Don Simon unveils 100 per cent sustainable smart packaging featuring the world’s first Pure-Pak eSense carton  

Spanish number one juice brand, Don Simon, has unveiled its first ever 100 per cent environmentally-friendly and smart packaging, doing good for both consumers and the planet.

In partnership with its packaging supplier Elopak and creative technology studio Appetite Creative, Don Simon has incorporated a fun and interactive connected experience to help educate consumers about the benefits of the new Pure-Pak eSense packaging, for both consumers and the environment.

The smart packaging utilises a web app-based connected experience, accessed via QR codes, to inform consumers about the benefits of the new aluminium-free carton. It utilises a transparent cap made from renewable plastics, and the unbleached Natural Brown Board and easy folding enables convenient recycling and reduces food waste. With the new packaging, Don Simon has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 per cent, the packaging is also 4 per cent lighter than market alternatives and 90 per cent renewable.

At this years Connected Packaging Summit, the García Carrión family said: “Packaging is not just a container any more. Connected packaging allows us to establish a bidirectional and interactive communication channel with consumers. We can now learn about what really matters to them. Through connected experiences, we have the opportunity to make consumers part of our brand journey, transforming passive products into experiential and interactive touchpoints.”

The Don Simon connected experience offers a range of interactive games, linked to sustainability, giving consumers an engaging way to learn about its plant-based drinks and the benefits of the new packaging. The games challenge consumers to create packaging from sustainable materials; create products from plants and carton recycling; as well as a quiz, and other activities. They are timed, and each new level becomes more difficult. Users participate to collect points, which they can exchange for coupons and to win a range of prizes.

Don Simon is also using the connected experience to find ambassadors for the brand, who will get a first look and taste of new products and packaging, to help immerse consumers in plans to minimise its environmental footprint and contribute to its zero waste and ‘zero net emissions’ objectives.

“Its essential for brands to consider all aspects of sustainability, and this campaign not only puts sustainability front and centre, but it makes it easy and fun for consumers to recycle,” said Appetite Creative, Managing Director, Jenny Stanley. “We’re also giving them an opportunity to get involved via the ambassador competition – which offers incentives for consumers who want early access to new products and other brand updates – helping Don Simon find its most engaged influencers to share their passion for the brand.”

The web app tracks real-time interaction, such as buying habits, product preferences, average engagement time, location, scan rate, number of visitors, return visitors and social media shares, including GDPR-compliant personal data to enable the brand to optimise its marketing and better understand consumers.

The new aluminium-free aseptic carton Pure-Pak eSense, created by leading global supplier of carton packaging, Elopak, reduces its carbon footprint by up to 50 per cent, unlocks the potential to be fully renewable, and simplifies the recycling process, as the new polyolefin barrier enables a one-operation separation of the fibres and the polyolefin layers.

The new packaging, connected experience and competition are available now.