Monthly Archives: May 2016

  1. Shocking Truth - Not All Bioplastics Are Eco-Friendly

    Have you heard of “bioplastics”? They are being propagated as the next-gen packaging materials that are sustainable and bio-degradable. However, this has not been the case for all bioplastics. According to a UN report on marine plastics, “most packaging materials termed as bioplastics do not break down when they are disposed. They end up in oceans and contribute to the already dire situation of global plastic pollution.”

    Last year, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published a report on biodegradable plastics revealing that they rarely actually degrade. The reason behind this is that bioplastics require long-term exposure to high temperatures (around 122F, or 50C), like those found in large municipal composters, to actually break down. These specific conditions are not easily found in nature. You should not even expect to find these conditions in the oceans. With no drivers of degradation, even bioplastics cause harm like traditional plastic materials.

    Just because bioplastics have the potential to be really eco-friendly with high sustainability, there is no guarantee that it will degrade easily. This is one element that most researchers have either ignored or simply skipped in order to look at the “bigger picture”. However, now a bigger challenge fa

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  2. Amazon Withdraws Refund Policy for All Electronic Items Bought After 11th May, 2016

    Have you recently bought a tablet, laptop, desktop PC, monitor, camera, or camera lens on Amazon? If you are not satisfied with what you received and you expect a refund, then you would be disappointed to know that Amazon has discontinued its refund policy for electronic items effective 11th May. In case your purchase was made before 11th May, you might be able to claim a refund. However, the possibility is uncertain.

    The Help and Customer Service section on the Amazon website mentions that "All tablets, laptops, desktops, monitors, cameras, and camera lenses that are fulfilled by Amazon and purchased on or after 11th May 2016 are eligible for a replacement only policy and will no longer be eligible for refunds. In case you have received a defective or a damaged product, you will be eligible for a free replacement."

    In addition to the change in the product refund policy, additional stipulations were also mentioned such as; • Damaged/ defective items must be returned in the original condition they were received in with all the accompanying accessories. • Items that are no longer needed must be returned in new and unopened condition with all the original packing. • Only items that are fulfilled by Amazon may be eligible for replacement.

    This brings to light the importance of choosing the best Amazon packaging material for all products. Products that are 'fulfilled by Amazon' indicate that 'they are stored, packed a

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  3. KFC Introduces New Edible Packaging Material for Its Rice Bowls

    With the rising concerns for plastic packaging troubling businesses around the world, initiatives like the one taken by KFC are proving to be life savers. As reported by Zee News India, KFC is introducing edible serving bowls in India by this week in a bid to make its products eco-friendly and free from plastic packaging.

    The new initiative involves creating a tortilla bowl which will replace the current plastic bowls that are being used as packaging material for the Rice Bowlz. This is a popular product at KFC and the elimination of plastic can reduce considerable plastic waste from affecting the environment. Plus, it will encourage the customers to add eco-friendly habits in their lives as well. With sustainable packaging designs and the best packaging materials, it is possible to satisfy customers as well as care for the environment.

    Source: The State

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  4. Which Beverage Packaging Material Will Reign Supreme Through 2020?

    Beverage packaging is all set for a considerable growth through 2020. Plastic, glass, paperboard and metal will be the most significant packaging materials that will be used for packing the beverages and making them available in the target market. According to the latest market research study from Technavio, “Global Soft Drinks Packaging Market 2016-2020,” the global soft drinks packaging market is expected to exceed US$30 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 4% during the forecast period.

    Let's check out the growth prospects for the major beverage packaging materials that will witness growth through 2020.

    Plastic

    The global soft drinks packaging market by plastic is expected to exceed US$11 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of almost 4%. The demand for plastic packaging material is growing at a steady pace due to the rising demand for soft drinks on a global scale. The major benefits of plastic packaging for beverages include lower costs, less weight, and greater variations in design. Amongst plastic packaging, the PET material is gaining popularity and is currently being preferred over glass bottles, jars, containers, and metal containers. Although this packaging material is highly customizable and provides good potential for brand differentiation, it is not environment-friendly. Bioplastics offer e

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  5. Amazon to Standardize Packaging for All Vendors in India

    E-commerce giant, Amazon, has taken an initiative to standardize packaging for all vendors in India. This is the first initiative of its kind to be executed by Amazon on a global level. As reported in the Economic Times, Amazon India is helping vendors source packaging supplies in an effort to standardise packaging for purchases across its platform.

    This move will surely have a major impact on the businesses who are reliant on their own packaging for shipping products ordered through Amazon. Currently, orders that are fulfilled by Amazon and sent from the company's warehouse have Amazon-branded packaging. However, 25% of the vendors have been known to use their own packaging. Thanks to the new initiative, vendors will now be able to buy Amazon branded packaging such as corrugated boxes, thermocol balls and air filled packets from the online portal itself.

    "We have been piloting this for a while now and realised that it ensures consistency, enhances shopping experience and facilitates easy delivery and exchange," said Gopal Pillai, director of seller services, Amazon India. "A quality experience results in repeat business for sellers, enabling them to grow their businesses sustainably," he added. While these move by the company

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  6. Indian Government Plans to Leverage Packaging to Boost the Handloom Sector

    The handloom sector of India has immense potential to come up as one of the key revenue generators for the country. Not only does it give hundreds of handloom manufacturers the chance to earn a fair compensation for their work, but also share the fine works of those who create such wonderful products.

    As reported by Fiber2Fashion, ‘the Government has engaged the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and National Institute of Design (NID) to upgrade the design and packaging of 40 shortlisted handloom fabrics and handicrafts in the country.’ It seems that the government is finally ready to leverage packaging to boost sectors. However, this is not the first time that the Indian government has decided to take the help of its premier institutes.

    For a start, the Indian Institute of Packaging has officially stated that Maharastrian Paithani, Banarasi silk from Uttar Pradesh, Mysore silk from Karnataka, brass items and dokrametal craft from West Bengal and many such valued handloom and handicraft products from 18 states will now be made available in export ready packaging. This means a lot of effort will go towards ensuring compliance with the defined

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