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14 Nov 2018 --- A London supermarket has become one of the first in the world to introduce a dedicated Plastic Free Zone. In collaboration with A Plastic Planet, Thornton’s Budgens store in Camden’s Belsize Park took only 10 weeks to accumulate more than 1,700 plastic-free products, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to wild game meat including squirrel and wild boar. A range of plastic-alternative materials including beechwood nets, pulp, paper, metal, glass, cellulose and carton board are being used to package the products. Plastic-free zones are designed to introduce consumers to the concept of a plastic-free lifestyle.
12 Nov 2018 --- SIGNATURE PACK from SIG has become the world’s first mass balance product to be confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA). The pack is linked to 100 percent plant-based renewable materials, mixed with conventional fossil raw materials to produce polymers.
09 Nov 2018 --- On 29 October 2018, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced that more than 290 organizations comprising 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced globally had signed a Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste at source and work collaboratively towards the development of a circular plastics economy. PackagingInsights speaks to Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy project, about this landmark agreement, increased company transparency, effective consumer recycling, the role of bioplastics and more.
02 Nov 2018 --- Dutch design graduate Don Kwaning has created a bio-based packaging material from the pith of a cosmopolitan and typically unwanted weed called soft rush. By separating the pith from the fibers, Kwaning discovered that paper, textile, foam and construction materials can be produced for use in a range of packaging applications, including dried foods packs. Kwaning speaks to PackagingInsights about the inspiration behind this novel concept, the technical process, and the challenges of commercialization.
18 Oct 2018 --- European Bioplastics (EUBP) has expressed its support for The European Commission’s recently delivered review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy. The strategy is a step forward towards ensuring that fossil resources are replaced by sustainable natural alternatives for the production of bio-based products such as bio-based plastics and energy, says EUBP. “Only by driving the transition in relevant markets will it be possible to reach Europe’s climate change mitigation goals,” says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director at EUBP. “Implementation of the key actions of the updated Bioeconomy Strategy is paramount to making this happen.”
16 Oct 2018 --- Biodegradable coffee capsules that consumers can dispose of in their home compost have been developed by Golden Compound, in cooperation with Alpla. The capsules are made from Golden Compound green material; comprised from the natural fibers of sunflower seed shells. The capsule and filter fleece is completely biodegradable within a maximum of six months and is free from aluminum and genetically modified organisms.
11 Oct 2018 --- The packaging solution is sometimes right in front of your eyes. That is the view of Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli and Paolo Stefano Gentile, three product designers from NABA University in Milan, who have created cone-shaped fries packaging from discarded potato peels. Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels: the idea of this project is to use this material to save on waste while producing eco-conscious packaging, the trio says, and so the Peel Saver was born.
04 Oct 2018 --- VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, a leading European research and technology organization, are using science and technology to prove to the industry that plastic can be part of a strong circular economy, with the addition of bio-based raw materials and sustainable design, as well as a three-pronged approach to recycling: mechanical, chemical and biological. PackagingInsights got in contact with the team at VTT to detail some of their key developments, as well as their outlooks for the future of packaging.
24 Sep 2018 --- Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastic products, has created the first fully biodegradable plastic straw using its Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. Straws composed of the material are effectively biodegraded in landfills, waste treatment facilities and oceans, according to the developer.
20 Sep 2018 --- European Bioplastics (EUBP) has reported that The European Parliament’s (EP) report on the European Strategy for Plastics adopted last week by the plenary testifies to the increasing acknowledgment and endorsement of the value propositions of bioplastics. Rapporteur Mark Demesmaeker highlights the potential role of bio-based plastics and of biodegradable plastics in establishing a strong circular EU bioeconomy. The EP report ties in with provisions for feedstock differentiation and use of biodegradable and compostable plastics recently adopted in the Waste Directive and Packaging Directive.
18 Sep 2018 --- A Plastic Planet – an organization which openly advocates a 100 percent discontinuation of plastics in food and beverage packaging – could be found tucked away in a far corner of the Packaging Innovations show in London last week. The major theme of the show was the ongoing plastics conversation, epitomized by the widely attended The Big Plastics Debate, in which industry-leading figures debated the role of plastics in a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, the team at A Plastic Planet came armed with its famed Plastic Free Aisle exhibit and a wall full of “Plastic Free” trust marks in a clear indication of its stance.
14 Sep 2018 --- Biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic pollution and should not be an excuse to keep consuming single-use plastics, the European Parliament recognized in a vote on Wednesday. The Parliament voted to strengthen the European Commission’s plans to slash plastic pollution, under the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy launched in January 2018. The move has been welcomed by green groups such as Friends of the Earth.
05 Sep 2018 --- PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50 percent recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45 percent by 2025. The move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating to over 50,000 tons of rPET.
31 Aug 2018 --- Lucozade Sport has announced plans to trial plastic-free sports drinks and gels encased in an edible seaweed outer layer. Brand owner Lucozade Ribena Suntory has teamed up with materials engineering startup Skipping Rocks Lab to trial their revolutionary Ooho product at selected running events beginning in September 2018. The trial will expand to wider UK based events in the new year, a Lucozade Ribena Suntory spokesperson tells PackagingInsights.
30 Aug 2018 --- Seventh Generation, a household and personal care products company active in the sustainable products space, has launched the first liquid dish soap on the market to be made completely of post-consumer recycled materials. Notably, the bottle’s new cap, developed by TricorBraun, utilizes 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials, many of which were plastic clothes hangers. The new design also supports the company’s goal of ensuring each packaging component across its product portfolio is virgin petroleum free and widely recyclable by 2020.
29 Aug 2018 --- Waste coffee grounds could be used to produce biodegradable plastics, a student from Macquarie University, Australia, has found in his Ph.D. research. Researcher Dominik Kopp developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics.
27 Aug 2018 --- Bioplastic packaging is gaining popularity in a global market driven by sustainability demands. Yet the inherent difficulties in finding mainstream definitions for the many complex variations in bio-based materials means that bioplastics do not always get the attention from regulatory bodies that they deserve. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP), about the message his organization is working to promote.
23 Aug 2018 --- International manufacturer of caps and closures United Caps and Braskem, a leading Brazilian petrochemical company, have announced a new collaboration aimed at delivering “Greener” bio-sourced plastic caps and closures made from sugarcane. The new caps and closures will be an addition to the United Caps product portfolio.
22 Aug 2018 --- Eco-friendly bottled water brand JUST has launched in the UK across 800 Boots stores and all Whole Foods Market locations as the first step in a major global expansion. The move comes in response to growing consumer demand for sustainable packaged products to minimize plastic pollution, JUST water states. The bottle is recyclable and consists of 54 percent paper, 28 percent plant-based plastic, 3 percent aluminum and 15 percent protective plastic film. The cap is made from sugarcane.
17 Aug 2018 --- European Bioplastics believe that EU Member States will now be able to comprehensively acknowledge the benefits and the functionality of certified compostable plastic after a successful demonstration of the environmental benefits of the material. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) succeeded in an interdisciplinary study to demonstrate that soil microorganisms metabolically utilized the carbon in the PBAT polymer both for energy production and also to build up microbial biomass.