Nova joins Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative
The recently-launched Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup Initiative is tackling plastic pollution in the Great Lakes with the largest deployment of Seabin and LittaTrap technology in the world.
U.S. Plastics Pact launched to achieve circular economy for plastics
The collaboration is led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation with the goal of creating a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025.
Backyard compostable straw wins Plastics Industry Association bioplastic award
Said to be the first of its kind, the Phade straws were co-developed by Danimer Scientific and Wincup.
New “super” plastics recycling plant gets $9 million in funding
The investment from Erie Insurance and plastics packaging supplier The Plastek Group will go towards building the $100-million, mega-sized all-plastics recycling facility in Erie, Pa.
“The materials transition” could divert 382 million tonnes of plastic waste by 2040
The plastics industry requires a paradigm shift towards an absolute decoupling of materials consumption from growth of the economy if it is to achieve sustainability targets, according to new research from research firm Wood Mackenzie.
University of Delaware researchers get $11 million grant to study plastic upcycling
The funding is part of a larger U.S. Department of Energy initiative that will see $100 million go to 10 energy frontier research centres to develop the nation’s energy economy.
EU approves tax on nonrecycled plastic waste
The tax is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.
Good Natured Products launches plant-based flexible packaging products
The products are made from 51% plant-based materials derived from rapidly renewable sugarcane and are chemically equivalent to conventional #4 LDPE.
Fresh Attitude salads now sold in 100 per cent recycled plastic packaging
To be manufactured by Canadian packaging supplier Cascades, the recyclable containers will replace containers made from virgin plastic.
SC Johnson rolls out new cleaning bottles made from 100% recycled ocean plastic
The new Mr Muscle Platinum Window & Glass cleaner product is part of SC Johnson’s global partnership with Plastic Bank to reduce plastic waste in the world’s oceans while also helping to alleviate poverty.
New fibreglass-reinforced watches made from ocean plastic waste
The Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic line features a case comprised of 70 per cent plastic debris derived from fishing nets collected in the Indian Ocean, strengthened with 30 per cent fibreglass.
Nova reports progress on its sustainability strategy
Nova’s new 2019 Sustainability Report highlights four areas of the Calgary-based company’s long-term strategy: circular economy, citizenship, climate care, and sustainability in operations.
Canadian small businesses get funding to help reduce plastic pollution in oceans
Four Canadian small businesses will receive grants totalling $2 million from the Canadian government.
Dow, Orrion to build industrial-scale polyurethane recycling plant in France
As part of Dow’s Renuva mattress recycling program, the goal is to take discarded mattress foam and turn it back into raw material (polyol) through chemical recycling.
Plastics Industry Association announces winners of the 2020 Re|focus Leadership and People’s Choice Awards
Recycler PureCycle Technologies accepts the Leadership in Innovation Award and sustainable packaging supplier Accredo Packaging wins the People’s Choice Award.
Scientists discover first known bacterium that can feed on polyurethane
Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Germany have discovered a bacterium that shows potential for recycling polyurethane plastics, which are typically difficult to recycle.
Engel and Austrian packaging companies team up to found “Packaging with a Future” platform
The platform is intended to improve public awareness in the meaningful use of packaging.
Turning waste PET into battery components
Researchers at Purdue University are using an ultrafast microwave irradiation process to turn PET flakes into disodium terephthalate, and use that as battery anode material.
Pyrowave closes second investment round for plastic waste technology
The investment marks the first step towards bringing the Montreal-based cleantech startup’s modular technology to market and provide a scalable, viable and sustainable way to recycle plastic waste.
Ineos, Plastic Energy to build pyrolysis-based chemical recycling plant
Multiple Ineos sites will use the new recycled raw material to manufacture virgin plastic for different applications, including medical products, food packaging, lightweight automotive parts and pipes for safe water transportation.
NatureWorks donates enough biopolymer to fashion 10 million N-95 masks
The biopolymer supplier has donated the Ingeo biopolymer needed to produce as many as two million reusable N95 masks per week from a new spunbond nonwoven structure.
Nexeo Plastics and BioLogiQ sign distribution agreement for North America
Nexeo is now distributing BioLogiQ’s BioBlend family of materials in Canada and the U.S.
Wales announces plan to ban single-use plastics
Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks are among the items set to be outlawed in the UK country from 2021, or subject to sales restrictions.
Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resin
Using waste cooking oil has significant potential, the researchers say: it’s cheaper to make and the plastics made from it can break down naturally compared to conventional 3D printing resins.
“Superworms” that eat polystyrene might help plastic pollution problem
Researchers in Beijing have discovered that scavenger worms will eat Styrofoam, which is one of the most difficult plastic materials to biodegrade.
Good Natured Products buys Shepherd Thermoforming & Packaging
The $9.5 million acquisition includes all of Shepherd Thermoforming’s assets, including machinery, molds, and a 42,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Brampton, Ont.
Lloyd’s Register joins 3R anti-plastic waste initiative
The 3R initiative brings together food businesses, industry experts, and NGOs to develop, test and implement three solutions designed to recover, reduce, and recycle plastic waste more effectively.
New Jersey legislators vote to ban single-use plastic bags
But the legislation still needs the New Jersey state Assembly to pass its own version of the law and have Democrat governor Philip Murphy sign it before it’s enacted.
Clariant partners with Montreal firm to convert ocean-bound plastics into flame retardants
The collaboration between Clariant and sustainable resin supplier Lavergne is developing flame-retardant polyester compounds targeted to electric and electronic applications such as laptop parts.
Restaurant giant Yum Brands to phase out EPS packaging by 2022
After being lobbied by a non-profit organization, Yum Brands – which owns the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken global restaurant chains – has also committed to making all of its packaging fully compostable or reusable by 2025.
Quebec unveils recycling program that targets producers
Under the new plan, producers of containers, packaging, and printed matter – including plastics – will be responsible for a product throughout its entire life cycle. They will be in charge of the recovery, sorting, packaging, and recycling of their products.
Canadian government awards $3 million to three firms to cut plastic food, construction waste
The three companies are Montreal-based research and development firm Axipolymer Inc., Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology supplier GreenMantra Technologies, and Calgary-based construction technologies supplier MgO Systems.