Packaging & Labelling

Four of the world's biggest food manufacturers have been accused of excessive plastic pollution

Top brands named worst offenders for plastic pollution

By James Ridler

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo are responsible for half a million tonnes of plastic pollution burnt or dumped in just six developing countries, according to a report from non-governmental organisation Tearfund.

Aluminium bottles offer an infinitely recyclable resource, but does the cost outweigh the benefits?

Aluminium gets infinite makeover

By Paul Gander

Ball Corporation has emphasised the ‘infinite’ recyclability of its newly-launched Infinity impact-extruded aluminium bottle, recasting it as ‘a circular solution to plastic pollution’.

OPRL's new labels have revealed the imitations of a binary system

OPRL label shows need for trade-offs

By Paul Gander

As non-profit organisation OPRL (On-Pack Recycling Label) consolidates its new ‘binary’, rules-based system for indicating materials’ recyclability, some of the challenges with this more rigid type of approach are starting to emerge.

Packaging Innovations will highlight the latest trends and technology in the industry

Packaging Innovations 2020

Plastic in perspective

By Noli Dinkovski

With plastic packaging now coming in for widespread consumer criticism, this year’s Packaging Innovations show sets the stage for industry to debate, discuss and find solutions that are eco-friendly and address concerns over carbon footprint.

Finding alternatives to plastic packaging presents it own set of problems

Substituting plastics can conceal risks

By Paul Gander

Brand owners and retailers pressured into finding alternatives to plastics packaging may simply replace current problems with different future ones, potentially resulting in much higher carbon footprints, while having no impact on whole-system sustainability,...

New rules for nutrition labels could prove impractical to action

Practical issues of new food packaging guidelines

By James Ridler

The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) new guidance on allergen labelling changes for prepacked for direct sale food does not resolve some of the practical issues of complying with the new legislation, an expert in allergen law has claimed.

Tesco and Cow & Gate have recalled 15 products in the 7+month range of baby food products

Baby food recalled due to tampering

By James Ridler

Cow & Gate and big four retailer Tesco have launched a voluntary recall of 15 varieties of baby food over concerns that some of the jars might have been tampered with.

Lynch: 'Unless we... start believing in 100% rPET, we won’t get the investment we need in improving the quality of waste recycling'

Belu makes the case for 100% rPET

By Paul Gander

Sustainability-conscious water brand Belu has justified moving its bottles from 50% recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) to 100% rPET, while avoiding options such as aluminium.

Claims into packaging with ‘enhanced biodegradability’ are underway

Biodegradable packaging additive claims spark debate

By Paul Gander

Numerous commercial trials of a packaging additive said to “enhance biodegradability” in landfill and the ocean, while not interfering with recycling, and which can be added to standard fossil-derived plastics, are under way.