27 Feb. 2021. Every year, people worldwide dispose of billions of batteries, but only 20% of this waste is recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, which is dangerous because they contain potentially toxic or corrosive materials (like cadmium and nickel) that can leak into the surrounding environment.
2 Mar. 2021. Following on from our news item of two weeks' ago, we can now report that 2,000 consumers will soon receive Coca‑Cola’s first ever drink in a paper bottle prototype, set to be tested in the market for the first time this summer. The innovative new packaging format will be trialed in Hungary with Coca‑Cola’s plant-based drink, AdeZ, in just a few months’ time.
Supermarkets inhabit a commercial sector that has done reasonably well during the lockdown. However, always looking to reduce their environmental impact, they continually liaise with supplier companies to see what more can be done to drive down their carbon footprint. Recently, two major paper suppliers (DS Smith and Mondi) have worked with some of the largest supermarkets (Asda and Tesco Central Europe) on the following:
2 Mar. 2021. Paper mills use large amounts of water in their production processes and need new methods to improve sustainability.
15 Feb 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the decline in the production of newsprint and other graphic grades in Europe, but in contrast packaging grades have jumped in demand.
For about the last 20 years, the demand for moulded fiber packaging has been increasing, and more recently has exploded. Manufacturing technology has followed except for the key component: tooling. Almost all global molded fibre product producers currently use the same tooling of 3D machined metal, with extensive drilling and difficult metal screening. This tooling process is costly as well as requiring long delivery times for products. Tooling (moulds) has been a manufacturing pain point for many years in spite of many attempted improvements.