Category Archives: Packaging

  • Microfibrillated cellulose: A new material with high potential in the packaging industry

    The cellulose polymer is a naturally occurring linear polymer made of repeating units of glucose. The single polymers are stacked together forming fibrils, with these fibrils stacking together again to form the cellulose fiber structure that is present in nature.  This makes for a very interesting supramolecular structure that consists o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • What biodegradable material possesses the hardness of conventional plastic?

    The majority of biodegradable materials on the market today are being based on cellulose, a polysaccharide material derived from plants. These materials find wide spread applications in packaging, as containers for food or drinks, for example. However, the major drawback of these materials is their hardness, which is not as high as in conventional plastics. The Wyss Institute has developed a new material derived from the shells of crustaceans that can serve as a 'hard' biodeg .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • How can nanotechnologies be applied in pharmaceutical packaging?

    In this article, we address the use of nanotechnologies in pharmaceutical packaging. First, we will illustrate the ways in which nanotechnologies can be applied to pharmaceuticals. We will then discuss the technology that has already been developed for this purpose and how it is struggling to succeed commercially. Why pharmaceuticals need nanotech: The market for counterfeit drugs is worth upwards of ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Perfecting Packaging with Conductive Ink

    Conductive inks and pastes are currently a $2 billion business and are poised to grow in areas such as in-mold inks and stretchable inks. Conductive ink has the power to enhance several industries, but its use in the packaging industry could be significant. An Emerging Market According to research director for IDTechEx, Dr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Challenges of Using Nanomaterials in Packaging

    Due to Nanomaterials’ range of advanced properties, they are being incorporated by the packaging industry at an increased rate. Benefits of using nanomaterials include their ability to improve barrier properties, reduce overall packaging, make active and interactive packaging materials, as well as have antimicrobial properties, repair package when damaged, and release substances that can extend the life of the food in the package. < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • The Application of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging

    Nanotechnology has an extensive list of applications when it comes to food packaging. Yet, its use has been limited, largely in part due to the lack of research into the risks nanomaterials may present to consumers through food migration. Migration studies aside, nanomaterials in food packaging appear to have significant advantages. Barriers: New and Improved ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Natural Branding by Laser Marking: A New Way to Eliminate Packaging Waste

    Natural Branding is a contactless, safe method of labeling without packaging. A high definition laser removes pigments from the outer layer of fruit or vegetable skin to create an image on the peel. The process is superficial so it does not have a negative effect on the taste, aroma or shelf-life of the product. Consumers   .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • Ooho: The Eco-Friendly Substitute to Plastic Bottles

    It is an established fact that plastic bottles made of synthetic polymers harm the environment. These packaged plastic bottles not only take long to degrade (about 450 years) but are also ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Innovative Package Design Is the Key to Sustainable Packaging

    Sustainable packaging has become the focus of manufacturers for some time now. Sustainable packaging not only appeals to an increasingly eco-conscious customer base, but, if done correctly, can reduce manufacturing costs. Improving upon recycling is one solution, but an innovative packaging design can reduce packaging waste right at the source. Small Changes, Big Results ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Innovations in Reusable Packaging

    “Reduce, reuse and recycle!” is the mantra one follows when designing sustainable packaging. While reduce and recycle seem to be the most prominent ones, there are very innovative ideas on how packaging can be reused as well. Reusable packaging is not a ne .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • For a Greener Future: Biodegradable Packaging Materials

    Synthetic polymers have long been the foundation of packaging materials. However, because synthetic polymers are non-biodegradable, our reliance on them in the packaging industry has led to serious ecological problems. Here are some examples .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • The Growing Trend of Recycling Packaging Materials

    It is becoming increasingly imperative for companies to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into their business model. A consumer’s choice of product may come down to it’s perceived environmental impact and that begins with packaging. However, there can be unforeseen difficulties when it comes to recycling pac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Improving Oxygen and Moisture Barriers in Packaging

    Oxygen and moisture barriers ensure the sanitary storage and transportation of food and medical supplies, but even the tiniest imperfection can compromise the package. Additionally, there is the ever present concern of environmental impact. Such factors are what producers must consider when searching for ways to improve these barriers. Perfecting Polyethylene ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Welcome to the Future: Smart Packaging

    What Is Smart Packaging? Any packaging that incorporates advanced technologies to provide enhanced functionality compared to conventional packaging can be considered smart. Based on Packaging Digest, smart packaging can be divided into two categories: active packaging, that provides functionality .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • How 3D Printing is Disrupting The Packaging Industry

    In recent years, there has been a lot of interest and research in 3D printing and how it will change the packaging industry. Many parts of packaging from prototyping to manufacturing have been and will be affected and enhanced by 3D printing technology. Rapid Prototyping 3D printing can accelerate early-stage product development t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • P&G Explains How They Will Generate Zero Landfill Waste by 2020

    The United States has established an unfortunate notoriety for producing landfill waste. At only 4% of the global population, America is responsible for 30% of the planet’s total waste generation. Approximately 31% of generated waste is packaging and containers alone, and corporations are responsible for a substantial .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging

    Fast food might be worse than you thought. It's not because of the food itself, rather the problem comes from the packaging. Fast food packaging has chemicals in a third of its products.  These chemicals, which are called perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), were originally used by fast food chains because of their grease-resistant properties. But, unfortunately, the chemicals in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Geckskin Applications: Spider-Man Soldiers to Home Decor

    In 2012, a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, led by Al Crosby and Duncan J. Irschick, unveiled a new super adhesive called Geckskin, modeled after the ability of geckos to stick to almost any surface. The ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • New Food Contact Materials Currently Molding the Industry

    In the search of new properties for food contact materials, scientists try to meet the needs of both industry and society. A major focus has been on reducing the ecological impact of the nowadays ubiquitous plastics, and looking for safer materials that do not need the use of plas .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gonzalo Delgado
  • Phase Change Materials: Disruptive Technology Webinar

    Phase Change Materials are a game-changer  with the potential to accelerate  the creation of major breakthroughs in technical areas spanning from robotics engineering to  drug delivery. The general concept of phase change is as simple as the transition from water to ice. R&D professionals and scientists around the world are now able to bring this transformation process to their industry through Phase Change Materials. PreScouter will break down the ongoing devel .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
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