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Britain's 'Lunch On The Go' Addiction Results In 11bn Pieces Of Packaging Waste Each Year | Valdamark

Britain's 'Lunch On The Go' Addiction Results In 11bn Pieces Of Packaging Waste Each Year | Valdamark | Packaging |

Britain's lunch on the go habit has a huge cost! It generates 11 billion items of packaging waste each year.

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Britain's 'lunch on the go' addiction becomes a new area of focus in the ongoing battle to help the environment by reducing packaging waste.


It is thought that this habit generates a staggering 11 billion pieces of packaging waste each year, much of which does not get recycled. 


Many workers have for a long time now bought takeaway and fast food lunches regularly, with the numbers steadily rising over the last five years. This is from research conducted by the environmental charity Hubbub. 


The waste generated includes everything from sandwich boxes to crisp packets and napkins. 


Hubub conducted a survey of over 1,200 workers that found the average lunch purchase included 4 packaged items. Over 76% of these shoppers picked up a main product like a sandwich carton with a further 70% going on to get a packet of crisps or other item. Interestingly another 65% went on to grab a napkin in addition to the above items. 


Most of the people surveyed conceded that they were buying lunch on the go more regularly than they did in the 5 years previous. The research also found that the total spend by consumers on these lunches was a whopping 13.6 billion each year. 


Over a quarter said they felt they were too busy too make their own!


We are seeing these changes as a result of the UK's constantly evolving food culture. 


The number of places to eat out has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. Consumers tends to agree with 20% saying they feel like there are more places to eat out with a further 19% agreeing that it is more tempting than it used to be. 


Hubbbub have commented that the problem is these items create huge levels of waste. The majority of which is made from mixed materials like pet/alu/pe, meaning you can't recycle it.


Another problem is contamination! Formats like laminated aluminium foil bags will often contain food residue making them hazardous to recycle. 


The advice is that by planning lunches in advance and using whats in your fridge you can drastically reduce the amount of packaging you use. 


You also save money!



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Cannabis Industry Confronts The Big Issues | Valdamark Packaging

Cannabis Industry Confronts The Big Issues | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

The cannabis industry is looking to address the social and environmental issues spring up around its acceptance in society. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

The Cannabis Industry answers it's critics by demonstrating just how many opportunities for mainstream businesses are created in the United States & Canada.


Many see the cannabis industry as the 'Wild West' of retail but the fact is that cannabis and it's companion products are supporting many a regular business in both Canada and the U.S.


Actually there is nothing short of a long queue from businesses looking to enter the cannabis space. Altria & Constellation Brands are two big names that are looking to expand into the vaping and edibles market with billions of dollars at their disposal. 


Much of what we see in the press focuses about the 'cannabis' aspect of the cannabis industry. However their are many responsible professionals who are confronting the wide array of social issues that come with cannabis's entry into the mainstream. 


Cannabis Vaping and e-cigarette usage seems to be forever increasing but despite their popularity vapers and smokers alike are getting bad feedback from people who do not. 


This can be anything from being sent outside to vape or getting a not so nice look when they smoke on the street!


It is the belief of Philter™ Labs that vaping does not have to effect the environment or people in it. Their products give clients the choice to either vape in a traditional manner or to filter their emissions depending on the environment. 


Philter Labs recently debuted the worlds first dual function filter developed by experts from the protective packaging industry.


Many are seeing Philters new technology as a solution that lets responsible adults participate in what is increasingly acceptable behavior. 


As a fast growing delivery method for both cannabis and nicotine the vape market creates huge amounts of waste!


Everything from the packaging pouches through to the vaporizer batteries and their pods. 


Cannabis activist Katie Stone says responsible recycling is necessary in the cannabis industry and also the right thing to do. 


The action taken in other industries can provide a blueprint for what to do in the cannabis industry. Take Terra Cycle as an example. Their motto is recycling the un recyclable, unfortunately it is illegal to reuse the cannabis containing sections of vape pens and e-cigarettes, however the plastic and electronic can be recycled. .

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Rethinking Plastic Packaging Means Some Harsh Realities | Valdamark Packaging 

Rethinking Plastic Packaging Means Some Harsh Realities | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

When rethinking plastic packaging waste and potential alternatives, we must take into consideration how sustainable these replacements actually are? 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

The harsh reality that confronts us when rethinking packaging!


When we think about plastic packaging it all too easy to condemn it straightaway without thinking of the consequences that will occur with replacement materials.  


Nowadays landfills are overflowing with plastics. Aside from Plastics Oceans International say that in excess of 8 million tones are thrown in the ocean each year.


Packaging waste is a huge global burden accounting for about 40% of the planets plastic usage. Despite this shocking statistic a meager 14% of plastic packaging is recycled. 


This low rate will probably surprise many people who go to the trouble of separating their waste when it comes time for their rubbish to be collected. It is dues to a variety of factors including public awareness as to the true cost of plastic packaging but also recycling itself and in the infrastructure behind it. 


It is true that many large retailers and packaging manufacturers are increasing their sustainability efforts along with improvements to their environmental credentials. Their efforts are mainly focused on the reduction of plastic packaging as a preferred choice or at least ensuring it is easily recyclable. Or even reusable.  


It would be very difficult at present for most retail businesses to completely cut out plastic packaging from their supply chains. The emphasis should more be on cutting out plastic packaging waste than plastic packaging itself. 


This philosophy was backed up by Laura Rowell who leads global sustainability at Sonoco Packaging. Sonoco manufacturers laminated foil packaging film as well as heat seal packaging and various other paper and corrugated products.  


What goals should we set going forward


Over 250 companies have signed up to the goals that were set by the new plastics economy. This is a vision initiative from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation promoting awareness and the eventual elimination of problematic and overused plastic packaging materials. The end game is to have all plastic packaging either recyclable or compostable by 2025.  


Current participants include Coca Cola, Pepsi and Unilever. 


Wallmart is also encouraging all of its suppliers to follow suit with the sustainable packaging playbook. This provides any retailer with advice & guidance on best practices to ensure packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible. 


Sonoco for example have set goals to eliminate plastic packaging waste through in depth reviews of their current processes. 


They currently utilise 22% recycled plastic in their manufacturing operations with 19% after market plastic. 


Trader Joe's meanwhile is looking at packaging through the lens of its sustainability framework. This recommends on the sourcing of renewable and recycled packaging whilst choosing packaging that can be recycled efficiently. 


They have currently replaces consumable plastic packaging and replaced it with alternatives like Sealable Pouches and paper alternatives. 


They have also introduced new biodegrable storage packaging materials for their loose fruits and vegetables. Futhermore the infamous Styrofoam trays have now been replaced with pet/alu/lldpe alternatives.  


