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Environment

Feature
August 3, 2021  

Researchers develop pine sap-based thermally stable plastic

A Florida State University research team’s discovery of a new plastic derived from pine sap has the potential to be a gamechanger for new sustainable materials.

Feature
July 26, 2021  

A new water-based solution for recovering add-on value from waste plastic

Ontario-based Aduro Clean Technologies has developed a novel chemical conversion process to transform waste plastics into renewable fuels and specialty chemicals.

Feature
May 6, 2021  

The ins and outs of using post-consumer resin in packaging

Driven by consumer demand, eco-friendly packaging that uses post-consumer resin is gaining traction on the shelf. But for packaging designers trying to meet extremely specific brand standards, working with this material poses some challenges.

Feature
January 13, 2021  

New study reveals how microplastic pollution travels

The research from Princeton University reveals that microplastic particles get stuck when traveling through porous materials such as soil and sediment but later break free and often continue to move substantially further.

News
November 20, 2020  

Nova, Pregis partner to support clean water initiative

Nova is donating film resins to Pregis for the production of its Inspyre brand line of protective packaging, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Uzima Clean Water Mission.

News
September 22, 2020  

Feds allow Ontario, New Brunswick to use their own carbon-pricing systems for big industrial emitters

As reported by The Canadian Press, the two provinces will use their own carbon-pricing systems, which are facility-specific instead of being based on the type of industry.

News
August 19, 2020  

Researchers detect micro- and nanoplastics in human organs, tissues

In an analysis of 47 human liver and fat tissue samples, researchers from Arizona State University found plastic contamination in the form of monomers, or plastic building blocks, in every sample.

Feature
July 29, 2020  

Mastercard launches new sustainable cards made from biodegradable, ocean-bound and recyclable plastics

The sustainable cards produced by Mastercard are available to consumers in more than a dozen countries, with over 60 financial institutions issuing cards made from approved materials.

News
July 28, 2020  

EU approves tax on nonrecycled plastic waste

The tax is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

News
July 23, 2020  

Rubbermaid, Terracycle partner to recycle food storage containers

Once collected, the Rubbermaid containers are cleaned and melted into hard plastic or glass that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

News
July 20, 2020  

KFC Canada to replace plastic buckets with bamboo by 2021

Using bamboo poutine buckets will allow it to eliminate 55 tonnes of plastic waste annually, the restaurant chain said.

Podcast
July 17, 2020  

Canadian Plastics podcast: Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19, Part 5: Engineering resins

Resin supply, demand and pricing during COVID-19 – A

News
July 16, 2020  

Good Natured Products launches plant-based flexible packaging products

The products are made from 51% plant-based materials derived from rapidly renewable sugarcane and are chemically equivalent to conventional #4 LDPE.

Feature
July 2, 2020  

SC Johnson rolls out new cleaning bottles made from 100% recycled ocean plastic

The new Mr Muscle Platinum Window & Glass cleaner product is part of SC Johnson’s global partnership with Plastic Bank to reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans while also helping to alleviate poverty.

Feature
June 18, 2020  

New payment card made with up to 98% upcycled plastic

Called the Earthwise High Content Card, the card combines post-industrial rPETG with the essential, non-plastic components.

News
June 17, 2020  

New fibreglass-reinforced watches made from ocean plastic waste

The Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic line features a case comprised of 70 per cent plastic debris derived from fishing nets collected in the Indian Ocean, strengthened with 30 per cent fibreglass.

News
June 17, 2020  

Nova reports progress on its sustainability strategy

Nova’s new 2019 Sustainability Report highlights four areas of the Calgary-based company’s long-term strategy: circular economy, citizenship, climate care, and sustainability in operations.

Feature
May 15, 2020  

Chemists create faster-degrading plastic to reduce marine litter and ghost fishing

The new plastic is similar to nylon 6,6 in sturdiness but can degrade under any conditions with sunlight.

News
March 26, 2020  

“Stop the Spread” business information line now open in Ontario

The province has launched a toll-free line to provide support to businesses that have questions about the recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces over COVID-19 fears.

Feature
March 18, 2020  

“Superworms” that eat polystyrene might help plastic pollution problem

Researchers in Beijing have discovered that scavenger worms will eat Styrofoam, which is one of the most difficult plastic materials to biodegrade.

News
November 15, 2019  

Project STOP wins oil and gas industry award

Co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ in 2017, the Project STOP initiative partners with cities to stop plastic waste leaking into the ocean.

News
November 11, 2019  

Dow Chemical agrees to $77 million environmental settlement in Michigan

The proposed settlement compensates for damage to natural resources caused by pollution from Dow’s plant in Midland, Mich.

News
October 7, 2019  

Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to halve virgin plastics use by 2025

The business, whose brands include Dove, Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton, said it would achieve this by cutting its “absolute use of plastic packaging” by over 100,000 tonnes and “accelerating its use of recycled plastic.”

Feature
September 12, 2019  

Nova Chemicals just got even more sustainable

With the new position of director of sustainability filled by Sarah Marshall, the Calgary-based polyethylene resin maker is walking the walk when it comes to advancing the circular economy.

News
August 7, 2019  

Sobeys plans to remove plastic bags from all stores in 2020

The Stellarton, N.S.-based national grocery chain said it will adopt paper and reusable bags at its 255 outlets across the country by January.

News
August 6, 2019  

Nova Chemicals announces new sustainability strategy

The Calgary-based chemical maker’s new six-pronged sustainability commitment is designed to help eliminate plastic waste.

News
July 29, 2019  

P.E.I. becomes the first province to ban plastic bags

The province’s Plastic Bag Reduction Act officially came into effect earlier this month, and prohibits businesses from offering single-use plastic bags at the checkout.

News
July 13, 2019  

Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

This worldwide initiative was launched in 2018 with the goal of addressing the plastic waste and pollution crisis at its source and keeping plastics within the economy.

Feature
July 9, 2019  

Straw maker Stone Straw fights back with bioplastic straws

Traditional plastic straws are an endangered species nowadays, which is why this well-known Brantford, Ont.-based extruder is making the move to an eco-friendly plant-based alternative.

News
May 14, 2019  

Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, single-use utensils

Set to come into force in December 2020 or January 2021, the ban will include such articles as non-biodegradable plastic bags, straws, cutlery, cups, and coffee capsules.

News
April 8, 2019  

Thousands of responses to Newfoundland and Labrador plastic bag ban survey

The province’s Environment department says that a decision on the possibility of banning single-use plastic bags is coming in the “near future”.

Video
March 29, 2019  

Ocean Cleanup project hits a snag