Livingston Site Gets in the Holiday Spirit with a Christmas Jumper Party to Raise Money for a Local Charity

The Foam Products site in Livingston celebrated Christmas with a special holiday jumper party and barbeque with local charity, First Steps Nursery, who help support children from the ages of 1 to 3 by providing food, clothing and even toys for Christmas.

To help in this wonderful cause the site sold barbeque food and deserts to the employees who were given extra time during the day to attend the event. All proceeds for the event went to First Steps Nursery, which was the charity chosen by management.

The group wore festive sweaters at a barbeque to help support First Steps Nursery and had a great turnout. The employees at the Livingston site donated money for the barbeque with all proceeds going to the charity, and it promoted a great focus on the community. Everyone was happy to help with such a great cause and eat a lot of the good food provided.

And what’s a good Christmas party without an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Clause? The famous pair greeted everyone with holiday cheer and joined in conversations and to purchase the lovely sausages, bacon and cakes on sale.

Along with a great time, everyone at Livingston is happy to have supported their community and help bring some holiday joy to people in need.

John Johnstone, Regional Operations Manager for the Livingston site said, “It is great to see that a small team of people can work together to help out our community so a big thank you to you all.”

Polar Krush Switches to Bag-in-Box for Frozen Drink Concentrates

Polar Krush Switches to Bag-in-Box for Frozen Drink Concentrates

A leading UK supplier and manufacturer of frozen drinks, Polar Krush, recently approached Rapak with a challenge to change the packaging of their frozen drinks concentrates from single use plastic bottles to something more efficient and sustainable. As a result, the amount of plastic waste going into landfills will be reduced by 5 times thanks to the new Bag-in-Box solution.

With plastic use being a worldwide issue, Polar Krush is implementing environmental strategies to help reduce the increasing levels of single use plastic globally. They have joined forces with DS Smith Plastics, (Rapak) to switch from plastic bottles to 10L Bag-in-Box. Following the development work carried out with the Rapak team, Polar Krush are delighted to switch all of their range into one type of bag and one type of box to suit all types of customer needs. This solution removes hard plastics, replacing them with a recyclable, collapsible bag and a cardboard box. When the 10L flexible bag is empty, it is easily detached and replaced with a new Bag-in-Box, and then can be completely recycled, making it kinder to the environment than any other frozen drinks packaging systems.

The new Bag-in-Box packaging also brings the following benefits as the system is:

  • Easy to use – the tap system on the bag makes it easier for the customer to fill their dispenser manually, or to connect directly into the frozen drinks dispenser via an automatic filling system.
  • Longer shelf life – the Bag-in-Box keeps the opened concentrate fresh up to twelve weeks longer than plastic bottles.
  • Easier to store underneath the machine, taking away the need to store bottles.
  • Stackability – making shipping more efficient and reducing the carbon footprint.

Michael Reid, Sales Director of Polar Krush, says: “The new system has been very well received by our customers who are keen to reduce the impact of single use packaging on the environment. Not only is the system easier to use, it falls in line with the broader Polar Krush policy to remove harmful single use plastics from the brand”.

About Polar Krush

Polar Krush, based in Northumberland, is the fastest growing frozen drinks supplier in the UK, and are rapidly expanding internationally. The manufacturing efficiency of the new Bag-in-Box system is supporting the company’s success and their ambitious growth plans. Central to the brand values are using natural flavouring and colours in the products and in 2017 Polar Krush was the first to switch a full range to sugar free versions. The new recipe is sweetened naturally with stevia leaf, avoiding any harmful artificial sweeteners, and offers a guilt free treat to help combat the rising obesity crisis. Its environmental initiatives, apart from switching to Bag-in-Box, include recyclable and reusable cups and straws projects.

About DS Smith Rapak

Rapak is a business unit of DS Smith Plc. — a € 5/ £4 billion plastics and packaging multinational with operations in 37 countries, employing 27,000 people. Rapak offers a complete portfolio of Bag-in-Box packaging, filling and dispensing solutions for any liquids including post-mix and syrups. Latest innovations include EvacuStrip™, a dip strip bag for highly viscous liquids and PCSS+ line side connector.


