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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.

European Recycling Markets Reel from Coronavirus

Changes in consumer behavior, the reduced cost of virgin materials, logistics disruptions and other trends driven by COVID-19 may have a lasting effect on the European recycling industry.

Covid-19: Easyfairs makes its exhibition venues in Belgium, Sweden and The Netherlands available to the authorities

Easyfairs has decided to play an active role in the fight against the coronavirus Covid-19 by making its venues available to local and national authorities.

Unilever pledges early payment support for supply chain through coronavirus pandemic

FMCG giant Unilever has announced a wide-ranging set of measures to support global and national efforts to tackle the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Mondelēz joins MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

The company also participates in the New Plastics Economy Initiative and the UK’s Plastics Pact. 

European organisation for packaging has stated it is essential for the fight against COVID-19

The members of EUROPEN are doing their utmost to maintain the necessary supply of food and hygiene products as well as medicines to citizens throughout Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus worries cause delay for Scottish DRS

The Scottish Government has delayed the introduction of its deposit return scheme (DRS) until 1 July 2022 amid concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Budget 2020 announces that Plastic Tax will come into force

Chancellor Rishi Sunak used the Budget to announce that the tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recycled content will come into force in April 2022.

KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell expand sustainable packaging commitments

In order to expand sustainable packaging, Yum! Brands has announced they will intensify action on plastic waste.

Nestlé, Unilever, Suez and more sign European Plastics Pact

The European Plastic Pact, which aims to stop sole dependence on virgin plastics, has been signed by some of the key players across the packaging supply chain.

Straight Forward Design generates 'big' excitement with new Skittles campaign

The new skittles product ‘Skittles Giants’ has just been launched by Mars Wrigley across the UK, with their brand and packaging identity created by Straight Forward Design.

Lucozade Riebna Suntory trials vending machine format for seaweed-based edible packaging

A joint innovation project between LRS and sustainable packaging firm Notpla, has resulted in the creation of a vending machine containing 30ml seaweed-based products made with edible packaging.

98% of MPs believe compostable packaging can help solve plastic crisis, poll finds

According to new findings, majority of MPs believe the UK’s plastic problems can be resolved through the use of compostable packaging alternatives.

Aldi are to remove plastic lids from own-label products

In order to reduce single-use plastics, Aldi will be stocking all own-label products without the plastic lids they were previously packaged with.

Environmentalists scrutinize UK’s proposed ban on plastic waste exports

A new UK law is set to ban polluting plastic waste export to developing countries in a bid to ensure their protection against remaining the dumping grounds of unsolicited waste.

“2050 isn’t soon enough”: Sainsbury’s sets aside £1 billion to achieve Net Zero by 2040

Sainsbury’s has committed to investing £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) in becoming a Net Zero business across its operations by 2040.

Lavazza launches a biodegradable and recyclable cup for vending machines

Lavazza Professional has revealed a new recyclable and biodegradable product, named the KLIX Eco Cup which is manufactured using paper sourced from sustainably managed forests.

Davos 2020: Coca-Cola exec says consumers still want plastic bottles

The soft drinks giant pegs recycling plastic bottles as a decisive move toward addressing environmental concerns

Hubbub investment to recycle 4 million coffee cups a year in London

Thanks to a £300,000 investment made by Hubbub, London will gain new coffee cup recycling facilities in five locations, aiming to recycle 4 million cups a year.

Nestlé invests £1.5 billion in food-grade recycled plastics in huge circular economy boost

Nestlé has announced an investment of up to 2 billion Swiss francs (US$2.08 billion) to pioneer the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

China to ban single-use plastics: Government scheme to gradually phase out plastics by 2025

The move hopes to reduce the country’s massive amounts of waste and follows 2008’s ban on free plastic bags.

Plastics-removal trend could open packaging’s Pandora’s box, anonymized Green Alliance interviews reveal

The think tank indicates that throwaway culture is the real public enemy number one and that government must intervene more effectively.

Evergreen Packaging provides renewable board for Oatly's ice cream packaging

Swedish food brand Oatly has partnered with plant-based packaging solutions provider Evergreen Packaging to adapt the latter’s renewable ice cream board for its non-dairy frozen dessert.

The Co-op announces commitment to 100% recyclable packaging

The Co-op has announced it will only use 100% own-brand recyclable packaging by summer 2020.

Packaging tax debated at Westminster forum

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) will oppose taxing packaging and argues that the move could lead to more waste.

UK businesses rising to plastic sustainability challenges, WRAP report indicates

Government-backed sustainability organization WRAP has revealed that UK businesses are making significant progress in reducing virgin plastic use and improving plastic recycling levels.

Yes or no? OPRL simplifies UK consumer recycling with binary labeling system

The UK’s leading recycling label authority The On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) is set to launch a binary labeling system (“Recycle” or “Don’t Recycle”) this month that is designed to simplify and improve consumer recycling.

Packing a paper punch: Mondelēz New Zealand trial tests Cadbury Energy bar in recyclable wrapper

Mondelēz International has launched its Cadbury Energy bar in 100 percent recyclable and sustainably sourced paper packaging that was trialed and tested exclusively in New Zealand.

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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