There is much work to do but it is a start! 



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Innovative New Seal Verification Tech For Medical Devices | Valdamark Packaging

Innovative New Seal Verification Tech For Medical Devices | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

This new seal verification technology from Bemis Healthcare is sure to be a hit with medical device packaging companies. Designed specifically for them it offers an easy way to check seal strength. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Bemis Healthcare Packaging has recently introduced a new seal verification technology for coded medical device packaging


The technology is innovative in that it gives the operator a real time, non-intrusive, visual indication of seal quality. This makes it easy for the operator to determine if the seals on sterile barrier film packaging are optimal and of a sufficient standard. 


The process works by generating a blue pigment colour that only materializes under proper seal conditions. Conditions include specific chemistry, heat and constant levels. 


David Vanden Heuvel at Bemis Healthcare has commented that this new system is a result of extensive collaboration with customers, understanding their needs in a market where quality and performance are key drivers. It's this customer centric research and development which has led them to the development of the 'game changing' technology.  


This is an emerging technology platform. The breakthrough is credited to Bemis's material science department. Here they have market leading, in house expertise. These extensive capabilities allow for customer driven innovation that would otherwise be made difficult and cumbersome.


The below steps illustrate some of the seal verification technologies processes -


  • The blue pigment is generated once the sealing process is complete and in line with combination chemistry that is already forms part of the heat seal packaging substrate. 
  • The blue pigment deepens in color in accordance with the seal strength. This makes it easy to determine any defects on a scale of severity. These measurements can be done in real time as the operator uses the heat sealer machine.
  • The process then uses a method called ETO sterilization to ensure that the color pigment is reversed once seal strength has been established. This means that there is no visual abnormalities on the packaging once it reaches the end user. 


This breakthrough technology from Bemis Packaging is sure to be a hit. Creating optimal seals for validatable packaging is a big challenge for many medical device companies, particularly when it comes to ensuring consistency. 


Here is to a successful product launch.

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Zignago Vetro Choosed New Packaging Machinery | Valdamark Packaging

Zignago Vetro Choosed New Packaging Machinery | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

A Glass Packaging maker in Italy has chosen a new system from Messersi Packaging machinery. The system adds both durability to the packaging whilst saving on cost.


Jake Whitfield's insight:

In Italy Glass Packaging maker Ziganago Vetro has partnered with Messersi Packaging Machinery for production in two of it's manufacturing plants.


Messersi Packaging has come up with a system that is able to produce small compact packaging in conjunction with laminated packaging film that adheres to glass bottle and protects from any harmful atmospheric conditions. 


The system utilizes a hood that ensures fast and effective shrinking that uses an Polythene heat sealer for safety, stability but also improves the aesthetic qualities of the package. 


Zignago Vetro has chosen a design that is ideal when fitted to glass products. As well there is a construction that includes a square device and a horizontal strapping machines which stabilizes each layer of the glass bottle. 


The shrink wrapping machine used has four sections and a top cover to make the package durable when travelling through the supply chain. 


There is also the additional benefit of energy saving during packaging production. It is far less intensive with the Messersi system. 


The machinery is planned to be installed next month at production sites in Norther Italy.


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Uncle Dougie’s Pouch Packaging Is a Hit | Valdamark Packaging

Uncle Dougie’s Pouch Packaging Is a Hit | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

Uncle Dougie's Organic BBQ sauce get the new innovative Standcap pouch packaging from Glenroy. A easy alternative to complication form fill seal pouches. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Uncle Dougie's Organic BBQ sauce gets a taste of the new Glenroy Standcap pouch.


It's innovation all round for Uncle Dougie's and Glenroy. Uncle Dougie's was on the look out for new product packaging that could really enhance their range of sauces. 


They turned to flexible packaging supplier Glenroy. The sauces have a loyal and committed following in both Canada and the United States thanks to a reputation for 100% natural ingredients free of preservatives and gluten. 


Original Uncle Dougie's LLC boss Doug Tomek says they were into small batches before small batches was a 'thing'. We like his style. 


Glenroy were looking for a brand owner client to partner with for their new StandCap foil pouch packaging launch.


The StandCap is an inverted pouch design that is both ready to use and cost effective. A great choice for those looking for entry into the pre made pouch packaging market. 


The pouch was unveiled at Pack Expo 2018 in Chicago, exhibited at multiple vendor stands it received great feedback. 


It looked like it was meant to be when Original Uncle Dougie's announced its new range of USDA certified Organic BBQ sauces contained in a squeezable pouch. 


The StandCap became the standout solution when Uncle Dougie's received feedback from customers frustrated they could not get the last 10% of sauce out of the glass or plastic bottles. 


This was a serious paint point for UD's loyal BBQ sauce customers. As was the messy cap and spout. 


Four years in the making!


Rewind to 2015 and the worldwide debut of this type of pouch packaging with Daisy's form fill seal products, Glenroy embark on

a long and painstaking research and development process.


It is also at this time Glenroy make the decision to bring pouch packaging manufacture in house along with the manufacturing of laminated aluminium foil packaging and rollstock products. 


The StandCap and inverted pouches in general were seen as an opportunity for Glenroy to reach out to smaller brands who cannot commit to form fill foil bags wholesale due to financial constraints. 


These pre-made StandCap versions offer significant cost saving per unit but also do not require capital expenditure on equipment like heat sealers and form fill machinery. 


As far as pouch packaging goes the inverted pouch design is a challenge to produce compared to standard pouches. 


There are many complexities that arise when working with form fill seal pouches, most commonly to do with the fitment loading area. 


With the new premade StandCap offering brands can focus on what they do best. 


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Aldi In Scotland Removes Flexible Packaging From 5 of Their Vegetable Ranges | Valdamark Packaging

Aldi takes the bold decision to remove flexible plastic packaging from 5 of its vegetable ranges, It is hoped this move from Aldi in Scotland will be rolled out across the UK. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Aldi looks to cut waste by removing flexible packaging from several of their Vegetable lines in Glasgow stores. 


The trial is now ongoing focusing on 5 of their vegetable lines including Savoy cabbage, red cabbage and cauliflower. 


This move means that customers in the Glasgow area can ow purchase these vegetable products plastic free. The trial is only for six weeks but it is forecast that it may save up to half a ton of plastic. 


The initiative could potentially be rolled out across the United Kingdom which could save over 110 tones of plastic packaging a year just in Aldi fresh produce. 


Aldi has led the way in removing the almost non recyclable black plastic trays of four of its fresh produce ranges. This has been replaced with recyclable alternatives like foil packaging metallized films for food. 


A representative from Aldi's corporate responsibility division has commented that despite the company working incredibly hard to reduce plastic they want be certain that this reduction does not lead to excess food waste. 


