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Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

    Cepac to double size of packaging operation in Doncaster

Packaging supplier Cepac are investing £1 million on expanding its site and digital operation in Doncaster, England.
The project is due to begin in early 2017, following the installation of a new digital printing press in April of this year. This will allow the production of innovative packaging with outstanding graphics with very short customer lead […]

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Food and packaging waste workshop for manufacturers in Scotland

    Food and packaging waste workshop for manufacturers in Scotland

Resource Efficient Scotland is running a free food and packaging waste workshop next week for manufacturers in Scotland.
This  workshop has been specially designed to help food and drink businesses in Scotland benefit from reduced food waste and improved packaging design.
Using tried-and-tested techniques, best practice case studies, facilitator-led sessions and industry-leading guest speakers, this workshop will […]

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Sidel’s CSR rating places it among top 30% of companies

    Sidel’s CSR rating places it among top 30% of companies

The commitment that Sidel is making in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been independently evaluated, placing the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging in the top 30% of the 20,000 companies assessed in 2015.
Sidel received a Silver CSR rating from EcoVadis, a sustainability rating platform used to understand, track and […]

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NEW SIDEL PACKAGING SERVICES WILL HELP UNLOCK THE VALUE OF PET ACROSS SUPPLY CHAINS

Sidel, the leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging, has announced the creation of new packaging development services to help beverage producers worldwide turn their supply chains into value chains.
“Studies in purchasing behaviour suggest that it takes a consumer just three to seven seconds to choose one beverage over another. A well-designed, attractive […]

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Sustainable Packaging with the Eclipse SL4

    Sustainable Packaging with the Eclipse SL4

Laila’s Fine Foods Ltd is a successful family run business, specialising in authentic, ready prepared meals for both the food service and retail markets. Laila’s started their 6 year relationship with PA with a small tray sealer but when their business grew and throughputs needed to be increased they purchased SL4 tray sealers from PA’s […]

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An environmentally-friendly production process

An important project will be completed in 2014: a new combined heat, power and cooling plant in partnership with E.On
Awareness towards environment is one of Goglio characteristics, testified by the criteria with which the Group’s production sites have been planned and built. In particular Daverio Packaging Division (Varese), situated in a particularly prized setting, has […]

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Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

    Sidel creates new drinks bottling business unit

PET solutions provider Sidel has created a new business unit to serve drinks products producers globally.
Split into six teams including maintenance, line improvement, training, spare parts and logistics, line conversions and moulds and packaging, Sidel Services has been designed to help customers achieve better product quality, efficiency, flexibility, cost optimisation and brand support.
Sidel CEO and […]

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Imagine a drying system with a proven efficiency of over 99%… Introducing OptiDry®, the latest innovation from packaging line engineering leader Gebo Cermex.

When it comes to high-quality, high-frequency packaging lines, the presence of just a few drops of moisture can have a dramatic impact on labelling quality, coding and vision inspection efficiency.

In today’s fast-moving industry, where quality constraints are stricter than ever, an effective drying system is a crucial component for most packaging lines. And who better […]

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P.E.T. Engineering Wins InnoBev Sustainability Award

    P.E.T. Engineering Wins InnoBev Sustainability Award

P.E.T. Engineering was awarded with the ‘Best light-weighting’ for the patented solution ‘swerve neck’ during the Global Beverage Sustainability Awards, at InnoBev 2013.
The awards recognize the beverage industry’s best practice in environmental sustainability across a range of categories from water usage efficiency to packaging development and promoting environmental awareness amongst consumers.
Swerve neck solution allows savings […]

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Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

    Carlsberg Joins With Suppliers to Eliminate Waste by Developing Next Generation of Packaging

Carlsberg and selected global suppliers have joined forces to rethink the design and production of packaging material, to develop the next generation of packaging products that are optimised for recycling and reuse, while, at the same time, retaining or improving their quality and value. The approach is increasingly referred to as ‘up-cycling’. The cooperation has […]

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Tyson Foods debuts the first 100 percent recyclable stand-up pouch

