Packaging environmental claims–still a challenge for many






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posted by Kari Embree, Senior Digital Content Editor — Packaging Digest, 8/23/2013 12:05:29 PM





A few months back, I read an article in Packaging Digest about consumers taking responsibility for “green actions.” After citing some statistics about how a “record-high 71 percent of Americans” are “buying with an eye toward green,” the article went on to talk about some of the challenges consumers have in following through on their intent. At least 33 percent indicated that inadequate resources, “such as recycle bins or community access,” were preventing them from following through. An even greater number-60 percent-indicated that they find the environmental terms companies use in their product advertising or package messaging misleading or confusing. 

That got me thinking about the on-package messaging audits we’ve done, particularly around recyclability. Here are common mistakes we’ve found, and why the messaging is misleading or just plain incorrect.

 

• A variety of brands of pump-dispensing hand soap bottles display the Möbius loop (or chasing arrows) on the bottle component of the packaging. These packages are typically a polyethylene (PET) bottle and a polypropylene (PP) closure with a pump assembly that includes metal parts. Use of the Möbius loop on the bottle provides only part of the information the consumer requires. Indeed, more than 60 percent of the population (the percentage required by the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides to make a recyclability claim) have access to recycle both PET bottles and non-bottle rigid plastic items. However, since the pump has metal parts that cause problems in plastic reprocessing, the PP closure with its pump assembly is not recyclable and should be labeled as such.

 

• Most grocery stores today sell pre-washed, pre-cut vegetables in plastic bags. Many of these bags display the resin identification code (RIC) No.4 with its chasing arrows. Using a RIC in this manner constitutes a “widely recycled” claim since a majority of consumers believe the RIC is a recycling symbol. While low-density PET No.4 bags are recyclable, the message is misleading. It suggests curbside collection, which is only available to about 20 percent of the population. LDPE bags need to be dropped off at retail stores for recycling, so the packaging needs to clarify that. An appropriate label would be the Möbius loop (not the RIC) prominently displayed with the words “store drop-off.”

 

• Chewing gum is regularly sold in multipacks consisting of a small paper carton containing the individually paper- and foil-wrapped sticks of gum and sealed with a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) overwrap. The most common labeling found on these packages is a No.3 RIC, indicating PVC and constituting a “widely recycled” claim. Virtually none of the U.S. population has access to PVC film recycling, so the labeling is incorrect.

 

Additionally, since the label is on the outer packaging component, most consumers infer that it applies to all of the packaging components, which is also misleading. To facilitate proper disposal of this type of packaging, all of the components should be labeled. The plastic overwrap and foil wrapper should have a Möbius loop with a red slash through it, indicating that they fall into the “not yet recycled” category. The paper wrapper (if separate from the foil wrapper) should carry the Möbius loop, as should the paper carton. Common mistakes like these are a primary reason GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition, with input from its member companies, created the How2Recycle Label. The label is designed to help brand owners provide clear and consistent recyclability guidance to consumers for each component of a product’s packaging. 

Author Katherine O’Dea is senior director of innovation and advisory services for GreenBlue. For more information about GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition, visit www.sustainablepackaging.org.

 

 

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3M recycle tapeScotch recycled corrugate tape 3072 is uniquely formulated for sealing boxes including more demanding packaging applications. It has a consistent pressure sensitive, high performance, hot melt synthetic rubber adhesive system and meets FDA requirements for indirect food contact. It has a strong backing that provides a secure and durable closure and provides high quality, consistent performance with easy unwind.

Designed specifically for use with recycled corrugated boxes (which are more difficult to seal because of shorter, flatter fibers), 3M’s family of Scotch Recycled Corrugated Tapes are stickier than conventional box sealing tapes. As a result, the versatile, super-sticky tape will stick to most packaging material in use today.

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OTF Security Label Provides Protection Against Tampering and Counterfeiting

3S Simons Security Systems GmbH has developed the OTF security label specifically designed to protect security-relevant devices and premium packaging used for quality products. This also ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering. The advantage of the new closure seal: It is based on Secure-ID technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are thus avoided. Only a gentle push or a slight increase in temperature will cause the OTF security label to show number strings, logos or different visual elements so that any attempt to tamper with a device or packaging is instantly identified. Based on the counterfeit protection system SECUDATA, micro color code particles were also added to the label enabling identification of originals. This anti-forgery measure can be combined with traceability systems, such as data matrix or RFID. That way, 3S ensures seamless security along the entire supply chain. The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be showcasing its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D06/10, from 8 – 12 April 2013.

