Unilever's world-first paper-based laundry detergent bottle
Unilever is using a new technology to launch the first ever paper-based laundry detergent bottle.
A prototype has been developed for leading laundry brand OMO (also known as Persil, Skip and Breeze) and is set to debut in Brazil by early 2022 and then later across the world.
Unilever is also piloting the same technology to create paper-based hair care bottles.
Paper bottles of Skip, Omo and Persil
This technology has been developed in partnership with the Pulpex consortium, a collaboration between Unilever, Diageo, Pilot Lite and other industry members.
Unilever has been able to use the technology to package liquid products in first-of-its-kind paper-based bottles, made of sustainably sourced pulp and designed to be recycled in the paper waste stream.
The bottles are sprayed inside with a proprietary coating that repels water, enabling the paper-based packaging material to hold liquid products like laundry detergent, shampoo and conditioners, which contain surfactants, fragrances and other active ingredients.
Pulpex’s patented pulp packaging provides a promising solution to radically reduce the use of plastic and will help Unilever achieve its commitments to a waste-free world.
Unilever has adhered to customer demand for more sustainable products
Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of products on the planet and are making purchasing choices based on sustainability factors, including packaging, and are calling on brands to do more.
“To tackle plastic waste, we need to completely rethink how we design and package products,” said Richard Slater, Unilever Chief R&D Officer. “This requires a drastic change that can only be achieved through industry-wide collaboration. Pulpex paper-based bottle technology is an exciting step in the right direction, and we are delighted to be working together to trial this innovation for our products. Innovating with alternative materials is a key part of our sustainable packaging strategy and will play an important role in our commitment to halve our use of virgin plastic materials by 2025.”
Black & Veatch’s clean tech initiative gains seven new members
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IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator, the Black & Veatch-funded sustainable technology competition, has found seven new members.
Black & Veatch’s IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator has gained seven new technology startups. The programme is aimed at developing and adopting new sustainable infrastructure technology such as artificial intelligence, autonomous machinery, electric vehicles and energy management advancements.120 applicants applied to be part of the programme, which will grant the successful seven startups an equity award, a 75-day collaboration period with Black & Veatch and with supporters of the initiative, and a chance to demonstrate their work at a startup showcase in November.
The seven startups set to join IgniteX are:
•Aware Vehicles, Kansas City, MO, which employs drones to address construction challenges as well as innovative imaging solutions for structural health monitoring.
•Built Robotics, San Francisco, CA, which specialises in self-driving heavy equipment.
•ecoSPEARS, Altamone Springs, FL, which uses green technologies to extract and destroy PCBs, dioxins and other chlorinated contaminants from the environment.
•Electriphi, San Francisco, CA, which deploys a software platform for fleet and energy management that provides cost savings for a range of commercial electric vehicle fleets.
•Extensible Energy, Berkeley, CA, which specialises in cloud-based software that controls flexible loads to reduce demand and time-of-use energy charges in small-to-medium buildings.
•InfraLytiks, Urbandale, IA, which employes software featuring AI and machine learning based on images, complex data or text/financials.
•NovoNutrients, Sunnyvale, CA, which uses energy from hydrogen to transform waste carbon into protein and other high value products for the aquaculture and animal feed industries.
The initiative is funded by LaunchKC, a five-year-old grant competition for tech startups across the US. Over the past four years LaunchKC has contributed US$2mn in grants to 38 tech startups. LaunchKC is, in turn, funded by the Missouri Technology Corporation, the City of Kansas, Missouri and local corporate and philanthropic organisations.
Today, 34 of LaunchKC’s grant winners, or 90%, are still in business and progressing milestones for sustainability. The programme has produced jobs for 275 full-time employees, with a further 350 independent contractors above the FTE count, and $87.3mn in total investments and funding, an increase of 82% since the end-of-year 2018.
Black & Veatch is the largest engineering company in the Kansas City area, producing global innovations in engineering, construction and consulting services for energy, water, construction and consulting services. Its IgninteX Cleantech Accelerator is an opportunity for local entrepreneurial business to find opportunities and new technology developments within Kansas, with the intention of adding value to engineering service across the country.