Mineral oil: New regulations planned for recycled paper in contact with food

Mineral oil: New regulations planned for recycled paper in contact with food

 

Thomas Reiner | 17.09.2020

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is planning to introduce a regulation on the use of functional barriers in food contact materials containing recycled paper. The barriers should prevent the migration of mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH).
The plan for the new regulation is based on the European Commission’s averaging of 17 August 2020. According to it, the BMEL has announced an updated version of the 22nd Ordinance amending the country’s consumer goods ordinance on the use of recycled paper in the manufacture of food contact materials (FCM – Food Contact Material).

Mineral oil hydrocarbons, including MOAH, are generally obtained from crude oil and may consist of mixtures of thousands of different molecules. MOAH mixtures have mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. When present in food, they therefore pose a risk to human health. Scientific studies and test campaigns have shown in the past that the levels of saturated petroleum hydrocarbons (MOSH) and MOAH in food are often above 2 and 0.5 mg/kg of food respectively.

Manufacturers will only be granted an exemption from the planned BMEL regulation if they can prove that the migration of MOAH does not exceed the limit of 0.5 mg MOAH/kg food or 0.15 mg MOAH/kg food simulant even without a functional barrier.

Regulations are undoubtedly important. And the planned regulation addresses an undoubtedly important issue. Unfortunately, however, it has come about without a co-ordinated dialogue with industry. As a result, the regulatory proposal lacks the greatest source of technical expertise and know-how.

At the same time, industry is deprived of the opportunity to help shape legislation and regulation. This is a major shortcoming. This will not change – until companies learn to communicate together. Fragmented communication of the kind that currently prevails, in which everyone speaks only for themselves, is powerless and will remain without consequences.

Only communication by the industry as a whole can become the key to becoming not just a recipient of information in the legislation of the future, but an important partner in dialogue.

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Agile companies are the winners of the crisis

Agile companies are the winners of the crisis

 

Thomas Reiner | 15.09.2020

Agility helps companies to react quickly to opportunities and threats. Especially in view of the rampant risks and uncertainties, this is a skill that can save a company or lead to more growth.
Whether internal challenges such as failed business processes or external factors such as changing trends, markets or the competitive environment, agility increases the performance and capacity of companies at various levels.

A new, global study by McKinsey also shows how strong the positive influence of agile entrepreneurship is. The study examined 22 companies from six industries. The result: customer experience, employee involvement and the financial performance of the company can be improved by up to 30 percent, and operational performance even by up to 50 percent.

Recent examples of agile behaviour have been shown by companies that use their material and manufacturing know-how to produce products virtually overnight that hardly anyone knew about yesterday, let alone needed. Protective shields and transparent displays against droplet infection or furniture for “pop-up intensive care units” are examples. But they can also be “ordinary” products for greatly increased demand, such as labels for disinfectants. The result is always a rapid increase in turnover.

The bottom line is: agility needs entrepreneurship. Pure “management” is not up to the situation.

Acting agile means being able to adapt dynamically. Those who act agile can use the wind, no matter from which direction it blows. And when the wind turns into a storm, the sails do not need to be pulled in, quite the opposite. Because more wind and stronger gusts then mean above all more energy that can be converted and used.

Tesco & Loop accelerate renaissance of reusable packaging in B2C

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Tesco & Loop accelerate renaissance of reusable packaging in B2C

 

Thomas Reiner | 10.09.2020

Together, Tesco and Loop are testing waste-free online shopping with refillable deposit packaging. Customers in the UK can order around 150 products in durable and fully recyclable packaging. The products also include sauces, yoghurts, soaps, cereals, moisturisers, chocolate and cleaning products.

Tesco compares the concept to the milkman of old. The goods are delivered to the front door and the used packaging is later collected from the consumer. To do this, the customer puts the packaging in the same bag in which they were delivered and notifies Tesco online, ideally together with a new order.

After the durable and fully recyclable packaging has been cleaned by Loop, it is refilled by the product manufacturer and delivered again by Tesco. There is a deposit on each packaging, which is fully refundable on return.

According to Tesco, the main aim of the campaign is to find a scalable, reusable solution to reduce plastic waste. The retailer plans to gradually extend the pilot project to more products and markets, if it works and is successful.

Even if it is only a test at first, it shows the direction: Reusable transport packaging is experiencing a renaissance. Already established in the B2B sector, it is now also conquering the B2C sector. The decisive motor for this development is digitalisation. It makes the concept fundamentally possible and accelerates the transition from one-way to reusable packaging. Digital transformation and sustainability thus go hand in hand.

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Constantia Flexibles is now one of the ’50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders 2020‘

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Constantia Flexibles is now one of the ’50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders 2020‘

 

Thomas Reiner | 08.09.2020

The international sustainability and climate protection initiative “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders for 2020” is supported by the United Nations and driven by the international media group TBD. The circle of the award-winning leaders comprises 50 global organisations and companies that have taken effective action against climate change with leadership and determination.

Now the global manufacturer of flexible packaging and labels “Constantia Flexibles” has joined the circle of the 50 selected leaders. The company, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, has been pursuing a consistent sustainability strategy throughout the entire production supply chain and its own production for years.

The company’s innovative products include, for example, the “Ecolam” launched in 2019. This is a lightweight, flexible mono-material packaging solution with an OPE / PE structure, which is fully recyclable and yet provides the necessary oxygen and moisture barrier to protect the products.

Constantia is committed to making its entire packaging portfolio fully recyclable by 2025. All of the company’s products can then be sent for material recycling and remain within the Circular Economy and its material flows.

Back in 2006, we had been given the opportunity to develop and install a sustainability management system at Constantia. Just like Constantia, it was clear to us at the time: sustainability is a marathon. Anyone looking for the fast sprint will fail here – and to their own disadvantage.

After all, a consistent sustainability strategy and corresponding, consistent sustainability management bears rich fruit. Constantia Flexibles shows this in a concrete and exemplary manner.
Even the initial and more extensive expenditure of time is put into perspective in the end. After all, every month invested in the development and implementation of a sustainability management system in the run-up to the project is a head start over the competition.

Sustainable companies are the winners in the Circular Economy. There are still free places to be filled…

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