Experts from industry, politics and science have been observing the trend towards the substitution of pure plastic packaging by paper composites – i.e. packaging made from a material mix of paper and plastic – for a long time. It is not uncommon for these to be advertised with “less plastic”, suggesting a special environmental friendliness to the consumer. This trend can be observed more frequently, especially for service packaging and higher-priced foods as well as organic items.
Tesco has started rolling out “soft plastic” recycling points so customers can recycle old packaging such as bread bags, pet food pouches and crisp packets. The plastic brought back by customers will be turned into new packaging for food, household and beauty products.
Any company or brand that makes or imports any form of plastic packaging for distribution in South Africa will be required to pay an extended producer responsibility (EPR) fee per tonne from 5 May 2021. Strict government targets have been set for annual collection and recycling over the next five years and the EPR will see investment in collection infrastructure in the country.
LyondellBasell starts commercial production of polymers using raw material derived from plastic waste
LyondellBasell today announced another step towards its ambition to advance the circular economy by making virgin quality polymers from raw materials derived from plastic waste at its Wesseling, Germany, site. Produced by the thermal conversion of plastic waste, this raw material is converted into ethylene and propylene in the LyondellBasell production facilities, and then processed into polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) in the downstream units for plastics production.
BASF has joined “HolyGrail 2.0 – Digital watermarks for accurate sorting and high-quality recycling” as a member. The initiative aims to increase plastic recycling rates by adding imperceptible digital watermarks to product packaging.Under the auspices of AIM, the European Brands Association, BASF and more than 120 companies and organizations from the packaging value chain have joined forces in the initiative to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate sorting and the business case at large scale.
A life cycle assessment study, carried out by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu), shows flexible pouches are better packaging options, in terms of environmental performance, for olives and pasta sauce. The new study, which investigates the environmental performance and impacts of multi-material pouches used for pasta sauce and olives, and compares them with alternative packaging systems, has found flexible pouches offer clear advantages.
The carbon labels also includes details about the packaging-the sprayer device inside the glass bottle isn’t recyclable, for example-but the most detailed breakdown is about the carbon footprint, calculating the emissions throughout the product’s lifecycle. If someone scans the QR code on the box, they can see more details. The brand plans to help consumers understand what the data means by comparing emissions to other sources.
This Global Recycling Day, Robert Lockyer, CEO and founder of Delta Global, a sustainable packaging solutions provider for luxury fashion brands, discusses some of the ways in which the industry is making great headway in terms of recyclability, as well as where more can still be done.
Designing recyclability into fibre-based packaging using fully soluble bio – digestible barrier systems
Paper International Technology Association) has published a new whitepaper by Aquapak Polymers that explores how recyclability can be designed into fibre-based packaging using commercially available, fully soluble bio-digestible barrier materials.
Pressure on brands and retailers to reduce plastic use risks disrupting paper recycling and stifling innovation, warns Aquapak
Current labelling proposals are not enough to drive real change and improve recycling rates Aquapak calls on the Government to consider an alternative model New
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, and its members strongly believe in the value of life cycle analysis (LCA) as a tool to assess the environmental performance of products, but not only as a foundation for improvement. We strongly believe that LCA’s should be the basis for any meaningful comparison between products with similar functionality, and the basis for sound policymaking.