Albéa and Colgate launch the first recyclable toothpaste tube

Colgate has just launched in Europe “Smile for Good” toothpaste in a tube made with HDPE (High-Density Polyethylene), a polymer that is widely used for milk containers and other plastic bottles and is massively recycled. The tube’s body is made from a singleblown film and is manufactured by Albéa.
The Colgate tube is the first to be recognized as recyclable by the APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) and RecyClass (an initiative that works on improving the recyclability of packaging), which sets recyclability standards for North America and Europe respectively.
“Albéa’s commitment to sustainability goes back 15 years and is reflected in our broad range of responsible packaging,” said Gilles Swyngedauw, Vice President Sustainability, Marketing and Innovation at Albéa. “Today we are accelerating the development of recyclable packaging and contributing to circularity in the beauty and personal care industry. By partnering with our customers, suppliers and recognized associations such as the APR and RecyClass, we demonstrate our commitment to tomorrow.”

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Sustainability Day of Amec and Grupo Bonmacor

Amec and the Bonmacor Group organized a Sustainability Day at the Old Damm Factory in Barcelona on January 21, during which corporate strategies and solutions in food packaging were announced.
The Conference had the presentations of: Jorge Serrano, business manager of Ecoembes; Marta Puyuelo, director of institutional relations and communication of Southern Europe and France of Pepsico; Juan Antonio López, director of energy and environment optimization at Damm; Pere Coll, Enplater engineering R&D director; and David Celigueta, sales manager of Ulma Packaging.
Jorge Serrano talked about the implications of the new regulatory context on packaging and began by commenting on some recycling data. If we look at the evolution of the citizen contribution, a total of 15.7 kg per citizen is collected in the yellow container, which represents an increase of + 12.3%, while in the blue container it is a total of 18 , 1 kg per citizen, which is an increase of + 12.4%.
The business manager of Ecoembes summarized in eight points the implications of the circular economy package: increased recycling targets; selective collection of plastic beverage bottles; changes in the point of measurement of the recycling rate; extension of producer responsibility; ecomodulation of green dot tariffs; marketing restrictions based on recyclability; obligation to include recycled material in new packaging and proliferation of regional regulations and lack of harmonization.
Jorge Serrano also spoke of the CD Pack, "an engineering tool that is launched in February and aims to help in the design phase, not in the communication phase."
On the other hand, Marta Puyuelo explained how to contribute to a more sustainable food system: «we must integrate sustainability into our business». Pepsico is working on six priorities: new generation agriculture, positive impact of water, packaging for a circular economy, improving its range of products, mitigating climate change and people and diversity, supporting people and communities. "We have to do everything possible so that the plastic does not become waste," he said, adding that its 3 Rs are "reducing (lightening the containers), recycling (incorporating recycled plastic in our bottles) and reinventing"; so in Paris, they are piloting a system of leaving the empty Tropicana container and reusing it; They are also working with snack bags to find solutions for biodegradation of the packaging.
In drinks, Damm is the second company in Iberia by volume, with more than 15.5 MHIS sold; 65% corresponds to beer, while 35% are soft drinks, mineral water and other beverages. For Damm, the main objectives are: to implement energy improvements within the Group's manufacturing process and to promote cost reduction projects through the reduction of waste and the recovery of waste.
«In the period 2008 - 2017, we have reduced water consumption by 37%, said Juan Antonio López. Among other measures, he stressed that all the electricity they use is of renewable origin, that they have reduced their carbon footprint and have more than 13,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels, with a total power of 1.7 Mw, saving 2,160 tons of CO2. They also work on waste 0 «and we look for km0 in terms of raw material producers». 99% of brewery by-products are valued as profitable products: bagasse and yeast are used as animal feed, yeast beer is recovered, 100% of fermenter CO2 emissions are captured and reused in the beer and biogas process of wastewater treatment plants is used as fuel.
In innovation, the strategic lines are: continue acting in the sense of reducing the consumption of natural resources, reducing waste, creating opportunities for improvement in the beer manufacturing process, betting on innovation aimed at boosting energy savings, eco-efficiency and sustainability, develop models for the valorization of agri-food by-products, converting them into co-products and the generation of renewable energy to reduce the use of energy from fossil fuels. To do this, Damm carries out numerous projects and other initiatives such as recycling bottles, "we reuse each bottle about 30 times"; the recycling of cans, "with 350 compacting machines spread over the beaches", 100% biodegradable cups or reusable for concerts and events; the replacement of plastic rings with Latcub, cardboard.
Finally, Juan Antonio López spoke about the water footprint: «6700 liters / day is the average water footprint of a Spanish consumer»; the water footprint to make 1 L of beer is 300 L and "we have passed a water footprint of 180-190 by L".

