In Germany, deposit systems for beverage bottles have been around for some time now: once a bottle is empty, it is taken to the local supermarket, where it is inserted into a reverse vending machine and returned to the cycle. This system is just one of the reasons why Germany is considered a pioneer when it comes to recycling. Again and again, discussions arise on how we can use deposit systems to ensure other products and packaging stay in the cycle longer. A Berlin start-up has taken up this idea, initially implementing it in a pilot project: Circleback, a deposit system for cosmetics packaging.


Collaboration achieves circular cosmetics packaging concept

Moving circular plastic packaging forward. In a first and unique collaboration for the Personal Care industry, Clariant, Siegwerk, Borealis, and Beiersdorf are combining expertise to tackle the challenge of creating recyclable consumer packaging, based on 100% retrieved plastic packaging waste, for cosmetics applications. The pioneering initiative, named "Design4Circularity", is providing innovations and insights for the different design aspects to encourage others to also follow design for circularity principles.

CCL Label focuses on sustainability and digitalization at drinktec

Once again the drinktec is opening its doors for the largest gathering of the beverage industry in Munich from September 12 to 16, 2022. CCL Label will be showcasing its latest innovations with a focus on labels and sleeve solutions that support recycling and reuse of packaging to support a circular economy, intelligent label solutions and premium labels that stand out on the sales shelves.

Mondi wins Swiss Packaging Award for sustainability

Mondi, a global leader in sustainable packaging and paper, has been recognised by the Swiss Packaging Institute (SVI) for its RetortPouch Recyclable solution. The packaging won the Swiss Packaging Award for the Sustainability category and was developed for Coop’s private label range of healthy pulses and grains sold in Switzerland.

Cooperation around the globe

Frozen pizzas are among the most popular fast-food dishes: However, their delicate ingredients make processing and packaging anything but easy. To overcome these challenges, a major frozen food manufacturer in the USA relies on Syntegon Technology's system expertise from product distribution to case packers.


The packaging industry mostly agrees that the change towards a real circular economy can only be accomplished by avoiding waste, designing packaging to be recycled, using recycled materials and a great deal more reuse. Universities and universities of applied sciences are also contributing ideas, where young up-and-coming designers are perfecting their future-ready, and often prize-winning, solutions. Take the following projects, for example.