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.
Sidel sets carbon reduction targets
The packaging equipment supplier is also launching a new external communication campaign centered around sustainability.
Indorama Ventures acquires CarbonLite’s Texas PET recycling facility
The Dallas site will be known as Indorama Ventures Sustainable Recycling.
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%.
Federal government invests $7.5 million for automobility accelerator in Windsor-Essex
The non-repayable funding from FedDev Ontario will go to Invest WindsorEssex to support the development of secure, zero-emissions vehicles technologies.
HelloFresh will reduce ocean-bound plastic pollution by 1.6 million pounds over the next three years
The global meal kit provider is partnering with plastic waste collection firm Plastic Bank to set up three plastic collection centres in Indonesia.
New project aims to develop standardized methodology to analyze microplastics
The goal is to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.
Compostable, microwavable plant-based packaging addresses Canada’s proposed single-use plastics ban
Just ahead of the proposed ban, Vancouver-based bioplastics maker Good Natured Products is introducing compostable microwavable to-go containers.
Pipe supplier Soleno buys Plastiques VPC
The deal moves New Brunswick-based Soleno further into the the plastics recycling industry.
Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup launches new campaign to prevent plastic pollution
The “Little Bits, Big Problem” initiative encourages Canadians to help stop buildup of plastic in the waterways.
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.
A faster way to degrade compostable plastics using water and heat
University of California, Berkeley, scientists have invented a way to make compostable plastics break down more easily, with just heat and water, within a few weeks.
Magna commits to carbon neutrality in global operations by 2030
The auto parts maker has also signed on as a founding sponsor of XPrize Abundant Energy Alliance.
Tissue maker Kruger Products joins Canada Plastics Pact
Kruger has a 10-year sustainability strategy that includes the target of reducing the virgin plastic in its trademark branded packaging by 50 per cent by 2030.
NatureWorks and IMA partner to advance the compostable coffee pods market
The multi-year partnership is designed to accelerate the availability of a turn-key solution for K-Cup compatible compostable coffee pods in North America.
Advil to reduce plastic in over 80 million bottles by 20%
The initiative will draw on a new barrier resin technology that reduces the amount of resin required to mold and craft the bottles, while maintaining the same barrier protection properties.
Canadian government invests in five projects to reduce plastic waste
The projects will receive a total of $1.3 million.
Canada Plastics Pact gets 13 new partners, names advisory council members
The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), a multi-stakeholder, industry-led,…
Discovered! Microbes that eat PET water bottles
Researchers at Reed College in Oregon are growing colonies of bacteria that break down the notoriously resilient PET.
Organization formed to combat Great Lakes plastic pollution
Chemical maker Dow is one of several industry firms involved in the new Circular Great Lakes, a five-year initiative for tackling plastics pollution plan in the Great Lakes.
Clariant and India Glycols partner to tap into green renewables megatrend
The two chemical makers have established a joint venture in renewable ethylene oxide derivatives.
NextChem and Agilyx sign global chemical recycling deal
The deal uses Agilyx’s advanced pyrolysis technology to convert mixed waste plastic into circular olefins and fuels.
Unilever NA invests $15 million in plastic recycling initiative
The investment is part of the consumer goods maker’s plan to collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells by 2025.
GreenMantra Technologies announces exclusive distribution deal with Harke Group
Harke Group will distribute GreenMantra’s synthetic waxes and specialty polymers in Europe and the UK.
Back to Earth 2.0
A new generation of made-in-Canada compostable straws is about as sustainable as you can get.
British Columbia scientists use new bioplastic to make fully compostable coffee pod
Called the Nexe pod, the pods compost completely in as little as 35 days in industrial compost.
Braskem invests $61 million to increase biopolymer production in Brazil
Production at the company’s Rio Grande do Sul facility will be increased from 200 to 260 kilotonnes per year by the end of 2022.
Coca-Cola unveils 100 per cent recycled PET bottles in U.S.
The beverage giant’s rPET innovations span its product portfolio and include multiple brands and packaging sizes.
This non-toxic biodegradable plastic film is based on seaweed
Developed at India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology, the films will safely break down in the environment without leaving any toxicity.
Eastman to build massive molecular recycling plant in Tennessee
The plant, to be built in Kingsport and be mechanically complete by the end of 2022, will use methanolysis to convert polyester waste that often ends up in landfills and waterways into durable products.