03 Feb 2023
--- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) are partnering to launch an Inclusive Circular Economy project to promote the social inclusion of Safai Saathis – or waste pickers... Read More
01 Feb 2023
--- Additives in food packaging serve multiple functions, from grease repellents to colorants. However, many additives in food packaging have been flagged over the years for containing harmful chemicals detrimental to human... Read More
31 Jan 2023
--- India imposed a broad single-use plastics (SUP) ban in July 2022. Six months on, PackagingInsights checks the on-ground reality of the ban in conversation with the chief program coordinator at Toxics Link, Priti Mahesh. She... Read More
27 Jan 2023
--- The Composting Consortium, a collaboration of industry partners managed by Closed Loop Partners, announced the launch of its Compostable Packaging Degradation Pilot. The initiative is said to be “the most comprehensive... Read More
24 Jan 2023
--- Fungi Solutions is turning mushrooms into compostable packaging for the Australian market. The start-up packaging company based in Melbourne aims to divert organic waste from landfills, marking it as the “first... Read More
19 Jan 2023
--- Researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have received a US$2.4 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture to create bioplastics from food waste. The “first-of-its-kind”... Read More
17 Jan 2023
--- Bioplastics are gaining traction among packagers as consumer demands for environmentally sustainable alternatives to plastics, including compostables, continue to trend upward. PackagingInsights speaks to Mariagiovanna... Read More
16 Jan 2023
--- A Plastic Planet (APP) has spearheaded a new online design tool to ease companies into becoming plastic-free. The PlasticFree platform is a materials and systems solution platform aiming to reduce the use of plastics in the... Read More
16 Jan 2023
--- In the Netherlands, all soft coffee pods and tea bags can now be disposed of in the organic bin along with vegetables, fruits and other garden waste, as the Dutch government adopts its Green Deal. The deal was formulated at... Read More
09 Jan 2023
--- The British government has confirmed plans to enforce a ban on single-use plastics in England, in line with Scotland and Wales. Items such as disposable plastic cutlery, trays and plates will be outlawed for foodservice... Read More
04 Jan 2023
--- Coffee capsules are becoming increasingly popular among coffee drinkers as consumers trend toward convenience. However, disposable pods generate a lot of packaging waste, leading manufacturers to search for environmentally... Read More
22 Dec 2022
--- As 2022 draws to a close, PackagingInsights looks back at the biggest developments of the year, from the Ukraine war and skyrocketing energy prices to chemical recycling debates and action over waste exportation.... Read More
21 Dec 2022
--- Following the European Bioplastics Conference (EUBC) in Berlin, Germany, earlier this month, PackagingInsights sits down with Johana Carolina Andrade Chapal, a researcher of biodegradability and compostability and member of... Read More
21 Dec 2022
--- The European Circular Bioeconomy Policy Initiative (ECBPI) is flagging a looming annual cost of up to €2 billion (US$2.13 billion) from plastic contamination in biowaste. ECBPI is therefore urging the European... Read More
15 Dec 2022
--- Plastic recycling has recently been criticized for lacking efficiency due to low innovation and funding measures. Furthermore, due to insufficient global and local waste infrastructures, end consumers are often unsure of how... Read More
09 Dec 2022
--- The EU set new regulations on coffee capsules and plastic bags. Companies will be required to use as little packaging as possible, while countries will have to ensure that 65% of all packaging waste is recycled by the end of... Read More
08 Dec 2022
--- Tipa calls for an increase in bio-based packaging solutions, rising publicity and investment in composting. The company highlights the necessity for packaging innovation to reduce food waste and the key roles that... Read More
07 Dec 2022
--- Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) has written an open letter to the European Commission (EC) following its recent energy manifesto, with a ten-point plan that the organization says would secure economic prosperity, energy sufficiency,... Read More
29 Nov 2022
--- European Bioplastics (EUBP) is joining the rally against the European Commission’s (EC) planned revisions of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) – expected this week – saying the... Read More
22 Nov 2022
--- Eco-Products has announced a new line of compostable straws made from plant-based plastic that are as durable as conventional straws. Made from polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), a plant-based plastic derived from canola oil, the... Read More