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Welcome to the July edition of Rocket Industrial’s ‘This Month in Packaging’ blog series, a monthly wrap-up of packaging related content that catches our eye.
From innovative fresh pasta packaging to a plant-based inner tray, here are five things that caught our attention this month.
WHO: New Seasons Market
WHAT: Grocery chain New Seasons Market switched from a plastic clamshell for its Partner Brand Fresh Pasta to a modified atmosphere package (MAP). This recyclable paper tray with film liner eliminates 120,000 plastic packs per year and uses 91% less plastic, and also increases the shelf life of the fresh pasta by at least 11 days.
WHY IT MATTERS: With objectives rooted in preventing food waste, reducing single-use packaging, and mitigating climate change, this MAP tray is helping New Seasons Market reach their sustainability goals.
WHAT: Canada-based cannabis brand Wyld developed a fully compostable and biodegradable flexible pouch for its gummies. Not only are the adhesives, inks, and pouch compostable, the child-resistant zipper is too.
WHY IT MATTERS: The cannabis industry produces a lot of waste to be market-compliant, so Wyld wanted their newly designed pouches to be fully compostable, child-resistant, and market-compliant.
WHAT: Procter and Gamble brand Gillette is the first to introduce a recyclable, plant-based inner tray that incorporates color for its new exfoliating bar razor. The tray is made from bamboo and bagasse with a product-safe dye, a dye that does not transfer to the product.
WHY IT MATTERS: The scalable packaging took about six months to land on the final product which eliminates petroleum-based plastics entirely, is recyclable, and aligns with Gillette’s branding and style.
WHO: Packaging Industry
WHAT: To maintain productivity, technological solutions are being implemented into packaging lines to remove the need for manual data, support other technologies, reduce equipment downtime, and increase sustainability.
WHY IT MATTERS: IoT is expected to reach $1.2 trillion in spending this year as it can collect operations data and unlocks insights into customer preferences. By investing in automated packaging solutions and IoT, companies can ensure they do not fall behind competitors.
WHO: Rocket Industrial
WHAT: Our employees joined thousands of others at the Feed My Starving Children Pack in the Park event at Target Field in Minnesota.
WHY IT MATTERS: Through the hard work of volunteers, 560,520 meals were packed, enough to feed 1,535 kids for a full year!
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