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Illycaffè and the search for perfection

Retaining freshness is of key importance for all food packaging, but how about keeping coffee beans in just-roasted condition for three years or more? It’s a major challenge, because the maxim in the business is that it takes 50 beans to make a perfect coffee – and only one to ruin it. The right raw
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Competing to be energy efficient

Energy efficiency is a key design driver in everything from smartphones to cars, and from dishwashers to houses. And an experimental solar-powered house, designed by Valencia’s Cardinal Herrera University and sponsored by Omron, has shown just how far it is possible to go with energy efficient buildings. It was created for the 2010 Solar Decathlon
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Breakthrough in bioplastic

For thirty years now scientists have been on the hunt for packaging material from biomass with the same properties as crude oil. Chemists have now found the solution in the form of a new catalyst. A breakthrough in the production of bioplastics for the packaging industry. Less pollution resulting in lower costs. Manufacturers will no
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Carbon is a precious resource: use it sparingly

Carbon is everywhere, from barbecue charcoal to diamonds, yet seeing it as a “precious resource” can enable machine-makers to reduce their carbon footprint without impacting on profitability. Return on carbon is a new management index that could become as important to businesses as return on investment. Carbon is present in nearly ten million known compounds,
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Smart packaging can talk

New packaging materials are not only more sustainable but also smarter. Near field communication (NFC) allows brand owners to communicate with their customers as well. It is predicted that this application will be widespread within a couple of years. NFC can be regarded as the successor to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which can identify an