Sustainable packaging
Pere Coll, from Enplater, talked about flexible packaging and circular economy. Between 5 and 13 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year; Asia is the continent that throws the most plastic into the sea and, if the origin of microplastics in the oceans is analyzed, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the highest percentage, 35%, comes from synthetic textiles and However, the widespread belief is that it comes from packaging waste. "We have to work on reducing weights and recycling," said Pere Coll.
"The golden triangle of the packaging has three vertices, image, functionality and protection, with sustainability in the center," he added, listing the advantages of flexible packaging: it is more efficient in the use of resources, weighs less, conserves food It has a high product-packaging ratio (high product-to-package ratio), has transportation benefits (many bottles fit in a coil), reduces landfill materials and has advantages in the life cycle (reduced impact of the carbon, water, fossil fuel use ...).
Pere Coll also said that "we have to change from a linear to a circular economy", for which he listed five steps: selective collection of all flexible packaging for recycling; classify the appropriate mono-material fractions in order to be available for recycling; redesign multi-material flexible packaging to mono-material with existing recycling fractions; identify solutions and develop capacities to classify and recycle the remaining fractions; and create final markets for all recycled flexible packaging materials.
Finally, David Celigueta, from Ulma Packaging, who is dedicated to the design and manufacture of high-tech packaging equipment and systems, spoke about sustainable packaging. ULMAweCare is Ulma Packaging's response to the challenges of the industry, an ambitious and transversal sustainability plan that seeks to achieve a circular economy of plastics. "We can replace the part of unnecessary protection of the plastic and keep that of barrier protection," said David Celigueta.
To reduce the packaging material, the measures are: reduce plastic, thin films, avoid oversized packaging, reduce film scrap, pack without a tray, use thinner trays and alternative recyclable materials: cardboard, wood ... To favor recycling, the idea is to use paper fiber films, recycled mono-material films (PET, PP, PE ...), films and trays made of recycled material, cellulose and fiber based trays for non-barrier applications, as well as Cellulose fiber trays and cardboard sheets with plastic liner that facilitate separation. To promote renewal, use bio materials manufactured from renewable resources: BioPE, BioPE, BioPET; paper fiber, cellulose; biodegradable and compostable plastics such as PLA, PHA; Biodegradable and compostable paper, cellulose, cellophane.
To conclude, David Celigueta showed the different sustainable packaging solutions proposed by Ulma Packaging.

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Introducing a methodology that identifies the degree of recyclability of the packaging

The Spanish company Dríade Environmental Solutions has launched a methodology to measure the actual recyclability of packaging that will allow the consumer to identify the most responsible options with the environment.
The methodology developed by Dríade SM, with the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair of Life Cycle and Climate Change ESCI-UPF, proposes that the recyclability of the containers and the percentage of material that is available for quality recycling be shown through of two types of informative accreditations: the Certificate and the Recyclability Seal.
The Certificate of Recyclability is a self-declaration through which packaging manufacturers and / or packaging companies can identify the percentage of packaging material available for quality recycling.
The Recyclability Seal is the voluntary ecolabel that companies may include in the packaging to show the result obtained in the Certificate.
This methodology not only allows packaging manufacturers and packaging companies to acquire a thorough knowledge of recycling processes, but also that they can achieve their environmental commitments and improve the recyclability of their packaging. In this way, companies can guarantee compliance with current and future regulations, in addition to optimizing their market positioning in the face of an increasingly demanding demand for sustainability. For its part, this guarantee will help consumers to better identify the most environmentally friendly packaging and exercise their right to buy responsibly.
In the analysis, all phases of recycling of the container are evaluated, since the ultimate goal is to improve its recyclability from the design stage of the same, to obtain a quality recycled material.
You can expand the information with the interview with Raquel Iglesias, general director of Dríade Environmental Solutions, which we publish in the January-February 2020 issue of News Packaging.

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III Sustainability Day of the Packaging & FoodService Clusters

