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Diapers to Bricks: A $100 Billion Plastic Challenge
02.14.2020

As Asia-Pacific president of Dow Chemical Co., one of the world’s biggest producers of plastics and chemicals, Jon Penrice has 100 billion reasons to recycle. “About 8 million tons of plastics are going into...

Rethinking the 'P' Word
02.14.2020

In Tokyo, a householder consults her 60-page "Garbage Separation and Disposal" system to check whether it's a recycle day for plastic bottles or for all other plastic packaging. In a coastal village in Kenya,...

The Recycling Rules That Could Actually Make a Huge Difference, but Are Probably Doomed
02.13.2020

Picture it now: It’s you, in the faded light of your kitchen, dutifully rinsing out that plastic container that you didn’t even want to get but the store gave to you anyway, carefully dabbing...

Everlane's New Raincoat is Made from Recycled Plastic Water Bottles
02.13.2020

A comfortable pair of sneakers, a tote bag roomy enough for a laptop and a waterproof jacket that tackles the rain are just a few key wardrobe essentials. Lucky for us, Everlane has mastered...

Concerns Raised Over Effectiveness of Upcoming NY Plastic Bag Ban
02.13.2020

Ready or not, New York's plastic bag ban goes into effect March 1, and the way you do things is going to have to change. Price Chopper/Market 32 is wondering whether shoppers will even...

This Robot Trash Bin Automatically Sorts Your Recyclables for You
02.13.2020

At an office in San Francisco, if you drop a coffee cup in a robotic waste bin, the machine will automatically sort the cup for recycling. The office is one of the first to...

Updated FPE Study 'Confirms Role of Flexible Packaging in Preventing Waste'
02.12.2020

A recently updated and extended study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu), commissioned by Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), appears to underline the original study’s findings. FPE says it ‘shows clearly that...

US Recycling Bill Seeks Moratorium on New Crackers, Plastic Plants
02.12.2020

A US recycling bill introduced to the nation's legislature includes a temporary moratorium on building new plants that would produce olefins and plastics. The bill, called "The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act" was...

Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives
02.12.2020

Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, a growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, it is no wonder that some companies are shifting away from plastics. But encouraging this shift towards material...

PolyExpert Promotes Pierre Sarazin to Vice President of Research & Development and Sustainability
02.11.2020

PolyExpert announces the promotion of Pierre Sarazin Ph.D., to Vice President of Research & Development and Sustainability, effective as of now. Pierre started working for PolyExpert in 2018 as Manager of Technical Services and...

ProAmpac Invites MD&M West Visitors to Explore Collaborative Innovation for Flexible Packaging
02.10.2020

Presenting a comprehensive portfolio of flexible packaging materials at the 2020 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference, ProAmpac invites visitors to discover how their medical material expertise can help generate innovative packaging solutions,...

The Future of Waste-to-Energy Technology
02.08.2020

We produce over 2 billion tons of waste per year, a number that’s expected to grow by 70% by 2050. We’ve long sought ways to turn all this waste into energy, but this has...

Maine Packaging EPR Bill, a National Bellwether, Could Reshape Municipal Funding
02.07.2020

Maine was among the first states to pass a bottle bill, the first to pass an electronics recycling law and the first to ban polystyrene foam. This year, it could embody the state motto...

Toppan Receives Bronze Class SAM Sustainability Award for Second Year
02.07.2020

Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has been recognized with a Bronze Class SAM Sustainability Award for the second consecutive year. Toppan is also once again...

WRAP Publishes Compostable Packaging Guidance
02.06.2020

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published new guidance to provide clarity on the use of compostable packaging. Seeking to address the confusion around compostables, the new guidance includes a series of...

Two Wheelabrator Waste to Energy Plants Opened in UK Including Multifuel 2
02.04.2020

Hitachi Zosen Inova has completed the commissioning phase and handed over the 550,000 tonne per year Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 waste to energy plant in West Yorkshire to Multifuel Energy Limited, a joint venture between...

The Drive Toward Sustainability in Packaging—Beyond the Quick Wins
01.31.2020

Sustainability—particularly regulatory and public concerns around single-use packaging waste—is combining with other powerful trends to drive major changes in consumer packaging. Regulators are moving on the issue, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies and...

Mondi Receives Green Certification
01.30.2020

Mondi, German sustainable packaging and paper specialist has received recyclability certification from Institute cyclos-HTP for its BarrierPack Recyclable all-polyethylene film. BarrierPack is a lightweight mono-material offering more sustainable packaging option for diverse applications ranging...

MPs Call on Government to Create Circular Economy Through Compostables
01.28.2020

Cross-party MPs and Peers in the U.K. have called on the Government to include ambitious targets for compostables in the forthcoming Environment Bill. In the letter published in the Guardian, they backed a move...

New International Guidance Set to Improve Social Responsibility in the Global Food Chain
01.24.2020

Social responsibility is not only good for business, it is everyone’s business. New international guidance for the agri-food sector has just been published. From ending hunger and obesity to protecting our natural resources, the...

Plastic Bags Have Lobbyists. They're winning.
01.20.2020

The plastic shopping bag has long been hunted by state and local policymakers pushing for its extinction. But still it thrives, thanks to the deep-pocketed chemical industry that birthed it and the political influence...

FPA Partners with the Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show
01.15.2020

The Plastics Recycling Conference and Trade Show is the focal point for the increasingly complex and international plastics recycling industry. The event, now in its 15th year, brings together plastics reclaimers, equipment manufacturers, brand...

EU Commission Considers Ban on Plastic Packaging: Die Welt
01.12.2020

The EU Commission is evaluating a ban on plastic packaging and setting new requirements for manufacturers, EU Commissioner-designate for environment and the oceans Virginijus Sinkevicius said in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt....

Glenroy Inc. Joins Sustainable Packaging Coalition and How2Recycle Program
01.09.2020

Glenroy™ Inc., a converter and printer of flexible packaging for over 50 years, has announced they have joined the Sustainable Packaging Coalition®(SPC) and How2Recycle®label program effective January 1, 2020. The membership allows Glenroy to...

Plastic Packaging Ban 'Could Harm Environment'
01.09.2020

Consumer pressure to end plastic packaging in shops could actually be harming the environment, a report says. Firms are swapping to other packaging materials which are potentially even worse for the environment, the cross-party...

Brand Owner Trials Film-On-the-Side Curbside Recycling
01.08.2020

SC Johnson recently launched a pilot curbside film collection program in a small New Jersey community. Rather than mix film into existing single-stream recycling, the program has residents use a dedicated container.

What’s in Your Sustainability Tool Kit?
01.03.2020

The move toward sustainable practices, products and materials is no longer on the horizon but ever-present. This is especially true as more consumers factor brands’ social responsibility initiatives in purchase decisions. In fact, global...

New Congressional Task Force Looks at Solutions to Plastic Waste
12.10.2019

Two members of Congress launched a task force Dec. 10 to explore plastics recycling issues, another sign of growing interest around plastics environmental issues on Capitol Hill. A statement from Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich.,...

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