2018 in review: The top stories of the year

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Evolutions in flexible and rigid plastics: Plastics were at the forefront of packaging innovations this year, as companies worked to innovate on making the material “more sustainable.” In a major sustainability boost, Amcor created a unique polyolefin-based film that can be used for ambient and retort high-barrier applications. Amcor claims the film will be an important building block in the development of flexible packaging which is recycling-ready across a huge range of products, from ready-meals to wet pet-food, coffee to nuts and snacks. Sidel produced UltraLight CSD, an ultra lightweighted bottle that significantly decreases the amount of raw material needed to produce PET bottles. Coca-Cola GB and Merlin, the UK’s largest visitor attraction operator, partnered this summer to roll out “reverse vending” machines at selected sites, hoping the technology would incentivize families to recycle plastic bottles after the soft drink giant commissioned research which established that 64 percent of Britons would recycle while out and about if rewarded.

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