Posts Tagged ‘carbon’

How to prolong the shelf life of a banana

Posted in Design, Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Innovation, Materials, Retailers, Uncategorized on December 9th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 4 Comments

I suppose there are pros and cons – is it better to protect the food with more packaging so that it can be stored for longer and there is less food waste – or better to scrap the food and save on the packaging?  I think if they can find a way of making the film from a biodegradable material then this has the potential to be a real step forward.  It would take some selling to the general public though, there appears to be a large number who believe that all packaging is evil, regardless of it’s use or benifit. (Jane)

 packaging single banana

Health-conscious consumers bananas are a welcome part of a convenience store’s offering. That is, until they turn brown. Which is why Del Monte developed a new plastic wrap for bananas that promises to more than double their shelf life by keeping out air and moisture. 7-Eleven has been trialling the second skin in 27 of its Dallas-area stores. If the trial is successful, the bananas-in-bags could be stocked in the majority of the chain’s 5,787 shops by early 2010.

From the perspective of consumer health that’s a thumbs up, but some have criticized the extra packaging as environmentally unsound. After all, bananas come wrapped in their own protective layer. Del Monte is looking to develop biodegradable packaging, but also stresses that the new plastic wrapper reduces the overall carbon footprint by enabling a reduction in deliveries. The company is also introducing specially packaged bananas in vending machines, underlining the wider context of increased consumer demand for food that’s both healthy and convenient. (Related: Vending machines for healthy food — Vending machines for farm produce.)

via New packaging prolongs shelf life of bananas – Springwise.

Coca-Cola begins global launch of plant-based PET bottle

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Environmental Issues, Materials, Recycling on November 17th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 5 Comments

Coca-Cola Co seem to have very clear goals on where they want to go and how they are going to get there.  Glad to see that their long term plan isn’t to stay with food based materials but to ultimately move onto plant waste materials. (Jane) 

Coca-Cola Co yesterday announced the selective global roll-out of its new PET bottle made from up to 30 per cent plant materials such as sugar and molasses.

The drinks giant said its PlantBottle containers were beginning to hit retail shelves across the world, with a planned production target of two billion by the end of next year.

via Coca-Cola begins global launch of plant-based PET bottle.

Ireland to double plastic bag tax

Posted in Business News, Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Government, Marketing, Recycling, Retailers on September 25th, 2009 by Chris Penfold – 7 Comments

Josh Brooks,, 24 September 2009

Ireland’s plastic bag tax is to double under new laws expected to be published next month.

The current 22 euro cent tax on every single-use carrier distributed would double to 44 cents, around 40p, under the proposals.

Comment: It’s great to see the Irish government taking initiatives to reduce POS use of plastic bags, but I still believe  that targeting plastic bags is a political stunt that takes everyone’s eyes off the ‘bigger picture’. There are ‘bigger fish to fry’ such as the 30% food waste generated every day by most households, which used huge amounts of energy and resource to grow it, farm it, transport it, package it, take it home, store it in the fridge – only to be thrown away – let’s get a sense of perspective here! Chris Penfold

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DIY sector gets its own ‘Courtauld’ commitment

Posted in Business News, Environmental Issues, Recycling, Retailers on September 25th, 2009 by Chris Penfold – 14 Comments

Simeon Goldstein,, 25 September 2009

Six UK DIY retailers and brands have signed up to a Courtauld-style voluntary agreement to reduce packaging and waste to landfill.

Argos, B&Q, Focus, Henkel, Homebase and Wickes have agreed to achieve a 15% packaging reduction and halve waste to landfill by the end of 2012

Read the full article here: DIY sector gets its own ‘Courtauld’ commitment |

Coca-Cola Enterprises to recover 100% of packaging by 2020

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Environmental Issues, Recycling on July 27th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 9 Comments

Josh Brooks,, 24 July 2009

Coca-Cola Enterprises CCE has pledged to recover as much packaging as it produces as part of ambitious plans to cut its carbon footprint by 15% in the next 10 years.

via Coca-Cola Enterprises to recover 100% of packaging by 2020 |

Sainsburys not going to use carbon labelling

Posted in Business News, Retailers on July 10th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 6 Comments

Justin King has ruled out the possibility of introducing carbon labelling to Sainsbury’s products in the near future.

Article spotted in thegrocer, just follow the link to read the full article