A one-stage process which produces polylactic acid and its copolymers through direct fermentation makes the renewable production of PLA and lactate-containing copolymers cheaper and more commercially viable.
Improved operations, cost savings and lower transportation costs are the top three drivers for companies re-evaluating their secondary packaging according to the latest PMMI report. Sustainability is high on the agenda but not one of the major drivers.
Plantic Technologies has released its biodegradeable polymer technology.
Plantic HP1 is a development in biodegradable packaging. It enhances the existing functional properties of Plantic R1 sheet, thereby creating a larger addressable market.
The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) has urged the packaging industry to not allow the Wal-Mart Packaging Scorecard to become an industry standard.
As market demand for environmentally friendly plastics grows, CSIRO is helping the packaging industry assess product biodegradability
Shaking and tapping is often the only way to get the last drop of tomato sauce out of the bottle. But soon a special coating on the packaging will make every last, precious drop of sauce ooze out of the bottle with ease.
The food, beverage, packaging and manufacturing industries are invited to submit an abstract for the 2008 Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) National Conference, to be held 12-13 June 2008 at Luna Park, Sydney.
The glass packaging industry is cracking under the pressure of the burgeoning plastics industry, according to a new report published by Global Industry Analysts (GIA).
The Sustainable Packaging Allianceâ€™s (SPA) 13th Round Table â€˜Design for Recyclingâ€™ will be held in Melbourne on Friday 13 July.
American company Metabolix has signed a collaborative agreement with Australia's Cooperative Research Centre for Sugar Industry Innovation through Biotechnology (CRC SIIB) to research and develop natural plastics directly in sugarcane.
Cascades has launched Bioxo, the first product line of containers made from totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam.
KRONES has been offering a compact-size PET bottle-to-bottle recycling facility for bottlers and converters, designed to produce food-grade PET from used PET material.
A UK-based electronics manufacturer is nearing the end of trials testing a soluble label that decomposes to indicate whether the product inside has been exposed to damaging conditions.
Used plastic wrappings and containers make good fuel if incinerated but are also dumped in huge quantities on landfill sites.