Canadian Plastics


March 1, 2021  

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.

February 26, 2021  

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.

February 10, 2021  

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.

February 1, 2021  

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.

February 1, 2021  

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.

January 28, 2021  

Canada plastic pact launched to improve recycling, composting rate

Made up from more than 40 companies, the pact aims to recycle or compost 50 per cent of Canada’s plastic packaging by 2025.

January 27, 2021  

Graham Packaging unveils new website and brand identity

The redesign is meant to reflect what the company calls its commitment to “smart, sustainable packaging”.

January 26, 2021  

Shell invests in Quebec’s first waste to low-carbon fuel plant

The approximately $875 million Varennes Carbon Recycling project was first announced by Canadian clean tech company Enerkem in December 2020.

January 18, 2021  

Scientists make sustainable polymer from sugars in wood

The researchers from Bath’s Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies in the UK have made a sustainable polymer using the second most abundant sugar in nature, xylose.

January 11, 2021  

Wine bottle closures made from recycled ocean plastic

The new closures are the result of a partnership between Guala Closures and Oceanworks.

January 4, 2021  

Single-use plastics ban takes effect in Mexico City

After more than a year of preparation, the ban on single-use containers, forks, straws and other common items took effect on Jan. 1.

December 18, 2020  

Plastics Industry Association, LyondellBasell collaborate on first paving project using recycled plastic

The project used the equivalent of 71,000 plastic retail bags to pave 2,885 square yards of the LyondellBasell Cincinnati Technology Center parking lot in Ohio.

December 16, 2020  

Making bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater

Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered a salt-tolerant bacteria with an appetite for sludge that can make biodegradable plastics.

December 10, 2020  

Struktol achieves a silver sustainability rating with EcoVadis

The rating focuses on 21 issues, which are grouped into four themes: environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement.

November 30, 2020  

Researchers combine AI-guided robots and chemical recycling to address plastic pollution crisis

Researchers at the University at Buffalo are using a robotic sorting system as a key component in developing a novel set of tools that aim to reduce plastic waste.

November 30, 2020  

DSM and Neste partner to create high-performance materials from sustainable feedstock

The collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil feedstock in the production of polymers with bio-based and waste plastic-based hydrocarbons.

November 13, 2020  

AmSty and Agilyx complete certified circular recycling pathway for polystyrene

The two companies’ joint venture facility in Tigard, Oregon has received ISCC PLUS certification for the complete pathway from waste aggregation to new polystyrene production.

November 4, 2020  

Bioplastics no safer than other plastics, study says

The study, produced by German and Norwegian researchers, concludes that bioplastics contain substances that are just as toxic as those in ordinary plastics.

October 28, 2020  

New sunglasses made from certified ocean plastic

Offered by The Ocean Cleanup organization, the sunglasses are made from plastics recovered from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

October 27, 2020  

Burger King partners with TerraCycle to test reusable packaging

The trial will give customers the option of having their hamburgers and drinks packaged in reusable containers that are brought back to the store, where they will be cleaned and readied for reuse.

October 22, 2020  

Bacardi to adopt 100 per cent biodegradable PHA bottle

Petroleum-based plastics used by Bacardi today will be replaced by Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA, a biopolymer which derives from the natural oils of plant seeds such as palm, canola, and soy.

October 19, 2020  

Bioplastics will need significant government intervention to realize full potential, report says

In order to achieve the scale needed to play a meaningful role, the report from Wood Mackenzie says, the bioplastics industry will require significant regulatory interventions from governments and substantial cost efficiencies as technologies mature and scale.

October 18, 2020  

Braskem partners to remove household plastic waste from landfill in Greater São Paulo

Braskem and environmental engineering firm Tecipar plan to recover about 2,000 tons of plastic waste annually from Santana do Parnaíba, a city in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil.

October 14, 2020  

Alpla Group unveils world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET

The production process uses green electricity and offsets unavoidable emissions with carbon certificates.

October 12, 2020  

New project to build lightweight car from recycled PET composite material

The project involved using more than 20 square meters of recycled PET honeycomb cores.

October 6, 2020  

Bioplastics maker Danimer merging with Live Oak Acquisitions, going public

The Georgia-based bioplastics maker’s agreement with Live Oak Acquisition Corp. will result in its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

October 5, 2020  

Plastic-eating enzyme “cocktail” offers new hope for plastic waste

The same team of UK researchers who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme “cocktail’ which can digest plastic up to six times faster.

October 1, 2020  

Borealis, Borouge and Itochu collaborate to target Japan’s bio-PP market

The collaboration is designed to enable uptake of renewable polypropylene in the Japanese market.

September 30, 2020  

Plastic-eating, silk-producing bacteria could be a new ally in the fight against waste

Researchers in New York are genetically engineering a microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative.

September 25, 2020  

Corbion and Total to build first world-scale PLA plant in Europe

The new plant is planned to be located in Grandpuits, France and to be operational in 2024 with projected annual capacity of 100,000 tons per year.

September 25, 2020  

Borealis receives European Investment Bank loan for development of circular economy solutions

The EIB grant of 250 million euros will be used to further Borealis’ research, development, and innovation program.

September 23, 2020  

NatureWorks to expand PLA capacity at Nebraska manufacturing plant

The manufacturing upgrades increase NatureWorks’ responsiveness to changing market dynamics and high demand for its Ingeo biomaterials.