Biodegradable

“Plastic has massive eco-benefits and can drive sustainable change,” says Co-op packaging technologist

20 Feb 2019 --- With Packaging Innovations 2019 in Birmingham only a week away, PackagingInsights speaks to Rob Thompson, Packaging Technologist at Co-op, about the UK supermarket’s endeavors to drive sustainable change within the plastic supply chain. Thompson discusses a number of recent Co-op innovations, including the UK’s first compostable carrier bag, compostable paper teabags and plans to make all its packaging recyclable by 2023.

Weekly roundup: SIG targets Asian market with new China Tech Centre, Singapore researchers convert durian husks into biodegradable packaging

08 Feb 2019 --- Aseptic packaging supplier SIG is expanding its Asia presence with a new Tech Centre in Suzhou, China. Plant-based ingredients company Roquette has developed two new products in its Stabilys EVO special paper and coated cardboard range. In this week’s big research news, scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have succeeded in turning durian husks into biodegradable packaging materials.

The negative list: Nestlé identifies the six "no go" plastic types in its sustainability charge

06 Feb 2019 --- Nestlé has identified several plastic material types that it will avoid using in new product packaging and immediately begin phasing out from existing packaging. The FMCG giant has determined that effective recycling schemes are unlikely to be established for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyvinyliden Chloride (PVDC), Polystyrene (PS), expanded Polystyrene (ePS), Regenerated Cellulose and non-recyclable plastics/paper combinations and, as such, these materials will be discontinued for packaging purposes.

Packaging trends 2019: Part 1 – The search for sustainability

08 Jan 2019 --- Packaging trends in 2018 were dominated by sustainability action, largely fueled by rising anti-plastic sentiment. It was a year that saw widespread bans on single-use plastic items, the announcement of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the launch of the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisles in Amsterdam and London. At the same time, the milestone merger of two plastic giants in Amcor and Bemis suggests that there are still major players ready to invest in the future of the material. In the first of a two part report on packaging trends, PackagingInsights speaks to several industry experts about what to anticipate in 2019, starting with the most hotly contested trend: sustainability.

Fruit and veg-based bioplastics for fruit and veg: Bio-On and Rivoira form sustainability partnership

04 Jan 2019 --- Bioplastic innovators Bio-On and Italian fruit producers Rivoira have signed a strategic agreement to develop new bioplastic materials made from fruit and vegetable waste for the packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ZEROPACK project, founded by Bio-On and now co-owned by Rivoria, will see the partnership produce 100 percent natural and biodegradable films, crates, small and large containers, fruit supports and labels.

Boosting circular plastic development: VTT joins Think Beyond Plastic as R&D partner

02 Jan 2019 --- Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has joined the international Think Beyond Plastic’s User Facility Network as an R&D partner. Its role will be to support the New Plastic Economy Innovation Center’s innovators and entrepreneurs by offering R&D services to accelerate the development of innovations in the area of circular plastics. The collaboration was announced at the New Plastics Economy Investor Forum on 7th December in Frankfurt.

A missed opportunity? EU Directive cutting single-use plastic items draws EuPC and EUBP criticisms

21 Dec 2018 --- European Plastic Converters (EuPC) and European Bioplastics (EUBP) have vocalized concerns over the specifics of the EU’s provisional agreement to ban 10 types of single-use plastic items as part of its new Plastics Strategy. EuPC believes that the proposal is a “superficial legislative text” which fails to recognize potential environmental consequences and improve waste management. Meanwhile, EUBP is concerned that the Directive fails to acknowledge the potential of biodegradable plastics as part of a more sustainable future.

Weekly Roundup: UK-wide deposit-return scheme planned for 2023, Stora Enso teams with FSC

21 Dec 2018 --- This week in packaging news, the UK government unveiled plans for a nationwide deposit-return scheme, which is set to launch in 2023. Sustainability action was widespread and exemplified by Stora Enso’s new partnership with FSC, which will aim to increase levels of certified wood supply across Europe, and Ritrama SpA’s launch of a new 50 percent dried grass label for wine, spirits and beer. Meanwhile, Coveris will open its new Pack Positive Centre in Leeds, UK, in the New Year, with the aim of driving sustainable plastic and paper packaging advancements.

CPI UK collaboration looks to cut plastic waste and quicken biodegradability

12 Dec 2018 --- The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is driving forward the development of food packaging that is less damaging to the environment by collaborating on a project to cut plastic pollution. The collaboration effort will develop next-generation packaging that continues to prolong the shelf-life of foodstuffs, such as meats and salads, but, crucially, they will be made from biodegradable materials designed to biodegrade in a natural environment.

