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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.

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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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He might like to duck and dive in the boxing ring, but Konrad Webster doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to delivering customer service here at KM Packaging.

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If the packaging world had a superhero, its name would most likely be "FOIL". In its aluminium form, this super material has a range of properties that make it a formidable force, particularly when used for trays in food packaging.

Guidelines on Recycled Content in Packaging

In this week's wrap up... new BPF guidelines on recycled content in packaging, Covid 19 impact on consumer behavior and the packaging sector, and hats off (and on!) to everyone working in the food supply chain.

Facing the Challenges of COVID-19

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The career, life, and times of barnstorming Claire

From transforming a derelict barn into a family home, to breaking glass ceilings in the male-dominated world of banking, to performing the work of Gilbert and Sullivan, and streamlining practices and operations here at KM, life has never been dull for Claire Meads. 

Now, as she heads into "retirement", Claire has no intention of slowing down, with plans that include extensive travel, volunteer work, further education, and finishing that barn conversion!

Before saying her farewells to KM Packaging, Claire took some rare timeout to answer a few questions about her life and career.

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