Dow to develop bio-based plastics for LVMH Beauty packaging

FRANCE – Dow to partner with LVMH Beauty on the development of sustainable packaging solutions for the latter’s luxury perfumes and cosmetics products. Through its planned collaboration with Dow, LMVH Beauty will replace a portion of its plastic packaging with bio-based and recycled alternatives. In doing so, it intends to advance its sustainability initiatives while maintaining the quality and functionality…

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Digimarc expands its digital watermarking technology trial to France

FRANCE – US-based digital watermarking solution provider, Digimarc, has expanded the Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 to France. HolyGrail 2.0 is a cross-value chain initiative that aims to evaluate whether digital technology can increase sorting and higher-quality recycling rates for packaging in the European Union (EU). The scheme is led by the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) and facilitated…

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Carbios partners Novozymes to advance PET bio-recycling

FRANCE – Carbios, and Novozymes are entering an exclusive long-term global strategic partnership to ensure the production and supply of Carbios’ proprietary PET-degrading enzymes at an industrial scale. Under the partnership, the companies will build the world’s first biological PET-recycling plant due to start production in 2025 in Longlaville, France, as well as Carbios’ future licensee customers. The two companies…

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Smurfit Kappa successfully trials ‘world first’ hydrogen turbine at French Saillat

FRANCE – Irish corrugated packaging company, Smurfit Kappa and the Hyflexpower consortium have completed the first stage of development on their joint Hyflexpower renewable energy research project at the paper and packaging group’s Saillat paper mill in France. Located at the Smurfit Kappa Saillat paper mill in France, the Hyflexpower project involves significant collaboration across several industries, academic bodies and…

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The Absolut Company’s carbon reduction targets on track, reveals sustainability report FY21/22

FRANCE – The Absolut company has revealed that it has made strong progress in meeting its 2030 carbon reduction targets in its sustainability report FY21/22. The sustainability report comes just weeks after Absolut Vodka announced its ‘groundbreaking’ initiative with Ardagh Glass Packaging to start using a partly hydrogen energy-fired glass furnace for large-scale bottle production. Absolut said that ‘radical’ change…

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Horus Pharma partners Plastic Bank for plastic recycling initiative

FRANCE – French pharmaceutical firm Horus Pharma has collaborated partnered with Plastic Bank to recycle plastic. This partnership aims to recycle nearly 100 tonnes of plastic annually and is in line with Horus Pharma’s environmental program, Eco’ Ophtalmo. The program focuses on developing recyclable packaging and achieving ‘Plastic Net Zero’ since its launch in September last year. Horus Pharma also…

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Danone battles massive plastic pollution allegation lawsuit with three environmental groups

FRANCE – French multinational food-products corporation, Danone, has strongly refuted allegations of plastic mega pollution by several non-governmental organizations. Three environmental groups ClientEarth, Surfrider Foundation Europe, and Zero Waste France have filed a lawsuit against the world-leading food company whose annual sales top more than €24 billion over its global plastic pollution, in the Paris Tribunal Judiciaire. The French ‘Duty…

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TotalEnergies joins Nextloopp to drive development of food-grade recycled polymers

FRANCE – French multinational integrated energy and petroleum company, TotalEnergies has joined the Nextloopp initiative to accelerate the feasibility of advanced mechanical recycling projects targeting food contact. Launched in October 2020 by Nextek Ltd, Nextloopp is a global multi-participant and award-winning project with the objective to produce high-quality recycled polypropylene that is suitable for food-grade applications and made from post-consumer…

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Berry Global facility in France secures RecyClass certification

FRANCE – US-based plastic packaging company Berry Global’s facility in La Genête, France has received RecyClass certification. RecyClass assessments follow rigorous scientific protocols to present a comprehensive evaluation of the recyclability of plastic packaging. The certification allows Berry Global to print RecyClass labeling on the non-food packaging pails produced at the facility. Berry provided external auditor Terra with the necessary…

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France bans single-use plastics in dine-in restaurants and fast food places to drive circularity

FRANCE – The French Government has passed a law banning the use of single-use packaging in dine-in restaurants, and fast-food places as reported by the Guardian. Effective 1 January, the law prohibits major fast-food chains from offering foods in throwaway boxes or single-use cutlery such as knives or forks. The new law requires restaurants that can serve more than 20…

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