No sticky residue after removing the labels
In the manufacturing, retail trade and services sector different technical devices, such as online terminals for cashless payment transactions, are used which must not be opened by unauthorized persons. Void labels used to be applied in order to document unauthorized opening of devices or original packaging. The word “void” appears when removing this type of label. The disadvantage of this method: Sticky residue may stay on the device and contaminate it. This especially applies to leased devices.

Based on Secure-ID technology, the new OTF security label by 3S Simons Security allows for complete removal of the labels without leaving any adhesive residue. Number strings, logos or different visual elements are embedded in the opaque thin film which remains completely invisible until activation. By a gentle push or a slight increase in temperature (e.g. if someone tries to remove the seal using a hair dryer), these elements will become visible so that tampering with devices can be instantly detected. Premium packaging for quality products (e.g. watches, jewellery, perfumes, consumer electronics) can also be secured sustainably when using 3S’ new solution for opening protection.

Combined protection against tampering and counterfeiting
Protection against unauthorized opening is just one of the many aspects involved in OFT security labelling: On the basis of SECUDATA, 3S’ solution for counterfeit protection, micro color code particles are compounded in the security label allowing for identification of originals. These particles are made of melamine alkyd polymers, manufactured in different sizes beginning at eight micrometers (µm). Color-code protection is invisible to the naked eye. However, a standard pen microscope suffices to identify the code. The code consists of four to ten different color coatings layered on top of each other. The layers which are prepared with normal, ultraviolet or infrared colors are extremely temperature and chemical resistant. The color-code system has been forgery-proof for over 15 years and is therefore accepted as evidence by courts.

Each customer using the OTF security label receives his own unique micro color code providing definite proof of authenticity. It is also possible to implement additional security features such as 2D codes, variable data, serial numbers, security punching, ultraviolet and infrared properties. Another option is to combine the color codes with traceability technologies (e.g. data matrix or RFID). This aspect is becoming increasingly important because, contrary to what is often claimed, traceability codes provide no anti-counterfeit protection. Micro color codes are directly applied onto the product or its packaging to ensure counterfeit-proof traceability. Commodity management or traceability code and the product are thus protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. In this way, the OTF security label ensures seamless protection of the entire flow of goods and materials.

Active anti-forgery strategy strengthens corporate image
Not only does the new OTF security label offer protection against tampering and counterfeiting, but it also consolidates the image of a company as a guarantor of proven quality and great transparency. Given the worldwide activities of gangs of forgers, both distributors and consumers are increasingly giving credit to a manufacturer’s involvement in the fight against product piracy, including communication to the public. “After all, counterfeit protection is also consumer protection”, says Rolf Simons, managing director of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH. “In view of the risks associated with counterfeit products, consumers should be able to identify any product as original, in particular if it affects their health and lives.”

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3S Simons Security Systems GmbH is an internationally renowned manufacturer of labelling systems for legally binding counterfeit protection. On the basis of the world’s smallest micro color codes SECUTAG, 3S has developed several industry solutions against product piracy. They allow users to secure products, spare parts and accessories, tools, drugs, cosmetics, textile and sporting goods, lifestyle articles, art objects, primary and secondary packaging, quality and closure seals, pallets, documents, certificates and ERP data, among others. Moreover, 3S security solutions can be combined with traceability systems (such as data matrix or RFID) so that the entire production and supply chain is seamlessly protected against counterfeiting.

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Prior art tamperproof bottle cap mould

Prior art tamperproof bottle cap mould

Prior art tamperproof bottle cap mould moulded in one piece from plastics material include a ring having on the inside a bead for attachment to the neck of the bottle to be cap mouldped, a stopper joined by a hinge to said ring at one point on the perimeter of the cap mould and a tamperproof strip joining the stopper to the ring over the remainder of the perimeter of the cap mould until this strip is torn off when the bottle is opened for the first time. These prior art cap mould are designed to cap mould plastics material bottles having a neck which includes, in addition to a lower supporting flange required for the operation of fitting the cap mould, two superposed attachment flanges of which the lower attachment flange, located above the supporting flange, is used to attach the ring and the upper flange is used to attach the stopper which to this end also has a bead on the inside.

a cap mould portion for closing the container neck, said cap mould portion having a perimeter and joined by a hinge to said ring portion at one point of said perimeter, said cap mould portion comprising an upper disc member defining a lower annular bearing surface for bearing on the upper edge of the container neck and surrounding an annular sealing skirt having a substantially uniform length projecting downwardly from said bearing surface of said disc member for fitting into the container neck; and a tamperproof strip detachably joining said cap mould portion to said ring portion all around the perimeter of the cap mould portion except at said hinge;

. The closure according to claim 4, wherein the sealing skirt has an outside surface exhibiting a cross-sectional circular shape and the cap mould portion has a circular perimeter and wherein the outside surface of the skirt is offset towards the hinge relative to the perimeter of the cap mould portion.

