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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

"Plasticity Light" on Facebook Live - Summary Session for the Public at Earth Day Texas

Watch the “Plasticity Light” session, held on Saturday for the public at Earth Day Texas (April 22nd). You can view the 90min session on Facebook Live, starting at the 1hr 25min mark.

This was a summary of Plasticity, with a few of our conference speakers: Stuart Clark of FOY Group, Trish Hyde of the Australian Packaging Covenant, Rachael Miller of Rozalia Project, Alvaro De Marichalar, and Bob Grace, of RC Grace Ltd., and Doug Woodring, Founder of the Plasticity Forum.

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

Our Plastic World: Policy and Legislation

This is the third piece in a three-part series about recycling and the efforts of the” Plasticity Forum”:http://www.plasticityforum.com.

By now, you likely know a thing or two about Plasticity Forum. As plastic pollution continues, thinkers and entrepreneurs are grouping together to seek an end to one of human’s greatest dilemmas and to create new means for tidying up the planet.

Two weeks ago, we introduced you to the notions of economy and how plastic is recovered. Then, we talked about plastic’s design, and now, we’ll focus on legislation and policy. The time has come to examine what rules (if any) exist to stop plastic pollution from spreading across the globe….

Our Plastic World: Policy and Legislation

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

Report: Companies need to measure and report their plastic use

By Gayle S. Putrich

The consumer goods sector spends $75 billion a year on plastic, with the food and soft drink industries leading the way in spending, though companies’ willingness and ability to disclose how much plastic they use varies wildly and is often nonexistent, according to a unique new report on consumer plastics being released today.

Report: Companies need to measure and report their plastic use

Plasticity Speaker Profile: President José María Figueres

By Robert Rath

Plasticity is proud to announce that the former president of Costa Rica, José María Figueres, will be a keynote speaker at the third annual Plasticity Forum.

Plasticity Speaker Profile: President José María Figueres

Hong Kong Company Makes Toys out of Bioplastics

Steve Toloken

See information on bioplastic toys at min 1:30 on the video clip.

EFSA gives recycled PET a thumbs up

Summary by Robert Rath

Phoenix Technologies has received approval from the EFSA for its recycled PET technology to be used in food packaging.

EFSA gives recycled PET a thumbs up
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