Bio-based plastic resins are beginning to make their mark on the world of packaging; but, although significant savings are being made on resource use, much still needs to be done to improve end-of-life options.
When it comes to environmentally friendly packaging some of the most important savings are being missed through poor recycling options – and this applies to all plastics bio- and fossil fuel-based.
Research aims to boost bioplastics from potatoes
Corn starch-based Bioplastics have proved increasingly popular for eco-friendly personal care packaging, but now researchers are investigating ways to enhance potato starch for this purpose.
Green packaging event hopes to promote US-Franco trade links
French companies have a lot to offer the US in terms of green packaging, according to French business development agency Ubifrance.
Material-saving plastic tube awarded Tube of the Year
A plastic tube incorporating a permanently attached closure, which could save up to 40 per cent in material weight, has been awarded prototype tube of the year.
Taxing new plastic would increase use of recycled material, says chemist
Taxing virgin PET is one of the best ways to get companies to move over to using recycled material for plastic packaging, according to a green chemist.
Dupont uses packaging award to leverage sustainable business practices
The company is focusing on its Dupont Awards as a means of helping the personal care industry discover how packaging can be incorporated into a sustainable business strategy.
Thinking outside the box: Refillable packaging opportunities
Creative ideas for refillable beauty packages have great potential for companies looking to improve their green credentials, says a packaging design expert.
Companies urged to do more as UK unveils new packaging strategy
A major reduction in food packaging, a rethink on how it is measured and a call for greater investment by packing companies to increase recycling are part of a strategy unveiled today by the UK government.
Recyclable perfume bottles, a new move for Valois packaging
A screw-on pump for perfumes helps consumers recycle the glass bottle after use, according to France-based packaging supplier Valois.
Sustainable packaging is not a priority for brand owners, says survey
The vast majority of manufacturers have not tackled the issue of sustainable packaging, according to a survey of brand owners.
Recycling logo for consumer packaging launched in UK
Major UK supermarkets have signed up to a new recycling logo for consumer packaging, aiming to present how much of the packaging can be recycled and where.
Companies must look out for green packaging traps
Manufacturers must be wary of the environmental credentials of green packaging materials and avoid using them just for their marketing benefits, says one research group.
Alcan innovation director discusses marrying luxury and sustainability
Luxury and sustainability may appear irreconcilable but beauty packaging firms are working on ways to combine the two concepts.
Industry won't stray from sustainability despite recession, say beauty packaging leaders
Sustainability can be expensive but leaders in the beauty packaging industry claim they cannot afford not to go green.