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FILLBEE®, the Next Step in the Field of Reusable Beverage Crates with an Integrated Pack to Reduce Waste Generation

FILLBEE®, the Next Step in the Field of Reusable Beverage Crates with an Integrated Pack to Reduce Waste Generation

Subtitle: DS Smith Plastics Bilzen takes a leap forward in the sustainable development of beverage packaging by designing a returnable pack that fits inside reusable crates and can be stacked without a crate.

The beverage crate industry was one of the first industries to adopt what is now known as a truly circular approach to packaging products.  The DS Smith Plastics design team in Bilzen, Belgium was challenged to take the concept to the next level by designing a solution to combine returnable crates with returnable packs.  The amazing teamwork of the young and environmentally conscious design team, resulted in Fillbee®, a returnable four or six pack that can be designed for any shape of bottle. The packs fit in beverage crates, or can be stacked. The innovation offers benefits on multiple levels.

Today, returnable bottle crates are used with loose bottles or with one-way packs. Therefore, breweries had to invest in two types of filling lines. The new returnable pack fits into regular returnable crates, so the bottles can be placed directly into the baskets on the existing filling line for loose bottles, thus simplifying the production line complexity and lowering investments tremendously.

The shelf ready packaging protects the bottles and is easy to take home, easy to store and easy to return empty bottles to the store.  The durable packaging can be stacked when full thanks to the unique feature at the bottom of the pack that prevents direct pressure on the crowns of the bottles to avoid CO² loss. Furthermore, the large, recyclable IML labels allow for easy branding at POS and the application of barcodes to scan the products.

Waste prevention is the most efficient way to reduce CO² emissions. This ‘mini crate’ was designed to fit in a closed loop deposit scheme and meets all the requirements to minimize environmental impact: combined with reusable glass or PET bottles, they are 100% reusable and 100% recyclable, eliminating consumer waste completely. Furthermore, DS Smith Plastics has the technique to produce crates and Fillbees out of 100% post-consumer waste.

Curious to find out more? This innovation will be launched at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg Germany, November 13th-15th, Hall 4A, booth 207.


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Expanded Polystyrene Bee Hives Protect Endangered Honey Bees

Expanded Polystyrene Bee Hives Protect Endangered Honey Bees

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) bee hives are chosen not only by commercial beekeepers but also for amateurs as they require virtually no maintenance compared with traditional materials. The material’s exceptional insulation qualities keeps these temperature sensitive bees warm in winter when extreme weather can devastate a bee colony and cool in summer when overheating can be an issue. And unlike wooden hives, the new beehives will never rot.

The EPS bee hives have been designed to incorporate all of the comfort features bees seek such as a landing strip and a feeding door and for the beekeeper, easy honey removal.  One of Britain’s biggest commercial beekeepers, Paynes Southdown Beefarm in Sussex who has been producing honey since 1922 claims the EPS hives have increased their honey yield by 30%.

Temperature is critical to bees, therefore, the huge advantage of the insulation provided by EPS hives means they have more time and energy to make more honey of a better quality. Bees shake vigorously in the hive to regulate their temperature and when it gets too hot they bring in water and rapidly flap their wings to spread the cooling moisture, the insulation prevents the need for this, giving bees more energy.  Expanded foam hives have strong environmental credentials too because they can be recycled at the end of their life.

The British Beekeepers Association claims to have over 20,000 amateur beekeeper members in the UK.  The actual market size is difficult to establish as there is no requirement to ‘register’ as a beekeeper.

Problems for Honey Bees

(As recorded by UK government)

  1. habitat loss
  2. use of pesticides
  • pests and diseases
  1. extreme weather and climate change, and
  2. competition from invasive species

If these pollinating insects went into decline – amongst other serious factors – the health of the £100bn food industry at the heart of the UK economy would be damaged. Without the service nature provides, some of that food would become a lot harder to grow and more expensive to buy.

To learn more about beehives made of expanded polystyrene please contact


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