* AmorePacific Corp., a Seoul, South Korean cosmetics and skin-care brand, used insert injection molding to redesign its Sulhwasoo Dahamsul cream jar. The process removed the gap between the inner cup and outside packaging which eliminated light refraction and allowed the inner-cup graphics to shine out, giving the package a jewel-like appearance.
* Pittsburgh-based H.J. Heinz Co. and Pactiv Foodservice, based in Lake Forest, Ill., collaborated to design an environmental friendly tray for Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen entrees. Instead of crystalline PET, the trays are made with a hybrid material that combines polypropylene and calcium carbonate. The redesigned trays cut green house gas emissions by more than 45 percent during production and have a weight reduction of 15 percent. The trays are also less brittle and use 40 percent less plastic than previous designs, Heinz said.
* Tide PODS liquid unit-dose laundry detergent, developed by Procter & Gamble Co., is a three-in-one laundry system that prevents spills and eliminates the need to measure and pour liquid detergents. The brightly colored, pre-measured unit-dose packs are made with a specially developed film that dissolves completely in the wash and can be used in cold water, P&G said.
The pods are packaged in tubs made of 25 percent recycled PET and stand-up bags that use 50 percent less plastic per load compared to liquid laundry detergent bottles. The product was created by Cincinnati -based P&G; Monosol of Merrillville, Ind.; and Plastipack Holdings Inc. of Plymouth, Mich.
* Mondi Coatings & Consumer Packaging GmbH of Vienna, Austria, used laminate with hot-foil stamping, a matte material surface and high-definition flexo print to design a pet-food product that stands out on the shelf. The packages, created for Interquell GmbH's Happy Dog pet-food products, feature embossed 3-D lettering and high-quality and high-definition printed images with sharp outlines and colors.
* Using microcellular technology, MicroGreen Polymers thermoformed recycled PET plastic rolls using non-reacting, recycled CO2 gas to create insulated trays and cups. The crystalline PET trays and cold party cups are 45 percent lighter than their solid plastic counterparts and 70 percent and 60 percent less dense, respectively. The containers have lower thermal conductivity, which allows consumers to handle trays straight from the oven without being burnt, the Arlington, Wash.-based company said.