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Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Brand owners and major retailers are responding to consumer demands and increasingly stepping up to “do the right thing” environmentally as they publicly commit to sustainable food packaging. These initiatives are designed to reduce packaging waste and encourage a shift to the circular economy.

The goal of the circular economy – currently a better-known concept in Europe than in North America – is to move from our traditional take-make-dispose economy, to one that has a closed loop, where materials, nutrients and data are continuously repurposed. One impact of such a concept is that it encourages greater use of biopolymers and recycled content in all appropriate types of packaging, including in food and beverage packaging.

Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic is among the most common types of pollution on Earth and is rapidly making its way into the oceans. Research published in the journal Science estimated that at least 5.3 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans in 2010.

On Friday, several environmentalists, financial experts and companies that manufacture and use plastic will meet in Dallas to work on tackling plastic pollution and potentially slow that flow.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Whether or not the ocean and our waters upstream are drivers for needed improvements in plastic pollution reduction, the health of our communities, and the customers we all need, should be incentive enough to demand and encourage management to really focus on being an active participant in the circular economy. Plastic pollution is now on the top of many environmental agendas, as it directly impacts the abilities of cities to be resilient, and “smart.” Governments can facilitate circularity and waste avoidance, but it is the private sector which will thrive on it once some good case studies are promoted, scaled and replicated.

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Plasticity Looks at the Next Life of Plastics

Gayle Putrich

More often than not, debates about end-of-life problems with plastic results in industry vs. environmentalist finger-pointing, stalemates — and no viable solutions.

But not at the Plasticity Forum. The one-day event examining the future of plastic, held June 24 at Tribeca Rooftop in New York, brought together would-be opponents for a day of collaboration and discussion on how to treat plastic as a resource and not waste.

Plasticity Looks at the Next Life of Plastics

Plastic Pollution Solutions

For too long, topics about trash have been on the back burner. Litter is an eyesore, and when countries can “sweep it away,” they do. having traveled to many countries, it is apparent that not everyone has good waste management infrastructure, much less enough recycling capacity. The world has yet to scale some of the ground-breaking plastic innovations currently available, harnessing the resource value that plastic has. We believe the discussion at Plasticity can help change our ways of thinking of plastic, and waste. Plastic pollution is a global issue, but needs to be resolved at the local level.

Plastic Pollution Solutions

Plastic - If You Can Measure It, You Can Manage It

Plastic has many great uses, due to its light weight, flexibility in molding, and durability – yet these are also its downfalls, particularly because it is difficult to create economies of scale for the many varieties of plastic that exist. In the US alone, estimates are that over US$8bn per year is ‘left on the table’ in the form of packaging waste alone, which does not get recycled.

Roughly 85% of the plastic used in products and packaging is not recycled, and this is a large, global opportunity – an opportunity for cleaning our country sides and waterways, while creating jobs and innovation.

Plastic - If You Can Measure It, You Can Manage It

VinylPlus raises the bar by registering over 440,000 tonnes of recycled PVC in Europe in 2013

Summary by Billy Chan

VinyPlus successfully met its PVC recycling target in Europe in 2013

Press Release - Plasticity NYC

On the 24th of June, 2014, the 3rd annual Plasticity Forum will be hosted in New York City. Following on from the success of the previous forums in Rio 2012 and Hong Kong 2013, this year’s forum will concentrate on “Innovation and Collaboration in a Material World”. A showcase of ideas in motion, Plasticity will include the latest developments in waste as a resource, scalable innovations in plastic that save money, use of new materials, designing for sustainability and solutions for a world where plastic is used, but without the footprint.

Press Release - Plasticity NYC
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