#SUSTAINABILITY

Consumer Products

CJ Biomaterials Teams with Dongil Platech to Develop PLA/aPHA Drinking Straw

This is said to be the first bioplastic straw based on PLA and amorphous PHA.  

Recycled Materials

Fishing Gear Collection Reclaims PA, PET, HDPE Materials for Recycling

Companies helped collect plastic for recycling at Bellingham, Seattle, and Port Townsend.

Automotive

PEEK for Monolayer E-Motor Magnet Wire Insulation

Solvay’s KetaSpire KT-857 PEEK extrusion compound eliminates adhesion and sustainability constraints of conventional PEEK or enamel insulation processes.

Recycled Materials

Vinyl Institute Announces First Round of Awards From Recycling Grant Program

Six organizations were awarded $460,000 to support recycling related activities.

Injection Molding

Netstal’s Sustainability Performance Recognized

In its first assessment by EcoVadis, the Swiss-based maker of injection molding machines was awarded a Bronze.

Additive Manufacturing

Recycling Program Announced for Nylon 3D Printed Parts

Sculpteo, part of the BASF company, announced a program to establish a circular material stream with its recycling program for 3D printed products.

Packaging

German Trial Demonstrates Recycling Technology for Multilayer Packaging Film

BASF, Krones, Sudpack, Tomra collaboration achieves proof of concept for closed recycling loop for PET-based multilayer packaging.

Recycled Materials

Diverse Additives Portfolio for Mechanical Recycling of Plastics

Evonik’s Tego Cycle additives developed to work at each stage along the entire mechanical recycling value chain.

National Survey Reveals Surprising Opinions About Recycling Plastic

Consumer expectations of product labeling and recycling outcomes are anything but straightforward.

Packaging

Flexible, Multilayer Film Made With 50% Reclaim

Target for new film is mono-material packaging to replace difficult-to-recycle multi-material structures in applications that include stand-up pouches.  

Recycled Materials

Topas Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Recognized for Recyclability with PE Film

Polyplastics’ COC has earned broader recognition from the Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR).

Engineering Resins

Solvay Wins 2023 Re|Focus Sustainability Innovation Award

This year’s winner is partially biobased Amodel Bios long-chain PPA.

Elastomers

Kraiburg TPE Expands Range of TPEs with ISCC PLUS Certification

The expanded range supports customers in the consumer and medical sectors in next steps toward a circular economy.

Extrusion

Are You Providing Sustainable Materials?

Biopolymers? Bio-additives? Materials containing high levels of PCR? Materials regenerated via advanced recycling? Let the world of extrusion tap into your Know How by speaking at the Extrusion 2023 conference.  

Engineering Resins

Joint Project Will Demonstrate Recycling Polyamide 66 Using Microwave Technology

Materials producer Asahi Kasei and recycling technology developer Microwave Chemical announced a joint chemical recycling project.

Biopolymers

Why Are They Blending Biopolymers?

A sit-down with bioplastic producer Danimer Scientific showed me there are more possible answers to that question than I had previously thought.

Recycling

Avient Receives PLASTICS’ 2023 Re|Focus Sustainability Innovation in Design Award

Said to be the first digital tool of its kind, the award was for Avient’s post-consumer recycled resin Color Prediction Service.

Testing

Metaspectral to Advance Vision Technology for Recycling

Company received further funding from British Columbia’s CleanBC Plastics Action Fund

Extrusion

Extrusion 2023 Conference: It’s All About Sustainability

Want to present on how your materials or equipment technology — or your processing expertise — can help extrusion processors achieve their goals to develop more sustainable products? You still have until May 22 to submit your abstracts.

Packaging

Monomaterial Blister Packaging for Pharmaceuticals

Sudpack Medica introduced Pharmaguard, a recyclable blister pack concept.

Recycled Materials

Recycling Report Describes Recovery from 2020 Lows

Prepared by Stina, the report summarizes data collected on U.S.-sourced plastic recovered for recycling in 2021.

Consumer Products

Nalgene Bottle Production Completes Conversion to Certified 50% Recycled Material

Nalgene Outdoor has completed the conversion of its reusable water bottle manufacturing process to Eastman's Tritan Renew.

Packaging

PHA/PLA Blends for Coffee Pods Meet EU Compostability Specs

Danimer Scientific and TotalEnergies Corbion collaborate on biopolymer blends that meet proposed EU compostability requirements for coffee pods and other plastic packaging.

Recycling

Are Plastics on the ‘Wrong Side of History’?

Some might think so, but the rational answer is No, not unless you envision a retreat to pre-industrial society.

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