It is hoped the initiative will be positive for both the Aldi brand and customers alike. If successful Aldi has commented that they intend to roll it out across the UK. 


This latest move is the latest addition to Aldi's impressive track record when it comes to corporate responsibility. Since early 2018 they have replaced or phased out in excess of 2,500 tons of plastic with recyclable alternatives. 


The supermarkets goal is to reach 100% recyclable, reusable or biodegradable packaging across it's house brands by 2022.


This initiative in 2019 also coincides with the opening of the first Aldi in Scotland. Furthermore it is 10 years since the brand decided on the creation of a dedicated Scottish buying department. 




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Avoid Phthalates During Pregnancy Says Harvard Health Publishing | Valdamark Packaging 

Avoid Phthalates During Pregnancy Says Harvard Health Publishing | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

Advice from Harvard Health Publishing points the finger at Phthalates during pregnancy. Babies exposed could be at a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes. 



Jake Whitfield's insight:

New advice from Harvard Health Publishing focuses on dangers of Phthalates during pregnancy. 


It's common knowledge that women who are pregnant should stay clear of vices like alcohol & tobacco. Also some foods like sushi and soft cheeses. 


However most are usually unaware that lipstick, perfume and many common lotions should probably not be used neither!


That is because they each contain a chemical called Phthalates. It is nearly impossible to avoid Phthalates as they appear in thousands of everyday household items. 


There are in numerous plastic products in particular many kinds of bulk packaging for cosmetics and beauty products. 


The problem with Phthalates during pregnancy is that they act like hormones disrupting male genital growth. They are also known to increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. 


It is known that the risks they present begin before birth. One study demonstrated that children with mother who were exposed to Phthalates during pregnancy has decreased motor functions in many cases. These motor skills are essential to our everyday functioning. 


Furthermore it was demonstrated that the children of mothers who have been exposed showed problems with language development. 


Despite it being impossible to avoid Phthalates all together there are some precautions women can take:


  • Reduced exposure to plastic packaging. Replace where possible with glass, ceramic or aluminium foil pouches for food & drinks. 
  • Gravitate towards foods that do not use plastic packaging. and opt for foil packaging instead.  
  • If you do have food using plastic packaging do not microwave it and instead wash it by hand. 
  • Avoid fragrances as Phthalates are a common ingredient. 
  • Check out handmade and artisan cosmetics as they tend not to use any chemicals, or significantly less. 
  • Go for the DIY approach! Coconut Oil, Honey, Baking Soda and vinegar can be used to replace many commercial beauty products. 
  • Use soap and water to wash your hands!


Following birth just be mindful of the chemicals that can cause the most harm. Keep your products all natural and fragrance free wherever possible. 


Limit plastics in the house and keep up with the latest DIY advice and trends for household products. Especially toys & baby bottles. 


It's very difficult to escape all the harms around us, but with a little thought and initiative we can make our environments much safer for children. 


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Reusable Pet Food Dry Bulk Container Liner From Petzeba | Valadamark Packaging 

Reusable Pet Food Dry Bulk Container Liner From Petzeba | Valadamark Packaging  | Packaging |

Pet food maker Perzeba launches a new dry bulk container liner for it cat food product Paintainer®. Easy to use and refillable it is sure to be a hit with pet owners. 


Jake Whitfield's insight:

Pet food marketing company Petzeba launches a 5 ltr dry bulk container liner that holds up to 2.5kg of cat food. 


Take a look at this new injection-molded container introduced by RPC Superofos. The product features an in mold label that contains Unipak design measuring cups. These help to ensure users measure the correct quantities for their pet food. 


The patented Paintainer® design is market leading as a moisture barrier packaging solution. Keeping the contents safe from oxygen is essential for preserving aroma and taste.  Products will often have relatively short shelf lives that are reduced further by oxygen and gas ingress. 


The moisture barrier features in particular are a key driver for Petzeba and most pet food packaging products for that matter. 


Cats are notoriously fussy about the quality of food that they eat. They are known to be very sensitive and can detect the freshness of food on first sniff. 


Markus Zemp, the founder and MD at Petzeba has commented that the cats exacting requirements are why it is so important to use barrier packaging films to keep oxygen out and preserve freshness. 


This product packaging and a focus on the quality of ingredients mean that the cat food can reach the customer as intended, in factory condition. 


Petzeba have chosen this style of packaging for another reason too in that it is very easy to use. 


Often packaging innovations like this will not make it past the consideration phase of product development as they are very user focused or friendly. 


Here Petzeba has designed a packaging that is a simple open and close packaging bag design. It relatively small size means it is easy to carry and maneuver as well as store when not needed. 


It fits easily into most convenient spaces in the home with owners being able to simply top up the cat food as required from the bag and into the bowl. 


Customers can also reuse it with multi refills no problem. Here sustainability is another key driver for Perzeba as they want to utilize packaging designs that work into the medium and long term. 


They also plan to launch a similar storage system for dry dog food in the near future.  

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Yves Saint Laurent Introduce Sustainable & Reusable Packaging for Rouge Range | Valdamark Packaging

Yves Saint Laurent Introduce Sustainable & Reusable Packaging for Rouge Range | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

Yves Saint Laurent introduce new product packaging design into their On Rouge skincare range. Refillable & recyclable it is sure to be hit. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) has reinforced it's commitment to sustainability with the introduction of the new Yves Saint Laurent Or Rouge range. 


This new line of skincare products from the French luxury brands features exciting new products like the Rouge Rich Crème Refill, which makes refilling and reuse ability easy for clients that have already bought the Rouge Crème Riche or even the Red Gold La Crème packaging for beauty products


At the center of this new initiative is the goal of making it easier for clients to buy into the YSL cosmetics range whilst knowing that the packaging is multi use and can potentially be reused into the long term. 


The packaging design focuses on a pod type insert that can be combined with the original cream packaging. Despite the pod being both refillable and recyclable it is very easy on the eye too featuring a textured closing cap and a brushed gold finish. It really does look fantastic and stays true to the original product packaging design


YSL were recognized for this new innovative packaging design at the PCD 2019 in Paris Award ceremony. In particular the new 50 milliliter On Rouge packaging received widespread acclaim and recognition.  


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Smurfit Kappa Group PLC Is Given A Buy Rating By UBS For Its Packaging Group | Valdamark Foil 

Smurfit Kappa Group PLC Is Given A Buy Rating By UBS For Its Packaging Group | Valdamark Foil  | Packaging |

Smurfit Kappa Group is given a 'buy' rating by analysts at the Swiss banking giant UBB. As one of Europe's largest packaging manufacturers it is thought they are very well positioned for the future. 

