Nigerian start-up Quadloop recycles electronic waste into solar lanterns

NIGERIA – Quadloop, a Nigerian-based start-up, uses electronic waste as raw materials to manufacture solar lanterns and other products which will have a lower impact on the environment. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Nigeria produced 16,900 tons of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) between 2015 and 2016. It is against this backdrop that Lagos-based start-up Quadloop…

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Stora Enso invests US$984M in its Oulu site to accelerate growth in renewable packaging

FINLAND – Finnish forestry group Stora Enso has announced a US$983.58 million (€1 billion) investment to convert the remaining idle paper machine at its Oulu site in Finland into a high-volume consumer board production line. According to the firm, the investment is intended to accelerate the growth in renewable packaging by offering new volumes for growing packaging segments. Stora Enso…

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Sukano, Emery Oleochemicals launches antifogging PET compound for food packaging

US – Switzerland-based company, Sukano has partnered with natural-based chemicals manufacturer Emery Oleochemicals to jointly developed PET antifogging compound for direct food contact PET packaging. Designed for rigid and oriented Coex films, the material contains Sukano’s co-polyester compound in one cap layer of a film extrusion line A/B structure and PET as a core layer. Fogging occurs when small water…

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Reckitt launches 75% paper-based pouch for Finish detergent products

UK – Anglo-Dutch multinational consumer goods company, Reckitt has partnered with Mondi to launch 75% paper-based packaging for the dishwasher detergent brand Finish. The new Finish stand-up pouch features 75% paper, said to be responsibly sourced. The remaining plastic is used to strengthen the paper structure and provide protection to ensure the quality and safety of the Finish product as…

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Covestro partners SABIC to develop recyclable, heat-resistance plastic pouches

GERMANY – German producer of polyurethane and polycarbonate-based raw materials, Covestro has partnered with SABIC to develop a heat-resistant BOPE coating for mono-PE stand-up pouches. Made with SABIC BOPE polymer, the new design seeks to replace traditional multi-material laminates – which are considered difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to recycle – with a more efficient alternative. BOPE can reportedly be used…

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KHS develops PET bottle with glued-in handle in a bid to cut down material

GERMANY – International manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for beverage and food, KHS has introduced PET bottles with glued-in handles to cut 30% material used. According to the company, the KHS PET bottle is more stable than the extrusion-blow-molded polyolefin alternatives currently available on the market. Glued-in handles also require a simpler contour than the clip-in variety, which it…

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Borealis to build advanced mechanical recycling plant in Austria

AUSTRIA – Austrian chemical company, Borealis has announced plans to build a first-of-its-kind commercial-scale advanced mechanical recycling plant to be located in Schwechat, Austria. Based on the company’s Borcycle M technology, the process is hoped to result in over 60 kilotonnes of advanced mechanical recycled polyolefin solutions and compounds per year. The company claims that the new plant was inspired…

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