Silafrica partners with Ellen MacArthur Foundation to combat plastic waste

KENYA – Africa’s leading plastic and packaging solutions provider, Silafrica has joined the New Plastics Economy initiative by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, strengthening its commitment to establish a global circular economy. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK registered charity which aims to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy. The foundation with members across the globe including Tetra Pak, Danone, Coca-Cola, Nestle among many others, seeks to drive momentum to reach its goal by eliminating problematic or unnecessary plastic…

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Tetra Pak debuts plant-based tethered cap solutions to help consumers reduce environmental waste

SWEDEN – Swedish-Swiss multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak has said that it is ready to deploy its portfolio of tethered cap solutions, which will minimize litter as the cap will stay attached to the package. The company further noted that the tethered caps are planned to become available as a plant-based option, therefore increasing the renewable content of the package and cutting down on its carbon footprint.  Tetra Pak said it is also accelerating the expansion of its paper straws offering to ensure more renewable and low…

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DS Smith to invest in two new packaging facilities as Belvac boosts can development capabilities

EUROPE – British multinational packaging company, DS Smith has announced a £100 million (about US$139 million) investment in two new packaging sites in Europe to meet increased customer demand. One of the planned facilities will be located in Belchatov, Poland while the other will be situated in Castelfranco Emilia, Italy. Construction works at the sites are expected to begin in earnest with operations anticipated to start within the next two or three years. The facilities will be dedicated towards to the production of sustainable paper-based packaging. DS Smith projects that…

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Graphic Packaging unveils Cap-It, a new sustainable packaging alternative to traditional shrink film

ASIA – Cap-It, a new alternative to traditional shrink films and can rings, has been introduced in the market to bolster the sustainability profile of beverage packaging. Cap-It is a clip with neck rings designed for multipack PET or recycled PET bottles. It serves as an alternative to traditional shrink films which have fallen out of favour among users in the beverage industry. While plastic shrink films are recyclable, many people are unaware of this and as result, they end up in landfills or in the worst-case scenario find their…

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Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC to buy 47% stake in US rigid packaging company Altium

US – Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, has agreed to buy a 47% stake in Altium Packaging  from Loews Corporation. According to a report by FoodBev, the GIC deal values the Atlanta-based a rigid plastic packaging and recycled resin company at US$2 billion. Altium supplies its packaging solutions to a diverse customer base spanning the dairy, food and beverage segments, as well as the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. The company also operates a post-consumer resin recycling business, Envision Plastics, which is said to be a top supplier of recycled high-density…

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Nestlé inches closer to achieving net zero goal with launch of new sustainable packaging solutions

SWITZERLAND – Swiss food manufacturing conglomerate Nestlé, has launched a new environmentally friendly packaging in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint and accelerate move towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Among the packages recently unveiled by Nestlé is a soft plastic food wrapper made with recycled content for Nestlé’s popular chocolate brand KitKat . The soft plastic food wrapper was made through a collaboration between Nestlé and a number of Australian companies comprising of CurbCycle, iQ Renew, Licella, Viva Energy Australia, LyondellBasell, REDcycle, Taghleef Industries and Amcor…

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Capsul’in Pro launches world’s first biobased coffee capsule with high oxygen barrier properties

LUXEMBOURG –  Capsul’in Pro has launched world’s first home compostable biobased coffee capsule in efforts to make coffee packaging more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The Luxembourg-based company says its Nespresso®-compatible coffee capsule is a first of its kind given that its 100% biobased and certified as a home compostable. The zero-impact capsule also has high oxygen barrier properties that protect the flavour and aroma of the coffee.  Being completely plant-based, the capsules do not contain materials derived from fossil fuels and can be put in a home compost bin or…

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Mondelēz doubles down sustainability efforts with new pledge to reduce new plastic use in packaging

 US – US Snack and Food Company Mondelēz has doubled down on its efforts to become more eco-friendly with a new pledge to reduce its use of virgin plastic in rigid plastic packaging by at least 25% by 2025. To achieve this target, Mondelēz said it planned to eliminate plastic material, increase its use of recycled content and adopt reuse models for its product portfolio. Mondelez’s new plastic packaging goals expand on the company’s promise to become more eco-friendly in the coming years. The company says it is close to…

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Nestle Nigeria introduces paper straws for MILO Ready-To-Drink promoting a circular economy

NIGERIA – Multinational food manufacturing giant Nestle has announced the replacement of plastic straws used for its Ready-To-Drink (RTD) MILO packs, switching to paper straws in Nigeria. The move, a first of its kind in the West African country is aimed to rid the world of plastic waste, targeting to eliminate 60 metric tons of plastic yearly. Speaking on the new paper straws, the MD/CEO for Nestlé Nigeria, Mr. Wassim Elhusseini said, “We are proud to take this leading action to protect the environment. Transforming how we make, use, reuse…

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Ardagh Group to list metal packaging unit in new US$8.5bn merger deal

US – Ardagh Group, one of the world’s largest metal and glass packaging companies, has entered into an agreement to combine its metal packaging business with Gores Holdings V, creating a new public listed company with an enterprise value of US$8.5 billion. Gores Holdings V is  a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by global investment firm: The Gores Group. Under the deal, Gores Holding will merge Ardagh’s metal packaging division to create Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP), which will then apply for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. US$3.4Bn…

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