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Smurfit Kappa Group has been awarded the 'buy' rating by analysts at the Swiss Bank. 
UBS had commented that they think Smurfit Kappa's position as the largest corrugated packaging manufacturer in Western Europe put the company in strong position that can benefit from conservative trends in order to drive growth. 
They also commented that the Smurfit Kappa Group position could further be strengthened with investment in their current packaging production operation as well as a general consolidation of assets the market.  
UBS advice naturally gave a lift to the Smurfit Kappa Group PLC shares listed on the London stock exchange. Opening on Wednesday the bank initiated coverage with a 'buy' rating for the Dublin headquartered packaging company. 
Analysts at the bank also advised clients with a note stating that it was the opinion of the bank that Smurfit as the largest foil packaging manufacturer by volume were in a strong position to benefit from secular market trends.
Furthermore the note pointed out that production rates for the packaging manufacturing industry had been increasing steadily since 2012. With no major capacity issues analysts expect the growth to continue in the years to come. 
One Analyst at UBS has commented that looking forward to the 2019/20 year they expect to see continued growth volumes from Smurfit whilst some pressures are eased through investments.
They expect a fairly linear 2019 with little to no growth, however 2020 should yield growth around 7%.
Despite these impressive figures UBS insist that the valuation is modest and conservative. Smufirt shares are currently trading at a discount to their peers of around 12%. 
Smurfit are a FTSE 100 company that manufacturers a wide variety of packaging materials & other consumables.  Their portfolio of products included FIBC bags, corregated & paper packaging as well as heat sealer machines for use in a diverse range of markets. 
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It's Official. Coca Cola Open's Up About The 3.3 Million Tones Of New Packaging Created Per Year! | Valdamark Packaging 

It's Official. Coca Cola Open's Up About The 3.3 Million Tones Of New Packaging Created Per Year! | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

Coca Cola comes clean about the 3.3 million tones of brand new packaging it produces each year. This adds up to 200,000 new bottled every minute. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Think about this! Coca Cola has admitted to generating 3.3 million tones of NEW packaging per year.


When discussing the problem of single use and plastic packaging we are used to some pretty staggering statistics. 


As we know private industries are the main contributors, however they simply feed the demand from consumers. 


With our oceans now becoming waste disposal sites for plastic packaging manufacturers and petrochemical producers its easy to see how profit has been prioritized over the long term health of our planet. 


What is not surprising is that one of the largest producers Coca Cola corporation has disclosed that it generates a phenomenal 3.3 million tons of packaging per year. 


This works out at about 200,000 new bottles every minute. Take that in for a second!


Its been a bit of battle to get them to come clean. They have declined on request for the numbers already but it was the Ellen MacArthur foundation that finally got them to release the statistics. 


The foundation has been campaigning vigorously alongside the United Nations to get large plastic producing corporations to get their act together and make a commitment to eliminate surplus plastic packaging by 2025.


Of course it is not just Coca Cola. There report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation points out many companies producing excess packaging for liquids and solids. Mars, Kellogg's and Unilever are all on there. 


These companies however have all made the same commitment to disclose their plastic packaging statistics in the near future. 


It is predicted that the combined total between these companies could reach over 8 million tons of plastic packaging annually. 


It is worth noting that the exact numbers on plastic packaging are not stated as the report as it does not break production down buy material. This means other materials contribute to the excess like alu foil packaging and glass. 


Coca Cola has revealed that the volume is equal to 108 PET plastic bottles each year. This means they are producing about a fifth of the worlds PET bottle production. About 500 billion. 


The Foundation has called for innovation from large corporate producers to ensure that all packaging can be easily recycled & reused by the 2025 target year. 


It also encourages the creation of a circular economy, something we are hearing more and more. 

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Aluminium Foil Packaging Recycling Could Double With Reforms | Valdamark Foil Packaging

Aluminium Foil Packaging Recycling Could Double With Reforms | Valdamark Foil Packaging | Packaging |

A new report highlights the UK's low rates of aluminium foil packaging recycling rates. Government reforms could drastically speed this up in the future. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

A new report has shined a light on the potential impact government reforms could have on aluminum waste! 


A new report out today has stated that despite aluminium packaging being one of the most well used household packaging materials, half of it still does not get recycled. 


The report titled 'closing the loop: 4 steps towards 100% aluminium foil packaging recycling' was conducted by the Green Alliance who make it clear that reforms could potentially mean all aluminum waste is recovered and recycled. 


It comes at an interesting time when Michael Gove is overhauling the UK recycling system. With the focus being mainly on plastic packaging the findings about aluminum are very thought provoking. 


In fact the Green Alliance has stated that this reviewing of the recycling system is a rare opportunity. They see it as a chance to change it from the top down and introduce something that works for consumer, business and the environment alike. 


One of the most standout statistics in the report relates to building on the already proposed plastic packaging recycling reforms. It states that if aluminium packaging waste is included it could cut this from the 49% today to a mere 3% when fully implemented. 


In the UK during 2017 we recycled nearly 51% of aluminium packaging materials including drink cans which by itself was a 73% recycling rate. 


The 73% is considered a big success! Despite this though it still means over £50 million worth of aluminium packaging is being wasted each year. 


Over £20 million was made up by liquid packaging & drink cans alone with the rest comprising of more specialist areas like aluminium laminated packaging pouches for storage use. 


Interestingly the research stated that in order to preserve quality and value aluminium must be extracted from the general waste management system. 


The more it is contaminated by other materials the more expensive it is to process it. 


It is possible to recycle aluminium packaging materials many times over without the loss of quality. This should be greatly encouraged as mining and extraction of original raw materials is becoming ever more expensive, energy intensive and wasteful. 


Aluminium packaging recycling can minimize these costs.


Indeed it seems like a sure route to a greener UK!

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It is official! Coca Cola Is The Most Popular Source Of Packaging Waste On Uk Beaches | Valdamark 

It is official! Coca Cola Is The Most Popular Source Of Packaging Waste On Uk Beaches | Valdamark  | Packaging |

Drinks giant Coca Cola makes up about 12% of all packaging waste on UK beaches. Cadbury's & Pepsico not far behind. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Both Coca Cola bottles & cans have been shown to be the most frequently found pieces of packaging waste on UK beaches!


The research has been conducted by surfers against sewage (SAS) who found that the popular brand makes up over 12% of all litter on British beaches. 


They had been cleaning and surveying over 229 beach sites in the UK, finding a staggering 50,000 pieces of waste. 


Of the trash discovered about 20,000 pieces could be identified as belonging to one particular brand. In this portion Coca Cola made up the significant majority. Not far behind were other big brands like Walkers crisps, Cadbury's, Mcdonald's & Nestlé.


