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By James Westley: Thursday 19th October, 2017

Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly – part 2

In my previous blog post on design for disassembly (DfD), I discussed how recycling rates can be increased by designing consumable products from the ground up with DfD principles: Reducing the number of different materials Enabling an efficient disassembly process Making disassembly an intuitive and compelling process In the first blog of three I focussed […]

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By James Westley: Monday 2nd October, 2017

Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly – Part 1

Consumers have become very good at recycling; in the UK the mass of waste sent to landfill has decreased by 40% since the turn of the millennium. There is greater social responsibility with regards to waste and many large companies are starting to take steps to prevent resources getting into landfills. However recycling rates have […]

Machine vision
By David Gladwin: Monday 25th September, 2017

Watching what you drink

I’ve recently returned from a week at #drinktec 2017 in Munich where the latest advances in every field of the beverage industry were on show. VR headsets to show you your new production line, AR goggle so the barman can see the exact status off all his beers on tap and consumer apps the allow […]

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By Rosie Wells: Friday 15th September, 2017

It’s a fine line between a gimmick and a useful connected service

There is nothing better than finishing a long day at work and heading to a bar for a nice big glass of wine. The problem is choosing the bar, choosing where to sit and then figuring out what type of drink you actually want to have. Trying something different and having a new experience is […]

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By Rob Marchington: Thursday 14th September, 2017

IoT: Internet on Tap

As Edd covered in his blog post , the internet of things (IoT) is a growing trend across the entirety of the consumer industry, and is certainly making great headway in the beverage sector, as I’ve seen so far here at Drinktec this week. The key for any IoT system is to continue to provide value […]

A recycling bin very contaminated with non-recyclables and food waste despite clear signage.
By Adam Geernaert: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Dumb humans, rubbish jokes and smart systems

Clever materials vs dumb humans In recent years there has been a surge of new materials that offer different end of life options for food and beverage packaging. For example UK based VegWare have a huge range of compostable coffee cups and lids using variants of the plant based plastic PLA, they are great quality […]

Millennials
By Sajith Wimalaratne: Monday 11th September, 2017

Millennials: shaping the food and beverage industry

Millennials, or Generation Y, hold a huge buying power in today’s economy and are expected to spend billions upon billions before the end of this year alone (2017). It’s really important for brands that are trying to reach millennials to understand our (yes, I’m a millennial too) influences and purchasing habits. According to Forbes: Over […]

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By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 6th September, 2017

Is recycling going full cycle?

Is it me or is recycling hitting the headlines almost every week? This week Sky News reported on plans to introduce a deposit scheme for plastic bottles deposit scheme for plastic bottles in Scotland. Customers would pay a small surcharge which is refunded when a bottle is returned to a shop. According to the Ellen MacArthur […]

Thinking outside the box
By Edd Brunner: Friday 1st September, 2017

Will there be an IoT revolution in the food and beverage industry?

I recently had an article published on BeverageDaily.com talking about IoT in the food and beverage industry. In that I suggested that we are not quite yet at the point that the value of the functionality that can be achieved by this enabler (or at least the functionality that has been thought of) is more […]

Smarter recycling
By Rosie Wells: Wednesday 30th August, 2017

I’m a very confused recycler and I’m not alone…

Recycling is something we need to think about every day and yet I still feel like I know very little about how to do it and I know I’m not the only person. For a long time I thought the rules were simply ‘if it’s plastic, cardboard or glass then pop it in the recycling […]

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