Design 4 the circular economy: let’s rethink our brake 4 packaging sustainability

Kévin Le Blévennec

presentation by Kévin Le Blévennec, VITO, at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend.

Recent VITO research results on 1) the quality of collected packaging waste, 2) a comprehensive review on the progressive integration of material efficiency requirements within EU sustainable product policy framework, or 3) on the role of digital technologies for enhancing waste management activities, can only reinforce this need to integrate holistic approaches connecting different product life-cycle stages and stakeholders at an early design & development phases.

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Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 – Revolutionizing Sorting and Recycling by Intelligent Packaging Containing Digital Watermarks

duo presentation

duo presentation by An Vossen, Executive Manager, PLAREBEL vzw/asbl, Belgian Catalyst for the Circular Plastic Value Chain & Gian De Belder, Technical Director Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend.

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Life Cycle Assessment to evaluate sustainability of packaging

Yvonne van der Meer

presentation by Yvonne van der Meer, Scientific co-director Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, Professor Sustainability of Chemicals and Materials, Maastricht University, at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend

Public concerns on the burden plastic packaging poses on the environment have induced policies to reduce single use plastics and to improve plastic waste management. This development is driving innovation in plastic packaging, e.g. by enhancing recyclability or increasing recycled content. To answer the question which innovations or solutions are favorable from an environmental point of view, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a valuable tool.

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Challenges of PET Trays Recycling

Marnix van Gurp

by Marnix van Gurp, Managing Director, Brightlands Materials Center

Although PET bottles are already reasonably well recycled, the recycling rates for PET trays are virtually zero. Among a number of different reasons why this is the case, the design of the trays plays an important role. The waste fraction of PET trays contains a considerable amount of other polymers than PET, in particular due to the lidding films which consist in many cases of multimaterial laminates.

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Sustainable design driven by external factors

Dennis van den Beuken

by Dennis van den Beuken, GBO

GBO is a full-service design agency that is at the forefront of innovation to achieve success for entrepreneurial clients. Founded in 1990 and rooted in product development, we have grown into a full-service design agency that focuses on the entire product development spectrum, including sustainable products.

Sustainable design has been discussed during projects for years. However if we want to be in the lead of this matter, we still highly depend on external factors. During this presentation I would like to show you some of these factors based on client cases.

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Packaging sustainability in three tracks

karen van der stadt

by Karen van de Stadt, Packaging Expert, Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging

How to design your packaging now and in the future? What boundaries are in place at the moment and which possibilities are there in the future? Looking at the publication ‘The state of sustainable packaging’ and the innovation tracks that the KIDV describes in there, what can you do with your packaging to move forward.

program: https://design4sustainabilityconference.com/conference/

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Advancing sustainability in designing new PP grades for packaging

Emanuele Burgin

by Emanuele Burgin, LyondellBasell

Designing for sustainability begins with the material choice. New PP grades are developed to meet the EU Plastic strategy and its recyclability & recycling targets by 2025 and 2030, as well as to enlarge the mechanical recycled PP-based application portfolio beyond the traditional low value, black, inj molding markets, so to make recycling sustainable even in bad times.

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Towards Mono-PE packaging solutions

Fons Schreurs

by Fons Schreurs, SABIC Limburg B.V.

Not so long ago, development of (flexible) packaging has been mainly focused on down gauging of materials while retaining maximum performance. This resulted in advanced multi-material laminates which we all know very well. With a new focus on recyclability, new solutions for mono-material are very much needed. The packaging value chain is very advanced in combining production speed, efficient material usage and packaging functionality and design. This makes the shift towards mono-materials not without challenges.

In this presentation SABIC’s journey in the development of mono material packaging is presented. In the presentation examples of machine direction oriented polyethylene and biaxial oriented polyethylene packages are compared and discussed in terms of mechanical properties and applicability in the value chain.

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Recycling of multilayer packaging film. The ultimate challenge?

wouter van den berg

by Wouter van den Berg, Yparex BV

The plastics industry is looking for ways to reduce waste by increasing the amount of recycled content in their products. And none more so than the producers of multilayer barrier packaging. Yparex BV has developed a wide range of solutions for recyclers and film manufacturers alike to upgrade multi-material film waste into high quality regranulate that allows it to be used again and again in (multilayer) film. This gives the packaging film players the opportunity to reduce waste, and thereby costs, in their process.

The presentation will show a multitude of examples of how Yparex™ compatibilizers can add value to your recycle streams and give you a better quality recyclate.

This facilitates the industry to show that flexible plastic packaging is and will be the most efficient and sustainable solution to package sensitive food stuffs and reduce the wasting of food.

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