research & science

28 Feb 2024
--- The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) is addressing “misinformation” in a corporate marketing and advocacy campaign against laundry and dishwashing detergent pods containing polyvinyl alcohol film (PVA/PVOH), the... Read More
26 Feb 2024
--- Itero has been awarded €5 million (US$5.4 million) by the EU’s Just Transition Fund (JTF) for its demonstration plant at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Limburg, the Netherlands. The JTF is designed to support a... Read More
19 Feb 2024
--- The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) claims in its latest report that “Big Oil” and the plastics industry have created and perpetuated a decades-long campaign of fraud and deception about the recyclability of... Read More
16 Feb 2024
--- Phthalates, synthetic chemicals widely used in various packaging products, contributed to over 56,000 preterm births in 2018, according to New York University (NYU) researchers. The lost economic productivity and additional... Read More
16 Feb 2024
--- The European Commission (EC) is preparing a measure to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials and recently launched a four-week feedback period for a possible ban of the chemical in food packaging, following the... Read More
16 Feb 2024
--- This week in industry news, Coveris expanded its base in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) by acquiring S&K Label. Furthermore, Carbios and De Smet Engineers & Contractors (DSEC) collaborated to construct the... Read More
16 Feb 2024
--- Quick service restaurant (QSR) packaging is due to undergo substantial changes that high street chains and SMEs will need to prepare for in Europe. The sector faces unique challenges due to its special reliance (currently)... Read More
15 Feb 2024
--- The UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has released 2022/23 household recycling figures for England, revealing an overall rate of 43.4%, indicating a 0.7% decrease from the previous year and... Read More
14 Feb 2024
--- Researchers at Texas A&M University College of Engineering, US, have developed a metal coating solution for food-grade packaging. To improve product safety in the food industry, the scientists developed a two-step... Read More
09 Feb 2024
--- Sarcina Technology, a US-based Application Specific Advanced Packaging (ASAP) service company, rolled out its WIPO service at the Chiplet Summit in Santa Clara, US, February 6–8. WIPO stands for wafer-in and... Read More
08 Feb 2024
--- Aimplas is spearheading the Fustarise Project, to tackle lignocellulosic waste from agriculture and forestry by using solvent-free mechanochemical techniques to give the waste a second life in the form of sustainable... Read More
06 Feb 2024
--- Scientists at King’s College London, UK, have developed a way to chemically recycle single-use bioplastics commonly used in disposable items such as coffee cups and food containers. The approach is 84 times faster than... Read More
30 Jan 2024
--- The World Bank has issued a seven-year US$100 million Plastic Waste Reduction-Linked Bond. The bond, aimed at financing projects in Ghana and Indonesia, introduces an innovative approach by tying financial returns to the... Read More
30 Jan 2024
--- Global pharmaceutical solutions provider Origin has announced its “Environmental Positioning Policy” to redefine sustainability standards within the healthcare and lifestyle sectors. The company says the policy... Read More
29 Jan 2024
--- European Bioplastics (EUBP) is calling on the EU to develop a comprehensive “Biopolymers Industrial Action Plan” to accelerate the growth of the European bioplastics industry. By 2025, at least 55% of all plastic... Read More
29 Jan 2024
--- The year has begun with national deposit return scheme (DRS) launches, investments in plastic processing, health and sustainability launches, new greenwashing legislation and plastic bans, and delays in other policy areas.... Read More
26 Jan 2024
--- UBQ Materials has announced its new Sustainability Product Portfolio of bio-based materials to reduce the environmental impact of packaging, supply chains and logistics. Each product line features “unique” and... Read More
26 Jan 2024
--- Zero Waste Europe (ZWE), in collaboration with Equanimator, has released a study highlighting sorting mixed waste before incineration is a swift and cost-effective strategy for achieving substantial reductions in GHG... Read More
22 Jan 2024
--- Samsara Eco’s technology upcycles low-grade plastic waste, unsuitable for other common recycling methods. Utilizing low-grade plastics as feedstocks, the method diverts materials from landfills or incineration before... Read More
19 Jan 2024
--- TotalEnergies Corbion has found that the advanced recycling of polylactic acid (PLA) as a production process has a lower environmental impact than its production from virgin feedstock. The company conducted a life-cycle... Read More