Prior art tamperproof bottle cap mould moulded in one piece from plastics material include a ring having on the inside a bead for attachment to the neck of the bottle to be cap mouldped, a stopper joined by a hinge to said ring at one point on the perimeter of the cap mould and a tamperproof strip joining the stopper to the ring over the remainder of the perimeter of the cap mould until this strip is torn off when the bottle is opened for the first time.

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Recovering Charles – Chapter 8 Excerpt

Recovering Charles – Chapter 8 Excerpt

Larry Gorton was right.

Unfortunately, having correctly predicted what he would say didn’t make hearing it any easier.

I needed to make the trip. Find closure. Photograph the scenes. Give the man a proper burial back in Texas. All true. Part of me felt relieved that at least death would have ended his temporal addictions, freed him from his greatest flaws, and released him from the loneliness he’d wrapped himself in since Mom’s death.

I reminded myself again that he hadn’t always been the man I’d spoken to on the phone two years ago. Anxious. Desperate. Running. Addicted.

Alone.

I also reminded myself that he hadn’t been the one driving the truck that killed my grandmother. He hadn’t been the lazy doctor who so willingly prescribed pills to my mother that she didn’t need. And he hadn’t been the one who abused those pills and buried his head in the sand of depression.

Dad hadn’t been the one who refused to notice the sun was still rising, even though she wasn’t.

Even though we’ve grown apart, I still want the best for him.

It felt good to think that.

I hadn’t allowed myself to consider any alternatives. I was sure Dad had been killed in the storm or its aftermath and his body was waiting somewhere to be identified and claimed.

But what if he hadn’t been killed? What if my father was unreachable in Houston or Baton Rouge or some other far-flung city? What if he’d boarded a bus and chosen to start over wherever it dumped him off?

What if he wanted this? What if he wanted me to find him and forgive him and write a song with him?

I pushed that awkward notion aside long enough to call Jordan and ask her to meet me at six o’clock for an early dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant a few blocks from my building.

She walked in, on time as always, and glided into the chair across from me.

”This seat taken?”

”I’m going.”

She smiled and took my hands in hers.

”Alone? You’re sure?”

I smiled. “Yes.”

***

My mother and father were native Texans and high school sweethearts. Dad had been “going with” Mom’s biology lab partner, Becky Ravenscroft, and every day they ate lunch together on hard round orange stools attached to the last rectangular table at the back of the cafeteria.

On an otherwise uneventful Thursday afternoon, Dad was eating a Fluffernutter sandwich on Wonder Bread and chatting with Becky when he saw my mother glide in the back door of the cafeteria. She was carrying nothing but a brown paper bag.

Dad had never seen this girl before. “She moved in slow motion,” he described. “Her hair was so well-coifed. Her blush so immaculately applied. Her teeth so pearly white.”

Dad said she parted the crowd like the Red Sea and walked toward him, scanning left and right for a seat. Just as she saw Dad, the school’s all-state tight end yelled and waved at Becky from three tables away.

”Becky Ravenscroft! You good at geometry?”

Becky hopped up and scampered to the “athlete’s table.”

Mom, oblivious, saw only a lonely young man sitting at the last table in the cafeteria. She approached the boy she would one day marry. “Mind if I sit here?”

”Sure,” Dad said.

”You mind?”

”No! I mean no I don’t mind. Sure you can sit here.” Dad’s palms were so sweaty he had to set his sandwich down and wipe his hands on his jeans under the table.

She sat down and began pulling her lunch out one item at a time-plastic bag with Fritos, plastic bag with four pieces of celery, plastic bag with a Fluffernutter sandwich.

Dad said he knew right then he’d spend the rest of his life stocking their pantry with marshmallow cream and peanut butter. Within a week, Dad finally had the great new girlfriend he deserved, and Becky had to find a new lab partner. The new couple was inseparable for the remainder of their junior year and right through high school graduation.