Bioplastic boost: Total Corbion launches 75,000 tons per year PLA plant in Thailand

06 Dec 2018 --- Total Corbion – a collaborative venture between Total and Corbion – has launched a new 75,000 tons per year PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastics manufacturing plant based in Rayong, Thailand. The facility produces Luminy PLA resins, a biobased and biodegradable bioplastic that could play in to a circular economy. PLA products can be chemically or mechanically recycled or composted and used as fertilizer.

“Game-changing” straw: Stora Enso and Sulapac eye “industrial scale” rollout of biodegradable alternative

05 Dec 2018 --- Stora Enso and Sulapac have teamed up with the aim of producing renewable and biodegradable straws on an “industrial scale.” The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

An invitation to litter? FPA calls for an end to the term “biodegradable” in packaging

28 Nov 2018 --- The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) is calling for an end to the term “biodegradable” when used in reference to packaging. The term is misplaced and misunderstood when used by industry, regulators and consumers alike, and may invite consumers to litter, Martin Kersh, Executive Director of the FPA tells PackagingInsights.

Plastic hangover? Corona launches plant-based six-pack beer rings in “global first”

28 Nov 2018 --- Corona will become the first global beer brand to trial 100 percent plastic-free six-pack rings. The new rings will be piloted in Mexico at the beginning of 2019, with further tests in the UK planned for later in the year. Corona announced that it will pilot plastic-free six-pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the industry with eco-friendly packaging.

Design graduate's ecological packaging range finds value in unwanted weeds

02 Nov 2018 --- Dutch design graduate Don Kwaning has created a bio-based packaging material from the pith of a cosmopolitan and typically unwanted weed called soft rush. By separating the pith from the fibers, Kwaning discovered that paper, textile, foam and construction materials can be produced for use in a range of packaging applications, including dried foods packs. Kwaning speaks to PackagingInsights about the inspiration behind this novel concept, the technical process, and the challenges of commercialization.

Kicking an unsustainable habit? Sunflower husk based biodegradable coffee capsules launched in world first

16 Oct 2018 --- Biodegradable coffee capsules that consumers can dispose of in their home compost have been developed by Golden Compound, in cooperation with Alpla. The capsules are made from Golden Compound green material; comprised from the natural fibers of sunflower seed shells. The capsule and filter fleece is completely biodegradable within a maximum of six months and is free from aluminum and genetically modified organisms. 

Peel Saver innovation packages street fries in their own peel waste

11 Oct 2018 --- The packaging solution is sometimes right in front of your eyes. That is the view of Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli and Paolo Stefano Gentile, three product designers from NABA University in Milan, who have created cone-shaped fries packaging from discarded potato peels. Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels: the idea of this project is to use this material to save on waste while producing eco-conscious packaging, the trio says, and so the Peel Saver was born.

“The plastic system is broken,” but science has the answers to fix it: VTT Research Center on the future of packaging

04 Oct 2018 --- VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, a leading European research and technology organization, are using science and technology to prove to the industry that plastic can be part of a strong circular economy, with the addition of bio-based raw materials and sustainable design, as well as a three-pronged approach to recycling: mechanical, chemical and biological. PackagingInsights got in contact with the team at VTT to detail some of their key developments, as well as their outlooks for the future of packaging.

World first: Fully biodegradable plastic straw created by Danimer Scientific

24 Sep 2018 --- Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable plastic products, has created the first fully biodegradable plastic straw using its Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. Straws composed of the material are effectively biodegraded in landfills, waste treatment facilities and oceans, according to the developer.

Bioplastic value propositions “well reflected” in EU report on Plastics Strategy

20 Sep 2018 --- European Bioplastics (EUBP) has reported that The European Parliament’s (EP) report on the European Strategy for Plastics adopted last week by the plenary testifies to the increasing acknowledgment and endorsement of the value propositions of bioplastics. Rapporteur Mark Demesmaeker highlights the potential role of bio-based plastics and of biodegradable plastics in establishing a strong circular EU bioeconomy. The EP report ties in with provisions for feedstock differentiation and use of biodegradable and compostable plastics recently adopted in the Waste Directive and Packaging Directive.

A Plastic Planet symbolizes an intensifying plastics debate: Packaging Innovations 2018

18 Sep 2018 --- A Plastic Planet – an organization which openly advocates a 100 percent discontinuation of plastics in food and beverage packaging – could be found tucked away in a far corner of the Packaging Innovations show in London last week. The major theme of the show was the ongoing plastics conversation, epitomized by the widely attended The Big Plastics Debate, in which industry-leading figures debated the role of plastics in a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, the team at A Plastic Planet came armed with its famed Plastic Free Aisle exhibit and a wall full of “Plastic Free” trust marks in a clear indication of its stance.

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