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Gillette Hails Packaging Innovation

Gillette has highlighted the importance of packaging innovation on production efficiencies at the Pack Expo conference in Las Vegas.

Mike Marcinkowski, principal engineer for research and development at Gillette, told the conference that new packaging for the company’s Fusion ProGlide razors is easier to open, more sustainable and lighter than the previous incarnation, Packaging Digest reports.

Only 1 percent of the new packaging is scrapped, Marcinkowski said.

More news from Pack Expo comes from Ecologic. The company has used the conference to unveil its Eco.bottle line of stock-molded fiber bottles.

Eco.bottles are comprised of a molded fiber shell made from recycled cardboard and newspapers, and a thin interior plastic pouch. The inner pouch uses up to 70 percent less plastic than rigid plastic HDPE bottles, Ecologic says.

IPak used the conference to launch the RP-100. The company says it is North America’s first returnable plastic container erector. The machine forms reusable plastic containers, while reducing labor costs and repetitive strain injuries related to forming returnable plastic trays by hand, the company says.

In other packaging news, S.C.A.’s Packaging Industrial Division has won the Champion and Gold Awards for sustainable bulk liquid carrier at the Starpack Packaging and Design Awards.

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3 thoughts on “Gillette Hails Packaging Innovation

  1. Let’s hope they get their act together…I remember being in a store recently and seeing packaging for 12 Gilette razor blades that was bigger than an A4 size paper…100% plastic to throw away..may attract your attention but it can’t be smart on an economic level and definitely not on an environmental level…

  2. Razors (and their packaging) is one area where we — as a culture — could simplify a bit. Gillette reportedly spent more than $750 million on research and testing for the Mach3, a triple-blade razor, and spent $300 million in the first year to promote it. (source: multiple, Wikipedia is one) Glad the new packaging is leaner. The profit margin is still outrageous on these things.

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