Very interestingly this 12% did not factor in other brands that were owned by Coca Cola. When these umbrella companies were added in the figure rose to 15%. 


Using this formula meant that PepsiCo and its brands accounted for more that 10%, whilst Mcdonald's and Nestle accounted for 7% & 6% respectively. 


Hugo Tagholm the chief exec at surfers against sewage has said that businesses must take action to mitigate the effect their product packaging has on the environment. He quoted new rules that force companies to prevent and remedy littering caused by them.  


He was keen to emphasize that 'full transparency & disclosure' is needed by companies on the amounts of packaging they allow into the ecosystem. 


WIth the environmental cost clear for all to see it is clear that business as usual just will not do. 


New, innovative packaging systems are needed to reduce the impact on oceans, forests and nature in general. 


The big spring beach clean was an enormous success. Over 45,000 volunteers got involved to survey beach trash in the UK. 


The findings have been shared with the UK government who are currently looking into ways to address the UK packaging pollution problem. One policy hoping to address this is the new 'extended producer responsibility regulations'.


The current regulations cite that a company of more than £2 million turnover and 50 tonnes of packaging a year is accountable. 


This would seam practical, however SAS are quoted as saying that 90% of the clean up costs associated with this usage are borne by local councils.




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Amcor Set To Launch New Recyclable High Barrier Packaging | Valdamark Medical Packaging

Amcor Set To Launch New Recyclable High Barrier Packaging | Valdamark Medical Packaging | Packaging |

Amcor's new recyclable high barrier packaging replaces PET and Aluminium layers to reduce the designs overall carbon footprint by 64%.

Jake Whitfield's insight:

Amcor has announced the launch of its new AmLite highly recyclable packaging!


This new high barrier packaging is the first in a line of more sustainable polyolefin based packaging film products. 


The new high barrier laminate is suitable for packaging a range for food products as well as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. 


Polyolefin, the main component can also be recycled in existing processing streams. 


This new product has been in development since as early as 2015 with the goal of providing barrier packaging films that are essentially metal free but perform just as well as other metallized film products. 


It is hoped this new development will significantly reduce the carbon footprint for both Amcor and their end users. 


Much research and development has gone into the new line. It is the final product to culminate from several years worth of work following Amcors decision to make all its packaging films recyclable by the year 2025!


.The new high barrier packaging can easily be used on existing filling & heat sealer machines whilst helping to solve the sustainability challenges that are faced by companies of all sizes. Indeed manufacturers of all shapes and sizes are now facing both legislation from government and also changing consumer demands and opinion. 


Amcor has stated that AmLite can be used in a variety of format and deliveries including - 



Amcor's customers will be able to move to this new recyclable packaging solution with relative ease.


Still though it represents a major shift in that it is well known that high barrier packaging is notoriously hard to recycle!


Amcor's development team got around this by replacing the PET layer that existed in their original AmLite packaging with its innovative high barrier OPP film. 


The overall carbon footprint is drastically reduced by using a ultra thin clear barrier layer that replaced aluminium and metallized layers. This change plus the recyclable nature of the film reduces the packaging's carbon footprint by an impressive 64%!


Some supermarkets are already ready to be early adopters of this new packaging with broader customer trials expected to happen during summer 2019!


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It's Official! Toxic Chemicals Can Contaminate Food Through Packaging | Valdamark Packaging

It's Official! Toxic Chemicals Can Contaminate Food Through Packaging | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

It's confirmed toxic chemicals can contaminate food stuffs through packaging materials. Nearly 30 years after a groundbreaking report the proof is now undeniable. 

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It has been confirmed Toxic Chemicals can enter food through packaging nearly 30 years after groundbreaking report!


During the late 1980's the Council of Northeast Governors turned their attention towards heavy metals in packaging. The thinking was that they would be able to accumulate over time through continuous re usage of recycled materials. Eventually these toxic metals would reach harmful levels. 


Guideline legislation was drafted by the council that prohibited any addition of harmful materials including lead and mercury. This covered any component of the packaging design as well as including inks on printed elements. The legislation detailed limits on the usage of any heavy metal to 100 parts per million. 


Compliance was ensured through packaging manufacturers having to provide certificates to their clients and end users. This also had to reported annually to the respected state. 


CONEG also set up the toxic's in packaging clearinghouse in order to simulate best practice and appropriate legislation. It also coordinated legislation at a state level and served as a valuable resource for companies looking to ensure compliance. 


The council goal as outlines in its hypothesis to protect virgin materials from contamination whilst improving recycling rates and protecting public health. 


Throughout the years over 19 states have adopted some degree of the guideline legislation. In 2018 Washington State took the unprecedented move to expand the current legislation to cover not only heavy metals but packaging for chemicals and anything that contains per and poly fluoridated alkyl. A substance that has been linked with a variety of health problems including endocrine disruption in children. 


The state was also concerned that paper, corrugated & foil packaging material treated with these substances could also pose a potential risk. 


As well as heavy metals there have also been many other warning for chemicals contained in food packaging. Some relatively harmless in small doses. Others present a sizable risk. These are found not only in food packaging but also food handling and heat sealer equipment as well.  


Here are some of the main culprits - 


  • Ortho-Phthalates - Used mainly in plastic and inks. Studies have demonstrated these chemicals are associated with endocrine development problems. The FDA is currently reviewing their safety.
  • Perchlorate - This is an agent used in anti static packaging and food handling equipment. The chemical has been linked to thyroid problems as well as brain development issues in young children. 
  • Per & Poly fluorinated alkyl substances - These are often used as a grease proofing agent in VCI anti corrosion bags and some paper products. Again this is attributed to a vast range of health problems including endocrine disruption and issues with childrens development. 
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Advanced Packaging Made Easy | Valdamark Packaging 

Advanced Packaging Made Easy | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

In order to make chip packaging flexible packaging manufacturers are having to develop advanced packaging solutions to deal with the challenges in the coming years.

Jake Whitfield's insight:

One of the most essential elements in Semiconductor design is packaging. It is no secret though this is one of the most hard to master parts both technically & economically!


Since chips were developed packaging was from the start just simply a way to protect the device. It still does today but as technology advances and components become more sophisticated packaging has to step up and take on a much broader role. 


This role needs to be strategic in that flexible packaging manufacturers must consider how new packaging is application specific and often forms a vital part of the system architecture. 


Its common to product packaging able to channel heat, improve performance and reduce power and costs. With electronics packaging signal strength of components can even be improved by the packaging. 


This advanced packaging is completely different from the typical plastic and ceramic solutions we commonly see. These types of materials are developed to enhance the reliability of semiconductor & node products as well being able to overcome the thermal and electrostatic limitations of legacy packaging films


The best example of this is in multi chip packaging. Here a third dimension enables processors to access memories using extremely fast connections. This significantly improves on sending signals end to end across a large chip using just thin wires. With this method heat will often build up and create resistance.


