As it has done annually, late in 2018 PlasticsToday posted Top 10 articles of the year compilations that reveal what topics, issues and news drew the most attention over the past 12 months. The articles serve as an indicators of trends across a medium-term timeframe as measured by what stories saw the most readership via website metrics.
And as we have done more frequently, we now take a quick review of what articles were the most popular the previous month, which provides a snapshot look at what news and developments are on-trend now.
You’ll find that the top-read, top-of-mind articles of December involve a sustainable packaging theme—sometimes referred to informally as “green”.
The shortlist starts with #5, Eco-friendly expanded polystyrene is oxo-biodegradable and recyclable, which centers on news from Plastilite Corp. Founded in 1958 in Omaha, the company quickly expanded its manufacturing of expanded polystyrene (EPS) products such as picnic coolers and minnow buckets for retail markets into applications for commercial shipping cooler packaging. The company’s Integritemp division announced the introduction of patent-pending ReFoam, an environmentally friendly EPS that both oxo-biodegradable and recyclable that makes the often maligned EPS greener.
On the heels of a multi-year supply agreement with PepsiCo for 100% sustainable plastic announced in October, Loop Industries Inc. (Montréal) has just secured a multi-year supply deal with Coca-Cola.
“Investments like this one with Loop Industries support our goal to ensure that at least 50% of the material we use for our PET bottles comes from recycled plastic, and will help us divert more materials from landfills and build a stronger circular plastic economy,” said Ron Lewis, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Coca-Cola European Partners, a bottler member of CEPG.
Working with Coca-Cola’s Cross Enterprise Procurement Group (CEPG), Loop will supply 100% recycled and sustainable PET plastic from its joint venture facility with Indorama Ventures Ltd. in the United States to authorized Coca-Cola bottlers who enter into a supply agreement with Loop. Indorama Ventures is a chemicals company and global integrated PET and fibers supplier serving major customers in diversified end-use markets, according to Loop.
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#3 finds more green of the singular and possibly apocalyptic type...