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Verdict
Jun 26, 2020

Beyond recycling: Compostable packaging and the post-Covid world

This is something that Nissenbaum’s company TIPA is focused on. Founded in 2010, TIPA develops packaging materials with a strong resemblance to packaging, but with one important difference: they are compostable in the same way as organic waste.
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Circular Online
Jun 26, 2020

Ireland surpasses all EU recycling and recovery targets for 2019

Repak, the Republic of Ireland’s only government-approved packaging recycling compliance scheme, has announced that the country has for the first time surpassed all EU recycling and recovery targets for 2019.
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The Rising
Jun 26, 2020

Is vegetable-tanned leather as sustainable as the fashion industry ...

Vegetable-tanned leather underlies a lot of everyday accessories: belts, wallets, bags, shoes, purses—you name it. In fact, many companies advertise and market vegetable-tanned leather as an eco-friendly solution to traditional chemical tanning.
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Contxto
Jun 26, 2020

Karün raises US$4M for its sustainable eyewear

The startup uses recycled plastic—a lot of which comes from discarded fish nets—to make this eyewear. FYI, fish nets or “ghost nets” are one of the seas’ biggest pollutants. You thought plastic straws were evil? Look up fishnets’ devastating impact.
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Plastics in Packaging
Jun 26, 2020

Mono-material barrier tubes in development

A new range of mono-material barrier tubes suitable for protecting cosmetics, food and pharma products, while being compatible with existing recycling processes, is being developed by Hoffmann Neopac.
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Time Out
Jun 26, 2020

Muji will have free drinking water dispensers at its major Japan st...

In Japan, a country awash with vending machines and convenience stores on every block, bottled water is never hard to come by. But the worrying level of plastic pollution in Japan has led to an urgent need for sustainable alternatives. Now, everyone’s favourite Japanese homewa...
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Falmouth Packet
Jun 26, 2020

Porthleven company Flexi-Hex is nominated for two awards

Flexi-Hex will line up at the 2020 National Recycling Awards, which are the top awards in the recycling and resource management sector, with winning projects and teams recognised for their achievements within the industry and further along the supply chain.
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UN Environnement
Jun 26, 2020

Report: Consumers and business concerned about plastic waste but ex...

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Food Industry Asia (FIA) today released a regional survey of consumers and food and beverage businesses across South-East Asia that shows a significant disconnect between expectation and action on reducing plastic waste.
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Labels and Labeling
Jun 26, 2020

Skymark launches fully recyclable flexible packaging material

Skymark, an independent manufacturer of flexible film packaging materials for the food, hygiene and medical sectors, has launched a new range of multifunctional, fully recyclable Polyethylene (PE) laminates.
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Bio Market Insights
Jun 26, 2020

Wool-based packaging start-up wins €50,000 cash injection

Woola was established at the end of 2019 and produces packaging material from sheep’s wool residues. The Estonian start-up aims to disrupt the e-commerce market by significantly decreasing the production, consumption and landfill waste of environmentally harmful materials like...
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Packaging News
Jun 25, 2020

Berry provides recycled plastic for Philadelphia packs

Berry Global Group is collaborating with Mondelēz International to supply packaging containing recycled plastic for Philadelphia cream cheese.
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Waste Management World
Jun 25, 2020

BIR: Material stocks for textile recycling could take two years to ...

BIR's Global eForum has heard that the textiles recycling industry has entered “a critical stage” and that Stocks could take “18 to 24 months” to return to normal levels following the Coronavirus pandemic.
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Food For Mzansi
Jun 25, 2020

Digitalisation can prevent billions in food waste

Leaders in the agricultural technology (agtech) landscape agree that digitalisation of the global food industry will create the transparency needed to spare the business from losing billions of tonnes of fresh produce generated for human consumption each year.
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Waste 360
Jun 25, 2020

Entrepreneurs spin new packaging innovations

Five entrepreneurs and startups have earned recognition for their packaging innovations by the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC). SPC’s Protective Packaging Design Challenge was done in partnership with Ubuntoo, Closed Loop Partners, and the Retail Innovation Center.
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Bio Market Insights
Jun 25, 2020

European biodegradable fishing gear and clothing project unveiled

Glaukos, a four-year European project that will develop biodegradable and biorecyclable textile fibres and coatings to be used in fishing gear and clothing, kicked off this month.
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BusinessGreen
Jun 25, 2020

L'Oréal embraces environmental labelling under revamped sustainabil...

