Industry news

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 sustainabilty, design, innovations, technology and product launches.

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.