take less than 10 minutes to disassemble.


Moreover, in its efforts to create an eco-conscious product, Samsung opted to substitute conventional plastic with eco-friendly polyketone made from carbon monoxide, making this television the first to be built with a greenhouse emission as a building block (read more about polyketone here).


Said ISRI president Robin Wiener, “Samsung’s products showcase the company’s efforts to focus on resource and energy efficiency as well as the use of single materials, unbleached chlorine-free paper, and nonuse of hazardous substances. Samsung’s concern for product recyclability has allowed them to move forward with an industry-first design that combines best-in-class experiences with an eco-friendly outlook, which makes them a perfect selection for this year’s award.”


For over 25 years, the DFR Award has been ISRI’s most prestigious award, annually given to the most innovative products designed with recycling in mind. To be eligible, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:


• Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;


• Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;


• Be cost effective to recycle whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;


• Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;


• Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment; and


• Reducing the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components, among other qualifications.


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Icelandic Design Student Creates 100% Biodegradable Bottle

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Red algae powder combined with water forms a jelly-like material.


A 100% biodegradable algae water bottle created by Ari Jonsson is featured in the March issue of Dezeen, a London-based architecture and design publication. Jonsson, a product design student at Iceland Academy of Arts, first presented his eco-friendly invention at DesignMarch, an annual design festival held in Reykjavik in mid-March.


He noted that he felt an “urgent” need to develop a replacement material after reading about the amount of waste plastic produced daily, particularly single-use products such as water bottles. He started by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of different materials to determine what could be suitable for use as a water bottle and eventually came across a powdered form of agar—a substance made from algae.


When agar powder is added to water, it forms a jelly-like material. Once he determined the right proportions, Jonsson slowly heated the substance before pouring it into a bottle-shaped mold that had been kept in the freezer. He then rotated the mold while submerged in a bucket of ice-cold water, until the liquid inside took the shape of the bottle. It was then placed in a refrigerator for a few minutes before the agar bottle was extracted from the mold.


Here’s how it appears to work: while the bottle is full of water, it keeps its shape; and, as soon as it is empty, it begins to decompose. Jonsson said, “If it fails, or if the bottom is too thin or it has a hole in it, I can just reheat it and pour it into the mold again.” Now, here is the clincher: Because the bottle is made from 100% natural materials, the water stored inside it is safe to drink. However, Jonsson did report that after a while, it (the water) may extract a small amount of taste from the bottle. He went further noting that “if the user likes the taste, they can bite the bottle itself when they are finished drinking.”


According to the Dezeen article, designers are increasingly experimenting with seaweed and other forms of algae. For example, seaweed has been recently used as architectural cladding and to create lampshades, while algae has been the base material for a rug-weaving yarn and a textile dye. Algae has even been used as an energy source to power buildings.


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Study Analyzes Full Spectrum of Plastics Additives

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Comprehensive report looks at factors ranging from demand to supply and pricing of raw materials, as well as environmental and regulatory issues.


The global plastics additives market is projected to grow from nearly $50.6 billion in 2016 to $64.6 billion by 2021, according to a comprehensive study by Dublin-based Research and Markets (U.S. office in NYC). Global Markets for Plastics Additives-2016 Market Report identifies and measure the market opportunities for the full range of plastics additives. These include:


• Plasticizers

• Flame Retardants

• Heat Stabilizers

• Fillers

• Impact Modifiers

• Antioxidants

• Colorants

• Lubricants

• Light Stabilizers

• Blowing Agents

• Biocides

• Antistatic Agents

• Bioadditives

• Miscellaneous Additives


The global additives market is broken down and measured by various parameters, and future growth is forecast by both the overall markets and every possible market segment. Regional markets are also measured and examined in detail. This report provides a detailed study of the applications and global and regional markets for all types of plastics additives as well as the plastics additive industry. Key applications include: automotive, other transportation, packaging, building and construction, electrical and electronics, appliances, medical, and, miscellaneous.


The researchers took an in-depth look at the consolidation and globalization of the plastics processing industry, which can aid additive manufacturers and suppliers to establish themselves in all major regions.  Also included are:


• Evaluation of the market’s dynamics, specifically growth drivers, inhibitors, and opportunities.


• Information on the supply and pricing of raw materials as well as information concerning the basic feedstock of various plastics additives.


• Information about the environmental and regulatory aspects of different types of plastics additives.


• A look at the effects of various factors on the supply chain, value and demand for plastics additives.


• Profiles of nearly 70 major players in the industry.


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First Application of Photochromic Ink on a Flexible Package Recognized with Award

By: Lilli Manolis Sherman 30. March 2016

Printpack awarded for its technical innovation by the leading flexible packaging industry association.


Last year, one of the leading manufacturers of flexible and specialty rigid packaging unveiled its proprietary process that allows for photochromic ink to be hidden within standard graphics and remain invisible until exposed to sunlight. This month, Atlanta-based Printpack was awarded by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) with the Silver Achievement Award for Technical Innovations. This in recognition of the company’s work to solve a challenge that has tested the industry for years—applying photochromic ink to a flexible film.


The first-of-its-kind application, showcased late last year at Pack Expo in Las Vegas (read more here), has generated a new packaging category, providing brand owners with a unique way to genuinely interact and engage with their customer base.  Printpack has noted that interactive packaging is proven to capture consumer attention and encourage engagement with the brand in a meaningful way. As director of technology Mark Brogan put it, “This type of packaging application can truly set a brand apart by adding depth to the consumer experience. It can make all the difference when it comes to purchasing decisions.”


For years, the application of photochromic ink for the flexible packaging industry has been a challenge, particularly in high-speed production environments. The R&D team at Printpack came up with a novel process to apply the ink while still upholding the integrity of the packaging design and graphics to the highest standard.


The FPA has awarded companies that foster innovation and drive the advancement of the flexible packaging industry since 1956, the same year Printpack was founded. Winners of the 60th Annual FPA Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards were announced March 1st at an awards ceremony in Naples, Fla.

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