Smurfit Kappa to drive sustainability with US$6.54M investment in solar panels at its Spanish mill

SPAIN – Irish corrugated company, Smurfit Kappa has invested US$6.54 million (€6m) at its Sanguesa paper mill in Spain, which will see the construction and installation of up to 12,000 solar panels on land adjacent to the mill. Smurfit Kappa says that solar panels will reduce CO2 emissions by over 3200 tonnes annually and provide significant cost savings. Once operational,…

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Mondi partners Spanish Noel Alimentaria to improve its paper-based food packaging

SPAIN – UK packaging company, Mondi has partnered with Noel Alimentaria to pack its rebranded range of sliced plant-based food in Mondi’s PerFORMing paper-based tray. According to Mondi, the trays can be molded and customized to fit a variety of different-sized food products, making them perfect for shallow food trays. It has a high symmetrical stretch for uniform formability. PerFORMing’s…

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Quadpack expands its wooden beauty packaging range with refillable compact casing

SPAIN – Spanish cosmetics packaging manufacturer Quadpack has launched ‘Idol Woodacity Solo Twist Compact’, a new member of its ‘Woodacity’ family. Reportedly made of wood sourced from sustainably-managed European forests, the compact consists of a separate top and base – meaning that the cap can also be used as a pocket mirror. Consumers can twist the cap on a 90°…

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Spain introduces clean-up cost on tobacco companies to curb cigarette butts’ pollution

SPAIN – The government of Spain has announced plans to introduce a clean-up cost on tobacco companies under Spanish environmental regulations, in line with the EU’s Single Use Plastic Directive (SUPD). According to new environmental regulations which came into effect on January 6, tobacco businesses will now be required to pay for cleaning up the millions of cigarette ends that…

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Microplastic debris on seafloors tripled in the past 20 years, researchers reveal

SPAIN – The amount of microplastics collected on ocean floors has tripled in the past 20 years at the same rate of social plastic consumption, research reveals. This is according to research done by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) and the Department of the Built Environment of Aalborg University (AAU-BUILD). The…

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Mondi designs recyclable paper-based packaging for Angulas Aguinaga’s Krissia brand

SPAIN – Paper and packaging company, Mondi has helped Angulas Aguinaga switch to recyclable paper-based packaging for its Krissia brand chilled surimi sticks. By collaborating with Mondi, Angulas Aguinaga and its Krissia brand is now transitioning to secondary packaging using Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper. Mondi was able to create a solution that would be genuinely fit for purpose, protecting the chilled…

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Huhtamaki expands capacity of its Spain factory to scale operations

SPAIN – Finnish sustainable packaging company Huhtamaki has inaugurated a 12,500m² expansion of its paper-based packaging manufacturing site in Nules, Spain. The expansion involved a €20 million (US$20.8m) investment, which included a grant of €2.2 million (US$2.3m) from the Conselleria de Hacienda y Modelo Economico. Huhtamaki said the expansion will begin production this January and double the site’s capacity. In…

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Plastipak opens new recycling facility in Spain, expanding production

SPAIN – Plastipak, a global leader in the design, manufacture and recycling of plastic containers has opened its new recycling facility in Toledo. The facility will convert PET flake into food-grade recycled PET (rPET) pellets suitable for direct use in new preforms, bottles and containers. The new recycling plant will produce 20,000 tons of food-grade recycled pellets per year and…

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Don Simon introduces 100% sustainable smart packaging in collaboration with Elopak

SPAIN – Spanish number one juice brand in Spain, Don Simon, has unveiled its first-ever 100% environmentally friendly and smart packaging in collaboration with Elopak and creative technology studio Appetite Creative. The smart packaging utilizes a web app-based connected experience accessed via QR codes to inform consumers about the benefits of the new aluminum-free carton. It utilizes a transparent cap…

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