    Tyson Foods debuts the first 100 percent recyclable stand-up pouch

Package recyclability is a major driving factor affecting purchasing decisions by both product manufacturers and their customers. Not only does product packaging account for a significant space in landfills, but many of the current disposal methods contribute to air and water pollution.
These factors have fueled a heightened awareness for advancements in sustainable packaging. Film suppliers […]

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Packaging Innovations London – Packed to the Rafters

    Packaging Innovations London – Packed to the Rafters

Packaging Innovations London closed its doors Wednesday 2 October at 4pm, reporting record visitor and exhibitor numbers for the fourth year running, a trend that has continued since its launch in 2010. The show attracted world-class speakers, international exhibitors from all corners of the globe and 3,560 visitors, smashing last year’s record attendance with an […]

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EU Adapt Food Labeling Regulation for Products with Plant Sterol and Stanol Esters

    EU Adapt Food Labeling Regulation for Products with Plant Sterol and Stanol Esters

Adapted EU Food Labeling Regulation for Products with Plant Sterol and Stanol Esters
On 25 July 2013 the European Commission (EC) adopted Commission Regulation (EU) No 718/2013(1) amending Regulation (EC) No 608/2004 (2) concerning the labeling of foods and food ingredients with added phytosterols, phytosterol esters, phytostanols and/or phytostanol esters.
Warning Label Requirement Concerning Plant Sterol and […]

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Sweden’s deposit return scheme motivates Scotland

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead is to look at the feasibility of a wider bottle deposit return scheme after watching it in action during his recent trip to Sweden
Lochhead believes schemes which offer people in Scotland an incentive for recycling drink containers could help tackle Scotland’s litter problem.

‘Recycle and Reward’
In Scotland, eight different ‘Recycle and Reward’ […]

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Pack giants unveil UK’s first carton recycling plant

Packaging heavyweights Sonoco Alcore, SIG Combibloc, Tetra Pak and Elopak have worked together to develop and open the UK’s first beverage carton recycling plant.
Minister for Resource Management Lord de Mauley officially opened the UK’s only dedicated beverage carton recycling facility, located in Stainland (near Halifax), West Yorkshire (3 September).
The new facility in Stainland near Halifax […]

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Smurfit Kappa sets out 2020 sustainability plan

    Smurfit Kappa sets out 2020 sustainability plan

Smurfit Kappa Group (SKG) has published its vision statement on sustainability.
SKG has set out targets to strengthen its sustainable business practices under seven key building blocks including: Chain of Custody, CO₂ emissions, Waste, Water, Health & Safety, Sustainable Sourcing, and Community Involvement. Detailed objectives have been set for each focus area to be delivered between […]

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Co-op to divert all food store waste from landfill

    Co-op to divert all food store waste from landfill

The Co-operative is aiming to stop 34,000 tonnes of rubbish going to landfill by recycling all food store waste from its food shops.
Food waste will be sent to anaerobic digesters which will convert the waste into energy.
The Co-operative, which has one of the largest and most diverse food retail estates across the UK, is extending […]

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Italy angered as UK blocks ban on plastic bags

    Italy angered as UK blocks ban on plastic bags

The Italian government has criticised Britain for preventing Brussels from introducing a law banning supermarket plastic bags, according to media reports.
The ban was introduced in 2011 in shops across Italy, with only biodegradable, cloth or paper bags on offer.
Italy will only be able to impose fines on violators when the law is approved by the […]

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Novelis invests in evercan launch site

    Novelis invests in evercan launch site

Novelis has completed a £1.7m (US$2.5m) upgrade at an aluminium can recycling plant which will serve as a launch production site for the evercan aluminium beverage can body sheet.
The new machinery doubles the Warrington, Cheshire plant’s capacity to process UK-sourced contaminated aluminum beverage cans. The overall plant has the capacity to recycle around 130,000 tonnes of aluminum.
Evercan […]

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BioBoard to increase the recyclability of packaging materials

Discarded protein-rich food by-products will be valorised to replace plastic coating for paper and board
• BioBoard promotes the recyclability and reutilization of today’s discarded food waste
• Around 50% of the 50 million tons of whey produced annually in Europe is discarded
• At least 200,000 tonnes of potato by-products are disposed in Europe each year
• EU-funded […]

