LyondellBasell introduces family of bio-based polyolefins
The material supplier’s collaboration with Neste marks the first time bio-based PP and bio-based LPDE were produced simultaneously at commercial scale.
Consumer goods giant Unilever vows to halve virgin plastics use by 2025
The business, whose brands include Dove, Ben & Jerry’s and Lipton, said it would achieve this by cutting its “absolute use of plastic packaging” by over 100,000 tonnes and “accelerating its use of recycled plastic.”
Bio-based TPUs from Merquinsa
The Spain-based material supplier has expanded its range of bio-based TPUs with new grades ranging from 85 Shore A to 60 Shore D.
Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study says
A new study involving a Canadian researcher suggests that Chinese merchant ships – and not land-based sources – might be the leading cause of ocean plastic waste.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste partnering with Project STOP
The two organizations are joining forces to help tackle plastic waste in the environment in Indonesia.
California lawmakers fail to pass bills to phase out single-use plastics
The two bills, SB 54 and companion legislation AB 1080, sought to eliminate 75 per cent of single-use containers in the state by 2030.
Nova Chemicals just got even more sustainable
With the new position of director of sustainability filled by Sarah Marshall, the Calgary-based polyethylene resin maker is walking the walk when it comes to advancing the circular economy.
Alliance to End Plastic Waste names former UN Environment official as first president, CEO
Jaboc Duer will join the not-for-profit group Oct. 1 after most recently serving as director for the United Nations Environment Program.
McDonald’s new paper straws aren’t recyclable, company admits
The fast food company switched its straws from plastic to paper in June 2018, but says the new straws are too thick to recycle.
Holiday Inn owner InterContinental hotels ditching plastic mini shampoo bottles
Hotel company InterContinental Group (IHG), which owns Holiday Inn,…
Building schoolrooms from plastic waste in West Africa
Conceptos Plasticos, a Colombian non-profit group, has partnered with UNICEF to collect plastic waste in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire and turn it into modular plastic bricks to build classrooms.
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo are leaving Plastics Industry Association
Facing mounting pressure over contributions to plastic pollution, the two beverage giants are cutting ties this year with the U.S.-based plastics trade association.
Petro-Canada gets funding for cross-country electric vehicle fast-charging network
The federal government is awarding Petro-Canada $4.6 million to build 92 electric vehicle fast chargers, with the first completed station being in Stewiacke, N.S.
in its coast-to-coast network.
KFC Canada to phase out plastic straws and bags this year
By October 2019, plastic straws and plastic bags will no longer be used or provided at any KFC restaurant locations across Canada.
Sidel joins Ellen MacArthur’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment
This worldwide initiative was launched in 2018 with the goal of addressing the plastic waste and pollution crisis at its source and keeping plastics within the economy.
Improving Canada’s plastics recycling rate will take “radical changes”: report
The report from Deloitte and ChemInfo Services shows that Canada’s plastics manufacturing sector is far larger than its recycling industry.
PET recycler Loop Industries gets $35 million in backing from Canadian billionaire
The buyer of Montreal-based Loop’s stock, Northern Private Capital, is the exclusive investment vehicle of CFFI Ventures, a company wholly owned by billionaire entrepreneur John Risley.
GreenMantra Technologies: Waste not, want not
By transforming post-consumer plastics into value-added polymers and waxes, this Brantford, Ont.-based clean technology company is offering processors a whole new world of specialty materials.
Graham Packaging commits to 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by 2025
The Lancaster, Pa.-based designer and molder of blow molded plastic containers recently signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.
Mexico City passes ban on plastic bags, single-use utensils
Set to come into force in December 2020 or January 2021, the ban will include such articles as non-biodegradable plastic bags, straws, cutlery, cups, and coffee capsules.
187 countries agree to restrict global plastic waste trade
Under this new United Nations agreement, any country that wants to send shipments of plastic waste would have to get approval from the prospect recipient country’s government first, giving them the right to refuse the plastic waste.
Small towns on Vancouver Island may be first in B.C. to ban plastic straws
If passed, the joint bylaw for Tofino and Ucluelet would make it illegal for businesses in the area to dispense plastic drinking straws and plastic straws to customers.
Beverage and beauty product suppliers aim to change PET plastic recycling
Beverage makers Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have announced a major partnership with Carbios, a bio-industrial solutions company, and beauty leader L’Oréal aimed at advancing the circular economy.
Thousands sign petition to bring back McDonald’s plastic straws in U.K.
A petition on the survey site 38 Degrees urges the restaurant chain to return to plastic straws.
Emterra Group named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers
For the fourth year in a row, the Burlington, Ont.-based waste management firm has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers.
Vancouver may delay plastic straw ban until 2020
City staff say they need more time to consult with businesses and persons with disabilities before enacting the ban.
German EU candidate proposes global ban on single-use plastics
Banning single-use plastics in the EU “is not enough” says Manfred Weber, Germany’s conservative candidate for the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.
98% of European plastics production covered by Operation Clean Sweep
The international program is designed to prevent plastic pellets, flakes, and powder from being lost from factory floors and winding up in lakes and oceans.
Engel signs plastics economy global commitment
The injection molding machine maker has become one of the first machinery suppliers to sign onto the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Newfoundland and Labrador seeking public input on possible plastic bag ban
The province has established a survey asking residents and others about their opinions on the possibility of banning single-use retail plastic bags.
Ontario government weighs ban on single-use plastics
In a new discussion paper, the Province is asking the public for input on how to reduce litter and waste.
Walmart Canada announces new plastic waste reduction plan
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.