May’s top stories: Dell’s green packaging, EU best-before labels proposal

3 June 2014 (Last Updated June 3rd, 2014 18:30)

Dell will pilot carbon-negative packaging from Newlight Technologies. The EU is extending the foods that do not require best-before labels. Packaging Gateway wraps up the key headlines from May.

May’s top stories: Dell’s green packaging, EU best-before labels proposal

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Dell to introduce green Newlight Technologies packaging

Multinational computer company Dell will begin piloting new carbon-negative packaging using AirCarbon technology from Newlight Technologies.

The AirCarbon-based packaging is due for launch in autumn, and will be used for the packaging sleeves around new Dell Latitude series notebooks.

Part of the company's new sustainability initiatives, the scheme brings Dell closer to achieving its goal of using 100% sustainable packaging by 2020.

EU to remove 'best-before' labels from certain food products

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The EU will put forth new proposals to allow national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates in order to cut down on food waste across Europe.

EU agriculture ministers discussed a document that argued best-before dates are inappropriate for food such as rice, pasta and coffee that can be stored for a longer period. The move would also remove dates from hard cheeses, jams and pickles to slow the wastage of edible produce.

The document estimates that 89 million tonnes of edible food is discarded in the continent annually. Its proposal would save up to 15t of food per household.

Consumer survey reveals concern over food packaging chemicals

A survey conducted by the Friends of Glass online forum run by FEVE has revealed concern among European consumers about the possible health risks arising from chemicals transferring into foods from packaging.

It was found that 81% of consumers in the UK are worried about food contamination from packaging, with over a third describing their concern as significant.

UK consumers cite food safety in general as their second biggest worry in life, and 62% of parents are concerned about food safety for their children.

PRE to develop recycling guidelines for PET trays in Europe

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The professional representative body of plastics recyclers Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) has announced plans to develop recycling guidelines to enable the value chain to assess the recyclability of PET trays and move towards recyclable products.

At present, PET trays are not sorted separately and are not recycled. PRE is looking at adding separate sorting streams to enable recycling, and also plans to develop guidelines for trays that are made out of other plastics that have similar issues to the PET trays.

PRE says that the packaging industry has witnessed a significant increase in the use of PET trays in recent years, which has not been adequately

Ecover launches recycled plastic bottle made from ocean waste

Belgium-based cleaning products manufacturer Ecover has launched a washing liquid bottle made from plastic recycled from ocean waste in a bid to reduce the environmental impact of its packaging.

The new Ecover Ocean Bottle is produced completely from recycled plastic, 10% of which comes from the sea.

The plastic is collected through public-private foundation Waste Free Oceans (WFO), which aims to mobilise and unite the fisheries sector, public authorities and the international plastics industry.

Tetra Pak achieves certification for sustainability initiatives at Indian facility

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Swedish multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has secured platinum certification from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for its Chakan, Pune packaging material facility that opened in May 2013.

The €120m facility was designed to address growing demand for the company's processing and packaging solutions across India, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

The certification was given based on an assessment of the site in six categories: sustainability, water conservation, energy conservation, indoor environmental quality, material conservation and innovation.

Avery Dennison to provide Rainforest Alliance grant

US-based labelling and packaging materials company Avery Dennison is giving a grant of $200,000 to the Rainforest Alliance to support sustainable forestry in Honduras.

The funds will be used to promote best practices in forestry management in line with Forest Stewardship Council certification to around 80,000ha of land in Brus Laguna, one the greatest deforestation fronts in all of Latin America. They will also be used to diversify the timber value chain and increase access to new markets for farmers.

Avery Dennison says that new jobs will be created and the organisational and business capacities of community forest enterprises will also be strengthened.

Amcor Flexibles introduces lightweight peelable lidding films

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Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas has announced the launch of a new range of high-barrier peelable lidding films that seal directly onto APET trays.

The company says that the new Amcor N-Gage range is lighter compared to existing films and cuts down total pack weight by around 10%. It will also enable the APET tray and lid to be completely recycled, once the recycling stream is in place.

According to a recent study published by Eco-Emballages and Adelphe, the development of a mono-material PET tray and a compatible lidding film which can be sealed to the tray would be the optimum packaging solution for trays and lids for sliced cured meat. The study also reports on key projects with leading food manufacturers designed to improve the recyclability of packaging that is plastic-based.