Sustainability > Envirofriendly packaging

Plastics without the use of fossil fuels

24 November, 2009

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.

Trends impacting secondary packaging

05 November, 2008

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.

Biodegradeable polymer technology

01 June, 2008

Plantic Technologies has released its biodegradeable polymer technology.

High-performance sheet

01 June, 2008

Plantic HP1 is a development in biodegradable packaging. It enhances the existing functional properties of Plantic R1 sheet, thereby creating a larger addressable market.

Wal-Mart Packaging Scorecard graded poorly in Europe

03 October, 2007

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.

Biodegradability and the packaging industry

12 September, 2007 by Gio Braidotti

As market demand for environmentally friendly plastics grows, CSIRO is helping the packaging industry assess product biodegradability

Packaging that minimises product waste

10 September, 2007

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.

Call for papers on a sustainable packaging industry

16 August, 2007

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.

Trouble ahead for glass packaging industries

30 July, 2007

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).

Design for recycling

06 July, 2007

The Sustainable Packaging Alliance’s (SPA) 13th Round Table ‘Design for Recycling’ will be held in Melbourne on Friday 13 July.

Developing natural plastics in Australian sugarcane

11 May, 2007

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.

Oxo-degradable polystyrene foam containers produced

20 March, 2007

Cascades has launched Bioxo, the first product line of containers made from totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam.

PET recycling material certified as food-grade

07 July, 2006

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.

Soluble labels are not for food

11 October, 2005

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.

Compostable packaging taped

03 January, 2005

Used plastic wrappings and containers make good fuel if incinerated but are also dumped in huge quantities on landfill sites.

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