2030 sustainability vision launched today by the beauty giant includes pledges to use only recycled or biobased packaging by the end of the decade and achieve carbon neutrality across its sites by 2025
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British Plastics and Rubber
Jun 25, 2020

MBA Polymers UK supports EuRIC

Paul Mayhew MBA Polymers UK General Manager and President of EuRIC’s Plastic Recycling Branch (EPRB) is supporting EuRIC in the fight to recover the plastics recycling industry following the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the Industry.
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ABC News
Jun 25, 2020

Nescafe eyes Brad Scott's Precious Plastic creations, as he turns t...

At the same time Mr Scott was getting started in his shed, Monash University was establishing its Precious Plastic program. Project leader David Butler said until recently the machines could not take the volume of plastic required to establish a sustainable business.
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jun 25, 2020

New approach for breaking plastics down shows promise for 'upcyclin...

Huber hopes to close the loop on plastics recycling through a new research venture that leverages his expertise in biofuels. For the last 15 years, he has focused primarily on biomass, leading efforts to turn wood wastes and other sources of plant biomass into sustainable liqu...
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Plastics Today
Jun 25, 2020

Polystyrene has seat at Circular Economy Table, report shows

Ineos Styrolution released its final report on the results of research project ResolVe, which explored the recycling of polystyrene (PS). The project sought to prove the feasibility of turning post-consumer PS waste into valuable feedstock, thus creating a circular economy for...
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Plastics Today
Jun 25, 2020

The future of single-use packaging in a post-pandemic world

Back in the summer of 2019, plastic packaging—particularly single use—was taking a beating and it looked like the future was bleak. Social media and viral videos made plastics the villain, singularly responsible for polluting the planet. Some plastics professionals were even p...
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EPPM
Jun 24, 2020

AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH develops home compostable and soil degradable com...

Depending on the requirements profile, these compounds are either biodegradable in various environments or suitable for long-term use – and completely or partially made from renewable raw materials.
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Packaging Digest
Jun 24, 2020

Bottled rainwater eliminates plastic packaging

Richard’s Rainwater, claimed as the most sustainable bottled water company on earth, eliminates plastic bottles in favor of glass and aluminum packaging.
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Plastics Recycling Update
Jun 24, 2020

California reinstates bag ban and PCR requirements

Gov. Gavin Newsom on April 22 signed Executive Order N-54-20, suspending the state’s single-use bag ban for 60 days. That allowed retailers to offer customers single-use plastic bags, rather than offering only reusable plastic bags or paper bags as required by the regulation.
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Plastics in Packaging
Jun 24, 2020

Circular economy start-up seeks promising future

The Huhtamaki Circular Economy Startup Program by FS6 will focus on identifying and developing early-stage companies with promising sustainable solutions in areas such as waste diversion, sustainable packaging alternatives, new materials innovations, and regenerative productio...
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EIN News
Jun 24, 2020

eCycle Solutions launches system to produce cleaner, reusable plastic

eCycle Solutions today strengthened its commitment to the circular economy by launching a system to recycle the mixed plastic that is generated by recycling electrical and electronic equipment.
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The New York Times
Jun 24, 2020

Germany bans single-use plastic straws, food containers

Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that pollutes the environment.
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Plastics News
Jun 24, 2020

How can we help fix plastics recycling? Let's start with the labels

I'm glad that Washington is debating plastics recycling. Some readers will be skeptical, but municipalities are facing difficult issues when it comes to recycling, and plastics is usually portrayed as the villain.
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World Economic Forum
Jun 24, 2020

How nudge theory can help empty our plastic-filled 'drawers of shame'

Nudge theory could help customers make better choices, reduce waste, and lay down the habits we need to build a more sustainable world.
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Edie
Jun 24, 2020

HP to cut plastic packaging use by 75% by 2025

Printing and electronics giant HP has committed to using 75% fewer pieces of single-use plastic packaging in 2025 than it did in 2018, as it revealed that its sustainable products and services generated more than $1.6bn (£1.27bn) in sales last year.

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