Tag Archives: Sustainable Packaging

CIRCO Circular Design Class

Are you curious about the circular economy and what your role as a designer will be in a circular world? Would you like to apply circular packaging design principles in your work, but does putting them into practice seem difficult?  

If so, we would like to invite you to participate in the Circular Design Class on the 21st of September! 

During this one day course you will be taught the principles of circular design, practice their practical application and gain insight into your role as a designer in developing circular products and services.

The contents of the training are based on the research and book ‘Products that Last’’ (TU Delft) by associate professor Conny Bakker, who will expound on the design strategies and business models that are described in them. In addition you will work with practical examples of frontrunners in the industry.

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CIRCO Circular Design Class for Packaging Designers

Are you curious about the circular economy and what your role as a packaging designer will be in a circular world?  Would you like to apply circular packaging design principles in your work, but does putting them into practice seem difficult? 

If so, we would like to invite you to participate in the Circular Design Class on the 6th of December! During this one day course you will be taught the principles of circular design, practice their practical application and gain insight into your role as a packaging designer in developing circular packaging and packaging systems.

The contents of the training are based on the research and book ‘Products that Last’’ (TU Delft 2014) by associate professor Conny Bakker, who will expound on the design strategies and business models that are described in them. In addition you will work with practical examples of frontrunners in the industry.

More information: CIRCO website

Packaging for E-Commerce (NVC online cource)

During this online course (4 online sessions) you will get an excellent insight into the importance of packaging for successful e-commerce business. The course covers such topics as logistics, materials handling, product damage prevention, returned goods facilitation, brand image consistency, managing labelling and integrating sustainability in packaging choices.

After completing this course you will be able to improve your packaging strategies: lower packaging costs, with satisfied web clients and a responsible approach to environmental issues.

More information?
Do you have questions and/or would you like to receive more information, please contact me. We can also go through the list of references. I can be reached via c.koolen@nvc.nl or +31-(0)182-512411.

EMPACK 2016, Brussels, presentation: Sustainable Packaging for E-commerce

Are you active in the packaging industry? Then EMPACK 2016, the largest packaging show in Belgium, is your unmissable appointment in September.

On 21 & 22 September, supply & demand of the packaging industry meet eachother face-to-face for the 15th time in Brussels Expo.

21th of September there are two presentations about e-commerce & packaging in cooperation with  VerpakkingsProfs.

  • E-commerce needs flexible packaging
    Do you know what it takes to send 2 million different kinds of products with variable sizes? And do you have any idea how many standard size boxes you need to pack all these items? Not to mention the air bags and numerous rolls of bubble wrap. Find out how Neopost’s customers respond to these challenges.
    Hedde Biesma, Communications Manager Neopost
  • Sustainable packaging for e-commerce
    The rise of e-commerce radically changed the playing field of packinging. Smart solutions are needed to send items by mail. No one wants an oversized, costly container box full of unnecessary packaging. Finding the most suitable packaging presents one of the main challenges for sustainable packaging. Fortunately, more and more smart solutions are found to customize packing boxes, to reduce the amount of void fill packaging and to optimize logistics.
    Siem Haffmans, Managing Partner @ Partners for Innovation

If you don’t have the time to attend the event, the Guide to Sustainable Packaging for the e-commerce sector may be of interest to you and is available to download on our website: http://bit.ly/2aY7EYi

Succesful first edition of Packaging Industry 2016

Partners for Innovation attended as a media partner the first edition of the Packaging Industry 2016 event, organised by Management Producties. During the event, companies that represent different parts of the circular value chain of food packaging, discussed the challenges and opportunities of sustainable packaging. The general consensus was that in order to realize more sustainable packaging, it is crucial for all parts of the value chain (material producers, packaging producers, brand owners, waste management companies and consumers) to work together. 

How to get your sustainable innovation to the market?

How to get your sustainable innovation to the market? This is what Partners for Innovation discussed on Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016, with companies from the paper and board sector. The discussion took place at the “International Innovation Event for Paper and Board Value Chains”, organised by the Centre of Competence Paper and Board (KCPK), VNP and Wereld van Papier.

