Coop Sweden has introduced a pack for frozen berries that can be disposed of in the organic waste stream for treatment by composting or anaerobic digestion.
The packaging is comprised of virgin-fibre-based board extrusion coated with Mater-Bi, the biodegradable and compostable bioplastic from Novamont, rather than a PE coating typically used for such packs. It was created by printer Trosa Tryckeri in collaboration with fruit producer Olle Svenssons Partiaffär and Iggesund Paperboard, a Swedish paper manufacturer and a long-standing partner of Novamont.
Invercote Bio, the name for the virgin-fibre board from Iggesund which is extrusion-coated with Mater-Bi, has been on the market for over five years.
Jonas Adler, Invercote Bio business development manager for Iggesund Paperboard said: “The challenge was to find a material that could be extruded with good results and to identify an adhesive that performed well during production and also when exposed to challenging conditions in refrigerators.”
Louise König, Coop sustainability manager added: “This choice was perfectly in line with our policies on sustainability and is not something sporadic, because the principles of sustainability inform all of our business decisions.”
Packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Top, a Tetra Pak with separable top that allows the plastic top to be detached from the carton sleeve for separate recycling.
Pre-cut perforations in the outer layer of the cardboard mean the top of the pack can be removed with the press of a thumb.
Charles Brand, vice president of marketing and product management at Tetra Pak said the innovation was “a response to consumers’ increasing demand for better solutions to facilitate recycling, especially where waste management infrastructure calls for it”.
Tetra Top is designed to combine the convenience of a bottle with the look and feel of a carton package and hold chilled products and ambient still drinks. Arla Foods in Denmark and Sweden has already introduced the packaging format to its product range. It reported that over 80% of its consumers appreciated being able to separate the top and 77% said they would recycle more.
Checkpoint Safety, the manufacturer, supplier and inventor of wheel nut indicators has developed a Checkthread tool kit, designed to allow service staff and engineers to check and monitor the quality and integrity of wheel studs, wheel holes and wheel nuts.
Mike Marczynski, Checkpoint managing director said: “The product should be used when servicing wheels. The thread tester highlights problems with stud threads such as stretching, distortion, damage, cracks and corrosion and the Stud Elongation tool (SHET) identifies elongation and damage to wheel stud holes. Finally, the spherical/conical tool is used to determine the type of stud hole seat on a wheel rim.”
According to Checkpoint, use of the Checkthread kit when servicing wheels helps to raise awareness of wheel security but companies should put in place sound policies and procedures to monitor wheel security and to take action to avoid detached wheels.
Marczynski said: “If wheel problems can be located and minimised or eradicated the result can be less accidents occurring on our roads as well as saving money and time by efficient and effective maintenance on commercialvehicles.”
SweepEx has launched new models of its SweepEx broom, with MegaMax the most recent. Hitched to a skidsteer, a traditional category 11 three point hitch, a telehandler or a fork lift truck, it is designed to help clear all types of material, from fallen leaves to light snow, material spills and other debris including wood chips and steel shavings.
Its patented bristle track holds the bristles firmly in place, while it also has a facility to ‘squeegee’ wet surfaces. Attachment to the host vehicle is quick and simple, offering an easy change brush system that can be complete in five minutes. The Pro broom is designed for medium to heavy sweeping while the Mega broom, with 11 rows of bristles, provides maximum sweeping power. The MegaMax C-broom takes the concept of the push broom and adds carefully twisted side retainers which will hold bulk volumes of material in front of the brush without spillage. In addition, the MegaMax eliminates spill lines, so reducing clear up time.