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Novelis evercan beverage can sheet sets new sustainability benchmark

Novelis has launched ‘evercan’, a new aluminium body sheet specifically designed for beverage cans, comprising a minimum of 90% recycled material.
According to the US-based company – the global leader in aluminium rolling and recycling – the evercan aluminium sheet has been independently certified for high recycled content by SCS Global Services, a leading third-party environmental, sustainability and […]

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Beverage carton kerbside collection hits 50% ‘landmark’ in UK

The proportion of local authorities in the UK collecting beverage cartons at the kerbside for recycling has reached the “landmark” level of 50%, according to the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK).
Ceredigion County Council in Wales has become the 203rd local authority out of 406 nationally to enable residents to recycle the […]

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Sirane pledges packaging solutions on back of Courtauld launch

Sirane has said it is already working on projects to help Courtauld 3 become a reality and meet food waste targets.
The signatories of Courtauld 3, launched last week, are aiming to reduce food waste by 1.1 million tonnes by 2015, bringing £1.6bn cost benefits to consumers and industry.
The focus of the project is on optimising […]

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Novelis unveils ‘high-recycled’ content aluminium for beverage cans

Novelis has produced a new high-recycled content aluminium sheet designed for the beverage can market.
According to the aluminium rolling and recycling giant, with a minimum of 90% recycled aluminum, the Novelis ‘Evercan’  aluminum beverage can body sheet will allow beverage companies to deliver soft drinks, beer and other popular beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer […]

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Chesapeake targets further green improvements in 2013

Carton specialist Chesapeake is set to press ahead with its environmental initiatives for 2013 after claiming success on its aims last year.
The company’s ‘Chesapeake 100’ was launched in 2011 and is designed to reduce the group’s environmental impact while “demonstrating its ongoing commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”. This year, the business has committed to […]

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Trashed challenges world to change habits

The director of a new documentary on waste, Candida Brady, exclusively talks to Philip Chadwick on global challenges, the film’s stunning locations and how it intended to avoid pointing the finger of blame at packaging.
Trashed is a documentary narrated and presented by the actor Jeremy Irons, who visits locations around the world where waste is […]

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Greenpeace releases spoof ad linking Coke litter to death of sea birds

Greenpeace has targeted Coca-Cola’s Australian distributor for its opposition to a container deposit recycling scheme with a graphic television commercial linking plastic pollution to the death of wildlife.
The video, a spoof of Coca-Cola adverts featuring youngsters drinking the beverage, while seabirds fall to the ground dying, has been released by Greenpeace.
Greenpeace’s beef with Coca-Cola Amatil […]

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Excellence in Reusable Packaging award

The Reusable Packaging Assoc. is accepting submissions for its second annual Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award. The award is designed to recognize companies that have developed, supported, or implemented measurable and innovative reusable solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. Non-members as well as members of the RPA are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be reviewed […]

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Ethical Minded Consumers Demand Green Packaging

For ethical-hungry consumers, ingredients are not enough to make food sustainable – packaging must be green, too.
Dubbed “greenwrapping”, the premium food sector is increasingly seeking to entice eco-friendly customers with their sustainable packaging.
Perhaps encouraging us that we should judge a book by its cover, the outside of a product is beginning to be just […]

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Plastics alternative is 100% recyclable and carbon positive

A new 100% recyclable, carbon positive material has been unveiled by Polythene UK. The new Polyair material is bio-based, made from sugar cane – the process of photosynthesis as the plant grows makes the product carbon positive.
Polythene UK initially launched the product in 2009, as an oxy-degradable polyethylene. Managing director James Woollard explains: “When we […]

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Packaging firms support Ecodesk sustainability initiative

Packaging companies MeadWestVaco Corporation (MWV), Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) and Ellis Paperbox have signed-up to the “world’s largest user-managed open data sustainability platform”, Ecodesk, in order to measure and analyse supply chain energy use and carbon emissions.
Partly supported by government grants, Ecodesk is a private equity-funded initiative with shareholders from the UK and Australia, founded by CEO […]

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ECO Plastics calls for urgent action on UK recyclate quality

