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Self-locking pouch eliminates closure and straw and prevents spillage

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Self-locking pouch eliminates closure and straw and prevents spillage
The Eclipse pouch relies on a self-locking valve that allows the consumer to drink and then put the pack down without risk of spilling any content.
In Use – Soft drinks and dairy products are considered to be the main applications for Eclipse, although the manufacturers state that cosmetics companies have also shown an interest.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction

Product Categories
Drinks

Relevant Materials
Laminates, Plastic – Flexible

Relevant Packaging Formats
Flexible & Films

Supply Chain Phase
Consumer, Design

Details

This new self-locking pouch is from a small French packaging firm, Bag2Pack.  The Eclipse pouch does not need a straw or a lid. Instead, the pouch relies on a self-locking valve that allows the consumer to drink and then put the pack down without risk of spilling any content. This innovation and the triangular shape of the pouch, which allows it to stand up without any support, mean that the whole pack has very few components. Pouches can be supplied to manufacturers in rolls for Vertical Form-Fill-Seal (VFFS) filling.

The Eclipse pouch won a “Coup de Coeur” award at Emballage 2010, with judges commenting that its simplicity offers significant environmental and cost benefits. The judges also commended the packs design merits, finding that the pouches were attractive from a design point of view, offering a new triangular shape and a good printing surface for branding.

The company is working on an aseptic system that it plans to role out in 2011.

Potential Benefits

The main potential benefit of this pack is elimination of some components (the straw and/or closure). However, this must be offset against any materials used for the self-locking mechanism. Also, whilst the triangular shape is attractive and innovative, this may impinge on cube efficiency during transport of filled product. It is therefore important to look at any packaging solution from a life cycle perspective in order to understand the trade-offs during different stages in the life cycle.

Intellectual Property

This is the proprietary technology of Bag2pack.

Consultant View

This is an attractive pack which demonstrates that innovations can be practical as well as provide environmental benefit.  Although the main applications are likely to be in dairy and soft drinks, the manufacturers have indicated that there has been interest from cosmetics companies.

Contacts and Further Information

Company details:
Bag2pack
60 Rue Pasteur
94800 Villejuif
www.bag2pack.fr (website currently under construction)
 
Technology contact details:
Daniel Pouyleau (Sales director)
Tel: 00.33. 1.46.58.36.57
email: info@bag2pack.fr

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