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.
Polystyrene foam is widely used in a variety of applications, including packaging and drinking cups. These different types of foam are all commercially produced from a single starting material - high-density spherical beads of expandable polystyrene (EPS).