Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), CIC Holdings and Chemanex have formed a joint venture - Chemcel - and will build and operate a processing facility in Sri Lanka, manufacturing bio-based superabsorbent polymers.
The occurrence of litter national is declining, the National Litter Index (NLI) shows. Victoria is ahead of the other states and territories with a 17% reduction by item on the 2012 count.
The 446 billion PET containers used worldwide for beverage packaging in 2011 is expected to grow to 1.3 trillion by 2015. That’s a lot of bottles that have to be dealt with in the waste and recycling streams.
BASF’s compostable plastic ecovio has found its first production application in a system solution for coffee packaging. BASF has collaborated with the Swiss Coffee Company to develop a coffee capsule with aroma-tight outer packaging.
Tetra Pak says it plans to sign an agreement with Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas, for the supply of LDPE made from sugar cane to its packaging material factories in Brazil.
Packaging plays a vital role in the food industry and now new Australian research has established how this role can be extended to assist in minimising food waste.
The AFGC, Coles and the RED Group have launched the REDcycle Program in Canberra, which recycles soft plastic packaging into furniture. Consumers can drop off plastics at eight Coles stores in Canberra.
Mushrooms packed with Sira-Flex Resolve film reportedly showed no browning and no condensation after seven days.
TINE, a Norwegian dairy producer, distributor and exporter, is the first brand in Europe to use Tetra Pak’s LightCap 30 product, an HDPE cap made from sugar cane.
Queensland Conservation has called on the Newman government to urgently act to reduce plastics entering the environment following the Tasmanian Government’s announcement of a plastic bag ban.
The material format combines PET and Plantic biodegradable film to provide a packaging material which has ultrahigh gas barrier properties and is made from up to 60% renewable materials.
The AFGC and APC are launching a new toolkit that will assist marketing professionals’ awareness of sustainable packaging design and end-of-life.
Plantic Technologies has announced a new commercial supply agreement with Profish Food, a sourcing agent, processor and distributor of fresh fish.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has announced that the overall recycling rate for post-consumer packaging in Australia is 63.8% for 2012.
In order to increase the amount of bio-based food packaging materials, the European ADCELLPACK consortium is developing a thermoplastic wood-fibre-based packaging material for trays used primarily in packages of sliced cheese.