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And The Corporate Response


Coca-Cola HBC Austria Adopts Fiber-Based Packaging For Lemonade Multipacks

Coca-Cola HBC Austria has partnered with Krones, DS Smith and Mondi to develop a fiber-based secondary packaging for 1.5-liter PET lemonade multipacks from its Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Mezzo Mix brands. The company took this step to help reduce plastic use by approximately 200 tonnes each year. Coca-Cola said Krones contributed its LitePac Top technology in helping the beverage company move from plastic film to cardboard and kraft paper solutions.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola HBC]


TINA Finds Colgate Guilty Of Falsely Advertising Toothpaste Tubes As Recyclable

The advertising watchdog, truthinadvertising.org, has concluded that Colgate-Palmolive is in violation of the FTC’s Green Guides for falsely advertising that its Tom’s of Maine and Colgate toothpaste tubes as recyclable. The organization has filed a complaint against the company with the FTC and regulators in California and Connecticut, calling on the agencies to take enforcement action against the consumer products manufacturer. Results of the organization’s investigation revealed that the toothpaste tubes, although technically recyclable, are not being recycled due to contamination, size and shape of the tubes and other issues.[Image Credit: © Tom's of Maine, Inc.]


Henkel, CCL Win AWA Sustainability Award For Improved PET Bottle Recyclability

Henkel and CCL have won the 2023 Alexander Watson Associates Sleeve Label Award for Environmental Contribution for the sustainable design of Henkel’s Vernel fabric softener bottle. Henkel is using CCL’s EcoFloat sleeve technology to enhance the recyclability of PET bottle bodies. EcoFloat is designed to facilitate the separation of sleeve and bottle body during the recycling process.[Image Credit: © Henkel AG & Co. KGaA]

CORPORATE ACTION: Johnson & Johnson

SC Johnson Drafts Milwaukee Brewers To Help Celebrate Scrubbing Bottles Made From Recycled Plastic Cups

SC Johnson is working with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team to mark the launch of a special edition Scrubbing Bubbles Citrus Scent Bathroom Cleaner household cleaning product. The product comes in a bottle made from recycled plastic cups collected at the American Family Field in Wisconsin. It will be sold at 12 Meijer retail stores across the state.[Image Credit: © S.C. Johnson & Son Inc.]


Nespresso Launches Home-Compostable Capsules In France, Switzerland

Nespresso has launched its coffee pods that can be composted by consumers at home in France and Switzerland. The company, which sells 14 billion Nespresso-branded coffee capsules a year, was forced to come up with the sustainable coffee pods to address increased competition in the segment and growing scrutiny into the product’s environmental impact. Smaller competitors’ launches of third-party biodegradable capsules also helped convince the company to launch their own line of environment-friendly capsules.[Image Credit: © Nestlé Nespresso SA]


Unilever Joins Forces With BPGMEA To Promote Circular Economy In Bangladesh

Unilever Bangladesh Limited partnered with the Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association to hold a seminar seeking to promote a circular plastics economy. Also, the event included an exhibition highlighting innovations in manufacture and recycling of plastic products and packaging from local groups and Unilever Bangladesh.[Image Credit: © Unilever]


Walmart’s Compostable Cutlery Works Like Plastic

Walmart’s senior vice president of food and consumables, private brand manufacturing, Scott Morris, and SVP of merchandising, household essentials, Jennifer R. Jackson talked about the retailer’s 100% compostable, private-brand cutlery. Jackson said the cutlery, which is part of the company’s Great Value brand, is available in 1,400 stores across the country and includes commercially compostable forks, knives, spoons, and various types of cutlery. Morris said the cutlery is made from “commercially compostable raw materials” while providing consumers with the same convenience and durability of plastic cutlery. [Image Credit: © Walmart Inc.]


International Group Releases Draft Proposed Global Plastics Treaty

The Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution has released a “zero draft” edition of the proposed global plastics treaty. The text includes all the proposed provisions that will be discussed during the third phase of negotiations aimed at finalizing the UN Treaty to End Global Plastic Pollution to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from November 13, 2023. Environmentalist groups have expressed support for the draft’s language calling for cuts in plastics production and elimination of polymers and chemicals.[Image Credit: © Hans from Pixabay]


Singapore Scientists Create Process For Upcycling Plastic Waste

Nanyang Technological University scientists in Singapore have developed a process that can transform most plastic waste into chemicals of greater value and with applications for energy storage. The process uses light-emitting diodes and a commercially available catalyst and can be performed at room temperature. Also, the scientists said the process is highly energy-efficient and can be easily powered by renewable energy.[Image Credit: © Nanyang Technological University]

Michigan State University Uses Table Salt As Catalyst For Mixed Plastic Recycling

Michigan State University researchers have shown that ordinary table salt (NaCl) can enable the low temperature pyrolysis of polyolefins and pyrolyzing of metallized plastics with high efficiency rates of conversion. The polyolefins used in the study included high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, linear low-density polyethylene and polypropylene with a 4:2:2:3 ratio. The researchers also looked at the re-use of salt, the effect of salt particle size and effect of weight percentage. Results of the study suggest that table salt can help bring about an inexpensive and efficient pyrolysis method for recycling mixed plastic wastes into beneficial hydrocarbon products.[Image Credit: © Marek from Pixabay]


Paptic Completes Another Round Of Financing To Boost Future Expansion

Paptic Ltd., a Finnish company that developed Paptic® fiber-based and recyclable materials to replace plastics and other conventional packaging materials, has raised €23 million in funding to finance its growth and expansion plans, including product development, manufacturing partnerships and the availability of Paptic materials worldwide. It has added new investors including German venture capital fund European Circular Bioeconomy Fund and international water and hygiene solutions provider Ecolab. Japanese trade house Itochu Fibre Ltd. and some of Paptic’s earlier shareholders also joined the financing round.[Image Credit: © Paptic Ltd]
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