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FDA Gives OceanBound Plastic Green Light for Food Packaging

FDA Gives OceanBound Plastic Green Light for Food Packaging

The US Food and Drug Administration has given the go-ahead to Envision Plastics for use of the company’s post-consumer resin called OceanBound plastic in food packaging.

Walmart’s Private-Brand Packaging Under the Microscope as the Retailer Addresses Waste

Walmart’s Private-Brand Packaging Under the Microscope as the Retailer Addresses Waste

Walmart is focusing on its private-brand packaging in an effort to reduce plastic waste in its operations, the company announced this week. Walmart says it will work with its US private brand suppliers to achieve its goals. These include: Seeking to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or industrially compostable packaging for … Read more »

Nestlé Facilities to Axe Single-Use Plastic in Overall Drive to Tackle Waste

Nestlé Facilities to Axe Single-Use Plastic in Overall Drive to Tackle Waste

Nestlé says that all 4,200 of its facilities worldwide will eliminate single-use plastic items and will replace them with materials that can be recycled or reused. Facilities will also ensure that they have the proper means to collect and handle recyclable materials like PET and aluminum. The pledges are two steps … Read more »

TemperPack Takes on Styrofoam with New Funding

TemperPack Takes on Styrofoam with New Funding

TemperPack, a manufacturer of sustainable packaging products, has closed on $22.5 million Series B financing to advance its goal of taking on the single-use plastics market and “reducing the amount of packaging that ends up in landfills,” the company says. TemperPack’s packaging products aim to replace single-use plastics such as … Read more »

UK to Extend Plastic Bag Charge to All Retailers – and Maybe Double It

UK to Extend Plastic Bag Charge to All Retailers – and Maybe Double It

Small retailers in the UK may soon be subject to the same plastic bag charge that large retailers must pay; the UK government has launched an eight-week consultation to explore the possibility of extending the existing plastic bag charge of 5 pence (7 cents) to all retailers, and to consider … Read more »

Lithuania Tops EU Member States with 74% Packaging Recycling; Others, Not So Much

Lithuania Tops EU Member States with 74% Packaging Recycling; Others, Not So Much

The recycling rate of plastic packaging waste in the EU increased to 42.4% in 2016, up from 24% in 2005, according to research from Eurostat. The increase of more than 18 percentage points was a trend observed across all EU member states with the exception of Estonia, which saw recycling … Read more »

Germany Devotes Resources to 5 Step Plan and ‘Reverse the Trend’ in Plastics Use

Germany Devotes Resources to 5 Step Plan and ‘Reverse the Trend’ in Plastics Use

Germany will embark on five-step plan to “reverse the trend in the use of plastics,” announced the country’s environment minister Sienna Schulze on Monday. Shulze says the plan is an important move in tackling the levels of plastic waste in Germany and beyond.

‘We Weren’t Consulted:’ EuPC Takes Offense with New Plastics Economy Commitment

‘We Weren’t Consulted:’ EuPC Takes Offense with New Plastics Economy Commitment

The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) is taking exception to the new initiative from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, saying that while the need to tackle marine litter is real, the commitment was adopted without consulting the plastics converting industry, writes Plastics News. The EuPC … Read more »

UK Plans to Tax Plastic Packaging

UK Plans to Tax Plastic Packaging

The UK plans to begin taxing the import and manufacture of all plastic packaging that is not recyclable; the tax was announced in the 2018 budget, though the government says it is still mulling exact details and timetable, according to the Financial Times. It would apply to both imported and … Read more »

UK Ban on Straws & Stirrers Under Review by DEFRA

UK Ban on Straws & Stirrers Under Review by DEFRA

The UK government’s proposal to ban the distribution and sale of plastic straws and stirrers has entered the consult phase; the ban would be enforced at some point between October 2019 and October 2020, but there would be some exceptions. Pharmacies and medical centers, for example, would still be able … Read more »

PepsiCo Skyrockets Use of 100% Sustainable Plastic with Loop Industries

PepsiCo Skyrockets Use of 100% Sustainable Plastic with Loop Industries

PepsiCo is expanding its use of 100% recycled PET plastic in its packaging via a multi-year supply agreement with sustainable plastic manufacturer Loop Industries. Loop uses technology that allows no- and low-value plastics to be recycled endlessly into new, virgin-quality PET plastic. PepsiCo is purchasing production capacity from Loop’s joint … Read more »

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