From bioplastics to materials that dissolve in water, 2013 is aiming to be the year where sustainable packaging becomes the norm rather than an exception. In this issue we talk sustainable packaging trends with the UK’s leading sustainable packager, London Bio Packaging. We also explore the promising new technologies leading the way for packaging that can do a vanishing act once submerged in water.

We find out how Brewer SABMiller and Ireland’s CRANN Institute’s ongoing nanotechnology research could increase the sustainability and shelf-life of plastic beer bottles. Moreover, we explore the opportunities and challenges of using recycled content in fibre-based packaging applications, ask how Walmart’s packaging scorecard has changed the way companies source their packaged goods, and bust some myths about drink can recycling.

Finally, we profile a new recycling plant that is boosting sustainability in California and the UK’s first beverage carton recycling facility that is scheduled to start operations this year.

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In this issue

Riding the Green Wave
As sustainability continues to rate high on the packaging agenda Marcus Hill, founder of London Bio Packaging, explains why bioplastics could be the green packaging trend making the biggest waves in the industry this year.
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Vanishing Act
We have all heard of biodegradable packaging, designed to keep the environment clean and litter-free, but now packaging designers have gone one step further, creating materials that dissolve when placed in water.
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Keeping the Fizz
Ireland’s CRANN Institute and brewer SABMiller have collaborated to increase the sustainability and shelf life of plastic beer bottles. We find out how his research could lead to a beer packaging revolution.
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Keeping Score
Walmart’s packaging scorecard has significantly changed the way companies source their packaged goods. Ron Sasine, senior director of the group’s packaging procurement division gives an overview of the initiative.
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Doing it Right
Katherine O’Dea of GreenBlue, a US-based non-profit organisation promoting sustainable business practices, shares best practice advice for the use of recycled content in fibre-based packaging applications.
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Myth Busting
A nationwide student film-making competition in the UK aims to raise awareness about drinks can recycling and dispel some of the myths surrounding the recycling process.
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Case Study: Bottle to Bottle
A new recycling plant dedicated to post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (pcrPET) plastic bottle recycling opened in California, US, in March 2012. It is the largest PET recycling plant in the world and aims to boost sustainability in California.
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Case Study: Carton Recycling
The UK’s first recycling facility for beverage cartons is scheduled to open in 2013 with a reprocessing capacity of 25,000t per year. The plant will reprocess cartons collected from household and commercial wastes gathered by local waste management contractors and authorities.
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Next issue: May 2013

From food and drinks to personal care, the look of packaging matters for every brand. In the next issue we find out how design strategies such as visioneering aim to maximize a product’s appeal to the consumer, and ask how designers use their understanding of consumers’ needs to create packaging campaigns.

We also explore the secrets behind successful design overhauls, look at the cutting-edge technologies behind today’s most innovative packaging designs, and find out how the latest design software helps as new ideas and concepts make the transition from the computer screen to the prototype.

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