They stayed together, even when Dad was ready to sprint past first base but Mom wanted to save herself for marriage because she’d promised her mother on her sweet sixteenth that she would. Dad strongly suggested she wear more modest clothes. Mom suggested he take cold showers.

When Mom wanted to go to SMU instead of Texas A&M, Dad changed his plans and followed her.

When Dad had a dream during his freshman year that one day he’d design buildings on earth and a temple in heaven, Mom encouraged him to quit premed and study architecture.

Not a year later, Mom decided her heart wanted to teach elementary school children instead of pursue a doctorate and become a professor. Dad bought her a Snoopy thermos and filled it with daisies.

Then Dad felt inspired to spend a semester abroad studying architecture in Italy. Mom took a semester off and followed him.

So when Dad got down on one knee in the shadow of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and asked if she’d make his dreams come true, the answer was easy.

”Yes.”

(Excerpt from Recovering Charles and reprinted with the permission of the author, Jason F. Wright)

(Originally published at GoArticles and reprinted with permission of the author, Jason F. Wright).

Jason F. Wright is a regular contributor on Fox News and is founder and managing director of the political destination, PoliticalDerby.com. Jason is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Christmas Jars and The Wednesday Letters. To Learn more about Jason and his most recent novel, Recovering Charles, visit: Recovering Charles.

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Introduction to Plastic Bottle (Beverage Bottle and Beer Bottle) Sealing Performance Testing

Introduction to Plastic Bottle (Beverage Bottle and Beer Bottle) Sealing Performance Testing

Plastic bottles have found wide application in food, beverage and beer industries nowadays. Plastic cola bottle, plastic juice bottle and beer bottle can be found everywhere in our daily life. With its wider applications, there have been more standard requirements for its quality control. Since winding up force and sealing performance have direct relationship to storage quality and periods of the contents inside the packages, sealing performances and torque force of bottle closure have become common focus of plastic bottle manufacturers among various quality control indexes. Labthink Instruments (www.labthink.cn ) briefs on the test of plastic bottle seal performance, bottle closure winding up force and open force with Labthink PARAM LSSD-01 Leak and Seal Strength Detector and PARAM NJY-20 Digital Torque Tester.

1. Plastic Bottle Sealing Performances and Bottle Closure Trip/Lock Testing

The barrier property of plastic bottle material would directly influence the quality guarantee period. The better barrier performance, the longer quality guarantee period.  However, no matter the individual barrier properties of bottle body and bottle closure are good; the conjunction place is the only place where leakage would occur. Therefore, the sealing performance of bottle closure is the most basic indicator for container sealing performance.

GB/T 17876-1999 has stated specified requirements for bottle closure sealing performance testing. According to their different applications, bottle closures for still beverage and carbonated beverage are of different methods. Closure for still beverage should cut its theft-proof ring (bar), and pressurize to 200kPa in PARAM LSSD-01 Leak and Seal Detector for 1 minute (underwater). Observe the leakage; if not, increase the pressure to 1207kPa for 1 minute and observe whether the bottle closure trips.

Labthink PARAM LSSD-01 Leak and Seal Detector is for quantitative testing for sealing performances; Labthink PARAM MFY-01 Leak Tester is for rapid qualitative testing.

2. The Torque Value Testing for Bottle Cap/Closure- Lock Force & Open Force

In the above mentioned sealing performance testing, a certain bottle cap torque force is required. Actually, bottle cap torque force (bottle cap open and lock force) is one of the main factors affecting the sealing performance. Over torque force would bring great difficulties for open and winding up of bottle cup, and thus, reduce the convenience. Insufficient torque force would affect the seal performance of the container, and may further result in the leakage during transportation. Now, package design is designated to bring more convenience for fast consumption, and easy openness of bottle cap is one of the aims. When dealing such testing, GB/T17876-1999 is the standard, and craft-proof ring should be cut before testing.

The sealing performance of plastic bottle is the most important factor affecting package leakage and product deterioration. Excellent open easiness and sealing performance can be guaranteed through reasonable control of sealing performance and torque value. The barrier property of plastic bottles, including gas transmission quantity and water vapor transmission quantity, should also be controlled so as to guarantee the product quality during shelf-life period. For more information, please visit www.labthink.cn. Labthink Instruments Co., Ltd. is willing to have more communications and exchanges with you.

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