Subsidies for demonstration projects and market research
There has been significant technological progress in the Dutch paper and board industry regarding the use of alternative fibres (grass, tomato sterns) and the conversion of side streams into valuable products as bio-plastics, alginates. These technologies are now ready for upscaling in demonstration projects. Partners for Innovation discussed with these companies the possibilities to use local or European subsidies (LIFE+, H2020, DEI, EFRO) to set-up such demonstration projects or to do market research and work out the business cases in more detail (H2020 SME, MIT). 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) and circular product development
Food and flower packaging that extends the expiration date, printed electronics and (even more) sustainable books, the innovations with paper and board as base material continues to grow. Partners for Innovation discussed with these companies how the positive impact on the environment of these innovations can be determined and marketed with an LCA. Also the design of these innovations was taken in account and how it can be improved, so it can be “up” cycled at the end of its life-time; circular product development.

More information? Please contact Marc Marsidi

 

Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics

We are proud to present our new Guidelines for Designing with Recycled Plastics.

In this Guidelines Designing with Recycled Plastics, the most important tips and tricks are shared, for the application of recycled plastic in (high-end) injection moulding products. The Guidelines are the result of a chain project for the Dutch Plastics Industry Association initiated by Philips and Partners for Innovation. The idea for this project started in the working group ‘Recyclate and Product Design’ of the Dutch Plastic Value Chain Agreement.

Six showcases for inspiration 
In the Caseguide Designing with Recycled Plastics, six leading companies from Dutch Industry share their experiences with the application of recycled plastics. Every case is linked to a video (in English). “By sharing this informatie with designers, Research &Development staff, suppliers and plastic converters, we hope to inspire the rest of the market to use more recycled plastics in high-end products“, says Ingeborg Gort-Duurkoop, advisor Sustainable Innovations at Partners for Innovation.

The Guidelines Design is an MJA3 project supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO Nederland) and The Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry (NRK), in cooperation with Philips and developed by Partners for Innovation.

Download: Guidelines for Designing with Recycled Plastics

Caseguide Designing with Recycled Plastics

Chain projects: Sustainable Packaging with Paper and Cardboard

The Association of Dutch Paper and Board Manufacturers (VNP) initiated several chain projects on sustainable packaging with paper and cardboard. The projects were set up within the framework of the Long-Term Agreements on Energy Efficiency (MJA). Partners for Innovation was asked to provide support for two of these projects: the development of Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) for a Unilever products and developing sustainable packaging solutions for the supermarket chain EkoPlaza.

Shelf Ready Packaging
For a number of SRP solutions by Unilever and Smurfit Kappa the environmental impact was calculated. Corrugated packaging appears to be an excellent material for SRP,  because it offers good presentation (printability) possibilities, low environmental impact and is also quick to put on the shelf and easy to recycle.

Shelf-life and food safety
For EkoPlaza the appearance of the packaging is of utmost importance and the sustainability and food safety must be guaranteed. Paper and cardboard have a sustainable image and they are excellent for printing. In order to increase the shelf-life and to ensure food safety, there are a variety of coatings under development or already on the market. Many of these developments are taking place in other countries, but also several Dutch paper manufacturers are working on developments that can be applied for this purpose. This may be taken to the next level with one of the Dutch paper manufacturers in a follow-up project.

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Circular Economy Lab 8: The Value of Plastics

How do we make a valuable recycling stream of plastic waste and increase the use of recycled plastics as raw materials for products and packaging?

This is the central questions for the Circular Economy Lab that will take place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 in Utrecht. The lab is organized by the Utrecht Sustainability Institute in cooperation with the Dutch Rubber and Plastics Federation and PlasticsEurope.

The evening is led by Jacqueline Cramer, director of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute. Siem Haffmans from Partners for Innovation will participate in the panel discussion about opportunities and increased usage of recycled plastics in products and packaging.

The purpose of the lab is to create a valuable business case for the collection of plastic while increasing the use of recycled plastics as raw materials and recycling.

More info:

  • Contact Siem Haffmans
  • Date: Tuesday evening, December 2, 2014 from 7:30 till 10 PM
  • Location: Academy Building University of Utrecht, Domplein 29, Utrecht
  • Language: Dutch 
  • Program & Registration