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An In-Depth Look at the EPA's National Recycling Strategy

America's recycling rate was "well below" 10% in 1970 at the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told attendees of the third annual America Recycles Summit. The establishment of the...

Closed Loop Partners Maps Plastic Recycling Infrastructure, Packaging Waste in New Tool

Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy has released its U.S. and Canada Recycling Infrastructure and Plastic Waste Map, a new tool that is part of the New York City-based company’s broader Advancing Circular...

Global Treaty to Tackle Plastic Pollution Gains Steam without US and UK

Support is growing internationally for a new global treaty to tackle the plastic pollution crisis, it has emerged, though so far without the two biggest per capita waste producers – the US and the UK...

Sustainability and the eCommerce Explosion

The simultaneous progression of eCommerce platforms and the rise of their use is placing new demands on the packaging industry. Companies are working overtime to make products and catalogs available online, anytime. In turn, customers...

Toppan Announces Business Action Targeting the Sustainable Development Goals

Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions, has announced “TOPPAN Business Action for SDGs,” a blueprint setting out areas of focus for its business to contribute to the...

Sort Project Will Target Plastics Missed By MRFs in Northeast

Following a similar demonstration in the Pacific Northwest last year, industry stakeholders are launching an initiative to recover additional material from the municipal stream in New York and four other states. The American Chemistry Council...

On Second Thoughts ... Just Going ‘Mono’ Won’t Make Plastic Packaging Circular

The growing pressure being placed on the plastics and packaging industries by the European Commission, NGOs, and consumers will lead to long-overdue changes in how plastic packaging is produced and recycled. It is high time...

Biodegradable Plastics From Palm Oil Waste

A biodegradable film made from waste from the palm oil industry could be used for food packaging. Plastic pollution is a pressing environmental concern of the twenty-first century. So is the palm oil industry, which...

Major Packaging Users Hit 6.2% Average Recycled Content

Some of the largest packaged goods and retail firms increased their use of recycled plastic in 2019, but they have work to do to hit 2025 targets, according to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation update. In...

Smurfit Kappa Raises Climate Change Ambition by Targeting at Least 'Net Zero' Emissions by 2050

Smurfit Kappa has announced new targets to further reduce its fossil CO2 emissions, including its ambition to reach at least net zero emissions by 2050. It has also increased its existing intermediate 2030 CO2...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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,...

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