Canadian Plastics


October 21, 2019  

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.

October 20, 2019  

Husky commits to sustainable packaging

The Canadian injection molding equipment maker has also signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment.

October 19, 2019  

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.

October 19, 2019  

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.

October 18, 2019  

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.

October 17, 2019  

Sustainable polymers for packaging applications

Sabic has developed four new circular solutions for packaging which are being highlighted at the K 2019 trade show.

October 16, 2019  

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.

October 13, 2019  

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.

October 7, 2019  

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.”

October 5, 2019  

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.

October 2, 2019  

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.

September 23, 2019  

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.

September 18, 2019  

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.

September 12, 2019  

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.

August 22, 2019  

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.

August 8, 2019  

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.

July 31, 2019  

Holiday Inn owner InterContinental hotels ditching plastic mini shampoo bottles

Hotel company InterContinental Group (IHG), which owns Holiday Inn,

July 30, 2019  

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.

July 26, 2019  

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.

July 17, 2019  

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.

July 16, 2019  

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.

July 13, 2019  

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.

June 7, 2019  

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.

June 3, 2019  

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.

May 28, 2019  

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.

May 22, 2019  

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.

May 14, 2019  

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.

May 11, 2019  

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.

May 6, 2019  

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.

April 29, 2019  

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.

April 25, 2019  

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.

April 24, 2019  

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.