Cover story
innovations in food packaging
Barry Turner of the British Plastics Federation reviews some of the most recent developments in plastic food packaging.
News
UK initiatives to reduce pollution by plastic packaging

A new £1.4m ‘UK Circular Plastics Flagship Projects Competition’ was launched at the inaugural annual meeting of the UK Plastics Pact, held in London in October, to support creative business ideas to stop plastic being thrown away[3].

collaboration on plastic recycling
Collaboration on plastics recycling

Unilever and Veolia have signed an agreement to work jointly on technologies that will help create a circular economy on plastics across various geographies, starting in India and Indonesia[2].

The companies acknowledge that the issue of plastic waste is a shared responsibility that requires bold action across the value chain to develop and scale up collection and reprocessing infrastructure, which is critical in the transition towards a circular economy.

plastic packaging
EU implements ban on single-use plastics

Single-use plastic items, such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted in October 2018[1].

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by the European Parliament.

Products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging, and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene have also been added to this list.

Features
clearing the atmosphere

Clearing the atmosphere

Lynneric Potter of Campden BRI explains the principles behind modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and discusses the problems caused by the shortages in carbon dioxide supply for food and beverage packaging in the summer months of 2018.
the future of packaging

The future of packaging

Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub, looks at the latest packaging innovation trends and discusses how the last year has shaped the future of packaging.
Recycling plastic

Recycling plans for plastic

Lisa Foster, Sustainable Packaging Manager at Coca-Cola European Partners, discusses the company’s approach to sustainable packaging and the future of plastics in packaging.



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