Plastic packaging is a crucial product. It provides us with huge benefits such as protecting vital medical and food products, lowering carbon footprint by minimizing waste and being lightweight. That’s why consumers continue to rely on it every day.
It’s also true to say that waste management infrastructure for plastic recycling must improve in both scale and efficiency. So plastic packaging definitely has its place, but that’s not in the environment.
So how do we keep the benefits and protect the environment?
Innovative packaging design, improved recycling infrastructure and consumers playing their part at the point of disposal are all necessary to achieve the circular system we all agree is needed. That’s why global companies, retailers, and others – including Amcor – have been coming together to find answers that address the challenge across the value chain.
"HolyGrail 2.0" digital watermarks initiative
One such initiative is the AIM-led digital watermarks initiative, “HolyGrail 2.0.” The project, to which Amcor will contribute its expertise, is piloting the use of digital watermarks on packaging to help identification and sorting during the recycling process. The idea is that the postage stamp sized marks printed on packaging are picked up by cameras on the sorting lines and then accurately placed into the correct waste stream.
Building on initial research by Amcor partner the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the recently launched second phase of the project aims to demonstrate the business case for digital watermarking at scale.
In bringing together more than 85 companies and organizations across the packaging value chain, including key customers and industry peers, HolyGrail 2.0 is an example of the type of effective collaborative action needed to address the industry challenge. The project’s use of digital watermarks also offers a potential avenue for engaging and educating consumers – critical to building a plastic system that works. However, this project alone does not close the loop on plastic.
We continue to actively pursue a variety of other projects that advance the sustainability agenda. In FY19, Amcor committed to invest at least US$50 million in strategic projects which fund a range of initiatives including infrastructure, manufacturing equipment, extensions to our current partnership network, and investments in open innovation.
We are also committed to developing more sustainable products for our customers and consumers. Every year we invest around $100 million in R&D to create new responsible packaging solutions and we are on track to achieving our pledge of making all Amcor packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, while increasing our use of recycled content.
Amcor launches new platform for paper-based packaging
Amcor has launched a new platform of paper-based packaging products: AmFiberTM. AmFiber innovations aim to redefine the capabilities of traditional paper packaging, providing a wider range of features and functional benefits to meet the changing needs of consumers.
AmPrima PE Plus offers a breakthrough sustainability innovation for complex packaging formats
Amcor, a leader in responsible packaging design and development has engineered a high-barrier flexible film that provides superior heat resistance and is a more-sustainable alternative to standard metallized or foil-based structures.
Fate of billions of plastic bottles potentially altered through ground-breaking Amcor technology
Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions of small bottles to be recycled. ARP is first applying the technology to 50 mL PET spirits bottles.
Amcor to help brands communicate packaging carbon footprint reductions through independent labelling from the Carbon Trust
Amcor has announced the ‘Reducing CO2 Packaging’ Label from the Carbon Trust can now be printed on Amcor packaging to demonstrate significant carbon footprint reductions. It’s part of the company’s lifecycle assessment service, which enables brands to measure their packaging’s carbon footprint from raw materials through end-of-use. The announcement comes at a time when sustainability is an increasingly important factor in consumers’ purchasing decisions.
Mars Food & Amcor announce industry-first move to launch recyclable microwavable rice pouch
Mars Food, in partnership with global packaging company Amcor, will bring the first food-safe, mono-material microwavable rice pouch to market in 2021. The breakthrough is a result of a three-year partnership between Mars Food and Amcor.
Amcor launches first recyclable shrink bag for meat and cheese
Amcor has launched Eco-Tite R in Europe, the first designed to be recycled, PVDC-free shrink bag for fresh and processed meat, poultry and some cheeses. Amcor Eco-Tite R is designed to maximise shelf-life, maintain food safety, reduce food waste and can be recycled in existing polyethylene (PE) plastic recycling streams.
Fast and fresh: Snack-friendly packaging for prepared fruit
Healthy eating trends and convenience are boosting the fruit snacks industry globally. Amcor Food Scientists work closely with customers and suppliers to understand every factor that needs to be considered when packaging fruit. From variety of fruit, cut size and weight, and country of origin, to supply chain, preparation processes and end pack format.
