Sustainability > Envirofriendly packaging

Trio to produce bio-based superabsorbent polymers in Sri Lanka

27 August, 2013

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.

Litter on the decline

19 August, 2013

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.

What to do with 1.31 trillion plastic beverage bottles each year

15 July, 2013

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 creates a new way to drink coffee

10 July, 2013

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 goes green in Brazil

28 June, 2013

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.

How packaging can reduce food waste

26 June, 2013

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.

Turning soft plastics into furniture

11 June, 2013

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.

Sirane increases mushroom shelf life

03 June, 2013

Mushrooms packed with Sira-Flex Resolve film reportedly showed no browning and no condensation after seven days.

Tetra Pak caps off its renewable packaging solutions

03 June, 2013

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.

Pressure on Newman govt to reduce plastics

03 June, 2013

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.

Plantic eco Plastic R recyclable ultrahigh barrier packaging

16 May, 2013

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.

New sustainable packaging toolkit for marketers

04 April, 2013

The AFGC and APC are launching a new toolkit that will assist marketing professionals’ awareness of sustainable packaging design and end-of-life.

Plantic and Profish commit to sustainable fish packaging

15 March, 2013

Plantic Technologies has announced a new commercial supply agreement with Profish Food, a sourcing agent, processor and distributor of fresh fish.

Recycling rate continues to rise

12 March, 2013

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has announced that the overall recycling rate for post-consumer packaging in Australia is 63.8% for 2012.

Say cheese: ADCELLPACK develops cellulose-based MAP

11 March, 2013

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.

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