Plastic and environment

Circular economy

Conai with Expo to promote a recycling culture

Plastic and environment - Monday, 13 April 2015

An agreement Protocol between Expo 2015 and the Italy’s national packaging consortium Conai (Consorzio Nazionale Imballaggi) was presented in Milan on March 24, for the promotion of a circular economy programme for the Expo. The importance of this Expo Circular Economy Programme, of which Conai is the...

Traffic Noise Pollution

An effective and sustainable solution comes from tyres

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 8 April 2015

A recent investigation by the online version of the well known Italian newspaper on noise pollution does not mince words: one fifth of the European population is exposed to excessive noise, which is responsible for 10,000 deaths a year in Europe and increases in cardiac disease, sleep problems and...

Impact of reduced oil prices in the UK

BPF's concern

Plastic and environment - Thursday, 19 March 2015

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has expressed its concern at the impact of reduced oil prices in the UK Plastics Recycling Industry. Areas of plastics recycling are becoming uncompetitive and this is threatening not only the viability of businesses but also, potentially, the recycling record of the whole supply chain. The BPF is calling on companies in the downstream supply chain, when...   

Innovation drives sustainability

After the espresso is ready, the capsule goes into the compost

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 18 March 2015

On March 3 in Milan, Novamont and Lavazza unveiled the first 100% compostable Italian espresso capsule. The outcome of five years of research and development, the capsule will be ready for production in late 2015 and on the shelves in 2016. Compatible with Minù coffee machines, the capsules will be made of Mater-Bi 3G and...

Agreement between Novamont and Coldiretti

Short agro-industrial supply chains for bioproducts

Plastic and environment - Friday, 6 February 2015

“The establishment of an agricultural sector that, respecting the local area, exploits abandoned areas of unirrigated land to support the region’s first model of an integrated biorefinery that is in synergy with the food production chain and focuses on high value-added products that can reduce or replace more impactful raw materials...

Joint development for API, Sacmi and ICA

Compostable and biodegradable capsule for hot drinks

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A new single-use capsule has been developed in a joint effort between API, Sacmi and ICA. The capsule is compostable and 100% biodegradable and used for hot drinks. Designed by ICA, the capsule was produced using a formulation of API’s Apinat Bio family of biodegradable compounds, which can be...

At the European Bioplastics’ conference

A model of circular economy

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The international conference organized by European Bioplastics, the European association of bioplastics’ industry, started yesterday (December 2) in Brussels. Leading industry players meet there to discuss how biopolymers can help to make Europe and its Member States a model of circular economy based on...

International symposium in Milan

An overview on present and future of the European recycling

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The Plastics Recycling Conference Europe 2014 organized by Smithers Rapra and focused on the European plastics recycling industry is taking place in Milan on October 29-30. The aim of the event is to provide an overview about the nowadays opportunity of development of the sector in Europe...

Plastics bags in the US

California is the first state to ban them by law

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Several cities across the United States have outlawed plastics bags, but for the first time a bag ban has been signed into law on the states level. It has happened in California, where the governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first state-level ban on plastic bags. Since the date of entry of the new law, on July first, 2015, single-use plastics bag...

Plastic recycling

China seeks to end reign as global dumping ground

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Despite the fact that Europe is a global leader in plastics recycling and in diverting plastics from landfills by using waste-to-energy programs that convert waste into power generation, Europe, along with many other industrialized regions, recently  got another major incentive to increase its recycling effectiveness for plastics...

The economic and environmental impacts of tyre recovery

Plastic and environment - Wednesday, 18 June 2014

A reduction of 347 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents thanks to the use of recycled rubber in place of virgin rubber; savings of 3.2 billion kWh of electricity; 1.3 million cubic metres not consumed to produce virgin rubber, steel and other tyre components. These are the principal environmental data contained in the...