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Amcor, Coca-Cola and others give $300K to spur recycling in South Carolina

The city of Columbia, South Carolina, has received a $300k grant to modernize its residential recycling program, thanks to a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, major packaging suppliers, packaging industry...

Valio and Tetra Pak hit retail shelves with ‘World first’ 100% renewable carton this week

Valio is the first company to sell Tetra Pak’s 100% renewable carton, Tetra Rex Bio-based made from a combination of plastics derived from plants and paperboard, produced by biopolymer manufacturer...

Company boosting output at pilot plants

Metabolix scales back biopolymer manufacturing plans

Metabolix, which develops biopolymers for use in packaging and other applications, recently announced it is revising its manufacturing plans for 2015.

Ramping up production at pilot plants

Metabolix scales back biopolymer manufacturing plans

Metabolix, which develops biopolymers for use in packaging and other applications, recently announced it is revising its manufacturing plans for 2015.

‘Regulations and incentives’ needed to reduce trillions of tonnes of hidden water use globally

Governmental and institutional actions are needed urgently to reduce the estimated 1.8 million tonnes of water – per person - used in food production around the globe, a UK group has urged.

Australia

Trade groups back recommendation for extension to recycling programme

An alliance of Australian trade associations has welcomed the findings of a Council of Australian Governments (Coag) report that recommends the introduction of an industry-led national recycling and anti-litter programme,...

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Mango Materials moves on methane gas for bioplastics

Methane gas could be used as a feedstock to produce affordable PHA bioplastic, according to the CEO of a US-based start-up.

Part of brewer's 'local, sustainable' promise

Ardagh Group inks long-term bottle supply agreement with Schlafly Beer

As part of its commitment to remain local and sustainable even as its business grows, The Saint Louis Brewery has signed an exclusive, long-term bottle supply agreement with Ardagh Group.

SurePure initiates commercial photopurification trials at Indian dairies

SurePure has initiated commercial trials of its photopurification technology with "key dairy producers" in India.

EUROPEN seeks further clarification, while PRE regrets delay

European Commission drops Circular Economy package for a ‘more ambitious proposal’ in 2015

The European Commission has announced plans to withdraw from the Circular Economy package leading to widespread disappointment from industry bodies.

ETH Zurich creates alternative method for lactic acid

Demand for PLA degradable plastic to reach one megaton per year by 2020

Researchers at ETH Zurich, an international university for technology and the natural sciences, have come up an alternative method to produce lactic acid, as demand for biodegradable plastic packaging from...

Family-owned business seeks green grail

Vegan visionaries build plant to LEED Platinum standards

Only a handful of food processors worldwide are so committed to sustainability as to have built a facility that qualifies for the highest level of certification in the LEED (Leadership...

Tetra Pak launches Environmental Benchmarking Service

Tetra Pak has launched an Environmental Benchmarking Service, with one of its first customers being Pacific Foods in the US, saving 31m litres of water a year.

dispatches from Emballage 2014, Paris

Sleever targets shrink sleeve packaging boost

Sleever International has said it worked with food and beverage manufacturers over a period of five years when creating two turnkey systems to boost recycling and reduce carbon footprint.

dispatches from European Bioplastics Conference

5-HMF producer sees potential in packaging

There is a ‘market pull’ from the packaging industry according to the producer of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) which can be used as an intermediate to make bio-based polymers.

Elopak claims to beat Tetra Pak to the punch with its sustainable carton

Elopak has launched a beverage carton with certified renewable polyethylene (PE), claiming to have beaten Tetra Pak by being the first company to offer the coating to the European market.

Special Edition: Flexible packaging

EU researchers develop biodegradable flexible packaging

A €1.2m ($1.5m) EU research project, BioActiveLayer, is developing a flexible packaging material for dried foods: citing the need for a pouch that is both biodegradable and meets demanding shelf life...

Nestlé to use natural refrigerants on all ice cream freezers in 2015

Nestlé is extending a European initiative, to buy natural refrigerants instead of synthetic ones, globally from January 2015.

News in brief

Stora Enso to open biomaterials innovation centre in 2015

Stora Enso will open a biomaterials Innovation Centre in Stockholm, Sweden, in the second quarter of 2015, creating 75 jobs.

News in brief

Ball Packaging highlights greenhouse gas cutting efforts for cans

Ball Packaging says it is halfway through a program to reduce the carbon footprint of its most popular beverage cans by 25% by 2020.

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Indian distribution deal for NatureWorks’ Ingeo resins

NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corporation (NTIC) are to collaborate on marketing and sales in India and countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

FPD at ACE's 20 year anniversary event

Renewable resources only viable long-term option: Tetra Pak CEO

Resources entering the circular economy need to be responsibly managed from the outset, not just at end-of-life, according to the CEO and president of Tetra Pak.

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Bioplastics market will grow by more than 400% by 2018

Bioplastics production capacities will grow by more than 400% with Asia expanding its role as a major production hub, according to figures released at the 9th European Bioplastics conference.

dispatches from European Bioplastics conference

Bioplastics industry sets out key messages

End of life options including biodegradability, compostability and recyclability and ensuring Europe remains competitive where two themes from the first day of the European Bioplastics conference.

IN DISCUSSION WITH...FABIO THOMAZELLI, TETRA PAK

Tetra Pak says dairy consumers ‘tend to accept’ less package functionality

Tetra Pak says it’s vital for its customers to strike a balance between ideal package functionality and carton cost, with liquid milk one segment where consumers tend to favor a...

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