NVC advice to minister: postpone decision on generally binding declaration of packaging collection and recycling levies in the Netherlands

In an official Perspective on a Draft Decision by Minister Ms Vivianne Heijnen MSc regarding the General Binding Declaration of future levies by the Dutch Packaging Waste Fund Foundation (Stichting Afvalfonds Verpakkingen), NVC argues that such a far reaching Decision should not be taken in the short term indicated. The NVC Perspective suggests that the

Incorporating renewable materials in packaging

Incorporating Renewable Materials is just one of the ten principles within the ‘Sustainable Packaging Design Guidelines’ that help companies and packaging technologists to design sustainable packaging that will meet the 2025 National Packaging Targets. So what are Renewable Materials? Well, they are materials made of natural resources, composed of a biomass from a living source

BOTTLE-TO-FIBRE AND BOTTLE-TO-BOTTLE:

Two Starlinger PET recycling lines for Indian recycling brand Go Rewise  Ganesha Ecopet Private Limited, a subsidiary of Indian PET recycling pioneer Ganesha Ecosphere Ltd., has recently opened its new Warangal facility under the brand name Go Rewise where it produces rPET for filament yarns and fibres, as well as for food-grade packaging. The company

PCR IN FILM PRODUCTION

Mechanical engineering Company SML and Braskem, the largest producer of plastics in the Americas and producer of biopolymers, now have entered a cooperation and are using recycled raw materials for film production. The use of PCR (post-consumer recyclates) is supposed to save resources and reduce waste. Both companies have already been working on joint solutions

GLUE GOES GREEN

Often invisible and yet irreplaceable in many areas of the world of packaging: glue. The desire for more sustainability doesn’t cast the same limelight on adhesives that it shines on packaging, which is far easier to notice for consumers. But here, too, much can be done to reduce carbon emissions and optimise production to be

PACKAGING IN THE TIMES OF E-COMMERCE

Since the Covid-19 pandemic at the latest, mail order has become an intrinsic part of all our lives. Where once it was considered an oddity to order books on the net, parcel delivery services have become an everyday sight in almost every residential area. And with the Christmas business approaching, parcel deliveries will once again hit all-time

SUSTAINABILITY IS ESSENTIAL

In 2022, Italy is one of the European countries with the lowest cost of packaging recycling. This was revealed by a study conducted by Green (Centre for Geography, Resources, Environment, Energy and Networks) of Bocconi University and by Wuppertal Institut, recently presented at the European Parliament in Brussels. Increased sensitivity for environmental protection and the

Packaging Trends in 2022

Globally, 74% of consumers are concerned about the state of the environment. This increased awareness is a consequence of people being exposed first-hand to the damage done to the planet and the results of this damage. Due to this, more people are making changes to try and lead a sustainable lifestyle. This, plus health and

6e PUMA annual meeting: accelerating towards the end of packaging as an environmental problem

On 16 March 2022, the 6e annual meeting of the PUMA project took place, Live Hybrid from the Van der Valk Hotel in Dordrecht. Live Hybrid means that 1/3 of the more than one hundred participants were physically present in the hotel, while the other 2/3 participated real-time and interactively from around the world. Together

Fish in packaging made from chemically recycled plastic

Contaminated or mixed plastic waste poses a problem for the circular economy – it can’t be recycled and ends up in dumps or in a thermal recycling process. BASF has now developed styropor boxes made from chemically recycled plastic in a joint project with Vartdal Plast and Bremnes Seashore. In Norway, Bömlo’s salmon fillets have