UK to ban plastic straws, stirrers, buds in war against plastic pollution

UK - The UK government through Prime Minister Theresa May has announced new plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in fresh war against plastic pollution. The announcement came before the Prime Minister met the Commonwealth leaders in London with an intention for them to sign-up the…

Tetra Pak reduces energy use of separators by 40% with Encapt technology

SWITZERLAND - Tetra Pak, the multinational food packaging and processing company, has reduced the energy use of its separators by 40%, by incorporating a breakthrough pressure management technology, Encapt​, into the systems’ design. According to the company, this Encapt technology lowers the atmospheric pressure around the spinning bowl using a low-pressure pump, and the system…

Tetra Pak appoints first ever Nigerian Managing Director

NIGERIA - Tetra Pak West Africa has announced the appointment of Oshiokamele Aruna as the new Managing Director of the company, making him the first Nigerian to attain this position in the history of Tetra Pak, the world’s leading processing and packaging solutions provider. According to Beverage Industry News NG, Arun has over 18 years’…

Guinness Nigeria commits to sustainability through waste management

NIGERIA - Guinness Nigeria Plc has beefed up its commitment to waste management through a partnership with Wecyclers, an enterprise that promotes environmental sustainability, socioeconomic development, and community health, reports Vanguard. The partnership delivers on the company’s 4R waste management strategy covering Reduction, Reuse, Recovery and Recycle. It also addresses global concerns on the impact…

Commonwealth countries pledge to eliminate single-use plastic for sustainability

UK - Countries from across the Commonwealth have pledged to eliminate avoidable single use plastic in an ambitious bid to clean up the world’s oceans. According to UK Whales Org, other countries like New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Ghana have become the latest nations to join the UK and Vanuatu-led Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – an…

Bio Foods debuts packaging with less impact, starts package take back program

KENYA  – Kenyan specialty dairy company Bio Food Products has introduced new packaging for its range of long life products, which it says have less environmental impact. The new Bio Fresh Milk bottles are made using 30% less polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. The company has also launched a new 2-litre Bio Fresh Milk bottle, which…

Sainsbury’s to introduce touch-free packaging for its meat

UK - Sainsbury’s, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK has revealed plans to introduce touch free meat packaging, that allows customers who fear touching raw meat to cook them without directly touching the product. Their chicken products will be packaged in straight-to-pan plastic pouches, referred to as ‘doypacks’ within the industry to…

Plastic food packaging fails in tackling environmental food waste

EUROPE - Plastic food packaging has failed to reduce food waste, but rather seems to be compounding the food waste problem in Europe, where packaging and waste has doubled between 2004 and 2014. In a new study published by NGOs Friends of the Earth Europe and Zero Waste Europe, food waste doubled to an estimated…

2 Sisters Group commits to make 90% of all its plastics recyclable by 2020

UK - 2 Sisters Group has announced a commitment to make 90% of all its plastic components in their brands by 2020, enhancing sustainability centred at the environment, people, economic success and sustainable raw material sourcing. The group is leading the food processing sector by using less and recycling more plastic to reduce plastic waste…

Packaging manufacturer Schur Flexibles appoints new CEO

AUSTRALIA - Schur Flexibles Group, one of the leading providers of flexible packaging solutions in Austria and Europe has appointed Thorsten Kühn as its new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment came after serving as the vice-president of the company’s European PET business and as the regional head of the company’s Asia division while at the…