The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites
To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating.
Lego unveils sustainable brick made from recycled PET
It’s the first-ever brick from the Danish toy maker to be made from a recycled material.
Polykar breaks ground on new Edmonton manufacturing plant
The facility is phase one of a $40-million investment to create a centre of excellence to develop and commercialize flexible and compostable packaging.
Global consumer brands unveil world’s first enzyme-recycled plastic bottles
A PET recycling breakthrough from Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe yields food-grade PET bottles.
Indorama Ventures completes acquisition of CarbonLite’s Texas PET recycling facility
The facility in Dallas recycles 3 billion PET plastic bottles a year.
Emerson, PureCycle Technologies partner to boost recycling of polypropylene
Emmerson will provide advanced digital technologies and automation for a network of PureCycle recycling facilities.
Loop Industries makes strategic partnership with South Korean chemical firm
SK Global Chemical Co. Ltd. will also acquire a 10 per cent equity stake in Montreal-based Loop.
New partnership tackles the growing problem of single-use face masks as litter
Sabic, Procter & Gamble Co, and Fraunhofer Institute Umsicht are working together on a new closed-loop recycling pilot project for the masks.
Polystyvert gets new round of financing to develop full-scale polystyrene recycling plant
New strategic and private investors join the investors syndicate.
GreenMantra Technologies expands recycling agreement with Crayola
The agreement supplies GreenMantra with new discarded plastic feedstock for recycling into specialty polymers.
Canadian tech company takes plastic waste sorting to the next level
Metaspectral is developing AI-powered technology that goes where traditional thermal cameras can’t to sort plastics automatically.
U.S. Plastics Pact unveils national strategy for a circular economy by 2025
The aggressive “Roadmap to 2025” aims to accelerate progress toward four specific targets that address plastic waste at its source.
Gerber and Terracycle partner to launch recycling program throughout Canada
The program targets hard-to-recycle baby food packaging, including flexible plastic bags, pouches and inner bags.
Indorama Ventures acquires CarbonLite’s Texas PET recycling facility
The Dallas site will be known as Indorama Ventures Sustainable Recycling.
TerraCycle, Holt Renfrew partner on beauty packaging recycling in Canada
The Holt Renfrew Beauty Recycling Program will help customers responsibly dispose of beauty packaging waste.
Ontario medical device maker develops new PPE solution
The Canadian Shield’s Vizor eye shield is made of 100 per cent recyclable plastic that attaches to face masks.
University of Buffalo researchers get funding to improve recycling of plastic film
The effort addresses one of the biggest streams of plastic waste.
Arkema to acquire polymer recycling specialist Agiplast
Headquartered in Italy, Agiplast is a plastics compounding company that specializes in the regeneration of high-performance polymers.
New AI will sort recyclable plastic in B.C. by the end of 2021
Technology developer Metaspectral has been awarded more than $300,000 to develop AI-powered technology that can sort plastics automatically.
Nova, Dow, LyondellBasell create recycling investment fund
The resin makers are establishing a $100-million investment fund to help finance recovery and recycling of polyethylene and polypropylene in Canada and the U.S.
Scientists convert recyclable plastic to jet fuel
Researchers at Washington State University say they’ve found a cost-effective way to convert PE-based products into jet fuel and lubricants, and in a fraction of the time current plastics recycling methods take.
Report forecasts solid growth for global plastics industry, predicts defining trends
With sustainability spurring innovation, the market is estimated to reach $558.71 billion in 2021, up from $533.04 billion in 2020, with a CAGR of 4.8%.
TC Transcontinental Packaging wins FTA sustainability award
The company has received the Flexographic Technical Association’s Sustainability Excellence Award for its Integritite PCR collation shrink film.
Pipe supplier Soleno buys Plastiques VPC
The deal moves New Brunswick-based Soleno further into the the plastics recycling industry.
Michelin co-develops sustainable tires based on recycled PET
The tire maker says it has successfully validated the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET plastic waste in its tires.
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.
Lassonde launches drink bottles with 25 per cent recycled plastic
The new bottles are part of the Quebec-based company’s goal of using 50 per cent post-consumer recycled content in its PET packaging by 2025.
Researchers hit on possible solution for hard-to-recycle plastics
Researchers from the University of Delaware’s Center for Plastics Innovation have developed a direct method to convert single-use plastic waste into ready-to-use molecules for jet fuels, diesel, and lubricants.
Michelin approves first application of PET enzymatic recycling in car tires
The French tire maker says it has successfully validated the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET plastic waste as a high-tenacity reinforcing fibre in its tires.
Scientists develop easily recyclable biomass-based polymers
Developed by researchers at the Laboratory of Cluster Catalysis at St Petersburg University, Russia, the
synthesized polymers can be used for primary and secondary recycling.
Plastics industry profile: GreenMantra’s Jodie Morgan
The CEO of Ontario-based clean technology leader GreenMantra Technologies discusses her career and some lessons learned.
Canada Plastics Pact gets 13 new partners, names advisory council members
The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), a multi-stakeholder, industry-led,…