Category: Packaging

Brands, manufacturers unveil list of ‘problematic and unnecessary materials’

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More than 100 companies, organizations and government entities joined forces to unveil a “Problematic and Unnecessary Materials List” on Tuesday in an effort to accelerate the transition toward a “circular economy” for plastic packaging in the U.S.

The companies and groups, all members of the U.S. Plastic Pact, identified 11 plastic packaging items that they consider not reusable, recyclable or compostable at scale, and that they expect to be eliminated by 2025, a news release from the partners said. 

‘Smart’ food packaging? Scientists unveil biodegradable food packaging made from corn protein

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A team of scientists has developed biodegradable food packaging made from corn protein and other naturally-derived bioplymers infused with a mixture of natural antimicrobial oils that can extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by up to three days compared to traditional plastic containers, creating a solution to cut down on the amount of plastic packaging throughout the food industry.

Exposed: Amazon’s enormous and rapidly growing plastic pollution problem

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Oceana analyzed e-commerce packaging data and found that Amazon generated 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2020. This is a 29% increase of Oceana’s 2019 estimate of 465 million pounds. The report also found that Amazon’s estimated plastic packaging waste, in the form of air pillows alone, would circle the Earth more than 600 times.

By combining the e-commerce packaging data with findings from a recent study published in Science, Oceana estimates that up to 23.5 million pounds of Amazon’s plastic packaging waste entered and polluted the world’s waterways and oceans in 2020, the equivalent of dumping a delivery van payload of plastic into the oceans every 67 minutes.

Inside the $22 billion deodorant industry’s effort to ditch plastic

Read the full story at Fast Company.

Brands large and small are finally moving away from plastic packaging. It’s a start.

‘If you’re using paper, but you’re putting a plastic liner in it, you haven’t really solved anything…’ Footprint talks sustainable packaging

Read the full story at Food Navigator.

Determining the most sustainable packaging option for CPG products is rarely as clear cut as it might appear. Take yogurt cups, which are typically made from polypropylene (PP), which can be recycled, although many US curbside pickup services don’t yet take it. ‘Eco-friendly’ paperboard alternatives are available, but they come with a plastic lining, and will end up in the trash. So which is the better option?

WWF tracker sees ‘problematic plastic’ halved but urgent action needed to fix a ‘complex, broken system’

Read the full story at Beverage Daily.

A new report from World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that principal members in its ReSource: Plastic programme – including The Coca-Cola Co, McDonald’s, Keurig Dr Pepper, Procter & Gamble and Starbucks – cut their use of ‘problematic plastic’ by 57% between 2018 and 2020. However, the sector needs to move further and faster to a grip on the plastic problem.

Watch this magic plastic instant-coffee package disappear in your drink

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It’s made of seaweed (tasteless, don’t worry)—and can also work for things like tea bags, noodles, or detergent.

New Jersey passes ambitious recycled content bill, which now heads to governor for signature

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

New Jersey’s recycled content bill, S2515, is on its way to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk after passing the state’s Assembly and Senate Jan. 10. 

Starting in 2024, rigid plastic containers will need to contain at least 10% postconsumer recycled content, and plastic beverage containers will need to contain at least 15%. These rates will rise incrementally over the years and cap at 50% by 2036 and 2050, respectively, according to the bill.

The bill also establishes a 35% standard for recycled content in glass bottles; a 20% standard for plastic carryout bags; a standard of between 20% and 40% for paper carryout bags, depending on size; as well as a range of standards for plastic trash bags based on thickness. Polystyrene packing peanuts will be banned in 2024.  Washington is another state that recently banned this packaging.

Reuse rebounds: National Zero Waste Conference highlights policy potential in 2022

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

After early coronavirus fears halted many reuse efforts, year two of the pandemic saw new investments in reuse systems and a desire to circumvent supply chain disruptions in disposable packaging.

Estée Lauder explores paper-based bottles to help meet sustainable packaging goals

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Prestige beauty company Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) announced today that it has joined the Pulpex partner consortium, a collaboration of leading packaged goods companies dedicated to developing paper-based bottles.

Pulpex is a first-of-its-kind technology that forms bottles from wood pulp using 100% renewable feedstocks from responsibly managed forests. It was launched in 2020 as a collaboration between venture management company Pilot Lite and beverage alcohol company Diageo. Additional partners in the consortium include Unilever, PepsiCo, GSK Consumer Healthcare and Castrol.

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