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Amorepacific Introduces Fully Recyclable Packaging with Dow’s INNATE™ TF Resins for the First Time in Three Leading Brands

Dow announced that INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation has been chosen by Amorepacific, a global beauty company from South Korea, in its new recyclable packaging. The commercialization of tenter frame biaxially...

Dow Introduces Its First Recycled Plastic Resin for Shrink Film Applications in North America

Dow introduced its first post-consumer recycled (PCR)-rich resin for collation shrink film in North America, enabling companies to incorporate more post-consumer materials while maintaining the application performance. The recycled plastic resin, which is designed specifically...

Trudeau’s Plan to Ban Single-use Plastics is an Unworkable, Feel-good Fantasy

Sometimes it’s tough to avoid partisan cliches. Take the hackneyed insult that a politician is “putting ideology above common sense.” Is there any other way to describe Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent promise to...

Google Says All Made by Google Products Now Use Recycled Materials

Last year, Google pledged that, by 2022, it would include recycled materials in all of its Made By Google products, a list that includes Pixel phones, Pixelbooks, Google Home speakers, Nest devices, and accessories like...

Google will Ditch Plastic Packaging by 2025, Announces Further Sustainability Efforts

As environmental issues continue to cause more and more issues on this planet, some tech companies have been making a point of improving sustainability efforts. Google has big plans as a company for the next...

Is It Possible To Turn Plastic Waste Into Affordable Housing?

For decades, companies have relied on disposable plastic packaging to bag and contain products worldwide. Today, the staggering detrimental effects of this plastic dependence are well-known: since the 1950’s, over 9 billion tons of plastic...

Flexible Packaging Association Launches Emerging Leadership Council

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the leading advocate and voice for the growing U.S. flexible packaging industry, is pleased to announce the formation and launch of the Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) (#FPAemergingleaders). The new group...

Garbage Has Never Looked as Cool as These Pacific Garbage Patch Sunglasses

Late in 2019, the Ocean Cleanup crew returned from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with its first load of plastic waste harvested from the ocean during a pilot test of its trash-fighting technology, proving that...

The Plastic Myth and the Misunderstood Triangle

Of all the plastic we've ever produced, only 9% has been recycled. So what happened to all that plastic you've put in the recycling bin over the years? Hands up if you grew up thinking...

Ocean Plastic Pollution is a Huge — but Solvable — Problem

With roughly 11 million metric tons of plastic flowing into our ocean each year — a figure that could nearly triple by 2040 without urgent action — many people might view marine plastic pollution as...

Bioplastics Contain Substances That are as Toxic as Those in Ordinary Plastics

Conventional plastic is made from oil. The production of plastic is not sustainable, and it can contain substances we know are dangerous if ingested. In recent years, bioplastics have come onto the market as an...

This is What Burger King's New Reusable Packaging Looks Like

Burger King is planning to test reusable containers starting next year as part of its efforts to reduce waste. The trial is part of a partnership with TerraCycle's zero-waste delivery platform, Loop. Customers can opt...

NERC Announces its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Award Winners

The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) has announced its 2020 Environmental Sustainability Leadership Awards. Three outstanding programs in the Northeast were recognized, as well as one individual for lifetime achievement. Each of the winners was selected...

The Fastest Growing Consumer Plastic Isn’t Being Recycled. Two Philadelphia Area Companies Hope to Change That.

Up to 600 tons of curbside recycling get hauled each day into the TotalRecyle plant in Birdsboro, Berks County, where tens of thousands of milk jugs, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, and other items are sorted...

This Artist Created a Grocery Store Made Entirely of Plastic

In between the flashing lights, restaurants and retail stores that are iconic to Times Square, New Yorkers will soon be able to experience a new attraction. At first glance, it may look like a regular...

ReNew ELP to Build World’s First Commercial-scale Plastic Recycling Plant Using Cat-HTR Technology

Advanced recycling company ReNew ELP has been awarded a £4.42 million grant from Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, to build the world's first commercial-scale plastic recycling plant using Cat-HTR technology. The grant will aid...

Citizen Suits Lead the Way for Agencies on Plastics Enforcement

In recent years there has been significant attention on plastics pollution in the world’s oceans and ecosystems, with iconic images of injured marine life that draw universal sympathy and calls to action. These concerns have...

A First-of-its-kind Catalyst Mimics Natural Processes to Break Down Plastic and Produce Valuable New Products

While plastics recycling is not new science, current processes don't make it economically worthwhile— waste plastics get "down-cycled" into lower grade, less useful material. It's a challenge that continues to be an obstacle in tackling...

The Role Labeling Plays in Sustainability

Sustainability in packaging, specifically in the labels market, is a goal on the minds of virtually all brands and CPGs. As consumers are looking for more sustainable packaging solutions, the industry is transitioning its focus...

Sustainability Awards 2020 Winners Announced

The winners of the Sustainability Awards 2020 have been unveiled in a digital event. This year’s overall winner was the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research with their bioORMOCER® biodegradable functional barrier coatings, which also won...

The ‘Circular Economy’—Neither Safe Nor Sustainable

The circular economy holds out the hope of living within the planet’s resources. Turning aspiration into action is another matter. A little over a year ago, schoolchildren across the globe embarked on huge strikes over...

Plastic Fuels: Do They Fix Waste Or Greenwash It?

Marketed as a solution to the environmental and waste problems the plastic industry is currently facing, recycled carbon fuels are problematic. And they will be at odds with Wednesday’s vote from the EU Parliament backing...

Mondi Shines by Winning Two Awards for Sustainable Food Packaging

Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper manufacturer, has been recognised in this year’s Austrian Green Star Packaging Awards for two recent sustainable packaging innovations developed using its customer-centric approach, EcoSolutions.

Amcor Develops World-first Recyclable Retort Flexible Packaging

Amcor, a global leader in packaging, today announced the world's first recyclable flexible retort pouch. The technical breakthrough, which many considered impossible, follows years of dedicated research and investment. The product, which uses Amcor's AmLite...

LyondellBasell to Produce 2m Tonnes/Year of Recycled, Renewable Polymer

LyondellBasell is to increase its production of recycled and renewable-based polymers by 2030 as part of a raft of new sustainability targets unveiled by the firm on Monday. A sustainability review has led to new...

The Body Shop Will Buy 600 Tons of Waste Plastic Next Year, and Wants Competitors to Follow

Plastic pollution is a massive problem: more than a billion tons of plastic waste will end up in oceans or in landfill by 2040. The beauty industry is one of many contributors to plastic waste,...

NJ: Plastic and Paper Bag Ban Passed by Lawmakers,Heads to Murphy

The days appear to be numbered for plastic bags in the Garden State. State lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would limit the use of single-use plastic bags, paper bags, plastic straws and polystyrene...

New Recyclability Certification Scheme

As confusion over recyclable packaging design grow, OPRL is launching a new UK Certification scheme – Certified As Recyclable – to provide thoroughly evaluated and tested recyclability assessments. It is initially available for rigid and...

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