First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

Reaction from ACE, EuropaBio, European Bioplastics, CEPI, EUROPEN

Circular Economy: Part I – What does the future hold now?

By Jenny Eagle

The European Commission has adopted a revised Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers - "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use. 

Mario Abreu, VP, Environment, Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak turns recyclable cartons into fireworks

By Jenny Eagle

Tetra Pak is working on a number of initiatives to reach its goal of 40% recycling rates by 2020 including the continued development of Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology company in China.

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Industry, non-profit partnership

Amcor, Coca-Cola and others give $300K to spur recycling in South Carolina

By Heidi Parsons

The city of Columbia, South Carolina, has received a $300k grant to modernize its residential recycling program, thanks to a collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, major packaging suppliers, packaging industry associations and a non-profit organization. 

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APR looks to solve full wrap shrink sleeve label issues

By Jenny Eagle

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR), a trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America, has released the Final Report of its Sleeve Label Working Group with recommendations on what the packaging industry...

TRM Packaging Heineken Kraft Ballantines Packaging trends interactive

'The sky's the limit,' says TRM Packaging

Packaging to become more 'theatrical'

By Caroline Wells

Heineken's Ignite bottles which illuminate when clinked with another bottle, and Ballantine's graphic equaliser, which adjusts its lighting with loud music, are some of the ways brands have added 'theatrical' technology to products.

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Green Week conference

Can re-use of plastic from bottles become 'standard practice'?

By Rachel Arthur

Better legislation in emerging economies, improved infrastructure, and encouraging consumers to recycle is needed to boost the re-use of plastic from bottles, according to the European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW).

Hydro to build $61m beverage can recycling plant

Clients include Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc

Hydro to build $61m beverage can recycling plant

By Jenny Eagle

Hydro, whose clients include Tetra Pak, Ball and Crown, is celebrating after getting the go-ahead to build a $61m beverage can recycling plant in Neuss, Germany.

Coca-Cola launch will fire US shrink sleeve growth: CCL Label

Jens Winkler, business development manager, CCL Label

Coca-Cola launch will fire US shrink sleeve growth: CCL Label


CCL Label tells that Coke’s successful Christmas holiday promotion using its sustainable TD shrink sleeve material will spur the market still further and assist hard-pressed recyclers.

oPTI foamed PET bottles can offer reduced weight and increased decoration possibilities compared to conventional PET.

Packaging partnership unveils PET with a twist

By Jenni Spinner

The lightweight, foamed PET bottle technology promises eye-popping structural and graphic capabilities, paired with cost-effective production and sustainability.

Beverage Bauhaus: Could home design revolution spur recycling?


Beverage Bauhaus: Could home design revolution spur recycling?


A Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) funded study insists that design principles in the home are as important as behavioural change in encouraging European consumers to recycle more.

McDonald’s is looking at putting the How2Recycle Label on Happy Meal boxes.

McDonald’s USA joins How2Recycle

By Jenny Eagle

GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has announced McDonald’s USA has joined its How2Recycle program.

Tetra Pak reportedly is making strides toward hitting sustainability goals set for the year 2020.

Tetra Pak: 43bn cartons recycled in 2013

By Jenni Spinner

Packaging giant Tetra Pak is making progress toward hitting its 2020 targets on creating sustainable progress, boosting recycling, and reducing its environmental footprint.

Avantium is working on development and commercialization of PEF, a bio-based alternative to PET, for beverage and food containers.


Avantium nears launch of PlantBottle competitor

By Jenni Spinner

Avantium Chemical has reported it is fast approaching commercialization of a bio-based polyester packaging material that could give the PlantBottle a run for its money.

A new recycling plant will feed content to Owens-Illinois' Portland plant, which makes 1m containers a day.

O-I recycling plant fuels 1m bottles daily

By Jenni Spinner

Glass packaging giant Owens-Illinois has flipped the switch on a recycled processing facility to transform discarded containers into new jars and bottles.

Systems Labeling is a UK label producer.

The Americk Group acquires Systems Labeling

By Jenny Eagle

The Americk Group, which has invested over £9m ($14m) in equipment in the last two years, has acquired Systems Labeling Limited, a UK label producer.

Novelis evercan

Novelis invests in evercan launch site

By Joseph James Whitworth

Novelis has completed a £1.7m (US$2.5m) upgrade at an aluminium can recycling plant which will serve as a launch production site for the evercan aluminium beverage can body sheet.

Diageo eyes new Connecticut opportunity in malt-based frozen RTDs

Diageo eyes new Connecticut opportunity in malt-based frozen RTDs


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) tells it opposes a successful state bill allowing sales of malt beverages in pouches on recycling grounds, as Diageo eyes frozen alcoholic RTD success in another...


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