Leading UK recycling company ECO Plastics has called for the urgent introduction of mandatory requirements in the sector, following the completion of the UK government’s consultation on the introduction of a Code of Practice for Materials Recycling Facilities (MRFs).
Launched in February, the consultation by the UK’s Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) […]

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Industry bodies investigate glass pack supply chain

Valpak, Wrap, the Advisory Committee on Packaging and other key stakeholders are working on a new project which will investigate the glass packaging supply chain in the United Kingdom.
Defra, the Environment Agency and British Glass are also working on the project.
According to the trade bodies, the key drivers for this project are to gain a […]

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PET full body sleeve label recycling: no easy answers

No single solution for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET) full body sleeve labels will suit everybody and make the issue easily solvable, according to Eastman Chemical Company.
The firm aims to tackle the problem of full-wrap labels on PET bottles in the recycle stream and is heading a group of 30 companies that will develop solutions to benefit industry […]

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Nestlé reduces plastics in packs

Consumer goods giant Nestlé has reduced the amount of plastic materials it employs in its packaging by 34% since 1991, according to media reports.
Speaking at the Renewable Plastics conference in Amsterdam, Philippe Roulet, head of global packaging materials and testing, said the use of plastics and laminates has gone down more than any other material […]

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Corrugated packaging industry lowers carbon footprint

The corrugated packaging sector has reduced its carbon footprint by a further 4.8% over the three years up to 2011, according to FEFCO figures.
The average carbon footprint of corrugated packaging is now 746 kg/t, compared to 784 kg/t for the period 2006-08.
It follows a cut of almost 12% in the previous three-year cycle, revealed The European Federation […]

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Project develops biodegradable packaging using hemp, flax

An EU project has developed biodegradable composite packaging reinforced with hemp and flax fibres for poultry and meat.
Supported by funding under the EU Framework 7 Research and Development Framework Programme, the Traysrenew project began in 2010 with the end aim of developing commercially and economically viable renewable trays for poultry products.
Project partners have created a thermo-transformed tray and […]

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Avery Dennison confirms responsible paper sourcing policy

Avery Dennison has formalized a company-wide policy to promote responsible paper sourcing and procurement.
Developed with support from the Rainforest Alliance, Avery Dennison’s policy commits the company and its businesses to: identifying and disclosing the sources of the pulp, natural fiber and paper in its labeling and packaging materials; helping ensure that its suppliers follow sustainable forest […]

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Herma cuts environmental footprint with release liner recycling

Self-adhesive label specialist Herma recycled some 185 tonnes of surplus release liner from its material production process through a Europe-wide recycling initiative in 2012, helping it offset the carbon emissions from its 74-strong fleet of cars last year.
Silicone-coated release liner is encountered wherever labels are applied, and in large quantities in the consumer goods, food and logistics industries. […]

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UPM extends reach of RafCycle waste management concept

UPM Raflatac has signed a cooperation agreement with the French subsidiary of Aliplast for release liner recovery.
Aliplast is an Italian company specializing in the collection and treatment of recovered plastic films.
This partnership expands Aliplast’s recycling services to polypropylene (PP) and paper-based release liners through UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle waste management concept. Aliplast now collects, sorts and distributes […]

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Werneke Ink founder passes away

Louis O. Werneke, the founder of Werneke Ink, passed away on March 31, 2013. 
Born in 1926, he was nicknamed “Inky Lou” and began the design of the first water-based ink for flexographic printing in 1973.
He then moved onto developing a water-based system for label printing, and built a successful global business that became part of […]

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Greenpeace Reports Sustainable KFC Bucket

Fast food restaurant KFC has allegedly pledged a better bucket.
After pressure from Greenpeace devotees from around the world, KFC’s parent company and the globe’s biggest restaurant firm, Yum! Brands, has released new commitments to use more rainforest-friendly packaging and paper, according to the campaigning organization.
After Greenpeace publicized KFC’s use of rainforest-tree wood fiber to produce […]

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Raising the bar with compostable packaging film

Fuel For Adventure Ltd., a British firm that helps fuel Olympians, adventurers and sports stars from across the world, has chosen Innovia Films’ compostable flexible material, NatureFlex as the packaging for its range of natural energy bars.
Based in Wiltshire, UK, Fuel For Adventure Ltd. produces Mule Bars and was founded in 2002 by Jimmy Docherty […]

