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Reborn Recycling Facility Increases Output 60%

A bottle recycling facility that closed two years ago is now up and running at capacity, 24-7, and has increased its output by over 60 percent since March 2013. PQ Recycling (PQR), a branch of North Carolina-based PolyQuest, North America’s largest distributor of PET resins and manufacturer of recycled PET … Read more »

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Nestlé Launches Recycled Plastic Water Bottle

One of Nestlé’s bottled water brands, resource Natural Spring Water, has launched new bottles made with 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET), excluding the cap and the label. The company says it hopes the recycled plastic bottle will focus attention on the uses of rPET and reinforce the importance of bottle-to-bottle … Read more »

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Coca-Cola Produces World’s First 100% Plant-Based PET Bottle

Coca-Cola has produced the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials. PlantBottle packaging is Coke’s plant-based alternative to packaging traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. PlantBottle packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET plastic … Read more »

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KHS Direct Printing on PET Bottles Cuts Packaging

KHS says it has developed a direct printing method for PET bottles that allows companies to cut packaging and develop a variety of designs in less time, Plastics News reports. The digital inkjet technology replaces replace roll-fed film and paper labeling machines. The ink meets the certification requirement for plastic … Read more »

Plastics Recycling Plant to Start Operations This Spring

Canada Fibers is commissioning a plastics recycling plant named Urban Polymers that will focus on creation of pure, homogeneous plastic materials from post-consumer and post-industrial waste. Urban Polymers will commence operations this spring at a 160,000-square-foot facility in Toronto. During its initial phases of development, Urban Polymers will focus on … Read more »

Coke, Heinz, Ford, Others Drive Biobased PET

The global biobased plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market is expected to reach 5,800 kilo tons by 2020, up from 650 kilo tons in 2013, — for a CAGR of 40.9 percent from 2014 to 2020 — according to a study by Grand View Research. Volatile crude oil prices and growing … Read more »

Beverage Companies Slow to Embrace Novelis Evercan

Major beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and AB InBev tout their recycling efforts and commitment to the circular economy, so why aren’t they using Novelis’ evercan, made of 90 percent recycled aluminum, asks a sustainable business column in the Guardian. AB InBev declined to talk about aluminum recycling for the … Read more »

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Plastic Bottle Recycling Increases for 24th Year

Plastic bottle recycling grew 120 million pounds in 2013, edging up 4.3 percent, to top 2.9 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers and the American Chemistry Council. The recycling rate for plastic bottles climbed 0.4 percent to 30.9 percent for the … Read more »

Plastic Recyclers Offer Shrink Sleeve Label Solutions

In its ongoing effort to address the issues associated with shrink sleeve labels on PET bottles, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has released a report offering up a number of solutions to mitigate the contamination of the recycled PET stream with shrink wrap material. The report is the result … Read more »

AkzoNobel, Photanol to Develop Photosynthesis-Based Chemicals

AkzoNobel and Photanol have partnered to create technology that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis with a goal of producing “green” chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production. AkzoNobel’s chemicals are used by the chemicals, detergent, construction, food, pulp and paper and … Read more »

Bacardi Employees Embrace Company-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Bacardi’s “Good Spirited” green initiative, launched earlier this year with the goal of eliminating landfill waste at all of its production sites globally by 2022, is off to a good start according to company reports. According to Jennifer Eckberg of Bacardi, employees have been quick to embrace the sustainability concept, and … Read more »

Nestle Waters UK Achieves Zero Waste Targets

Nestle Waters UK has achieved zero waste-to-landfill at both its factory in Buxton as well as at its head office in Rickmansworth, according to Packaging News. The company has diverted 500 metric tons from landfill in the past 12 months, and joins a growing list of companies who have achieved … Read more »

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