rigid plastics

19 Nov 2018 --- Nestlé Waters North America has signed an agreement with rPET supplier CarbonLITE with the latter due to expand its US production by building a third recycling facility in Nestlé Waters’ local bottling region (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania). The new contract builds upon Nestlé Waters’ existing relationship with CarbonLITE, one of the largest producers of food-grade, post-consumer rPET, and allow the beverage company to further expand use of recycled materials in its packaging. The company currently purchases rPET from CarbonLITE’s existing facilities in California and Texas.
16 Nov 2018 --- The German Packaging Law will come into effect on January 1 and place stricter regulations on packaging, especially in regards to recycling and reuse. KHS is offering FreshSafe PET, which coats PET in glass, allowing the typically blended material juice and nectar bottles to be included in the pure PET cycle, to ease the costs that the law may bring to juice and nectar producers.
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.
13 Nov 2018 --- Consumers are more mindful of their health and nutraceutical products have become aspects of an everyday diet. This, coupled with a faster pace of consumer living has spurred a number of packaging innovations for nutraceuticals. This is according to Elena Piazza, Business Development & Marketing Manager at Bormioli Pharma, which supplies pharmaceutical and nutraceutical packaging solutions. Its portfolio includes a dual chamber system packaging which offers precise reconstitution for oral products, including food supplements.
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.
08 Nov 2018 --- Lightweight Containers BV is the founder of the innovative KeyKeg and UniKeg system. The kegs are innovative in that they are made from lightweight plastic, as opposed to steel or wood, thereby reducing cO2 emissions and costs during travel. They are also almost entirely circular: old kegs become new kegs. PackagingInsights speaks exclusively to Annemieke Hartman, Chief Commercial Officer at Lightweight Containers, on the company’s circular ambitions.
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.
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.
31 Oct 2018 --- Berlin start-up, share, has become the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100 percent recyclate. The company has said that in 2019 it wants to fill water into approximately a million bottles a month made entirely from recycled PET, with estimated savings of over 200 metric tons of plastic waste annually. The bottle design was developed in collaboration with KHS’ Bottles & Shapes consultancy program.
29 Oct 2018 --- Færch Plast UK is set to launch its 100 percent recycled PET material into its Food to Go product range early next year. The move comes as a result of the company’s recent acquisition of the 4PET Group and builds on its commitment to the UK Plastics Pact.
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.
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 --- UK car park operator CitiPark has launched a novel recycling initiative whereby customers can pay for their parking with plastic bottles. The plastic bottles will then be recycled into items such as shirts, toys and chairs. The initiative is currently active at CitiPark’s Merrion Centre branch in Leeds, UK, for the duration of October.
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.
17 Oct 2018 --- Eco-conscious household and personal care company Seventh Generation has launched an innovative new laundry detergent product which is packaged in 60 percent less plastic while containing 50 percent less water. This new “super convenient dosing technology” represents “an effort to modernize the liquid laundry category and drive unnecessary plastic and water waste out of the industry,” the company states.
12 Oct 2018 --- The Rethink Plastic alliance of NGOs is warning that packaging producers could simply market items such as throwaway plastic cups as reusable in order to avoid penalties under changes to draft EU laws on single-use plastics tabled recently in the European Parliament. The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on a proposal that would introduce new rules on plastics including bans on certain single-use plastic products responsible for marine pollution, and require European governments to set reduction targets for others.
12 Oct 2018 --- PepsiCo and Loop Industries, a leading technology innovator in sustainable plastic, have entered into a multi-year supply agreement that will enable PepsiCo to purchase production capacity from Loop's joint venture facility in the US and incorporate Loop PET plastic, which is 100 percent recycled material, into its product packaging by early 2020.
11 Oct 2018 --- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé were the most frequent companies identified in 239 cleanups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and six continents, the Break Free From Plastic movement has announced. Over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited, identifying thousands of brands whose packaging relies on the single-use plastics that pollute our oceans and waterways globally. Coca-Cola was the top polluter in the global audit, with Coke-branded plastic pollution found in 40 of the 42 participating countries. This brand audit effort is the most comprehensive snapshot of the worst plastic polluting companies around the world, according to Greenpeace. PackagingInsights speaks to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé about Greenpeace's latest report.