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05 Oct 2022
--- Researchers at the Center for Biological Research (CIB) in Spain have discovered that the saliva of wax worm species contains enzymes that are able to degrade plastics. The discovery of these enzymes being able to rapidly... Read More
04 Oct 2022
--- Conducting life cycle analyses (LCA) are crucial for companies to back up their labeling claims with scientific objectivity. However, the market shows evidence that some companies tend to act more in their own interest,... Read More
04 Oct 2022
--- Food is undoubtedly becoming more and more expensive. With a ballooning global population and food safety moving further into the spotlight, industry is looking at efficient ways to protect resources.
30 Sep 2022
--- This week in industry news, Sappi completed the modernization of its production site in Austria, while Innotech completed a trial in polystyrene yogurt pots. Meanwhile, Graphic Packaging International (GPI) invested in a new... Read More
29 Sep 2022
--- Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder, US, discovered how to infinitely recycle plastic, creating full circularity for the material. By keeping the fundamental components of plastic intact, researchers claim... Read More
27 Sep 2022
--- A study published today by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) has found that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from plastic packaging pyrolysis are nine times higher than that of mechanical recycling. Accordingly, ZWE is urging the... Read More
26 Sep 2022
--- Thirty-seven chemical industry companies, including BASF, have agreed on a global standard for estimating product carbon footprints (PCFs), as part of the collaborative initiative “Together for Sustainability”... Read More
22 Sep 2022
--- A study conducted by researchers in Hong Kong reveals the harmful effects of ingested microplastics on liver and lung cell function from mitochondrial impairment. With increasing awareness and concern surrounding nanoplastic... Read More
21 Sep 2022
--- As governments, industry, academics, civil society and other stakeholders gather for the 7th International Marine Debris Conference (7IMDC) in Busan, South Korea, the global #breakfreefromplastic movement highlights the... Read More
19 Sep 2022
--- United Caps and Mimica have partnered to debut a new closure technology, Touchcap, for food waste reduction. The cap works with a specialized gel that never comes into contact with the food product, yet changes the cap... Read More
12 Sep 2022
--- Researchers have discovered a method of turning plastic into diamonds, making way for a potentially lucrative future in recycling solutions. While investigating how Neptune and Uranus form diamonds, scientists discovered a... Read More
08 Sep 2022
--- Sappi Europe and Kallfass are developing an environmentally sustainable, paper-based alternative to film-based primary, secondary packaging in the non-food packaging sector. Sappi and Kallfass assert that they are not only... Read More
07 Sep 2022
--- Carbon capture technology may present an enormous financial and environmental risk, according to recent research by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). According to the study, carbon capture... Read More
02 Sep 2022
--- The European Commission (EC) has released a long-awaited draft proposal on restricting intentionally-added microplastics from various packaging, cosmetics, sports pitches and other general materials. While environmental... Read More
01 Sep 2022
--- A report by Yale University’s Anja Nikolova shows a growing trend in post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials, lightweight packaging and bio-based materials as environmentally sustainable alternatives to conventional... Read More
01 Sep 2022
--- Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) has released a report on how the packaging industry can improve circularity for single-use glass. Despite being infinitely recyclable, glass’ heavy environmental footprint is rarely offset by... Read More
30 Aug 2022
--- Lithuanian researchers claim to have developed a takeaway food box that solves all common leakage, cooling and size problems. The team’s new invention is also plastic-free and designed in collaboration with local... Read More
25 Aug 2022
--- Researchers from The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) have developed an engineering platform capable of evolving enzymes for PET depolymerization with characteristics that would be necessary for an... Read More
25 Aug 2022
--- DS Smith is trialing a range of new materials, including fibers sourced from agricultural waste, to determine new methods of reducing water loss and production emissions. The trials fall under the company’s £100... Read More
25 Aug 2022
--- Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) is partnering with the University of California Berkeley (UCB), US, to develop methods of converting captured carbon (CO2) into sugar. The collaboration hopes its work will slash the... Read More