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Clearing Confusion on Plastics

Wrap-up - 06/03/2020

Our round-up of what's been happening in the world of flexible packaging this week. 

Clearing confusion on plastics

Confused about plastics? WRAP has launched a "Clear on Plastics" campaign to combat public confusion about plastics. It gives clear information about plastic use in packaging and tackles questions like "Why can't we just replace plastics with other materials?". 

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News from down under

An ANZPAC Plastic Pact is to be led by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). It will work with businesses, governments, and NGOs from across the plastics value chain in Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations to develop a common vision of the circular economy for plastics.

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Soft plastics are to be collected from over 100,000 homes in Australia through kerbside recycling and diverted from landfill in a trial being led by Nestlé and recycler iQ Renew. Some 750 tonnes of soft plastic is expected to be processed.

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And from the States … converting crisp bags to bottles

A crisp bag has been converted into para-xylene - the primary chemical used to make virgin PET for beverage bottles – by US-based sustainable technology company Anellotech. It is believed this breakthrough will help to satisfy the growing global demand for recycled PET.

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Closer to home … 

Silencing the hogwash

It's time we heard more about the positive side of plastic and less of the green-wash hogwash, says Nigel Coates on his soap box.


Tesco's packaging traffic lights

Categorised under Red, Amber, and Green, Tesco has updated its preferred material list for own branded products.

See it here >>

Bioplastics special report

With consumers increasingly intent upon making sustainable purchasing decisions, the adoption of bio-based packaging solutions should be very much in tune with the times. The topic is explored in "Green expectations | Special report – bioplastics" from Packaging News.

Read the report >> 

Understanding plastic packaging

It is easy to be confused by the differences between the materials used to make plastic packaging, the way plastics can behave and the terminology used. WRAP published a document last year to provide some clarity. 

View the document >>

Recycling confusion

New report published from Hi-Cone titled “The State of Plastic Recycling” found that more than half of UK adults are unsure how to recycle plastics, as reported by British Plastics & Rubber Magazine. 

Read more here >>

AND FINALLY … the plastic-chomping worm creates hilarity

The story of wax worms that can digest plastic has been resurfaced by the Daily Mail. And the readers' comments have raised a smile. They include "... and will probably create something catastrophic, like a mutated creature that eats all the plastic in the world, and poops out nuclear waste" and "If it is just a single-use plastic bag caterpillar they might as well go back to the drawing board".

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Compostable packaging boost for food waste recycling aims

Compostable packaging is crucial if food waste recycling is to be increased, according to a new report based on responses from experts across Europe.

The report, published by environmental consultancy Ricardo Energy, is being circulated to encourage the Government to support compostable packaging to help meet its food waste recycling objectives and reduce plastic contamination in organic waste streams.

Lifting the Lid on Plastic: Any colour as long as it’s not black

Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black. Those were the words of Henry Ford about the Model T which, in 1913, became the first automobile to be built on a moving assembly line.

Black was chosen at the time because it was inexpensive and fast-drying and assisted the speed of assembly.

You could be forgiven for thinking the same statement was previously applied to food trays. Not so long ago, supermarkets’ ready-meal and fresh food shelves appeared to be almost completely stacked with black plastic trays.

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