September 2021

Dow, HP, Reifenhäuser, Cadel Deinking, and Karlville Combine Forces to Recycle PE-based Barrier Pouch into New High-Quality PE Pouch Suitable for Repeat Recycling

HORGEN, Switzerland – September 23, 2021 – Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), together with HP Indigo, Reifenhä user, Cadel Deinking and Karlville, announce the successful delivery of the first-of-its-kind pouch-to-pouch mechanical recycling concept, enabled by a unique value chain effort.

Apple Aims to Eliminate Mining, Looks to Build Products Using Recycled, Renewable Materials

In 1980s, American Airlines saved $40,000 a year just by eliminating one olive from each passenger’s salad plate. This year, Apple has done away with plastic packing in the new iPhone 13 series, which will save 600 metric tonnes of plastic over the lifetime of the product. While this might not affect an individual, imagine the cumulative effect it would have on the environment. After all, Apple sells millions of iPhones, and even the smallest of changes can have a huge impact.

Frito-Lay® Launches Industrially Compostable Bags with Off The Eaten Path® Brand; Advances in Goal to Design 100% of Packaging to be Recyclable, Compostable, Biodegradable or Reusable across Portfolio by 2025

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo® and leader in snacking, today introduced an industrially compostable bag for its Off The Eaten Path® brand. The bags are currently available at Whole Foods Market and select retailers starting this month and are an example of PepsiCo’s investments in breakthrough food packaging technology and …

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The Rationale Behind Plastic Footprint Management

A plastic footprint is an indicator used to measure the negative impacts of plastic pollution associated with a company’s operations and supply chain. In layman’s terms, a plastic footprint calculates how much plastic waste a company generates and the associated negative impacts on our environment, society, and economy.

New Cosmetics Consortium to Co-Design Environmental Impact Assessment and Scoring System

Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH, Natura &Co, and Unilever announce a new global collaboration to co-develop an industry-wide environmental impact assessment and scoring system for cosmetics products. The aim is to co-design an approach that is brand-agnostic, and which provides consumers with clear, transparent and comparable environmental impact information, based on a common science-based methodology. They are inviting other cosmetics companies to join them in this pursuit.

K3® r100: The Self-Separating Cup

An innovative development from Greiner Packaging is revolutionizing the recyclability of cardboard-plastic combinations. Making sure that waste was sorted correctly used to be fully reliant on consumers playing their part. But now with K3® r100, the cardboard wrap and the plastic cup separate all by themselves on the way to the recycling facility. This makes the packaging solution ideal for recycling.

Packaging Materials

IPMA Expresses Concern over Increase in GST on Packaging Material

CHENNAI: Indian Paper Manufacturers Association (IPMA) has expressed concern over increase in GST rates on paper bags, cartons, boxes and other packaging material which according to the association will make it expensive for consumers to shift away from single-use plastic. The GST council, in its 45th meeting held on September 17, 2021, has recommended an increase in the GST rate on cartons, boxes, bags, packing containers of paper etc. from 12% to 18%. According to IPMA, this recommendation of the GST council is surprising and not in sync with the move of the government towards ban on the use of single-use plastic. Recognising the global menace of single-use plastic which is not biodegradable, India had earlier given an international commitment to ban all single-use plastic by 2022. Last month, towards this endeavour, the government amended the Plastic Waste Management Rules prohibiting the manufacture, sale and use of several single-use plastic commodities from July 1, 2022; and also prohibited the use of plastic carry bags with thickness less than 75 microns with effect from September 30, 2021 and 120 microns with effect from December 31, 2022.

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