Tag Archives: Plastic Pollution

Mondi collaborates with partners to replace PolyStyrene (EPS)

Expanded PolyStyrene (EPS) microplastics are widely recognised as a significant contributor to marine plastic pollution, making up over 40% of plastic debris on Asian beaches.1 Bans on EPS packaging have gained tremendous momentum recently, particularly in the European Union and the wider Caribbean region.2,3 Legislation banning the use of EPS packaging has also been introduced […]

New EU Rules Risk Flood of New Plastic Packaging and Contradict Years of Progress to Curb Plastic in the EU

The EU is close to agreeing new rules around packaging and packaging waste, but amendments proposed to the Commission’s proposal risk flooding the market with millions of tonnes of new plastic and rolling back a decade of measures to curb plastic use, according to DS Smith, the FTSE 100 leader in sustainable packaging, paper products […]

Russia to Fully Ban Single-Use Plastic Products By 2024

Russia plans to ban the use of disposable plastics by 2024, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Alexander Kozlov said . Banned goods would include disposable plastic straws, plates, glasses, lids and appliances; coffee capsules; cotton swabs; opaque and colored PET (thermoplastic polyester) bottles; boxes and packs for tobacco products; blister packaging (except for medicines); egg cartons; […]

Zalando is moving from plastic to paper

Zalando kicked off its transition from plastic shipping bags to paper bags: While the previous bags were made of plastic with 80% recycled content, the new shipping bags are made of FSCⓇ-certified (FSC® N003557) and recyclable paper. The new shipping bags were previously tested in a 3-month pilot in Sweden and Zalando customers were convinced […]

Plastic Waste: The EU’s Worst Offenders

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According to Eurostat, 31 kg of plastic waste is produced per person across the EU each year, adding up to 15.8 million tonnes in total. Even though Ireland made a statement by being the first EU country to impose a plastic bag fee in 2002, it remains Europe’s worst offender when it comes to annual plastic […]

Plastic Pollution: Packaging technocrats discuss circular economy, EPR and the way forward

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The packaging industry congregated at the two-day Speciality Films and Flexible Packaging Global Summit on 4-5 September 2018 to confabulate on the pressing issue of plastic pollution, plastic ban, and challenges in waste collection, segregation and recycling. It was Tuesday morning; by 8.50am the ballroom at Grand Hyatt was chock-a-block with more than 1,270 plastics and packaging technocrats from […]