As the next step in its sustainability journey, Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com) has signed onto the Science-Based Targets initiative, a project that aims to spur corporate climate action in the transition to a low-carbon economy. To join the initiative, Crown will set specific goals for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement of 2015, through which international governments collectively pledged to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
It’s not how new or old their company is, these brand owners are introducing new products, packaging, and branding redesigns, and building distribution channels to take their dreams to market.
In recognition of modern consumers’ growing desire for convenient, customizable, and sustainable products, delivery, and services, Jenny Craig has rolled out its Jenny Craig Cares program “for more earth-friendly, personalized, and convenient weight loss,” the company says. The Carlsbad, CA-based company operates approximately 600 company-owned and franchised centers that offer weight loss education and support, as well as nutritionally-balanced meals and snacks, delivered to members’ homes or picked up from the centers. The new Jenny Craig Cares program enables members to receive more frequent shipments of food in smaller packages that include compostable insulation.
Great Northern Laminations’ Aaron Sass, Director of New Business Development, has been working with Appleton East High School students in the Career Launch Studio. The program helps students who wouldn’t otherwise know how to move from graduation into a career and prepares, equips, and launches them into success.
Smurfit Kappa has been named as one of the 25 most inspiring companies by the National Businesses’ Association in Colombia (Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia). The award was recognition for the work that Smurfit Kappa has done to promote and support the importance of recycling and build effective recycling infrastructure. The packaging leader supports 30 recycling organisations through partnerships with a charitable foundation set up by the Grupo Familia multinational personal care brand and Wiego, a global body that focuses on creating livelihoods for the poor. Since the project began in 2014, more than 1700 people working in recycling jobs, along with their families, have benefited from transformed working environments, training, education and career opportunities.
Siegwerk held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony to celebrate the new Siegwerk Ink Lab at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics on Wednesday, September 4. Faculty, students and industry leaders were present to get the first look at the redesigned lab and also have an opportunity to network with other industry professionals. The Siegwerk Ink Lab will be a resource at Clemson to build innovative package design through ink technology, enhance capabilities to explore visual appearance and functionality of packaging in terms of inks and coatings, and guide research in energy curable and other ink technologies.
Almost everything in shipping packages starts with a simple box. Or, a pouch. Or, even an envelope. And then things get complicated so quickly. Consider this: You keep 15 or 20 different boxes on hand. But you ship more than 300 SKUs that actually require 70 or 80 standard box sizes.In fact, some could be shipped in an envelope or pouch, but you don’t use either. Ever. And when you did an analysis, turns out that the vast majority of orders are shipped in oversized boxes with dunnage. In fact, the average box is 40% too big. Oh, boy. Furthermore, shipping boxes too large for their contents is expensive on the freight side. Carriers have restructured their charges to include volume as well as weight. You don’t want to be consistently on the wrong side of that equation, explains Rick Morse, vice president of sales for Westrock. “Having the right-sized package for any given order is almost impossible while the cost implications of not using right-sized boxes are exponential,” adds Morse. If only there were a simple answer to these and other costly issues in the packaging department. And, we haven’t even mentioned the “L word” yet. It could be time for some automation better able to match the item to the package. It certainly has an initial appeal.
Pregis LLC has received a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody, FSC Recycled certification for its Easypack paper portfolio. The company has been granted FSC Certification Code No. SCS-COC-006929. The certification is for 100% recycled-content, single and multiply-paper produced at its Plymouth, Indiana facility. The paper, which ranges from 30-pound single ply to 45/45 pound multi-ply, is primarily used in conjunction with Easypack by Pregis machines to produce void-fill, cushioning and blocking/bracing protective packaging. It can be molded to the shape of just about any product from fragile glassware to heavy industrial products such as automotive parts or plumbing supplies. The paper packaging is both lightweight and strong, helping to secure products in place during transit.
UPM Raflatac will be showcasing its sustainable labeling solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels from September 24-27. UPM Raflatac’s innovative solutions can help printers and brand owners reach beyond their sustainability goals by offering solutions to reduce, recycle and renew. The company’s thinner and lighter film materials reduce the use of raw materials. The UPM Raflatac PP Lite range combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive and a lighter backing which makes them incredibly lightweight and optimizes the use of raw materials and resources. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR labels are another good example, featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners.
For Amazon vendors and sellers, time is running out to meet the online retailer’s Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) standard, before they’re hit with financial penalties. Gavin Mounce, e-commerce Design Manager at DS Smith explores the benefits for online retailers in meeting FFP, and what they can do to prepare. Amazon retailers in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy and France have until the 1st of October this year to meet the deadline for complying with Amazon’s ‘frustration free packaging’ (FFP) standard. This means that e-retailers have less than a month to get their packaging ready or face a penalty of €1.70 per unit. But rather than being a headache, Amazon’s initiative should be viewed as a major opportunity due to the significant benefits it can deliver for online brands. The intention of FFP is to reduce waste and delight customers with easy-to-open, 100 per cent recyclable packaging. Products can be shipped in their original packaging, eliminating the need for an additional Amazon-overbox.