The retail giant has released a new Charter on Plastics, which it says builds on its 2016 commitment to have 100 per cent recyclable private brand packaging by 2025.
Composed of more than two dozen companies – including some of the world’s largest chemical suppliers – the new Alliance to End Plastic Waste wants to increase its total to $1.5 billion to work on the problem during the next five years.
A new regenerative thermal oxider installed by Ship & Shore Environmental reduces emissions at the company’s Richmond, B.C. plant by more than 90 per cent.
Ben Korving is the winner of the Create Your Canada contest, which allows people to submit ideas for new laws – and his idea was to reduce single-use plastics in food packaging.
In the first phase of the partnership, the companies will start replacing fossil-based ethylene and propylene used in Clariant’s hot-melt adhesives with monomers derived from Neste’s renewable feedstock.
The purchase was made by LCY’s green sciences division, LCY Biotechnology, and includes BioAmber’s shuttered plant Sarnia, Ont.
From bag lady to leading lady: Emmie Leung has risen from driving a rented van for her one-woman curbside recycling company to being the CEO of Emterra Group.
Beginning in early November, United – the third-largest commercial airline in the U.S. – will replace disposable plastic drink stirrers that double as straws and picks with bamboo versions in all of its cabins.
The investment supports Project Stop, a new global initiative to design and implement solutions to reduce marine plastic pollution especially in countries with high leakage of plastics into our oceans.
According to estimates, New Zealand currently uses over 750 million single-use plastic bags per year, which is equivalent to about 150 per person.
As of August 3, large businesses have six months to phase out the use of plastic bags, while smaller ones will be given two years to adopt the new rules.
As part of pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic.
BioAmber filed for bankruptcy in early May, and has been unable to find a buyer for its assets since then.
The company also said that it plans to transition to using refillable in-room amenities in its hotels and on its cruise ships over the next few years; and that it will be reducing the number of plastic shopping bags in its parks as well as on its cruise line.
Adidas currently uses virgin polyester in a wide range of its products, from t-shirts to running shoes.
Starbucks announced on July 9 that it would phase out plastic straws from its stores by 2020. In the past few days, however, several U.S.-based groups have protested the policy, saying it will exclude some people with disabilities.
The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.
The draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products said to make up 70 per cent of all marine litter, including plastic cotton swabs, plates, and swizzle sticks.
The United Kingdom wants to take action to ban plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds, and is urging other Commonwealth nations – including Canada – to follow suit.