Advanced Packaging has been gaining momentum in recent years, particularly with server chips & mobile phones however there is just not the commonality among solutions for it to be considered anything like mainstream. 


The main reason for this are - 


  • The vast majority of companies experimenting with advanced packaging have pushed the performance boundaries. However reductions in power to cost benefits have presented challenges. E.g. Moors Law.
  • Most of the earlier implementations were bespoke designs that used non standard approaches and materials like MIL PRF 131 K and Def Stan 81-147 (formerly DEF STAN 81-75)standards. Whist most advanced packaging products were developed for known application like mobiles phones and network chips, most have been developed for very specific projects and use cases. 
  • The mainstream chip makers or rather those not at the cutting edge of chip & node research still have much room for maneuver with regards to the power and performance ratios for established chips. This is made even more of a benefit due to the fact that most manufacturers are adding optional extras to existing designs very quickly. 


A consensus around advanced packaging is starting to be reached, however the industry remains in flux and with constant changes forecast over the coming years it is incumbent upon flexible packaging manufacturers to experiment and develop new solutions to meet the challenges. 


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Amazon Goes For A Money Grab By Killing Unprofitable Ad's | Valdamark Packaging 

Amazon Goes For A Money Grab By Killing Unprofitable Ad's | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

Amazon Profits are big enough to not have the company worry too much about some smaller unprofitable items? Apparently not! Amazon are hitting these vendors by killing off their PPC ads.



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Is there anyone out there that thinks Amazon does not make enough money? Well Amazon apparently! They are hitting vendors by killing off their ad's for unprofitable items. 


Amazon is looking at this creative way to boost it's already huge profits. They are taking a swipe at vendors with unprofitable items and hitting them hard by killing off their Amazon PPC ad's. 


CNBC has seen emails that were forwarded to some Amazon vendors as well as some conversations from those involved in the matter. 


As of Wednesday Amazon reached out to some of it's sellers and politely informed them that they will no longer be allowed to pay for promotion of certain products as they do not generate a profit for the e-commerce giant. 


There is one particular email that CNBC has obtained informing some vendors that they must sell them at a lower cost to Amazon in order to continue trading them through the site. 


An Amazon spokesperson has stated that the company decides on which products to advertise based on a variety of criteria including availability and profitability. 


The company has said that this is not a new thing, however CNBC has said that Amazon as of yet has been unable to say how long this policy has been active. 


It is one move of many by Amazon to boost its bottom line. The Wall Street Journal had reported last year that the company was taking aim at products it refers to as CRAP or (Can't realize a profit). Nice!


According to the article as part of Amazon's growth plan they pressure sellers to update a variety of attributes on products that are not selling as well. Things like changing price, usually lower to higher or changing packaging say from foil packaging to cheaper plastic packaging. 


Another Amazon spokesperson informed Gizmodo that despite these reports their operations remained unchanged. Though he did concede that they reserve the right to stop selling items that are unprofitable over a period of time. 


Amazon Prime Pantry seems to be the exception where known unprofitable products were made available in order to encourage participation. Sneaky!


Then there is the initiative to make its product packaging more attractive to their e-commerce customers. This has been around for years and has involved swap likes using shiny laminated packaging pouches instead of dull corrugated boxes. 


Amazon PPC & Ad practices that have come to light this week have raised questions about how far the company will go to improve Amazon profits even when it is detrimental to smaller brands without the muscle of the E-commerce giant. 


Is about time Washington stepped in?


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The 5 Biggest Emerging Packaging Trends In 2019 | Valdamark Packaging

The 5 Biggest Emerging Packaging Trends In 2019 | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

We take a look at the 5 biggest emerging packaging trends. With tastes and preferences forever changing what is on the horizon for packaging in 2019?


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The packaging industry is always shifting. New sytles and designs are always coming and going. Here we take a look at the 5 biggest for 2019!


Changing packaging trends and preferences means that consumer demands are always changing and evolving when it comes to packaging. In the competitive global market brands are always looking for ways to stand out from the pack. 


Packaging can do that in a big way. So what movements are on the horizon for packaging in 2019. 


1.) Flexibility 


Flexible packaging has become the go to design for product packaging in recent years. A FlexPack report from 2018 stated that it now accounts for 19% of all the packaging market as a whole in the United States. 


Within this market we see eco friendly packaging products moving into the lead by usage. Recyclable polyethylene and EVOH  products have replaced the more traditional constructions like pet/alu/pe for many applications. 


It is thought flexible packaging will gain even more popularity in the coming years as they are very convenient where transport and storage is concerned. This makes flat pouches far more user friendly than traditional rigid packaging Many designs also have additional features like reseal-ability or heat sealer closing.


2.) E commerce 


E commerce will continue it phenomenal growth with packaging in 2019. Despite many brick & mortar stores having the close E commerce continues to dominate the marketplace. 


This growth comes at a price though for may brands. Standing out becomes more difficult. Packaging in 2019 is set to become far more bespoke and personalized. 


Unusual and A typical packaging designs will start to become common place. 


At the same time however brands know that are treading a fine line. They will need to consider how much packaging is actually used on their product. Here less is more as brands who use less packaging will have this added to their environmental credentials. Like I say though it is a fine line as those who use too little will be seen as cheap and/or generic. Not only this but they could also risk damage to moisture sensitive goods or those that are fragile/break easily. 


3.) Environmentally Aware


Eco friendly and sustainable packaging has gathered great momentum in recent years. Consumers are becoming more conscious. With brands being driven by consumers they are naturally adapting their policies and strategies in line with changing buying decisions. 


Many brands are changing non recyclable plastic packaging with biodegradable or compostable alternatives. 


There are many benefits that come with these changes to packaging materials including a products weight becoming lower, this means less energy is used for transport. Hence that brand has a lower carbon footprint. 


The biggest of course is that the use of non toxic solutions are much better for both people and the environment in general as well as the natural ecosystem.


4.) Less equals more


As mentioned earlier the less is more phenomenon is creeping into packaging in 2019. That said stripping packaging down to just the essentials has been a popular choice for a while now. In 2019 though it is not just due to minimalism as a fashion statement. It is to reduce productions costs and promote the brand as one that is environmentally aware.  


Minimalism still has its place though. Consumers are more skeptical than ever and many would rather just know the most important facts rather than fell they are being distracted by overly designed packaging with too much information. 


Still though as with the unusual packaging trends mentioned above it is a fine line to get the balance right. A small amount of text say on some liquid packaging pouches will imply brand transparency at the cost of putting pressure on the remaining design elements to stand out from the competitors product.


