January 24, 2019 News

Walmart Canada announces new plastic waste reduction plan

by Canadian Plastics

The retail giant has released a new Charter on Plastics, which it says builds on its 2016 commitment to have 100 per cent recyclable private brand packaging by 2025.

January 16, 2019 News

Industry group commits $1 billion to end plastic waste

by 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.

January 3, 2019 News

Flexible packager TC Transcontinental improves air quality with oxidizer

by 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.

December 12, 2018 News

Contest winner’s idea to ban single-use plastics will become private member’s bill in Ottawa

by 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.

November 7, 2018 News

Clariant partners with Neste to replace fossil-based polymers

by 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.

November 1, 2018 News

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.

October 24, 2018 Feature

EMMIE LEUNG: CPIA’s Leader of the Year

by 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.

September 9, 2018 News

United Airlines ditches plastic straws, cocktail picks

by 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.

August 29, 2018 News

Nova Chemicals investing $2 million to reduce plastic debris in oceans

by 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.

August 15, 2018 News

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

by 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.

August 15, 2018 News

Chile bans businesses from using plastic bags

by 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.

August 12, 2018 News

France to penalize use of non-recycled plastic

by 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.

August 1, 2018 News

Montreal-based sustainable chemicals maker BioAmber plans to liquidate

by Canadian Plastics

BioAmber filed for bankruptcy in early May, and has been unable to find a buyer for its assets since then.

July 26, 2018 News

Walt Disney Co. plans to eliminate plastic straws by mid-2019

by 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.

July 17, 2018 News

Adidas plans to use only recycled plastic by 2024

by Canadian Plastics

Adidas currently uses virgin polyester in a wide range of its products, from t-shirts to running shoes.

July 16, 2018 News

Starbucks proposed plastic straw ban draws fire from disability rights groups

by 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.

June 28, 2018 CanPlastics TV

Plastic straw bans are taking off in Canada

by Canadian Plastics
May 30, 2018 News

EU plastics industry criticizes proposal to ban single-use plastics

by Canadian Plastics

The European Plastics Converters association and the European Bioplastics trade association are both speaking out against the EU’s proposed ban.

May 28, 2018 News

EU proposes ban on plastic straws, cutlery

by 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.

April 23, 2018 News

Britain considers banning plastic straws, wants Canada to do the same

by 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.