6 Packaging Reductions That Don’t Increase Food Waste

Website Link (Article by Claire Sand) Packaging reductions that do not create additional food waste equals more environmentally friendly food packaging. The desire to reduce packaging remains strong, and three motivating factors can prompt the packaging industry to take additional action for sustainability. Laws Legislation such as the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, which goesContinue reading “6 Packaging Reductions That Don’t Increase Food Waste”

Mycelium-based ingredient used in Beverages and Meat analogues

Website Link (Article by Oliver Morrison) US-based MycoTechnology says it is set to accelerate its growth plans in Europe after the European Commission granted Novel Food status to two of its mycelium-based plant proteins. Mycelium is the fibrous root structure of mushrooms. MycoTechnology’s range of ingredients, called FermentIQ, consist of pea and rice protein fermentedContinue reading “Mycelium-based ingredient used in Beverages and Meat analogues”

Valorization of food industry waste and by-products using 3D printing: A study on the development of value-added functional cookies

Article Link Highlights •A novel approach for improved utilization of food industry waste/by-products.•Industry waste streams selected: grape pomace and broken wheat.•3D printing for the production of customized foods with improved value.•Insights for cleaner production and effective resource recovery.•Optimization of 3D printing conditions in the in-house fabricated printer CARK. Abstract Wastes and by-products of the foodContinue reading “Valorization of food industry waste and by-products using 3D printing: A study on the development of value-added functional cookies”

Outlook 2023: Consumer Trends

Website Link (Article by Elizabeth Brewster) If you’re looking for the main driving force behind the latest trends in consumer behavior, look no further than that timeworn cliché from the 1990s: “It’s the economy, stupid.” As global consumers settle into a new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than two-thirds (67%), onContinue reading “Outlook 2023: Consumer Trends”

Turning Plastic Grocery Bags into Sustainable Fuel

Website Link (Article by Larry Frum) More than 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, which causes serious environmental issues because of plastic’s life cycle and the difficulty of eliminating it. Consequently, most plastic waste ends up in either a landfill or the ocean. A significant number of plastics break down into microplastics,Continue reading “Turning Plastic Grocery Bags into Sustainable Fuel”

What Is SPRING and Why Is It Needed in Packaging Now?

Website Link (Article by Robert Lilienfeld) SPRING is an acronym for the new Sustainable Packaging Research, Information, and Networking Group. Here’s what you should know about SPRING, a new virtual think tank to help all stakeholders make effective decisions about sustainable packaging. Let me introduce you to SPRING, which  stands for the Sustainable Packaging Research,Continue reading “What Is SPRING and Why Is It Needed in Packaging Now?”

Benefits of aluminum vs steel: from environmental impacts to meeting consumer needs

Website Link (Article by Brandon Bach) Transparency in products remains important to consumers. They want to know where the everyday products they purchase are coming from, what they are made of and if they fit their shopping preferences. According to a study from Nielsen and Label Insight, 39% of shoppers would be willing to switchContinue reading “Benefits of aluminum vs steel: from environmental impacts to meeting consumer needs”

Transparent Packaging Achieves First 100% rPET Carton

Website Link (Article by Rick Lingle) The 100% barrier for post-consumer recycle (PCR) content for transparent recycled PET (rPET) plastic folding cartons has been attained. The new sustainably-enhanced product was introduced by custom plastic box manufacturer Printex Transparent Packaging (PTP), which is the largest such company in North America. The Eco-PET 100 folding carton is made fromContinue reading “Transparent Packaging Achieves First 100% rPET Carton”

Commercialization of next-generation biomaterials

Website Link (Article by Rachel Arthur) The Coca-Cola Company, Changchun Meihe Science & Technology and UPM have announced the first planned commercialization of new tech to create plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG): which can replace traditional oil-based MEG in PET bottles. The tech will allow the companies to efficiently convert second-generation biomass to the plant-based bMEG:Continue reading “Commercialization of next-generation biomaterials”

The world is banking on giant carbon-sucking fans to clean our climate mess

Website Link (Article by Ivana Kottasová) The windswept valleys surrounding the Hengill volcano in southwestern Iceland are dotted with hot springs and steam vents. Hikers from all over the world come here to witness its breath-taking scenery. Even the sheep are photogenic in the soft Nordic light. Right in the middle of all that natural beauty sitsContinue reading “The world is banking on giant carbon-sucking fans to clean our climate mess”