McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws in UK and Ireland by 2019

UK- McDonald, an American fast food company, is set to eliminate plastic straws in some of its markets in Europe including UK and Ireland by 2019 in a way to reduce plastic waste. McDonald aims to transition to paper straws in all of its locations in these markets with planned trials for selected restaurants in…

UK’s aluminium packaging recycling rate increases to 72%

UK - The United Kingdom’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has said that the recycling rate of aluminium both in the British Isles and upon the European continent continues to make significant strides, achieving and surpassing goals that were set for the practice last year. According to Alupro, the recycling rate for aluminium drink cans…

India’s single-use plastics to be eliminated by 2022

INDIA - India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, a pledge that is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that the move aims to drastically stem the flow…

Firmenich launches natural and clean label platform in commitment to traceability

SWITZERLAND - Firmenich has launched its Natural and Clean Label platform formed by a combination of its mastery of taste and naturals, with its world-class science and consumer understanding. The launch demonstrates the unique breadth of its clean label and natural capabilities to create ‘great tasting, natural and traceable food and beverage experiences’. Firmenich said…

Solvay’s to develop a more robust compression staple system for orthopedic and podiatric surgeries

BELGIUM - Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers, has announced that its Ixef polyarylamide (PARA) resin delivered the high stiffness and biocompatibility system. The system was needed by Reign Medical to develop its revolutionary new Clench compression staple system, a single-use bone staple kit for orthopedic procedures targeting the hand and foot. According…

Nestle Waters certifies its commitment its 100% water stewardship

SWITZERLAND – Nestle Waters, the bottled water division of the Nestlé Group, has certified its commitment to 100% water stewardship by 2025, in accordance with the world’s first global water stewardship standard. Nestle Waters said it would reinforce their commitment to safeguarding water resources for future generations through collaboration with the Alliance for Water Stewardship.…

Coca-Cola reaffirms commitment to create a world without waste

USA - The Coca-Cola company, in collaboration with its bottling partners, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages has made a re-commitment to tackle the problem of waste pollution. Marking the World Environment Day, the company highlighted its progress in combatting plastic pollution over the years. Through its ‘World Without Waste’ initiative which it…

India sets goal to eliminate use of single-use plastics by 2020

INDIA - India has pledged to eliminate the use of single—use plastics by 2020 as part of the country’s new strategy to tackle the issue of plastic wastes and plastic pollution. In addition to the commitment which was made on World Environment Day, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi unveiled plans to introduce a campaign…

Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…

PepsiCo to launch 100% compostable, plant-based packaging

INDIA - The food and beverage company Pepsico has announced it will be launching 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for its Lay’s and Kurkure snacks products in the fourth quarter this year to address rising concerns around plastic pollution. The launch will enable PepsiCo India achieve 100% recovery and recycling of its plastic waste within a…