Consumer Products

Antonno Versteeg
By Antonno Versteeg: Tuesday 1st August, 2017

Vlog: Creating a new normal – envisioning the future

Whatever you are trying to realise, develop or design, having a clearly articulated vision of your desired position in the future will help you and your team to drive innovation within the organisation. Antonno Versteeg, strategic innovation and design consultant within the Strategy, Innovation and Process group, is a vocal proponent of visioning, both in […]

kerb-side waste bin collection
By Amy King: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

What a waste

Bin day. Sigh. If you’re anything like me, you’re lying in bed when you hear the bin lorry approaching and it dawns on you haven’t taken out your bins. Then comes the mad panic where you race outside, have a sneaky look at your neighbours to see what’s being collected and then hurl the offending […]

Recycling for for customer loyalty
By Catherine Joce: Friday 14th July, 2017

New business models for recycling

I recently used this blog to confess guilty feelings stirred up each time I throw away a piece of packaging and explored how upcoming innovations in bio-based materials could provide solutions. My colleague James Westley has also been blogging about waste, describing a sense of fulfilment and responsibility when taking out the recycling. Consumers clearly […]

mixed recycling - waste management
By James Westley: Friday 9th June, 2017

What does Brexit have to do with recycling?

In the run up to the Brexit vote, a close friend of mine proudly declared that he was siding with the leave campaign. This prompted me to complain about an article I had seen in The Telegraph which cited getting rid of “stupid recycling bins” as a reason to leave the EU. To my surprise, […]

Photo credit:Marcus Dawes
By Max Middleton: Tuesday 30th May, 2017

Strong and stable leadership in a changing world

Ok, ok, so maybe the title is deliberately chosen to attract your attention – and maybe your indignation – but a particular change in leadership at the Royal College of Art in London, UK is especially interesting to me. Sir Jony Ive has been appointed as Chancellor of the RCA, succeeding Sir James Dyson. Although Sir […]

Caffe Culture Olympia
By Max Middleton: Thursday 25th May, 2017

Technology and Artisanship – strange bedfellows

My colleague Steve Thomas and I attended the “Caffé Culture” show at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on Tuesday 23rd May. The show was aimed at those in the Café and Coffee Shop industries. I was attending to see how the various products, services and technologies on show could change or enhance the customer and employee […]

End of ownership
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

The end of ownership?

“Access over ownership” is often cited as a growing trend and business opportunity… Content services such as Netflix or Spotify have made owning DVD and CDs a thing of the past. Car clubs such as E-Car or Zipcar provide on-demand mobility and in densely urban areas often make more practical and financial sense than car […]

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By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 19th May, 2017

It’s a wrap!

I’ve just returned from a visit to Interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf, which is one of the largest packaging fairs in Europe for the food and beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sector. No other trade fair in the world represents the entire supply chain. And at no other trade fair does the […]

Packaging - products
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 11th May, 2017

Can we grow packaging?

I have a love hate relationship with plastic –I expect many others feel the same. Plastic is undoubtedly a fantastic packaging material – it can be flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, it can be engineered to have good barrier properties and of course it is cheap. From a sustainability perspective plastic takes less energy […]

Coffee aroma
By Véronique Scordia: Tuesday 9th May, 2017

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”

This might be true for Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, but for me, coffee works better, especially when opening a new pack! I am a keen enthusiast when it comes to encapsulation and food chemistry in particular; which is why I was more than happy to discuss this topic during my job interview at […]