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Here you can find a handpicked selection of the big stories and latest updates for professionals involved in all things related to packaging covering issues around sustainability, design, innovations, technology and product launches.

Google is the latest brand to join the Ellen MacArthur Foundation initiative

Google will increase its efforts to develop and scale up new technologies that tackle plastics waste and pollution, after joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.

Supermarkets increased plastic output to '903,000 tonnes of plastic packaging' last year

Seven of the top 10 UK supermarkets increased their plastic output in 2018, despite pledges and strategies to cut back

Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo named world’s worst plastic polluters - again

Break Free From Plastic report calls for more focus on plastic reduction and reusable packaging. 

Berlin Packaging acquires Novio Packaging Group

With the acquisition of Novio Packaging, Berlin Packaging has strengthened its plastics offering in Europe. 

Berry Global partners with SABIC for circular polymer production

US-based plastic packaging producer Berry Global has partnered with global chemical company SABIC for the circular polymer production and use.

Heineken ditches plastic rings and shrink wrap from multipacks

Heineken is ditching single-use plastic rings and shrink wrap from millions of multipack cans and replacing them with eco-friendly cardboard.

Unilever reveals new pack design for its 'wild' AXE range

PB Creative has designed the identity and packaging for male grooming brand Axe’s new Wild range, which goes on sale in Europe.

Packaging firms join forces to tackle industry skills shortage

Two leading UK packaging manufacturers have joined forces in a bid to address the skills shortage within the industry.

No more Best Before: UK WRAP reports progress on fresh food waste, calls for more effective labelling

UK government-backed circular economy and resource efficiency charity WRAP has issued new guidance encouraging retailers to sell more fresh produce loose and without Best Before dates.

“One billion pieces of plastic”: Tesco targets UK-wide closed loop packaging surge

As a part of its “4Rs” strategy to tackle the use of plastics in its business, UK supermarket giant Tesco has announced its ambition remove one billion pieces of plastic from products for sale in stores nationwide by the end of 2020.

Gerber and TerraCycle partner to launch recycling programmme

Customers of Nestle-owned baby food brand Gerber can now recycle the packaging through the brand’s partnership with TerraCycle. 

John Lewis scraps plastics bags and bubble wrap

In a new sustainable trial, John Lewis has stopped selling the 5p plastic bag in its Oxford store and has also replaced bubble wrap with a sustainable alternative. 

Asda urges customers to bring refillable containers into stores

Following in the footsteps of Waitrose who ran a similar trial earlier this year, Asda is encouraging customers to bring refillable containers with them in a bid to reduce plastic waste.

Johnie Walker unveils new limited edition bottle

Johnnie Walker has given a preview of its Blue Label Rare Side of Scotland, award-winning Glasgow-based textile design studio.

Consumer demand for sustainable packaging could become next 'battleground' for premium alcohol brands

Sustainable packaging is likely to become a ‘battleground’ for premium alcohol brands, according to GlobalData analysts.

Henkel produces 100 percent chemically recycled detergent bottles as ChemCycling project gathers pace

In collaboration with packaging manufacturer Alpla, Henkel has produced bottles using 100 percent chemically recycled plastic for the first time.

Why were they even square? Pizza Hut trials circular plant-based pizza boxes

Pizza lovers have long accepted the fact that round pizza pies are served in square boxes. Fast food giant Pizza Hut is challenging this tradition with its limited-time launch of circular pizza boxes at one of its locations in Phoenix, US.

Dove to slash virgin plastic with alternative materials, recycled plastic and refill technology

Beauty industry heavyweight Dove has unveiled new initiatives and impact figures aiming to reduce the use of virgin plastic by more than 20,500 metric tons per year. 

UK recycling rate dip likely after EU definition change

According to one of the UK’s recycling experts, It is likely that the country’s recycling rate will fall next year once the EU’s latest definition of recycling is implemented.

Waitrose to remove plastic packaging from multi-buy cans

As part of plans to reduce plastic waste and single-use plastics from its shelves the UK supermarket has begun a trial to plastic wrapping from multi-buy cans.

Rising costs of recycled materials could spell set back for war on plastic waste

Europe’s manufacturers face $250m-a-year increase in costs as rising demand drives up price

Scotland bans plastic cotton bus in fight against 'global climate emergeny'

‘This ban builds on work already underway to address Scotland’s throwaway culture,’ says Scotland’s environment secretary

Italian government debates measures to reduce cost of packaging-free food

In moves to tackle environmental concerns, shoppers in Italy could benefit from discounts on food sold loose compared to those in packaging.

Tennet's lager announce £14 million plans to end plastic packaging

The Glasgow-based lager brand will end the use of plastic rings and wrapping on its multi-packs as part of its £14Meco-friendly strategy.

RB and TerraCycle have announced their new recycle programme for plastic packaging​

Health and hygiene company RB have joined with recycling company TerraCycle to create a plastics recycling programme, made to eliminate waste and support a sustainable future.

Absolut have launched a limited-edition bottle to raise awareness of recycling​

Absolut has raised a glass to recycling by launching a new limited
edition design made from 41% recycled glass, in a bid not to ignore
their responsibilities towards minimising packaging waste.

absolut recycled bottle

Sketchers USA have reported a decrease of 85% of plastic in their new packaging​

As part of their global strategy for sustainable packaging, Sketchers USA have committed to heavily reducing plastic packaging in their footwear boxes.

Asda have unveiled newly-packaged, plastic-free herb range

Leading retailer, Asda, will save 46.5 tonnes of plastic annually, by completely removing plastic from their herbs, by replacing it with a new sustainable paper sleeve.

First Mile and Vegware team up to boost compostable packaging recycling

Recycling specialist First Mile has joined forces with Vegware to create a new collection service for compostable packaging, available to both businesses and individuals.

BPF have launched new tool 'PackScore'to help brands design sustainable packaging

The British Plastics Federation have developed a design tool that allows brands, retailers and designers to determine whether packaging is easily recycled.

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