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Surge Forecast for Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market

BASF, International Paper, Mondi, Smurfit Kappa and Stora Enso are key vendors in the global biodegradable packaging materials market, according to a Research and Markets report. Global Biodegradable Packaging Materials Market 2014-2018 forecasts the market to grow at a CAGR of 10.53 percent over the four-year period. One of the … Read more »

Kansas City Restaurants Cut Waste

Kansas City-area restaurants looking to cut waste have found a number of solutions, according to The Kansas City Star. Several solutions were the result of keen observation by interns from Kansas City’s Johnson County Community College, who worked with the restaurants to reduce waste. In one case, they noticed that … Read more »

Green Can Be Cool And Profitable

Green Can Be Cool And Profitable

Growth opportunities lie ahead for companies that recognize that sustainability is not something to embrace simply because of regulatory demands, but also because of the sales benefits of differentiated packaging and the cool factor increasingly associated with green, according to a white paper by L.E.K. The paper says sustainable packaging is … Read more »

Locally Sourced Canola to Improve Sustainable Biopolymer Manufacturing

Biopolymer manufacturer Meredian is utilizing canola as a new cash crop to revolutionize its biopolymer production. The Georgia-based company said it is the world’s largest producer of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate). Canola, which is local to Decatur county, has been selected by Meredian as the chief component of its process to produce … Read more »

biodegradable packaging

Banning ‘Biodegradable’ from Sustainability Conversations

The B word — biodegradable — is outdated and doesn’t belong in sustainability conversations, Adam Gendell, project manager at GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition, writes in a Packaging Digest column. The problem with the B word, he writes, is that sometimes biodegradable can improve sustainability but sometimes it’s a detractor. Where … Read more »

Biome coffee pod

Bioplastics Firm Brews Compostable Coffee Pods

Biome Bioplastics’ biodegradable coffee pods can provide a sustainable packaging alternative in the $6.6 billion global single-serve coffee capsule market, the UK natural plastic developer says. The company says an estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges wind up in US landfills every year, amounting to some 19 million … Read more »

OneCup Bio

Rogers Family Launches 97% Biodegradable Single-Serve Coffee Cup

Rogers Family Company has developed a single-serve coffee product that it says is 97 percent biodegradable. The company says an estimated 9.1 billion single-serve coffee and drink cartridges — some 19 million cubic feet of waste — wind up in US landfills even year. Its OneCup Bio aims to reduce … Read more »

BASF Debuts Compostable Snack Bag at Seattle Mariners Game

Chemical company BASF partnered with the Seattle Mariners to debut compostable snack bags at a baseball game yesterday. The first 10,000 fans that arrived at Safeco Field to see the Mariners take on the Boston Red Sox received a free bag of peanuts in BASF’s prototype packaging, developed with its … Read more »

London 2012: McDonald’s Chooses Bioplastic Packaging, Will Recycle 75% of Building

McDonald’s is using Novamont’s Mater-Bi bioplastic for the cups, cutlery, straws, lids and containers used at its Olympic park restaurant, in a bid to meet the sustainability goals of the 2012 Games, writes Plastic News. Mater-Bi is a biopolymer containing vegetable starches and oils. It is produced at Novamont’s plant … Read more »