Fungi Solutions develops mushroom-based packaging from landfilled waste

AUSTRALIA – Melbourne-based startup, Fungi Solutions has developed what it claims to be “Australia’s first” mushroom-based packaging from landfilled waste. The start-up packaging company aims to divert organic waste from landfills, marking it as the first business in Australia to convert fungi into packaging. The converting process combines fungi with organic waste to grow and create compostable packaging. After use,…

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Nestlé Professional invests US$2.5M in its Smithtown factory to enhance recycling and local manufacturing

AUSTRALIA – Nestlé Professional has invested US$2.5 million in its Smithtown factory in New South Wales to bolster local manufacturing and support collaborative product developments, starting with a recyclable Hot Chockee cup. The company says that its Smithtown facility, where popular products like Milo, Nesquik and Nestlé hot chocolate are made and packaged, will now have the capacity to produce…

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Australian steelmakers urge the government to ban export of unprocessed ferrous scrap

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Steel Institute (ASI) has urged the nation’s government to ban unprocessed ferrous scrap export, saying processing the scrap locally will help steelmakers reach decarbonization goals. In a presentation to the Federal Standing Committee on Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water last month (November 2022), ASI sustainability national manager Michael Dawson said the domestic steel industry has…

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KitKat introduces recyclable paper packaging in a pilot test for the brand

AUSTRALIA – Nestlé’s KitKat, one of the world’s most popular confectionery products, is introducing recyclable paper packaging as a pilot test for the brand. According to Nestlé Australia, the recyclable paper packaging will be available for a limited time for its four-finger bar in Australia, across Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. Nestlé will produce more than a quarter…

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Amcor partners ExxonMobil to boost recycled material target

AUSTRALIA – American-Australian global packaging company, Amcor has inked a five-year deal with ExxonMobil to purchase certified-circular polyethylene material in support of its target to achieve 30% recycled material across its portfolio by 2030. Amcor says the volume of material will increase incrementally each year and is expected to reach 100,000 metric tonnes annually at the end of the contract…

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Mars NZ introduces paper-based wrappers for its chocolate bars

AUSTRALASIA – Confectionery giant Mars has announced plans to switch to new recyclable packaging for its chocolate bars in Australia and New Zealand. Mars, Snickers and Milky Way chocolate bars will have biodegradable brown paper packaging, designed to be more environmentally friendly, in Australia in April and in New Zealand the following month. Mars said the wrappers on its chocolates…

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Australian supermarkets approved to form recycling taskforce

AUSTRALIA – The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved a task force to address soft plastic recycling in Australia. The approval comes after 3 leading retailers (Coles, Woolworths and Aldi) lodged an urgent application for interim authorization to form the Soft Plastics Taskforce. It came after REDcycle, the country’s leading soft plastic recycling scheme, suspended its soft plastics…

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US startup Protein Evolution secures US$20M to scale-up enzymatic plastic recycling

US – US-based startup Protein Evolution (PEI) has established what it says is the world’s first enzymatic plastic recycling business, landing initial funding of US$20 million. The funding was raised from entrepreneurs and industry leaders and led by Collaborative Fund’s recently announced climate fund, Collab SOS, which is in partnership with fashion designer Stella McCartney. The US-based startup couples artificial…

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KM Packaging introduces sustainable lidding films in Australia

AUSTRALIA – British flexible packaging company KM Packaging has introduced a range of sustainable lidding films for the Australian market. The new portfolio is claimed to assist customers in fulfilling their commitments to the National Packaging Targets, whose implementation is overseen by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). The products are divided into four categories and spread across KM’s extensive…

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Proseal strengthens Australian operation with new Melbourne factory

AUSTRALIA – Tray sealing specialist Proseal has relocated to a new factory in Australia to build its comprehensive range of sales and support services for customers throughout the country. The new 2100m2 office and warehouse combination in Westmeadows, Melbourne, close to the city’s international airport and CBD, will double Proseal’s manufacturing capacity with six machining centers, and an expanded assembly…

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