Thailand imposes total ban on plastic waste imports by 2025 to “protect country”

THAILAND – The government of Thailand has announced plans to enforce a total ban on plastic scrap imports by 2025 in a three-stage plan. The nation’s intention to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries has been discussed since 2020, according to natural resources and environment minister Varawut Silpa-archa, who has deemed the move necessary, saying “we need to protect…

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Stora Enso expands portfolio with formed fiber plant in Hylte, Sweden

SWEDEN – Finnish forestry group Stora Enso has begun a feasibility study for building a formed fiber plant in Hylte, Sweden. The company’s strategic aim is to grow with renewable packaging, and the investment would increase Stora Enso’s formed fiber capacity significantly. The new plant would mainly produce PureFibe by Stora Enso – a range of formed fiber products that…

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Michael R. Bloomberg launches US$85M “Beyond Petrochemicals” campaign to combat plastic producers

US – UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg has launchedUS$85 million ‘Beyond Petrochemicals’ campaign aiming to halt the rapid expansion of petrochemical and plastic pollution in the United States. The initiative as Michael R. Bloomberg says will tackle plastic producers by putting pressure on communities to block petrochemical expansion. The mainly grassroots movement is advocating…

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Mondi develops mono-material PP packaging for Handl Tyrol bacon

AUSTRIA – Paper and packaging company, Mondi has developed a high-barrier, mono-material polypropylene (PP) packaging solution for Handl Tyrol bacon. Designed to resemble a wooden chopping board, the packaging features a polypropylene (PP) film that is recyclable in existing streams for mixed polyolefins. The wood-effect film is designed to offer safe vacuum packaging, on-shelf appeal and better protection to avoid…

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Vetropack introduces bottles made from tempered lightweight glass

SWITZERLAND – With its innovative Echovai solution, Vetropack Group, has introduced ‘the world’s first’ returnable bottle made of tempered lightweight glass at Drinktec 2022. The Echovai bottle is durable and lightweight, weighing up to 30% less than standard returnable bottles. It is also more resistant to abrasion and reduces logistical effort, producing 25% of the carbon dioxide emissions of a…

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Interzero partners Eastman for molecular recycling facility in France

FRANCE – Plastics recycling firm Interzero and chemical company Eastman have signed a long-term supply agreement for the latter’s planned molecular recycling facility in Normandy, France. Under the agreement, Interzero will provide 20,000 metric tonnes of hard-to-recycle PET household packaging waste per year to the facility. Interzero Plastics Recycling, a division of Interzero, provides plastics recycling solutions and environmental services.…

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