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A growth despite low oil price

The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update, presented at the last European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin, confirm the positive growth trend of the global bioplastics industry. “The market is predicted to grow by more than 350 percent in the mid-term”, says François de Bie, chairman of European Bioplastics...

Success and challenges

The equivalent of 66 billion 1.5-litre PET bottles were collected and recycled in 2014, representing 57% of bottles and containers placed in the market. This conclusion comes from a report carried out by PCI PET Packaging Resin & Recycling for Petcore Europe from a Europe-wide survey among actors involved in the collection, sorting and recycling of PET...

CLP regulation came into effect

Plastics suppliers are being urged by the European Plastics Distributors Association (EPDA) to ensure they are compliant with the latest legislation for restricted substances, as the deadline approaches for SMEs to register existing chemicals used in production processes. EPDA - the voice of the...  

The first roads made of recycled plastic are in Rotterdam

The city council of Rotterdam is currently examining the PlasticRoad project, that makes use of prefabricated modules entirely made of recycled plastic (mainly obtained from post consumer bottles) to replace...

The environmental impact of the Heramid engineering polymers has been measured

Radici Novacips, head company of the RadiciGroup Plastics Business Area, has chalked up another important achievement in sustainability: the company has developed and published an EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) for its Heramid “post industrial” PA6 and PA6.6 engineering plastics and an EPD for its polyamide scrap recovery service...

Acquitted on the basis of "sufficient evidence"

This is the slogan of the recent communication campaign launched by Pro.mo, and it is a  message substantiated by the results of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) comparative scientific study of disposable tableware, published on July 9 by the Group of disposable plastic tableware manufacturers, which is part of Unionplast...

Foundation for the future

The Sabic’s fourth sustainability report, “Foundation for the Future” reflects the company commitment to growing its business responsibly and sustainably. This report builds on the great progress Sabic has made so far and is another step on its path to a sustainable and efficient future for the economy, society, and the environment...

The best recycled plastics product

The 2015 Epro Awards final, sponsored by Corepla (the Italian consortium for the collection and recycling of plastic packages) took place at IdentiPlast conference in Rome on April 29. A panel consisting of representatives of Epro, PlasticsEurope, PRE, Eupc and ACR+ from across Europe assessed the entries and...

Breathing new (intelligent) life in plastics

Based in Ospedaletto di Istrana, near Treviso (Italy), Aliplast processes 70 thousand tons of plastic materials each year. It has just concluded two important trade fairs - Plast and Ipack-Ima - where it has introduced cutting-edge innovations in the field of plastic packaging recycling. It is the first Italian company to...

World’s first PET bottle made entirely from plants

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled on June 3 the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan. PlantBottle packaging pushes the boundaries on sustainable innovation by using groundbreaking technology to create a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from renewable plant materials...

Vecap report shows significant achievements on its tenth anniversary

On May 5, the European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA) - which represents the leading organisations which manufacture, market or use flame retardants in Europe - releases the 2014 Vecap European Progress Report. The Voluntary Emissions Control Action programme (VECAP) is a product stewardship programme which aims...

Energy efficiency for the plastic industry

CertiNergia is an ESCo (Energy Service Company) UNI CEI 11352 certified company and part of an international group with more than thirty years of experience. Exhibiting at Plast 2015 was a vital step forward considering the solid experience the company has accumulated in the plastic industry for its more than 130 Italian clients, approximately 30% of which...

Development goals achieved thanks to the Veneto Region

A company specialized in the design and industrialization of PET containers, PET Engineering successfully concludes the project Suspack “Sustainable packaging through PET reduction and alternative materials”. Thanks to the contribution of 180 thousand euro received from...

Conai with Expo to promote a recycling culture

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...

An effective and sustainable solution comes from tyres

A recent investigation by the online version of the well known Italian newspaper Repubblica.it 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...

BPF's concern

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...   

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

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...

Short agro-industrial supply chains for bioproducts

“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...

Compostable and biodegradable capsule for hot drinks

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...