Kenyan manufacturers move to stop plastic bottles ban

KENYA - Kenyan manufacturers have moved to stop a ban on plastic bottles and instead resolved to engage stakeholders to support recycling at all levels, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) vice-chairman, Mr Mucai Kunyiha, manufacturers would engage recycling firms as well as support waste collectors to establish viable value chains…

PepsiCo joins Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance

WORLD – PepsiCo Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, joining Danone, Nestle Waters and Origin Materials. The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the…

Cosmo Films introduces BOPP-based heat resistant films for packaging applications

INDIA - Cosmo Films, a global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper introduces BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. According to the company, the films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multilayer laminates for various packaging applications in both…

UK water and soft drinks manufacturers to eliminate packaging wastes by 2030

UK - Several leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have lodged a report to the UK House of Commons, which outlines their ambition to eliminate packaging waste in the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The roadmap was developed with input from companies such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone Waters (UK…

PepsiCo announces ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastics by 2030

EU - PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45% by 2025. According to the company, the move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating…

Government to tackle waste by producing biodegradable plastic bags with cassava

GHANA - The Federal Government of Ghana is planning to tackle the country’s sanitation challenges by exploring ways to produce biodegradable plastic bags using cassava, GNA reports. Speaking to a panel discussion at Ghana Economic Forum held in Accra, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said they already had an entrepreneur in mind who has…

Swiggy launches marketplace program ‘Swiggy Packaging Assist’ for restaurant partners

ASIA - Swiggy, the Indian online restaurant firm has launched 'Swiggy Packaging Assist', a marketplace program that connects restaurants with vendors of eco-friendly and food grade certified materials, reports ET Retail. Restaurants will be able to access a variety of packing solutions for their menu needs with about 30 products to begin with. These include…

Mahou San Miguel invests US$3.75m to develop a sustainable chiller for the hospitality industry

SPAIN - Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company, has invested US$3.75 million in its hospitality industry to develop the company’s sustainable chiller. According to the FoodBev, the company said that the new Ecocooler chiller uses propane for refrigeration, which reduces the carbon emissions of the chiller to zero while increasing refrigeration yield by 8%.…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Plastic recycler Extrupet to inject US$15m into economy to meet recycling goals

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s largest PET bottle recycler Extrupet has announced plans to inject US$14.99 million into South Africa’s economy to help meet recycling and job creation goals for the next five years. Plans by Extrupet, which recycles about 2.5m plastic bottles per day, would help the country achieve its post-consumer recycling targets set for…