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Food giants respond to worries over packaging
By David Silverberg
Technology of Business reporter
May 3, 2021
When Rebecca Prince-Ruiz recalls how her eco-friendly movement Plastic Free July has progressed over the years, she can't help but smile. What began in 2011 as 40 people committing to going plastic-free one month a year has gained momentum to 326 million people pledging to adopt this practice today.
"I've seen that uptick in interest every year," says Ms Prince-Ruiz, who is based in Perth, Australia, and author of Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters.
"These days, people are taking a hard look at what they are doing in their lives and how they can seize an opportunity to be less wasteful," she says.
Since 2000, the plastics industry has manufactured as much plastic as all the preceding years combined, a World Wildlife Fund report in 2019 found. "The production of virgin plastic has increased 200-fold since 1950, and has grown at a rate of 4% a year since 2000," the report says.
This has spurred companies to replace single-use plastic with biodegradable and compostable packaging designed to dramatically reduce the toxic footprint plastics leave behind.
In March, Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific announced a new two-year partnership to develop compostable packaging for Skittles in the US, estimated to be on shelves by early 2022.
It involves a type of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) that will look and feel the same as plastic, but can be thrown into the compost where it will break down, unlike regular plastic that takes anywhere from 20 to 450 years to fully decompose.
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Total Corbion PLA enters engineering stage for new 100 kTpa PLA plant in Grandpuits, France
23 April 2021
Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, confirms that it has kicked off the front-end engineering design stage for its new 100,000 tons per annum Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) plant in Grandpuits, France. The plant, due to be operational in 2024, will be the first of its kind in Europe. It would make Total Corbion PLA the global market leader in PLA, firmly positioned to cater for the rapidly growing demand for Luminy® PLA resins.
Total Corbion PLA awarded the front-end engineering design contract to NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. Maire Tecnimont's heritage in polymerization of traditional plastics combined with NextChem's portfolio of innovative solutions for green chemistry ensures the necessary know-how to manage this industrial initiative.
Thomas Philipon, CEO of Total Corbion PLA, is pleased to launch this next stage in the process: "Signing this contract with NextChem is an important milestone as it reinforces our commitment to the global bioplastic market as the first company to launch commercial scale Lactic Acid to PLA capability in Europe. We are proud to enable our customers to propose sizeable solutions to the market and support the circular economy development.”
Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group and NextChem Chief Executive Officer, commented: "This award is a confirmation that our Group is a trusted and valued technological and engineering partner for large-scale, innovative and complex projects. We are proud to work with a Joint Venture of our long-time client Total to increase the availability of sustainable plastics in Europe.”
Luminy® PLA resins are biobased and made from annually renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. At the end of its useful life, PLA products can be mechanically or chemically recycled. The biodegradable and compostable functionalities of PLA make it the material of choice for a wide range of markets and applications including fresh fruit packaging, food service ware, durable consumer goods, toys and 3D printing.
New US Plastics Pact Aims for 100% Reusable, Recyclable, or Compostable Plastic by 2025
The new US Plastics Pact, a collaborative effort organized by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, The Recycling Partnership, and the World Wildlife Fund is partnering with 850+ organizations to work collectively toward scalable solutions tailored to the needs and challenges within the US landscape.
Total Corbion PLA announces the first world-scale PLA plant in Europe
23 September 2020
Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, announces its intention to build its second PLA plant with a capacity ramping up to 100,000 tons per annum. This expansion would make Total Corbion PLA the global market leader in PLA, firmly positioned to cater for the rapidly growing demand for Luminy® PLA resins. The new plant is planned to be located on a Total site in Grandpuits, France and to be operational in 2024.
Dutch Study Shows PLA Bioplastics Disintegrate Faster Than Orange Peels, Paper...
Compostable plastics disintegrate fast enough in the current Dutch Biowaste disposal system
Published on February 17, 2020
Wageningen Food & Biobased Research has studied how compostable plastics behave in the current Dutch system for the treatment of GFT (i.e. source separated municipal biowaste). It came to the conclusion that compostable products can be processed well together with GFT. No compostable plastics were found in the final compost. However, conventional (non-compostable) plastics were found.
PepsiCo goal to have packaging 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025.
Dutch Study Shows PLA Bioplastics Disintegrate Faster Than Orange Peels, Paper
A new study from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research on how compostable plastics behave in the Dutch waste system treatment of GFT (i.e. source separated municipal biowaste) show how compostable products made with PLA disintegrated faster than orange peels or paper,...
Study Confirms the Value and Compatibility of Compostable Coffee Pods with Commercial Infrastructure
York University in Toronto notes how compostable coffee pods are being composted and can be composted within the current commercial composting infrastructure in North America.
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Press Release December 18th, 2018
New Product Business Announcement: Nature Knows Inc.
Fresh Healthy Snacks, Good for you and Good for our Earth with NEW 100% Compostable Bags
Nature Knows is excited to announce their new line up for Retail and Foodservice 100% Compostable packaging. With DUX Grand PrixPeople’s Choice Awards unveiling the candidates for new innovation, Nature Knows has proudly been nominated.
Congratulations Nature Works! BI-AX Is proud to supply Nature Knows with Evlon compostable film for their packaging needs.
Ingeo Newsletter Volume 14, Issue 5 September 2019
How Commercial Composting Works!
Video by fellow New Plastics Economy participants Novamont, PepsiCo, and Unilever does a really great job of explaining how commercial composting works, the high standards/testing that goes into certifying products as compostable, and how littering is not composting. Take a look!
PepsiCo notes: PepsiCo is working to make our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025. So, what is compostable packaging? How is it composted? And why is it good for the environment? This short video gives an overview of the environmental benefits of compostable packaging, the labeling and certification systems, and proper disposal practices. This video was created in collaboration by PepsiCo, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Novamont, Seattle Public Utilities, Amsa, NFL, and Unilever.