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25 Jan 2023
--- Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) calls on hospitality players to reduce single-use packaging after a pilot scheme saw a huge fall in the use of common disposable items, emissions, and money saved for businesses. The... Read More
24 Jan 2023
--- Research from the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) has found that the bacterium Rhodococcus ruber eats and digests plastic. Study author Maaike Goudriaan says the findings are not a potential solution for... Read More
23 Jan 2023
--- Researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, have developed a novel solution for removing the “forever chemicals” PFAS from water – something the study authors say is “urgently... 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
19 Jan 2023
--- As the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) is underway in Davos, Switzerland, a report by impact organization Circle Economy and services company Deloitte is calling for a 30% reduction in material extraction worldwide to... 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
13 Jan 2023
--- Goodyear has released a method using soybean oil, rice husks and pine resin to create a tire with 90% environmentally sustainable materials. This innovation could open a new door for the packaging industry to adopt similar... Read More
12 Jan 2023
--- Marine plastic pollution (MPP) adversely impacts humans and the environment – including food security, livelihoods, physical and mental health and cultural practices and values – while disproportionately... Read More
11 Jan 2023
--- Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, have developed a system that can transform plastic waste and greenhouse gasses (GHG) into environmentally sustainable fuels and other valuable products using solar energy, as... Read More
10 Jan 2023
--- Scientists from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have discovered a way to convert plastics into soil additives to improve soil water retention and the aeration of farmlands. The report, “Synergistic and... Read More
05 Jan 2023
--- The amount of microplastics collected on ocean floors has tripled in the past 20 years at the same rate of social plastic consumption, according to research by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the... Read More
02 Jan 2023
--- Spanish biotechnology research group Aimplas is converting used coffee grounds into plastic film. The group says the project is another step toward circularizing the European economy by turning biological waste into... 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
20 Dec 2022
--- The Forest CUMP research project, coordinated by VTT, examines the capture and utilization of carbon dioxide from the forest industry and waste incineration in manufacturing different types of plastic products.... Read More
20 Dec 2022
--- A collection of surveys of consumers in Poland and Spain reveals that a lack of knowledge about food packaging symbols hinders effective disposal practices. The surveys were carried out in partnership with Aarhus University,... Read More
19 Dec 2022
--- Just Zero is releasing a new report, “Loopholes, Injustice, & the ‘Advanced Recycling’ Myth,” which accuses the advanced recycling business of pushing a false narrative surrounding its... Read More
16 Dec 2022
--- This week in industry news, the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) announced the results of a consumer poll demonstrating growing interest in glass sustainability. Meanwhile, Amcor announced a five-year deal with ExxonMobil to... Read More
16 Dec 2022
--- DS Smith’s latest report reveals that packages undergo g-forces of an average acceleration of around 50Gs. Packages ordered online have been recorded at g-forces akin to motor races and rocket launches. To help... Read More
12 Dec 2022
--- Researchers at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, have released an analysis projecting that CO2 emissions from the plastics sector will likely more than triple by the year 2100. The study offers three key mitigation... Read More