5.) Nostalgia & Retro


Vintage packaging is making a come back. 


Many modern brands are using it with great effect to channel changing styles and up and coming packaging trends. 


It is a fast moving market and failure to keep up will mean your brands packaging may look out of date!


Deliberate Retro is the path chosen by many cool brands, particular those in the food & drink sectors. 


Here the designs are rooted in nostalgia taking customer back to their past. It can make them view the product through rose tinted glasses, not to mention vintage packaging adds big credibility to a brand. You know that air of authenticity? 


Trust here is big and this approach can be potentially lucrative for the brand. 


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Estée Lauder Sets Out It's Environmental, Social & Governance Targets For 2025 | Valdamark Packaging

Estée Lauder Sets Out It's Environmental, Social & Governance Targets For 2025 | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

Estée Lauder Companies take corporate citizenship to the next level with their new Environmental, Social & Governance targets for 2025. Responsible Sourcing, Packaging & Social Initiatives are key!


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Today the Estée Lauder group of companies have announced their priority Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance goals.


The targets were set by the Estée Lauder Companies CEO Fabrizio Freda who stated the goals intended to maintain the companies lead role in responsible corporate citizenship. 


He commented on the awareness that consumers now have when it comes to brands & companies that have purpose and demonstrate responsibility. Indeed Estée Lauder does have impressive credentials when it comes to giving back and improving the places where they conduct their work. Freda now wants to take this to the next level. 


Their ESG goals are now being accelerated and new targets are being incorporated into Estée's current strategy and business operations. 


The company went on further to say that brands like Avenda, M-A-C and origins have led the way in sustainability over the years. They have delivered meaningful results to not just consumer but all stakeholders including the brands direct employees as well as the communities they source raw materials from. 


The company has an organisation wide ESG policy with the goal of a more sustainable business model that ultimately helps the planet. It;s impressive to see that Estée Lauder have the intention to create sustainability principles and social purpose, long term in every area of the business. 


Today''s new ESG goals announced were:


A commitment to responsible sourcing!


  • By 2025 Identify sensitive ingredient supply chains and develop a strong biodiversity and social action plan. 
  • Certify palm based ingredients and their derivatives sustainable by 2025.




  • Intend to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2020.




  • Make 75-100% of Bulk packaging for Beauty Products recyclable by 2025.
  • Increase the amount of refillable and reusable packaging pouches whilst increasing the amount of consumer recycled material by 50%
  • Use sustainable packaging like responsible sourced paper as opposed to energy intensive products like foil packaging and glassware products.  


Transparency of Ingredients 


  • Creation of a terms glossary for key ingredients. Featuring descriptions and intended uses. To be made available online by 2025.


Employee Safety & Education


  • By 2020 all employees will be able to access training programs on sustainability and social impact initiatives. 
  • Decrease the total 'incident' rate further by becoming world leaders in health and safety awareness.


Social Initiatives & Employee Voices


  • Impact the lives of 10 million people through social initiatives, heath and environmental programs around the world.
  • Engage 50% of the workforce by 2025 in local or regional volunteer programs. 
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Changes To Medical Packaging Standards Under ISO 11607-1/2 | Valdamark Packaging 

Changes To Medical Packaging Standards Under ISO 11607-1/2 | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

New EU medical device packaging regulations are due in just over a year. The new revision help medical device manufacturers conform with the new general safety and performance requirements. 

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The new incoming EU Medical Device Regulations are just over a year away. Check our the below advice to help medical device manufacturers conform with the new safety and performance requirements.


For those involved in Medical Device Packaging these days they have a lot of rules and regulations to abide by. There are even more on the way despite the latest revision of the 'packaging for sterilized medical devices' only being published last year. 


This is essentially a guide for applying the rules and regulations surrounding ISO 11607. Now there is a new installment as of February 2019. 


These revisions are one of many regulatory changes that are happening around the globe. The latest revision is to help prepare companies for the new European Medical Device Regulations (EU MDR) being introduced this year. 


Many of the regulatory changes taking place around the globe are based on the essential principles stated at the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF). 


The principles decided on here are published under the ISO 16142: 2016 regulations titled 'Medical Devices - Recognized essential principles of safety and performance'. In the EU MDR they are known as the General Safety & Performance Requirements or GSPR. In the future harmonized standards will be needed to ensure conformity. 


Among the requirements set in ISO 11607-1:2019 are changes to the sterlie barrier packaging films and systems themselves. 


Under ISO 11607-2:2019 changes include changes to validatable heat sealers as well as the assembly processes involved. 


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The Global Recycling System Is In Meltdown Due To The China Ban. What Should We Do? | Valdamark Packaging 

The Global Recycling System Is In Meltdown Due To The China Ban. What Should We Do? | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging |

China's National Sword Policy is making the west completely rethink the recycling of packaging. Or at least it should do as waste plastic packaging continues to explode. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

It has been over a year since China put a wrench in the worldwide recycling machine by essentially closing it doors to foreign recycling waste. 


China was the recycling industries biggest market being able to buy up waste quantities of recyclable waste to process and turn a profit. 


China's National Sword Policy came into effect January 2018 putting a stop to most imports of plastic packaging and other waste materials. 


Previously they had been processing the world's recycling for in excess of 25 years. Now it is next to nothing!


The National Sword Policy was implemented in an effort to halt the epidemic of contaminated packaging materials making their way into China and its processing plants. 


Over the years this became a huge environmental problem China creating landfills and 'no go' areas where contaminated waste was dumped. 


Last year Chinese imports of waste reduced dramatically by 99% on the previous year. This has created a seismic global shift in where and how recyclable materials are processed. 


The focus of the policy was of course on plastic packaging however there are other areas of concern. Take paper for example. China's imports of this have reduced by a third. 


Products like glass and laminated foil packaging products are mostly unaffected by the ban. 


The problem now is that these recyclable materials that were once destined for China are now ending up in landfills and energy intensive incinerators. 


Costs associated with transporting and processing recyclable materials were on the rise before the new policy. Now post the China recycling ban we see the recycling of packaging is unprofitable for many companies. 


The figures illustrate this. In the United Kingdom over half a million tones of plastic packaging & household waste was incinerated last year. 


In Australia the recycling industry has gone into meltdown as the country struggles to adapt following the China recycling ban. The country now has a 1.3 million ton stockpile of recycling that would have been on its was to China. 


In the United States local government has been desperately trying to find new markets willing to accept the recyclable waste and process it. Some communities have completely stopped collections which is leading to many just throwing the recyclable waste in the regular trash collection.   


In Philadelphia many are now resorting to the burning of their bulk food packaging with many concerned about the air pollution that results. 


