ABB and Zume partner on new sustainable packaging application
ABB is providing robots that will enable Zume’s production of bio-based packaging on a global scale, helping to reduce reliance on single-use plastics.
Plastics recycler Pyrowave receives $7-million credit facility from Que. government
The Pyrowave technology platform uses microwaves to manufacture chemicals more efficiently and with a lower carbon release than traditional processes.
Ontario firms Aduro, Switch Energy partner to recycle agricultural plastics
The companies are in discussions about building a pilot plant in Sarnia to recover polyethylene and polypropylene used in agriculture.
Coca‑Cola unveils first 100 per cent plant-based plastic beverage bottle
A limited run of approximately 900 of the prototype bottles have been produced.
Tupperware designs reusable meal packaging for Tim Hortons
The pilot program using the Loop reusable packaging concept gets a trial run at select Tim Hortons locations in Burlington, Ont.
Canada Plastic Pact releases new ‘Roadmap to 2025’ action plan
The plan focuses on three strategic priorities to improve plastics recycling and move Canada towards a circular economy by 2025.
Berry, LyondellBasell help Wendy’s improve plastic cup recyclability
Berry will produce all-plastic cups for the restaurant chain, using recycled material supplied by LyondellBasell and other suppliers.
Neste, Ravago partner to build chemical plant in the Netherlands
When completed, the plant in Vlissingen will have an annual processing capacity of about 55,000 tons of mixed plastic waste.
The plastic recycling system is broken – here’s how we can fix it
There needs to be significant changes in regulations to ensure that companies make the effort to recycle where possible, as well as incentives to achieve recycling targets and establish plants.
Self-destructing plastic wins design contest award
The technology involves embedding polyester-eating enzymes in the plastic that, once triggered, cause it to completely degrade in days.
Dow plans to build new ethylene and derivatives complex in Alberta
The investment would more than triple Dow’s ethylene and PE capacity from its Fort Saskatchewan site while retrofitting the entire site to net-zero scope 1 and 2 carbon dioxide emissions.
Ontario recycler EFS-plastics acquires blow molder Exi-Plast
The deal is prompted by policy and industry commitments to the Canadian circular economy, EFS officials say.
DL Chemical buying specialty polymer maker Kraton for $2.5 billion
Headquartered in Houston, Kraton produces resins and bio-based products derived from pine wood pulping co-products.
The Circular Plastics Taskforce completes Phase I of its initiative to support a circular economy for plastics
The goal of Phase I was to conduct a detailed mapping of the value chain of the plastics recycling industry in Quebec, to determine market needs and to establish optimization hypotheses.
Cargill buying Arkema’s epoxides business
The acquisition aims to boost Cargill’s ability to supply bio-based solutions for plastics, automotive, and other industries.
Microsoft, Sabic partner on new mouse with 20 per cent recycled ocean plastic shell
The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is Microsoft’s first product made with recycled ocean plastic.
McDonald’s ‘drastically reducing’ virgin plastics used in Happy Meal toys
The company plans to complete its global transition to more sustainable materials for Happy Meal toys by the end of 2025.
Citizen science could help address Canada’s plastic pollution problem
Citizen scientists require relatively little scientific training and can provide scientifically valuable data on plastic pollution of marine ecosystems.
Good Natured Products helps two food suppliers minimize environmental impact
The food producers are introducing new crops and next-gen sustainable agriculture practices that are easier on the planet than some traditional growing methods.
Sumitomo introduces Meguri brand sustainable resins
The brand comprises materials that include PMMA, PE and PP produced by advanced recycling technologies.
Genomatica and lululemon collaborate to develop plant-based nylon for apparels
Nylon is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.
Braskem and SCG Chemicals sign MoU to produce green polyethylene
If the feasibility studies are approved, a joint production facility would be located in Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand.
Royal DSM announces 2030 emissions reduction target
The chemical supplier plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 50 per cent by 2030.
Global EV sales to reach 5.3 million units in 2021: Frost & Sullivan
Intensifying electrification and fuel economy targets are set to propel EV market growth, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report.
India to ban many single-use plastics by July 2022
The ban will include foodservice items such as plates, cups, straws, trays, and cutlery.
Cascades launching 100% recycled packaging for its Fluff & Tuff product line
The new packaging for the bathroom tissue brand is also recyclable.
Canada Plastics Pact adds 12 new partners
The new partners join the organization as it begins to take big steps towards its 2025 targets.
Using recycled PET bottles in tire production, the Continental way
The German tire maker will start using reprocessed polyester obtained from recycled plastic bottles in its tire production as of 2022 completely replacing conventional polyester.
Good Natured Products expands its line of plant-based kitchen products
The launch highlight’s the Vancouver company’s diversification into a range of plant-based materials including fiber and flexible film.
Nova names Sarah Marshall as new VP of sustainability
The role underscores the Calgary-based firm’s long-term environment, social and governance strategy.
NatureWorks authorized to build $600 million manufacturing plant in Thailand
The complex in Nakhon Sawan Provincewill include production sites for lactic acid, lactide, and polymer.
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.