Amcor unveils PET bottle concepts and collaboration with Garçon Wines
Amcor and Garçon Wines are collaborating to produce the flat wine bottles made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET plastic in the U.S. PET, which has rapidly become the world’s preferred packaging material, is lightweight, shatterproof, resealable, reusable, and infinitely recyclable.
Amcor designs lightweight PET bottles for pasteurized beer in Brazil
Amcor has adapted its leading-edge design technology to develop the first polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for pasteurized beer in Brazil. The company designed custom 600 milliliter containers for beverage maker New Age Bebidas, Leme, São Paulo, that feature the beauty of a glass-like, champagne-style base combined with the convenience of lightweight and shatter resistant PET.
Amcor completes acquisition of Bemis, creating the global leader in packaging
Amcor has announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Bemis Company Inc., effective 11 June 2019. The combined company will now operate as Amcor Plc (Amcor), trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “AMCR” and the Australian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol “AMC.” Amcor is included in both the S&P 500 and S&P/ASX 200 indices.
Amcor and GSK win Alufoil Trophy
The European Aluminium Foil Association has awarded the Alufoil Trophy in the Product Protection category to Formpack Dessiflex Ultra, in recognition of the enhanced protection provided to the Augmentin product and the positive impact on the millions of patients who use it. The Formpack Dessiflex Ultra blister solution was developed by Amcor, and this specific package was done in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline.
Amcor launches new recyclable packaging, making progress towards its 2025 pledge
Amcor launches unique, recyclable, high-barrier flexible packaging that can reduce a pack’s carbon footprint by up to 64%. Amcor has launched AmLite Ultra Recyclable, its first packaging product made from the company’s revolutionary, more sustainable high-barrier polyolefin film that the company announced last year.
Letti chooses Amcor to design clear PET bottles for customers in Latin America
In Brazil, leading dairy brand Letti is the first to adopt transparent one-liter PET bottles for its Lettico A2 fermented milk products. These custom containers, made exclusively for Letti by Amcor, replace the traditional white, opaque high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles that have dominated the market.
Opening wine made easier and cleaner with Amcor's Easypeel capsule
A new capsule design from Amcor is making wine easier to open, while preserving time-honoured traditions that are important to discriminating aficionados. The EASYPEEL wine-opening system uses a one-piece aluminium capsule engineered to open wine bottles along a clean line, every time. Unlike other technologies that rely on pull tabs, EASYPEEL allows consumers and professionals to use traditional bottle openers.
New Danone yogurt jar appeals to health conscious-consumers
The yogurt market in Latin America continues to grow as companies develop products to appeal to health-conscious consumers. That appeal includes premium-looking packaging that is durable and increasingly sustainable. For Danone that includes developing attractive packaging in collaboration with global packaging company Amcor.
Amcor among major organizations worldwide committing to diminish plastic waste, pollution
Global packaging leader Amcor, together with global brand owners, retailers, nongovernmental organizations, policymakers and others, has joined in a commitment to reduce waste and pollution from plastic packaging. Amcor Chief Executive Officer Ron Delia signed the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment on behalf of the company’s 33,000 people.
Brands can now choose Amcor ‘Sunshine’ to increase attractiveness of packages in Latin America
A unique printing technology that creates folding cartons with a premium look is now available to consumer brands doing business in Latin America. In response to increasing demand, Amcor has installed its patent-pending "Sunshine" process at the company’s plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico – the first Latin America site with the technology and 13th for Amcor worldwide.
Healthcare-packaging customers benefit from Amcor's continued investment in new technologies
Greater specificity and national differences in labelling information on healthcare products across Europe, combined with a growth in precision medicines, are changing customer expectations about how packaging is made. In response, global packaging leader Amcor is continuing to invest to meet customers’ needs across Europe.
Developments in packaging sustainability and efficiency secure Amcor two 2018 Alufoil Trophies
Two sustainable packaging innovations from Amcor that boost efficiency and improve consumer convenience have won 2018 Alufoil Trophies at the European Aluminium Foil Association awards. The company’s PolyInert laminates, which enable sensitive pharmaceuticals to be packaged in stick-pack form, won the Resource Efficiency category, and AluFix Retort Xtra, the newest addition to the successful AluFix range, won the Technical Innovation award.
- Jo Webb
- Company News
- Created 17 Sep 2020
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