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.
Ineos Olefins & Polymers has partnered with Italy-based polymer recycler Forever Plast SpA on the development of a range of new polyethylene grades made with a blend of post-consumer recyclate derived from used bottle caps, and virgin materials.
Better packaging design is key to tackling the problem of plastic waste and recyclability. Seeking to close the gap between producers and recyclers, resource management company Veolia has now opened its Sustainable Packaging Academy, in an effort to provide businesses with more insight into packaging circularity and future-proof packaging design.
Packaging giant Amcor has launched the first PET container made from 100% post-consumer recycled content (PCR) resin for a multivitamin product manufactured by the US vitamin producer, Ritual. The bottle comes in two sizes, 100cc and 150cc.
A survey conducted by UK-based contract packing company WePack has found that 48% of people try to reuse packaging to be ‘eco-friendly’. While just 5% of respondents stated bluntly that they simply threw it away, quite a large percentage of those remaining indicated taking a more ‘I-do-if-I-can’ approach.