The long term implications of the China's National Sword Policy do not look good for the rest of the world. Even before only 9% of waste plastic packaging was being recycled. Another 12% was being sent to the incinerator. 


The remainder was sent to landfills or depending on where you live dumped anywhere including our rivers and oceans. 


Without China's role in the international recycling supply chain the problems associated with our throw away, single use culture will be greatly exacerbated. 


The planet is at breaking point! Over 8 billion tons of plastic packaging waste have been produced over the last 60 years. These are indestructible materials that will not biodegrade. 


The only potential upside to the China ban is if it makes us rethink this export packaging waste question. We should be looking for far better solutions in order to manage the worlds waste problems. Processing facilities in the West need to be greatly expanded along we need comprehensive reform that encourages producers make packaging that is much easier to recycle. 


In other words, we need to wake up!



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Cigarette Packaging In The UK Could Drastically Change In A No Deal Brexit | Valdamark Bulk Packaging 

Cigarette Packaging In The UK Could Drastically Change In A No Deal Brexit | Valdamark Bulk Packaging  | Packaging |

Tobacco Manufactures could face disruption with the loss of the stock EU photo bank for use of plain cigarette packaging in the event of a no deal Brexit. 


Jake Whitfield's insight:

The Tobacco lobby has been making it's voice heard when it comes to the implications of a no deal Brexit. 


Some of the big multinationals have commented that they see a no deal Brexit opening up an entirely new black market for tobacco products. 


At present it is EU laws that control the vast majority of regulation surrounding tobacco products in the UK. The most notable of which is the Tobacco Products Directive of 2014 which applies to both the regular hinge style cigarettes packets and the loose foil pouch packaging for loose tobacco.


There is some UK regulation in place which this directive works alongside however there was a UK government initiative in 2015 to both reduce sales and smoking rates. 


The UK may use Australia's anti-smoking imagery in the event of a no deal Brexit!


Interestingly the UK currently uses the EU photo bank for it's 'shock factor' warning images on cigarette packaging.


In the event the UK leaves with no deal it will no longer have access to the EU sources and the regulations themselves. 


The government has confirmed that Australia has offered to  provide there stock images free of charge instead. 


Indeed Australia is at the forefront of global tobacco regulation and has led the way in the use of graphic and effective imagery.


The goal is to ensure that cigarette packaging and that of tobacco products remain properly regulated once the UK departs the EU.  


It will be the responsibility of the tobacco manufacturers to ensure that after the March 29th deadline products utilize the new Australian pictures. 


Despite the short amount of time to implement the changes tobacco manufacturers have been reassured that products can still be sold featuring the old imagery 12 months for the UK's official exit day.


The Tobacco giants have commented that these changes are extremely inconvenient and will inevitable lead to wasted stock that will cost the industry millions.


Could the cigarette packaging changes lead to a black market?


At Japan Tobacco International (JTI), a leading tobacco manufacturer, a spokesperson has commented that these changes could disrupt the legal tobacco supply chain. 


In order to avoid this it is though the UK government must make a copyright agreement with the EU that allows the UK to carry on using it's imagery. 


In fact the EU commission has issued similar licenses like this in the past and one here to UK would be essential in preventing an emerging black market. 


The problem is that with the introduction of plain bulk packaging the complexity of replicating the authentic packaging has been removed. These deigns are now simple and relatively easy to copy. 



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What Does Brexit Mean For The Pharmaceutical Industry? | Valdamark Medical Packaging 

What Does Brexit Mean For The Pharmaceutical Industry? | Valdamark Medical Packaging  | Packaging |

Brexit fears are manifesting everywhere in business. Today we take a look at UK pharmaceutical industry and what they are doing to prepare. 

Jake Whitfield's insight:

We ask what the Pharmaceutical Industry is doing to mitigate risks to manufacturing and investment post Brexit.


It is no secret that Brexit is a genuine threat to pharmaceutical research and manufacturing in the United Kingdom. 


The fear is that Britain post brexit will not be an attractive market for direct investment. Manufacturing costs will also rise. 


AstraZeneca and other large companies have placed a hold on all manufacturing investments. This goes back to 2017 when the drug maker decided not to go ahead with a planned refresh at its Macclesfield plant. 


It is not just AstraZeneca other companies like Novartis and Pfizer the makers of Viagra have both introduced plans to shut UK production and pharmaceutical packaging sites before 2020.  


These decisions have not been directly attributed to Brexit but the timing is very suspicious.  


The main concern is that post Brexit Britain will have trouble attracting the highly skilled workers needed for this heavily regulated industry. 


It is also likely that Britain's role in EU funded research collaborations will be greatly reduced. Even excluded completely.


Take the EU's Horizon Programme due in 2020 for example. In the event of a no deal Brexit Britain's funding would effectively be halved from the £70 bn fund aimed at cutting edge science and research within the EU. 


Brexit has already prompted the move of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam from London. This move alone lost 900 jobs in the capital. 


Britain has a thriving life sciences sector as a whole. This includes pharmaceuticals but also biotech, clinical research, medical equipment packaging and medical trials.


*This sector employs over 140,000 directly but indirectly supports over half a million jobs through intermediaries and the larger supply chain. Not to mention life sciences generates over £30 for the UK economy.


*Quoted from the Price Water House Coopers economic review,2017.


The UK pharmaceutical industry is vast, however we still rely on our European Neighbors for two thirds of the medicines consumed in the UK. Of which 90% come through Dover & Folkestone ports. 


With this in mind the government has encouraged pharmaceutical manufactures & distributors to stock pile for six weeks. This is a big ask for perishable goods which have a short shelf life. Pharmaceuticals are often extremely moisture sensitive and will require additional packaging for preservation. 


Despite this companies has taken the advice on board and have begun to stockpile medicines. There are also contingency plans in place to transport drugs to and from the European Union on ferries essentially rented by the government. They will be opening 6 new port routes to accommodate this. 


Matt Hancock, the health secretary even has a plane on stand by to fly in medical isotopes, an essential component of many cancer treatments. 


It is no surprise that the chair of the British Pharmaceutical Industry has labelled Brexit the largest logistical challenge to ever face the industry 


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Global Packaging Report Analyses Markets & Sectors | Valdamark Packaging

Global Packaging Report Analyses Markets & Sectors | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging |

Global Paper & Paperboard packaging report analyses packaging manufacturers by their sector, size and market.

Via Data Bridge Market Research
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The Global Paper & Paperboard Packaging market report have been released with recent figures up to 2018. 


It also contains predictions and forecasts all the way up to 2025. Industries are then broken down by their sector, size and market share.


The report then details more company specific information including their growth, technology & innovations. In addition analysts reading the report can even look up a packaging manufacturers capacity and production value. 

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