It’s hard to describe an industry like plastics that presents such the depth and breadth in just two words, so instead we’ll take a step closer and do the same for plastic packaging and only for the past month.
The two words?
Sustainability and COVID-19. While the first has long been an ongoing favorite topic among readers, the second is likely top of mind not only for readers but also for a major portion of the world’s population in 2020.
We present in reverse order the five best-read features of May in Packaging at PlasticsToday…
The double-walled paper cups that have replaced the polystyrene foam (EPS) cups have a polyethylene liner that serves as a moisture barrier. The liner also makes them difficult, if not impossible, to recycle.
Amcor partners with sustainably optimized flat wines inventor Garçon Wines to bring lightweight, space-saving 100% recyclable rPET bottles stateside.
Plastic is not toxic. It prevents food wastage. It has a smaller carbon footprint than other materials. And now, more than ever, its sanitary and health benefits are in sharp relief. Let’s debate on the basis of science instead of emotions, OK?
Despite reduced hours and staff shortages, IK study shows that packaging is less affected than other plastics processing sectors.
Molecular recycling, aka chemical recycling, is a technically proven way to put waste plastics back into circulation as virgin plastics — a 100% circular solution. But to succeed in the marketplace, technology is not enough: It’s also about business and execution.
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