Finding new ways to address our environmental challenges is reliant on our ability to foster innovation to find ways of driving systemic change. To support such innovation and progress towards circularity, Huhtamaki, a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world, donated €600,000 to fund the development and piloting of a river waste collector, invented by the Finnish cleantech start-up RiverRecycle. The collector is an integral part of RiverRecycle’s solution to solve marine waste, one of the biggest global challenges of today. With Huhtamaki’s support, a prototype waste collector was built and tested in Finland. This was then transported to and assembled in Mumbai, where it is now operational and where it will be collecting waste from the Mithi River for the next 12 months. “We believe in protecting food, people and the planet. We also believe that cooperation across the value chain with key stakeholders is needed to address global sustainability challenges, for example such as in this case marine plastics. If we want to drive systemic change, we not only need to support the development and commercialization of innovation that can help stop waste from getting into the oceans, but we also need the monetization of waste and incentivization of local communities to improve their waste management practices,” says Thomasine Kamerling, Executive Vice President Sustainability and Communications at Huhtamaki.
Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has opened three brand-new customer engagement centres for its corrugated packaging customers. ‘ThinkBoxes’ enable the co-creation of better, more sustainable packaging designs through inspirational and insightful events, training courses and individual workshops in physical, digital or hybrid formats.
Access to knowledge pool
ThinkBox was created to support customers from a variety of industries in any phase of their quest for improved corrugated packaging. It is a knowledge pool continuously filled by industry and sustainability experts and the ideas and expertise of a large network of award-winning designers. The first three ThinkBox sites are located at Mondi Bupak in České Budějovice (Czech Republic), Mondi Tire Kutsan in Tire (Turkey) and Mondi Ansbach (Germany).
Design is a process
The ThinkBox concept invites customers to unleash their full potential in a variety of possible settings:
*Think Co-creation – individual workshops to solve a specific packaging issue or to explore how to bring visions to life
*Think Skills – a variety of training courses and skill transfer events
*Think Inspiration – interactive webinars and insight events
*Think Verification – performance tests of packaging solutions
ThinkBox is not only a place, but also an immersive creative experience with a clear outcome. The processes are designed to deliver a solid set of options in a short time and offer tangible solutions. The facilities provide the latest testing equipment for instant proof of concept. Possible risks in the product lifecycle can be eliminated during the design process.
Everyone is creative
ThinkBox fosters creativity and knowledge sharing by bringing together the right set of people and expertise. This way the opinions and needs of all stakeholders, external factors, production realities, legislation, society and the environment can be considered in the design process and satisfy the minimum viable product requirement when exploring further opportunities.
“Our customers face a fast-changing environment driven by legislation, rapid growth or have clear targets in mind to secure competitiveness. They seek clarity and certainty, often while the clock is ticking. We built the ThinkBox to provide space and professional guidance, addressing every aspect of modern packaging challenges. We offer our customers this unique ThinkBox experience to help them fulfil their next packaging objective or gain understanding of the options that support their vision.” Armand Schoonbrood, COO Mondi Corrugated Solutions
The flagship ThinkBox at one of Mondi Corrugated’s eCommerce packaging hubs – Mondi Bupak in the Czech Republic – offers 500 sqm of space for engagement and shared experiences. The ThinkBox at Mondi Ansbach in Germany has special expertise in heavy-duty packaging, while Mondi Tire Kutsan in Turkey specialises in new ideas for the changing retail environment and fresh produce packaging.