Amsterdam-headquartered renewable chemistry company Avantium N.V. has developed proprietary technology to produce the plant-based glycols plantMEG and plantMPG, both of which have now been produced at its demonstration plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.
Finnish companies Teknos, a leading coatings supplier and Brightplus, a biosourced materials company have joined together in a collaborative effort to develop new bio-based and biodegradable solutions for food packaging and serviceware.
Spanish polymer research centre Aimplas has reported on the progress of an ongoing European project, which is aimed at the development of sustainable solutions for the automotive and food packaging industries, which it is coordinating.
At the recent inaugural virtual Global Research Innovation in Plastics Sustainability conference, Physical Chemistry Professor Tony Ryan, OBE, from the University of Sheffield,
offered an alternative take on the practice of landfilling.
An unusual recycling and litter abatement plan in Texas to put a 1-cent fee on bags, takeout cups and PET bottles is getting support from the PET packaging sector, which has been backing new legislation to try to raise recycling rates.
The reintroduction of far-reaching Democratic plastics legislation in Congress got an amped up pushback from the industry. But political changes in Washington and shifts in industry positions have changed the field.
Four of Europe’s major associations representing the plastics industry - Petcore Europe, PlasticsEurope, Plastics Recyclers Europe, and VinylPlus - have banded together on a new initiative called PolyREC.