The January/February issue of Sustainable Plastics is out - and it’s now ready for you to download or read on our website.
In this first issue of 2021, you’ll find news and developments plus stories about important topics in the industry today. Read about the challenges facing the packaging industry regarding the various sustainability pledges, commitments and targets to be met over the next few years. “Not only do we need to integrate recycled content into our solutions, but we must also successfully apply design for recycling,” explains Jakob Settele, a sales manager at Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging. That company has joined forces with APK AG, an advanced recycling company, on the development of new tube laminates incorporating recycled content derived from APK’s Newcycling technology.
Tethered caps are another looming issue. Under the EU’s Single-Use Plastic directive, these will become mandatory in the EU in July 2024. Calling it a design challenge as well as a design opportunity, Andzejus Buinovski, a design engineer at Retal, relishes the task ahead. “The precision of the geometry is where we will find success,” he said.
Since the launch of Sabic’s Trucircle portfolio late 2019, these materials have generated an unprecedented amount of interest in the market. Mark Vester, Global leader Circular Economy at Sabic discusses the reasons for this and talks about Sabic’s plans for the future development of the portfolio. Sabic, he emphasised, is determined to fulfil its pledge to the EU Commission.
We’ve also circled back once again to talk about PHA, a material that, around the world, is finding acceptance as a sustainable alternative for single-use plastics - except in the EU. Here, the fact that PHA is produced at scale through industrial fermentation processes has caused it to be regarded as an artificial or modified polymer and hence covered by the Single-Use Plastics directive. Anindya Mukherjee, one of the founding members of the Go!PHA initiative, which was established to promote the PHA platform, is striving to alter the stance of the EU. Why should PHA be covered by the directive, whereas paper - a ‘clearly chemically modified cellulose’ is not, he asks. The final outcome of the discussion is still pending.
Enjoy the issue!