flexible plastics

19 Nov 2018 --- SECOS will seize operations at its wholly-owned subsidiary Stellar Films Australia. Plastic film manufacturing production will be transferred to SECOS’ Malaysian operations in a move which is expected to improve net profit after tax by more than US$0.9 million per annum, after the transition period has passed.
14 Nov 2018 --- Omega Design Corporation – a global provider of packaging machinery for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and consumer healthcare industries – has introduced its Econo Pouch Feeder, a portable cost-effective, non-pneumatic pouch inserter that feeds up to 150 desiccants or oxygen scavengers per minute. Requiring no air, the all-electric feeder is capable of single or multiple pouch drops per container and can dispense into bottles, trays and diagnostic kits.
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.
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.
06 Nov 2018 --- A method to convert plastic bottle waste into aerogels for a range of applications has been uncovered by National University of Singapore (NUS) researchers in a world-first finding. The PET aerogels developed by the team are soft, flexible, durable, extremely lightweight and easy to handle. They could have the potential for use in heat and sound insulation in buildings, oil spill cleaning, and also as a lightweight lining for firefighter coats and carbon dioxide absorption masks that could be used during fire rescue operations or fire escape.
05 Nov 2018 --- Constantia Flexibles has introduced a new sustainability-focused packaging line called Ecolutions. The supplier says that Ecolutions will help customers meet sustainability requirements, reduce carbon footprint, and create recyclable solutions, all while maintaining the properties required to protect the packaged products. The new line launches after Constantia Flexibles produced an externally reviewed report into packaging waste which found that every year 2.12 billion tons of waste is produced and that this will continue to rise. The report predicted that in 2050, 3.40 billion tons of waste will be generated in cities alone.
02 Nov 2018 --- Global leader in optimized resource management, Veolia, has cited the “growing success of the circular economy and the real benefits the approach is delivering to the UK Economy” in the publication of its latest Sustainability Report. According to Veolia, the results show that Veolia’s £1.5 billion (US$1.96 billion) investment in UK recycling and energy infrastructure is enabling customers to save money, secure supply chains, and achieve major CO2 reductions, and shows how the company is pioneering the new technologies that lower resource use.
30 Oct 2018 --- Coexpan has endorsed the commitment announced by PET Sheet Europe, the association that brings together Europe’s leading PET sheet producers, to guarantee that their products will have a mean recycled content of 70 percent by the year 2025. This ambitious undertaking aims to meet the goals laid down in the EU Plastics Strategy while also calling upon the relevant authorities to take specific actions in terms of legislation to guarantee market stability and the sustainable growth of the industry.
29 Oct 2018 --- More than 290 organizations comprising 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced globally have signed a Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste at source and establish a circular economy for the material. The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, and will be officially unveiled at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali today. Signatories include well-known consumer businesses such as Danone; H&M group; L’Oréal; Mars, Incorporated; PepsiCo; The Coca-Cola Company; and Unilever; major packaging producers such as Amcor, plastics producers including Novamont, and resource management specialist Veolia.
25 Oct 2018 --- In a landmark move, the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to ban many single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds from 2021. NGO’s and think tanks are now calling for national governments to follow suit. The report, drafted by Frédérique Ries, was adopted with 571 votes to 53 and 34 abstentions. Parliament will enter into negotiations with Council when EU ministers have set their own position on the file.
25 Oct 2018 --- Unilever and plastic recycling specialists, Veolia, have signed a three-year collaboration agreement focused on driving emerging technologies in waste collection and recycling infrastructure. The partnership aims to establish a circular economy on plastics across a number of international regions, starting in India and Indonesia. In reaching this agreement, Unilever and Veolia acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.
24 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has combined sustainable sourcing, plastics reduction and improved recyclability to deliver a fully-circular skinboard tray for UK supermarket Morrisons’ fresh meat products. The 50 percent plastic reduction supports both the retailer’s sustainability goals and the manufacturer’s UK Plastics Pact commitments. More sustainable from source, the packs offer a significantly lower carbon footprint as they are made from over 75 percent renewable materials.
23 Oct 2018 --- New research from Medical University of Vienna and the Environment Agency Austria has found particles made of polypropylene (PP), polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) and others in human stools. Presented at the 26th UEG Week in Vienna, the results show that every single stool sample tested positive for the presence of microplastic and up to nine different plastic types were identified. Although the study was small in scale – comprising eight participants from a number of different countries in Asia and Europe – it points to the presence of microplastics in the human food chain.
23 Oct 2018 --- The UK Government has set out its plan to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds in a bid to protect the natural environment. The plan is subject to a consultation launched by Environment Secretary Michael Gove which will run from October 22 to December 03. The UK Government estimates that annually the country uses 4.7 billion plastic straws, 316 million plastic stirrers and 1.8 billion plastic-stemmed cotton buds. An estimated 10 percent of cotton buds are flushed down toilets and can end up in waterways and oceans.
22 Oct 2018 --- The UK plastic recycling industry is likely to face an investigation after complaints surfaced that firms and organized crime rings are allegedly abusing the export system by illegal profiting and the pollution of rivers and oceans. According to The Environmental Agency’s (EA) records, six UK plastic waste exporters have had licenses suspended or revoked in the previous three months, while one firm had 57 plastic waste shipments stopped at UK ports in three years because of fears over waste contamination. First reported by the Guardian, the EA is believed to have set up a team of investigators to explore the alleged industry-wide scandal.
19 Oct 2018 --- Coveris has launched a fully recyclable PE film that delivers the same protective, functional and shelf-life benefits as existing non-recyclable solutions, marking a major step forward in supporting the packaging manufacturer’s pledge to deliver 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025. The new fully recyclable PE film was developed in collaboration with Co-op and Freshtime which are using the solution to package vegetable products.
19 Oct 2018 --- A new investigation into the published literature on microplastics has found “significant gaps in our understanding of the effects” of the less than 5mm size plastic particles on the environment. The study authors Emily Burns and Alistair Boxall are calling for “better quality and more holistic monitoring studies alongside more environmentally realistic effects studies on the particle sizes and material types that are actually in the environment.” The researchers believe that regulations and controls may be overly focused on microplastics while ignoring the most polluting activities, such as small particles released from car tires.
18 Oct 2018 --- Sidel has completed the acquisition of PET Engineering Srl thereby expanding the company’s portfolio of packaging solutions. “With packaging increasingly playing a key role in any marketing mix, we are confident that Sidel and PET Engineering’s complementary strengths in packaging design, qualification and blowing process will bring the Sidel Group more business opportunities while offering customers a diversified choice of partners to materialize their creative requirements,” comments Pavel Shevchuk, Executive Vice President at Sidel.
16 Oct 2018 --- Global flexible packaging supplier Constantia Flexibles is seeking to enrich the connectivity of its packaging by partnering with a world leading Augmented Reality (AR) company in Wikitude. Through its new platform, “Constantia Interactive,” the supplier is enabling consumers to connect with their favorite brands while gathering data on consumer behavior. The aim of the partnership is to “jointly expand the interactive packaging market.”
15 Oct 2018 --- Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex business, has introduced the super barrier coated (SBC) films SBC 240 as a performance and improved-cost alternative for 4- and 6-mil PCTFE laminations and cold formed foil for blister applications. This thermoformable film has exceptional moisture and oxygen barrier properties and the triplex structure is ideal for applications such as pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, probiotics and other related products.