Industry group commits $1 billion to end plastic wasteby Canadian Plastics
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.
Flexible packager TC Transcontinental improves air quality with oxidizerby Canadian Plastics
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.
Contest winner’s idea to ban single-use plastics will become private member’s bill in Ottawaby Canadian Plastics
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.
Clariant partners with Neste to replace fossil-based polymersby Canadian Plastics
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.
LCY Chemical buys assets of Montreal’s BioAmber Inc.by Canadian Plastics
The purchase was made by LCY’s green sciences division, LCY Biotechnology, and includes BioAmber’s shuttered plant Sarnia, Ont.
EMMIE LEUNG: CPIA’s Leader of the Yearby Canadian Plastics
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.
United Airlines ditches plastic straws, cocktail picksby Canadian Plastics
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.
Nova Chemicals investing $2 million to reduce plastic debris in oceansby Canadian Plastics
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.
New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bagsby Canadian Plastics
According to estimates, New Zealand currently uses over 750 million single-use plastic bags per year, which is equivalent to about 150 per person.
Chile bans businesses from using plastic bagsby Canadian Plastics
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.
France to penalize use of non-recycled plasticby Canadian Plastics
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.
Montreal-based sustainable chemicals maker BioAmber plans to liquidateby Canadian Plastics
BioAmber filed for bankruptcy in early May, and has been unable to find a buyer for its assets since then.
Walt Disney Co. plans to eliminate plastic straws by mid-2019by Canadian Plastics
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 plans to use only recycled plastic by 2024by Canadian Plastics
Adidas currently uses virgin polyester in a wide range of its products, from t-shirts to running shoes.
Starbucks proposed plastic straw ban draws fire from disability rights groupsby Canadian Plastics
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.
Plastic straw bans are taking off in Canadaby Canadian Plastics
EU plastics industry criticizes proposal to ban single-use plasticsby Canadian Plastics
The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.
EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutleryby Canadian Plastics
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.
Britain considers banning plastic straws, wants Canada to do the sameby Canadian Plastics
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.
Lego to use bio-based plastics in its toy blocksby Canadian Plastics
Toy construction block maker Lego is replacing ABS with sugar cane-based polyethylene in part of the toy sets it manufactures.