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LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS – A USEFUL TOOL OR GREENWASHING?

Plastic or paper – which packaging performs better in a life cycle assessment? The answer appears to be simple. Plastic packaging produces mountains of rubbish and has fallen out of favour with consumers, whereas paper is perceived as very environmentally friendly. If you ask the life cycle auditors, there is no blanket answer, because to them both materials have benefits and drawbacks that need to be weighed up in each individual case. However, in the experience of environmental research and consulting company bifa Umweltinstitut GmbH, the results of life cycle assessments constantly lead to misconceptions. bifa has been working on this method for 25 years.
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RELIABLY DETERMINING THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF PACKAGING MACHINES

Sustainability is one of the great topics that companies have to think about Goals for sustainability need to be formulated, and there need to be new ways to make products and services more sustainable. For Syntegon, this is no different. The company has set itself the goal, among others, to reduce the consumption of its most energy-intensive systems by 25 percent until 2025. One important step in this direction is the TĂśV-certified calculation of the carbon footprint of Syntegon systems, which the company can now offer.
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500 KEGS PER HOUR ON ONE CONVEYOR BELT

The keg is to the gastronomic industry what the single bottle is to the consumer. These beverage recipients hold 30 to 50 litres and cannot be used without modern pump technology these days. When liquids need to be filled into different types of packaging, retooling time is often a difficult factor. This has a negative impact on the machines’ efficiency. When changing from one-way kegs to returnable kegs, washing adds an extra step to the process. To make washing and racking kegs with beer, wine or carbonated drinks more efficient, the Dortmund-based KHS Group has developed a system with one single main conveyor belt.
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125 YEARS OF MAGGI IN GERMANY

In almost 30 million homes in Germany, at least once a year someone reaches for a product with the unmistakable brand logo in red and gold. Whether stock cubes or powdered stock, ready meals like ravioli or helpful seasonings for cooking, like the "Fix" product line: most people will have held a Maggi product in their hand already. This year sees the 125th anniversary of the products in Germany, and their range has kept steadily growing. Regarding their packaging design, the Swiss have remained true to their beginnings for their entire company history, following the motto: never change a winning team. This traditional brand offers convincing proof that packaging can be much more than a mere protective shell for a product.
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GO WITH THE FLOW! WITH THE FASTEST COMPLETE WATER FILLING LINE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

In the Middle East, consumers’ purchasing decisions are increasingly changing, especially when it comes to beverages. The demand for bottled water is increasing, and water accounts for a third of all soft drink sales in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today. Water suppliers have to confront the rising demand and increase their capacities. Mai Dubai also faced this challenge, and turned to packaging solution provider Sidel for support in mastering it.
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BENELUX TO RECYCLE BEVERAGE CARTONS

Beverage cartons consist of valuable raw materials that can be recycled. A plant near Cologne, Germany, has already proven that beverage carton recycling is technically possible as of last year. Now, two beverage carton manufacturers are assessing its feasibility in the Benelux countries together.
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MONO-MATERIAL, A RAY OF HOPE

The world of packaging is undergoing a radical change. The looming consequences of the climate crisis are a reason to rethink the materials and substances used in packaging and to examine tried and tested packaging materials with an eye towards the circular economy. One measure that more and more companies are taking is to switch to mono-materials. However, this can also be challenging.
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