September 4, 2011 News

Novamont, Genomatica forming European JV for bioplastics

by Canadian Plastics

Italy-based Bioplastics producer Novamont has signed a letter of intent to set up a European joint venture with chemical developer Genomatica.

August 21, 2011 News

B.C. grocery chain bringing back plastic bags

by Canadian Plastics

Reversing a 2009 decision to stop offering single-use plastic carryout bags at its 26 stores, British Columbia grocery chain Thrifty Foods has now rolled out a pilot project to bring them back.

August 19, 2011 News

SPI reappoints plastics recycler to handle NPE 2012 scrap

by Canadian Plastics

Once again, an Illinois-based recycler has landed the job of recycling all of the plastic scrap generated at next year’s NPE 2012 trade show in Orlando.

July 27, 2011 News

Canadian beauty product maker partners with TerraCycle to turn PET waste into playgrounds

by Canadian Plastics

Garnier Canada, a brand owned by personal care and beauty product maker L’Oreal, has entered into an exclusive partnership with waste recycling expert TerraCycle to recycle PET packaging.

July 20, 2011 News

Dow teams up with Mitsui for large-scale biopolymers project

by Canadian Plastics

The Dow Chemical Co. has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Tokyo-based investment firm Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to produce sugarcane ethanol and renewable biopolymers at a facility in Santa Vitoria, Brazil.

July 15, 2011 News

Canadian renewable nanomaterial joint venture gets a name

by Canadian Plastics

A joint venture between Domtar and FPInnovations to manufacture a strengthening agent extracted from trees now has a name: CelluForce.

June 28, 2011 News

European PVC industry meets ten-year targets on sustainable development: report

by Canadian Plastics

The European PVC industry has met the goals of “Vinyl 2010”, a ten-year voluntary program launched in 2000 to enhance the sustainable production and use of PVC.

June 27, 2011 News

CPIA hands out 2011 awards during Plast-Ex

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) spotlighted a series of some sustainable initiatives, from closed-loop bottle recycling to new green chemistry, at its 2011 Plastics Industry Awards event.

June 24, 2011 News

CPIA partnership brings resin pellet handling program to Canada

by Canadian Plastics

A U.S.-based initiative to keep resins out of waterways and storm sewers is coming to Canada.

April 11, 2011 News

Former CPIA leader Mark Badger heading new green solutions spinoff

by Canadian Plastics

Mark Badger, the former head of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, is playing a key role in a new spinoff company that specializes in the design and operation of customized green chemical process technologies.

April 9, 2011 News

Bayer joins sustainable alliance organization

by Canadian Plastics

Bayer MaterialScience LLC (BMS) has joined the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments (ASBE), a group of industry leaders dedicated to promoting green sustainability.

April 8, 2011 News

Philippines ponders plastic bag ban

by Canadian Plastics

A senator in the Philippines is trying to implement a country-wide ban on plastic bags.

March 14, 2011 News

New packaging advocacy group formed

by Canadian Plastics

There’s a new plastics packaging advocacy association in the U.S., formed by 10 major American corporations.

March 10, 2011 News

Water bottler opens new closed-loop facility in Ontario

by Canadian Plastics

Bottled water producer Ice River Springs has completed converting an industrial building in Shelburne, Ont. into a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling plant, said to be the first to self-manufacture its own resin and produce plastic…

February 18, 2011 News

Bayer starts pilot plant for plastic manufacturing with CO2

by Canadian Plastics

Chemical maker Bayer AG has brought a new plant on stream in a trial project designed to high-quality plastics with the help of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the energy sector.

February 4, 2011 News

Metabolix gets R&D funding in Saskatchewan

by Canadian Plastics

Metabolix Inc., a bioscience company that develops clean, sustainable solutions for the plastics industry, has been awarded $203,000 in research funding by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture to develop oilseed crops, specifically Camelina…

January 27, 2011 News

Quebec PET recycler to produce food-grade resin

by Canadian Plastics

Joliette, Que.-based PET recycler Plastrec Inc. has announced plans to begin production of food-grade PET resin.

January 20, 2011 News

Bioplastics maker Novamont creates North American unit

by Canadian Plastics

In a move designed to expand its North American presence, Italian bioplastics manufacturer Novamont S.p.A has opened a new company, Novamont North America, Inc. headquartered in Danbury, Conn.

January 5, 2011 News

Italy bans plastic bags

by Canadian Plastics

As of Jan. 1, Italy became the first European nation to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags nationwide.

January 1, 2011 News

Cereplast contest seeks new bioplastics symbol in U.S.

by Canadian Plastics

Bioplastics producer Cereplast, Inc. is launching a design competition in the U.S. aimed to develop a symbol to indicate that a product is made from “green,” bio-based material, not petroleum-based material.