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Project develops biodegradable packaging using hemp, flax

Supported by funding under the EU Framework 7 Research and Development Framework Programme, the Traysrenew project began in 2010 with the end aim of developing commercially and economically viable renewable trays for poultry products.
Project partners have created a thermo-transformed tray and lid composed of up to 85% biopolymers and 15% hemp-based and flax-based microfibres or nanofibres, plus biodegradable […]

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More than 70% of Glass Bottles and Jars Collected For Recycling in the EU

    More than 70% of Glass Bottles and Jars Collected For Recycling in the EU

According to the latest glass recycling industry data published by the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE), the average glass recycling rate in the European Union has risen above the 70% threshold for the first time. This means that over 11 million tons were collected throughout the European Union in 2011.
This achievement follows major efforts made […]

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‘Abundantly clear’: Bioplastic feedstocks pose no competition to land for food-use

The land area used to grow crops for bioplastic is “nowhere near” being in competition to food and feed, according to European Bioplastics.
The surface required to grow sufficient feedstock for today’s bioplastic production is less than 0.006% of the global agricultural area of 5bn hectares, said a report published today by the group.
It was also […]

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Packaging firms question EFSA food contact consultation

EU packaging firms are concerned the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is not consulting the industry enough in its discussions on authorisation of food contact materials in packaging.
The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) told FoodProductionDaily.com its members had asked it to monitor the new authorisations from the European Commission for such substances.
Concerns had been expressed […]

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Who is willing to fork out more for fresh and sustainable packaging?

When it comes to food and beverage packaging, consumers are most likely to pay more for value-added features that relate to freshness and sustainability. This is the latest finding from a global study conducted by Ipsos InnoQuest.
 Consumers from around the world were given a list of potential packaging features and asked which ones they would […]

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Co-op’s wine lightweighting move cuts carbon

The Co-operative Food has said that it has lightweighted the glass on 20 own-brand wines, helping to reduce the carbon impact of its packaging
According to the retailer, working with supplier, Kingsland Wines and Spirits, the lightweighting move will save 725 tonnes of glass each year.
This means that the retailer will also save over 556 tonnes […]

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P&G reaches zero manufacturing waste to landfill target

Procter & Gamble (P&G) has announced that a majority of its facilities have achieved zero manufacturing waste to landfill
The owner of consumer brands including Gillette, Ariel, Tide and Pampers said that over the past 5 years, P&G’s work to find worth in waste has created over $1 billion in value for the company.
Bob McDonald, P&G […]

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Continuum Recycling Ramps Up to 100% Capacity and Sorts 250 Million Bottles

    Continuum Recycling Ramps Up to 100% Capacity and Sorts 250 Million Bottles

Continuum Recycling, the pioneering recycled-PET joint venture between Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) and ECO Plastics, has celebrated sorting a quarter of a billion bottles. The landmark comes some nine months after the £15 million facility was opened and confirms the stellar performance of the partners in ramping up production.
Located on the site of ECO Plastics’ existing […]

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EU glass recycling rate rises above 70%

The average glass recycling rate in the European Union has risen above the 70% threshold for the first time, according to data from European glass packaging body Feve
Feve said that this means that over 11 million tonnes were collected throughout the European Union in 2011.
The organisation said that this achievement follows “major efforts” made in […]

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US designer invents ‘disappearing’ packs

Designer Aaron Mickelson has invented packaging that ‘disappears’ in order to prevent waste
Mickelson is a recent graduate of the Pratt Institute of New York and has been working on a concept called ‘The disappearing package’, in which he demonstrates how, with a simple re-design, much of a package can be minimised or eliminated completely.
Describing his […]

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CC3 to launch this spring

Courtauld Commitment 3 will be launched this spring, Wrap has confirmed
The voluntary waste reduction agreement will be based on the targets set out in Courtauld Commitment 2, which covers packaging, food and supply chain waste.
A Wrap spokesman told PN: “Courtauld Commitment 3 will be launched in the spring and we’ll announce the targets at that time.”
Letsrecycle.com reported […]

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