The Packaging Cluster and the FoodService cluster organized yesterday the III Day of Sustainability-Reduce, Re-use, Recycle at the Estrella Damm Factory in Barcelona, Spain. After the presentation of Alejandro Utrera, Cluster Manager of Foodservice, Rafa Hernández, of Costa Cruises, explained the 4GoodFood project, "which is managing to reduce 50% of food waste", an objective set for 2030 but which they will achieve ten years before , in 2020. Thanks to this project, prepared food that has not been consumed on the cruise, is properly packaged and sent to solidarity entities in different cities where they stop (in Barcelona, they have an agreement with the Banc dels Aliments). He also explained that they already have two cruises with a liquefied natural gas engine, Costa Smeralda and Costa Toscana, an advance in favor of sustainability.
Next, Javier Mir, from Frit Ravich, talked about "profitable growth" and, in particular, about the FSE coil optimization project, whose objective "is to reduce the consumption of plastics and simplification by adjusting the coils" . In a first phase, it is being applied to nuts and popcorn, to be implemented later in chips and snaks. «It has a double benefit: lower environmental impact and cost reduction». As a result, a decrease in the emission of plastic has been achieved in 18 tons / year, aligned with a sustainability strategy. In addition, an annual saving of 180,000 euros will be obtained, with an improvement in reel cost of approximately 17%. Thus, a simplification and standardization of the coils has been achieved by applying a unique criterion.
Later, Marta Álvarez, from the Áreas group, catering operators, explained the Circular Journey project to reduce the environmental impact, based on substituting references and generating less environmental waste. To remove the plastic, they were fixed in other materials; Thus, they changed the plastic teaspoons, which are used to stir the coffee, by sticks. In order to prevent, they thought not to leave material within reach of the user and deliver it only on request and optimize the elements in the presentation of the offer. To recycle, they sought alternative, more sustainable materials, as well as educating and sensitizing staff and consumers in the selection.
Finally, Santi Aliaga, of Zyrcular Foods, spoke about the challenge of being an integral protein supplier since its inception. It is a fact that the consumption of meat in Spanish households has decreased, from 53 to 47 kilos, and that all subcategories of plant protein foods grow, so is retail. "We have a learning curve, product standardization, we are good in scalability, food safety and traceability, we are related to distribution channels and installed capacity," he said, but perhaps lack of organizational design, open collaborative models, a communicative policy , a partneship with start ups ...
After the introduction of Àlex Brossa, Cluster Manager of the Packaging Cluster, Aida Cierco, responsible for sustainability, food, at Klockner Pentaplast, said: «We have a holistic vision of sustainability, focused on three areas: our people, our operations and our products, designer for the circular economy and with sustainable materials ». For Klockner Pentaplast, with its products, the priority is to guarantee food safety, reduce food waste, design for a circular economy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, provide operational efficiency and create shared value. «We have a positive commitment to plastics, based on four pillars: innovate (do more with less), accelerate (maximize the use of sustainable materials), educate (promote the value of plastic waste) and activate (drive a change to great scale)".
Next, Aida Cierco explained the legislative framework: the EU plastics strategy and the SUP Directive, which aims to prevent and reduce the impact that certain plastic products have on the environment, particularly in the aquatic environment and human health, as well as promoting a transition to a circular economy through models of sustainable innovation, products and materials, contributing efficiently to the internal functioning of the market.
In recent years, Klockner Pentaplast has used 260,000 tons of post-consumer rPET. The increased use of recycled plastic materials is a key part of its development plan along with the investment in R&D of new materials and recycling techniques.

Round table
After the break, an interesting round table was held moderated by Sergi Escuriet of the Lubrizol company, in which participated: Esther Carreras, from La Fageda; Ignacio Martos, of Duni; Pere Coll, from Enplater; Victòria Ferrer, of the Gremi de Recuperació de Catalunya, and Marta Álvarez, of Areas.
"Sustainability is synonymous with social responsibility, trying to build a better world and is the origin of La Fageda," said Esther Carreras. In the first quarter of 2020, they will launch yogurts with 500 ml cartons and, for two months, they are selling yogurt in bulk in a biodegradable container to several stores in Catalonia. In addition, they are working to reduce the grammage of the containers by more than 10%, which means 60 tons of plastic reduction annually, and they have published a sustainability report for ten years, among many other actions.
For Ignacio Martos, “sustainability is the choice of raw material, production in factories and the product cycle”. He also commented that they prefer to talk more about compostability because "the word biodegradable is used a bit lightly today."
Pere Coll explained that Enplater has a line of products that are all recyclable “if we propose them to be; converters have to make it easy for customers” and specified that they are working on monomaterial packagings so that they can have a better recycling. In addition, he affirmed that "plastic is wonderful", defending it: "according to the life cycle analysis, there is no other type of flexible packaging that is better in terms of sustainability than plastic", explaining that other materials, such as aluminum and glass, they need more energy for recycling, and sometimes it is even impossible to recycle a product in which different materials have been mixed together.
In this regard, Victòria Ferrer spoke of the brick, which, being formed by several layers of materials, is not sustainable: «for every kilo of brick, 1 kilo of rejection is generated that goes to the landfill». «The path is the monomaterials» and, coinciding with Pere Coll, he explained that «the monomaterial PET can give 100% recyclability».
Marta Álvarez cited, as an example of difficult-to-replace products, to plastic cutlery: “we are trying to return to stainless steel, but it generates problems (a space for washing, etc. is needed.” Then, there are products that the consumer does not know where to recycle them as the 'paper cup', for hot drinks, which are coated inside so they cannot be put in the paper container.
After the questions of the attendees, the event ended with a drink and some snacks.

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Paboco introduces the paper bottle Pioneer Community

The journey was started in 2015 by innovation expert ecoXpac in close collaboration with Carlsberg Group and BillerudKorsnäs. In April 2019, Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs announced that they were starting a joint venture for the development of a paper bottle. This joint venture is now an established company by the name of Paboco (Paper Bottle Company).
On 11 October 2019, as part of the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Paboco presented the Pioneer Community. It comprises the owners Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs, the pioneer brands Carlsberg, L’Oréal, CocaCola and Absolut and technology partners. The aim is developing and scaling a fully bio-based, recyclable bottle made of renewable materials.
Today, the first-generation paper bottle is using renewable paper to build strength and structure, supported by a barrier solution unique for each product, making it possible to recycle the bottle by separating the paper and barrier. The next step is the transition to a fully circular bottle solution, including a bio-based barrier enhancing recycling of the paper fibres and degrading harmlessly if accidentally put in nature.

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