Editor, Sustainable Plastics
Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
2023 was also a year in which sustainable packaging continued to gain momentum. This issue includes a case study for a medical device package for which one of the requirements was recyclability; a partnership aimed at bottle-to-bottle circularity; and an interview with Paul Antoniadis, of good natured Products
Using a compatibiliser developed by BASF, Teamplas Group, a leading manufacturer of recycled resin in Southeast Asia based on mixed post consumer waste, has successfully produced high-quality recycled pellets suitable for producing high-quality office equipment and car interior parts in combination with virgin materials.
Phabuilder Biotechnology Co., a China-based PHA manufacturing and engineering spinoff of China's tier 1 institute, Tsinghua University, and Hengxin Life Science & Technology Co., Ltd., a producer of disposable cups and tableware have announced what is claimed to be one of the largest orders in the PHA industry ever for PHA straw, coatings and injection-moulded products.