Bill targets single-use plastics in U.S.
Federal Democrat lawmakers in the U.S. have introduced a bill that seeks to ban many single-use plastics items and also make companies responsible for plastic waste.
U.S. plastic bag manufacturers want 95 per cent of plastic retail bags to be reused or recycled by 2025
The American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, which made the pledge, also wants all bags to have 25 per cent recycled content by 2025.
Canada’s first contact lens recycling program kicks off
Created by eye care specialist Bausch + Lomb and recycler TerraCycle, contact lens wearers can now recycle their lenses and blister packs.
Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles
Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.
Dow to start using recycled plastics from waste specialist Avangard Innovative
The chemical maker will combine its virgin polyethylene resins with Avangard’s pellets made from post-consumer resin plastic film.
Starbucks plans to move away from single-use packaging
In a public letter from its CEO, the coffee chain said it wants to shift away from single-use packaging to reusable cups and utensils.
China moves to phase out single-use plastics
A new directive from the National Development and Reform Commission and the Environment Ministry outlines how Beijing hopes to cut plastic waste by 30 per cent in five years, banning single use plastic bags and straws.
Nestlé pledges to spend billions on recycled packaging
The food and beverage giant, which packages most of its food and bottles with plastic, wants to cut its use of virgin plastics by one-third by 2025.
Berry Plastics to expand its capacity for sustainable, breathable films in North America
The Indiana-based rigid and flexible packaging supplier will invest US$20 million to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform.
Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts
Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.
Mattel aims for 100 per cent recycled, recyclable or bio-based plastic by 2030
The toy maker said it will start by debuting an environmentally sustainable version of its famous Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack baby toy by June 2020.
U.S. recycled less plastic in 2017, EPA says
The U.S. plastics recycling rate fell to its lowest level in half a decade, according to new figures from the agency.
Project STOP wins oil and gas industry award
Co-founded by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ in 2017, the Project STOP initiative partners with cities to stop plastic waste leaking into the ocean.
Constantia Flexibles opens 100% sustainable flexible packaging plant in India
Located in Ahmedabad, the plant is said to be the world’s first facility designed to produce more sustainable and recyclable flexible packaging only.
Nova becomes first Canadian-based company to participate in Operation Clean Sweep Blue
OCS Blue is an international product stewardship program aimed at the prevention of plastic pellet, flake, and powder leakage to the environment.
ExxonMobile, W&H demonstrate new collation shrink film
The companies used the K 2019 show to demonstrate a 40-micron, five-layer polyolefin dedicated collation shrink film, which included 30 per cent recycled polyethylene.
New zero waste solution for coffee capsules
The GEA capsules are suitable for Nespresso, Lavazza Blue, and Keurig systems, and are made with Ingeo, a renewably sourced biomaterial from NatureWorks.
Borealis becomes a Core Partner of the New Plastics Economy
A global initiative led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the New Plastics Economy unites a range of stakeholders to bring about a circular economy for plastics.
Avery Dennison wins 2019 Innovations in Sustainability Award
The Sourcing Industry Group recognizes the company along with EcoVadis for scaling its sustainability risk and improvement program across a global supply base.
Fiji Water commits to 100 per cent recycled PET water bottles by 2025
The company, said to be the No. 1 importer of premium bottled water in the U.S., also plans to have 20 per cent rPET in bottles next year.
Braskem moves deeper into recycling with new polypropylene pellets
Feedstock for Braskem’s new 100 per cent recycled “I’m green” PP is derived from polypropylene twine typically used for hay bales in the agricultural sector.
Coca-Cola develops bottle made from recycled ocean plastics
About 300 sample PET bottles have been produced using 25 per cent recycled marine plastic, retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beaches.
Domo, Circularise and Covestro partner on full plastics traceability
The newly formed Circularise Plastics project group aims to set up an open standard for sustainability and transparency in the plastics industry.
Ampacet focuses on sustainability with new initiatives, global teams
The masterbatch supplier has launched an initiative that includes sustainable masterbatch and additive products, participation in global sustainability programs, and collaboration on recycling and conservation projects.
Ascend showcases sustainability efforts at K 2019
The company’s three-part strategy focuses its people, products and plants toward creating solutions that reduce emissions, waste and water use; providing careers that grow and support families; and fostering vibrant, prosperous communities.
Baerlocher unveils stabilization technologies that address sustainability trends at K 2019
New materials can expand the use of recycled plastic to satisfy stricter regulatory requirements and corporate mandates.
Husky commits to sustainable packaging
The Canadian injection molding equipment maker has also signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
New additive enables recyclability of plastic waste without losing material’s valuable properties
Clariant’s AddWorks PKG 906 Circle polymer stabilizer can increase the reuse content of post-production waste in film by as much as 30 per cent.
Smells like progress: Making sustainable polymers from fragrant molecules
British researchers have developed a technique for extracting molecules found in the essential oils of a wide variety of plants to produce organic polymers to replace plastics made from petrochemicals.
Sabic introduces polycarbonate based on certified renewable feedstock
Unveiled at K 2019, the material has the potential to reduce both CO2 emissions and the use of fossil feedstock during production.
Sustainable polymers for packaging applications
Sabic has developed four new circular solutions for packaging which are being highlighted at the K 2019 trade show.
DSM to introduce sustainable alternatives for its entire engineering plastics portfolio
As an immediate step, DSM launched bio-based grades of its Arnitel and Stanyl product portfolio at the K 2019 trade show.