World Centric unveils 100% plant-based, compostable pizza box

USA - World Centric, maker of certified compostable products has unveiled a new, full circle pizza box, 'PizzaRound™', a certified compostable pizza container that delivers operational, environmental and customer benefits. According to the company, the box reduces packaging waste labor, space, grease and sogginess as opposed to traditional cardboard pizza boxes. It is made from…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

UK public tax consultation to introduce tax on single-use plastics

UK - In a bid to tackle plastic pollution, UK Chancellor, Philip Hammond has launched a public consultation on single-use plastics tax in the middle of an outrage to tackle the impact of plastic pollution on the environment. At the same time, he unveiled a US$24.73 million innovation fund for businesses and universities to develop…

SIG and Amcor partner for responsible aluminium sourcing

SWITZERLAND - SIG Combibloc has entered into a partnership with Amcor, multinational packaging company in a commitment to source 100% of its direct materials from only certified sources. According to the company, this collaboration with the producer of flexible and rigid packaging seeks to ensure responsible aluminium sourcing steered towards the performance standard of the…

Aldi to remove single-use plastic bags, unveils plastics plan

UK - Aldi, the UK supermarket chain has pledged to remove single use US$0.062 plastic bags and use US$0.11 reusable bags made from plastic waste by the end of the year. In addition, the retail giant said that was planning to use recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging for all of its own-label products by 2022…

UK rejects the tax on disposable coffee ‘latte levy’

UK - The British government has rejected calls to impose the ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups, instead opting to reduce the use of single-use cups through voluntary initiatives. To reduce on Britain’s 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups a year and as a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, the Environment Audit Committee (EAC) proposed a…

Mondi develops fully recyclable packaging material, BarrierPack Recyclable

AUSTRIA - Mondi plc, manufacturer of paper and packaging products has unveiled a fully-recyclable packaging material, BarrierPack Recyclable, a plastic laminate that could be used as a recyclable alternative for domestic and industrial applications. The new laminates are made for pre-made pouches and FFS roll stock to that enhances both efficiency and meet product barrier…

Netherlands opens the “world’s first” plastic-free supermarket

NETHERLANDS - A “world first” plastic-free supermarket aisle is being unveiled in Amsterdam, prompting calls from campaigners for retailers to roll them out in the UK. More than 700 products will be available without plastic packaging in the aisle which is being set up in a new metro-sized pilot store of supermarket chain Ekoplaza in…

Top executives in discussions towards alternative packaging after plastic ban

KENYA - Top executives of industrial packaging manufacturers are in Nairobi this week for an exclusive conference and exhibition whose focus is to develop new materials that will enable the industry to chart the way forward in the wake of the ban on plastic bags. In Kenya, finding alternatives to plastic packaging has become more…

Struggling plastics unit results in more than 5% HEPS decline at Transpaco

SOUTH AFRICA - Paper and plastic packaging group Transpaco has blamed a 5.4% decline in headline earnings per share (HEPS) on a tough economic environment, especially for its plastics division. HEPS slid to 168.2c in the six months to End-December, the company said in its interim results for the period released on Tuesday. Price deflation…