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.
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.
Graham Packaging unveils new website and brand identity
The redesign is meant to reflect what the company calls its commitment to “smart, sustainable packaging”.
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.
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.
Wine bottle closures made from recycled ocean plastic
The new closures are the result of a partnership between Guala Closures and Oceanworks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alpla Group unveils world’s first carbon-neutral recycled PET
The production process uses green electricity and offsets unavoidable emissions with carbon certificates.
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.