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Plastic Packaging Ban 'Could Harm Environment'

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

Ban could cause more harm than good

Plastic packaging ban 'could harm environment', warned the BBC in reference to research from the UK-based Circular Economy Task Force. It was found that some supermarkets and brands are switching to alternative materials that are potentially even more harmful to the environment. 

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Largest UK-wide scheme to recycle plastic film

Co-op has announced a new commitment to only using 100% own-brand recyclable packaging which will lead to the largest-ever UK-wide scheme to recycle plastic film. 

The Co-op makes over 750 million pieces of plastic film each year and will make it easy to recycle by developing its own national collection programme for the material. After a spring store trial, the scheme will be rolled out nationally across the retailer’s store estate by the summer.

Read the full article here.

£1.5 billion to lead shift from virgin plastics

Nestlé announced that it will invest up to £1.5 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

Already committed to making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, Nestlé says it will reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period whilst working with others to advance the circular economy.

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Flexible packaging consultation deadline today

CEFLEX open consultation for phase 1 design guidelines for consumer flexible packaging closes today at 5pm.

CEFLEX state: “The objective of the guidelines is to support and advise the entire value chain to design and specify flexible packaging suitable for collection, sorting and recycling after use. This is part of our ‘Mission Circular’ – to create a circular economy for flexible packaging in Europe by 2025.”

See CEFLEX website for further information.

Lifting the Lid on Plastic

How the “greatest thing since sliced bread” became toast. Click here to read part one of our informative series on plastic. 

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