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Nestlé Brazil’s NESCAU beverage range will be available with SIG’s renewable and recyclable paper straw solution. Pic: SIG

Nestlé Brazil introduces SIG paper straws on NESCAU carton packs

By Jim Cornall

In partnership with SIG, a Swiss-headquartered systems and solutions provider for aseptic carton packaging, Nestlé Brazil’s complete NESCAU beverage range is now available in SIG’s combiblocMini carton packs with SIG’s renewable and recyclable paper straw...

SIG’s paper straws can be used with SIG’s recyclable carton packs, which are mainly made of renewable paper board. Pic: SIG/Intermarché

SIG’s recyclable straws hit the shelves

By Jim Cornall

Swiss-headquartered SIG’s fully recyclable and renewable paper straw solution for aseptic carton packs is being launched for the first time in Europe by French retail group Intermarché.

IVL to acquire 74% of Medco Plast. Photo: IVL.

IVL to expand in East African PET packaging market

By Jenny Eagle

Indorama Ventures Ltd (IVL) will expand its portfolio in East Africa following the acquisition of a 74% share of Medco Plast from Middle East Glass Manufacturing (MEG) and the Samaha family.

Highland Spring's new 'eco bottle'

Highland Spring trials 100% rPET bottle

By Rachel Arthur

Natural source water brand Highland Spring is trialing a 100% rPET bottle in the UK, and will use the trial to gain insight into consumer perception of recycled plastics.

Picture: Getty/Roman Babakin

EU policy proposal cracks down on single use plastics

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Commission has proposed rules to cut use of single use plastics including a ban on cutlery, straws and drink stirrers and reduced use of food containers and drinks cups.

Coca-Cola wants to see the equivalent of all its packaging - whether plastic, glass or cans - collected and recycled. Pic: Coca-Cola.

Sustainability spotlight

How does Coca-Cola’s 100% recycling commitment stack up?

By Rachel Arthur

Coca-Cola says it is ‘fundamentally reshaping its approach to packaging’ by pledging to collect and recycle the equivalent of 100% of its packaging globally by 2030. But what does environmental campaigner Greenpeace make of the commitments?

Pic:getty/splendens

Canned craft beer sales up 327%

By Rachel Arthur

Cans are now used for a quarter of craft beers sold in the UK, with canned craft beer sales increasing 327% from January to August 2017, according to Nielsen.

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Coca-Cola to double use of recycled plastic in PET bottles to 50%

By Rachel Arthur

Coca-Cola has announced a new set of sustainability commitments in Western Europe: saying it will ensure all packaging is recyclable or reusable; and aiming to collect 100% of its packaging. It will also use 50% recycled plastic in its PET bottles and...

ACE UK celebrates 10 years of recycling success. Picture: ACE UK.

ACE UK looks back at 10 year recycling milestone

By Jenny Eagle

From uniting big name packaging manufacturers to setting up standardized collection regimes and opening a reprocessing plant in 2013, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) is celebrating 10 years of recycling beverage cartons.

Diageo says the industry has a responsibility to support recycling infrastructure. Pic:iStock/joegolby

Diageo looks at packaging in innovation agenda

By Rachel Arthur

Diageo says it will increase the use of alternative materials in packaging as part of its ‘innovation agenda’: particularly with attention to plastic packaging that meets its sustainable packaging commitments. 

Bekum makes bottles, containers, cans, drums and IBCs. Picture: Bekum.

Interpack 2017

Bekum meets demand for recyclable materials with EPET IV

By Jenny Eagle

The latest trends and production processes for extrusion-blown packaging are systems for the ecological production of bottles, containers, cans, drums and IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) made of plastic, says Bekum.

Black Medicine Iced Coffee is converting its entire RTD coffee line from glass bottles to aluminum cans starting this fall, a swap that will also bring the price per can down by 50 cents.

Black Medicine Iced Coffee switches to cans

By Mary Ellen Shoup

RTD coffee company Black Medicine Iced Coffee is switching to aluminium cans starting this fall, a move it says will meet consumer demands for convenience and portability.

Picture credit: PRE

Mixed feelings from PRE, APEAL, EuPC, BPF

Debate rages on over revised Circular Economy Package

By Jenny Eagle

The debate surrounding the revised Circular Economy Package rages on as some associations are not happy with the decisions announced while others welcome the changes.

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