Category Archives: Packaging

  • The shift toward bioplastics: Insights from Lego and current opportunities

    As a major step towards the goal of using fully sustainable materials in all its products by 2030, Lego has announced that by the end of 2018, under 2% of Lego bricks will be made from sugarcane-based polyethylene as opposed to oil-based plastic. As published in Scien .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • What are the applications of nanocellulose in packaging?

    Have you ever wondered about the strength of steel? Well, you will be surprised to know that nanocellulose (NC) is 8 times the strength of steel. It is also known that NC is stiffer than Kevlar®. In addition to strength, nanocellulose has many properties that make it a su .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

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

    What is microfibrillated cellulose? The cellulose polymer is a naturally occurring linear polymer made of repeating units of glucose. Single polymers are stacked together forming fibrils, and these fibrils stack together again to form the cellulose fiber structure that is present in nature.  This makes for a very interesting su .. ... 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. This article covers the many parts of packaging, from prototyping to manufacturing, that have been and will be affected and enhanced by 3D printing technologies. Rapid Prototyping 3D printing .. ... 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. Chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects: 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 b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
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