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Developers Of Plant-Based Biodegradable Drinks Bottles See Commercialization By 2023

May 17, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Although the technology is still several years from the marketplace, Coca-Cola and Danish brewer Carlsberg have invested in the Paper Bottle Project, whose goal is to replace plastic bottles with a sturdy all-plant material that completely decomposes within one year. The project is run by the Paper Bottle Company (Pabaco), a joint venture of paper packaging developer BillerudKorsnäs and Austrian plastics manufacturer ALPLA. Dutch biochemical company Avantium is developing a plant-based material (PEF) strong enough to hold drinks and still biodegradable within one year, by 2023. Carlsberg was an early supporter of the technology.[Image Credit: © WebWire/The Coca-Cola Company]
Sam Baker , "The end of plastic bottles? Coca-Cola and Carlsberg back new all-plant drinks containers that will rot away to nothing within a year", Daily Mail Online, May 17, 2020, © Associated Newspapers Ltd
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Open Water Achieves “Climate Neutral” Certification, Thanks Partly To Aluminum Packaging

April 30, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Independent nonprofit Climate Neutral, whose mission is to speed up “the transition to a low-carbon world,” has certified Chicago-based bottled water company Open Water as Climate Neutral, meaning the company has achieved net-zero carbon emissions. Open Water, formerly Green Sheep Water, packages its electrolyte-enriched beverage in “infinitely recyclable” aluminum bottles and cans and by using aluminum caps instead of plastic ones. To achieve the certification, the company calculated its 2019 carbon footprint from manufacturing and production through finished product delivery; committed to a plan to cut future greenhouse gas emissions; and invested in two forest conservation projects and in another that collects and destroys methane gas emissions.[Image Credit: © Green Sheep, Inc. dba Open Water | formerly Green Sheep Water]
"Open Water Becomes First Climate Neutral Certified Bottled Water Company", BevNET.com, April 30, 2020, © BevNET.com
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Bottles Made Using New Enzymatic Recycling Technology Usher In New Sustainability Era

April 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST


U.K. beverage maker Lucozade Ribena Suntory will soon begin selling some of its most popular soft drink brands packaged in “100 percent sustainable” plastic bottles. Ribena, Lucozade Energy and Lucozade Sport were on track for PET packs that could “better prevent plastic pollution from harming our oceans and planet” LRS said. Bio-industrial solutions company Carbios has developed a process through which a newly created mutant enzyme breaks down PET waste into chemicals that are recycled in an “extremely efficient” manner into high-quality new packaging. The Carbios process heraldas “a real transition to a circular economy,” paving the way for recycling PET fibers. The technology is backed by beverage industry heavyweights, including LRS parent Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, as well as Nestlé Waters and PepsiCo.[Image Credit: © Suntory Beverage & Food Europe (SBFE)]
Daniel Selwood, "Ribena and Lucozade to be ‘first to get 100 percent sustainable’ plastic bottles", The Grocer UK, April 09, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Japan Eliminates Labels From Multi-Pack Bottles Of I Lohas Water

April 8, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Japan this month is switching to new bottle designs for its market leading “clear beverages” brand I Lohas water that eliminate labels, are made from 100 percent recycled plastic, and  retain the malleability that makes them easy to crush into compact recyclable sizes. The new label-free bottle designs will be sold in cases displaying nutritional information, etc., of 24 for $26) at supermarkets, drug stores, and online retailers. Bottles sold separately will still have the label.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited]
Master Blaster, "Leading bottled water brand in Japan goes label-free to reduce waste, angers many", SoraNews24, April 08, 2020, © SoraNews24 -Japan News- / SOCIO CORPORATION
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Whole Leaf Tea From English Tea Shop Comes In New Sustainable Packaging

April 2, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The new sustainable packaging being used by English Tea Shop for its range of Whole Leaf Tea is inspired by the ingredients and colors of Sri Lanka, the source of the tea. Available in 18 blends, including English Breakfast and in combinations such as Turmeric, Ginger & Lemongrass, the tea comes as higher quality intact leaves held in a pouch made from GMO-free cellulose fiber, and paired with a reusable scoop. The cardboard box is 100 percent compostable and unfolds like a flower to reveal mandalas that celebrate the ingredients and contents. Earlier this month, the English Tea Shop received $3 million in funding from HSBC U.K., allocated as part of its lending fund to support the company’s “ambitious” growth strategy.[Image Credit: © English Tea Shop]
Emma Upshall, "English Tea Shop unveils new range with sustainable packaging", FoodBev Media , April 02, 2020, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Ambev Implements Ambitious Carbon Emission Reduction Plans; Also Invests In New Breweries

March 12, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Brazilian brewing company Ambev, with facilities in 19 countries in Latin America and Canada, is committed to several sustainability goals, including a large – 25 percent – reduction in carbon emissions by 2025. To help achieve that goal, the company has introduced new microturbine technology in its factories to reduce CO2 emissions by 482 tons a year. Ambev partnered with an energy generation startup based in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul to implement Capstone microturbine technology from the U.S. The start-up (Luming Inteligência Energética) installed a prototype in one factory and units in three other breweries in the states of São Paulo and Paraná. Together, they produce 449,000 kwh of energy a month, the equivalent of planting more than 2,800 trees a year, Ambev says. The company also announced that, to meet growing competition from aggressively expanding Heineken NV, it would invest $432 million in new brewing plants in Brazil. [Image Credit: © Ambev]
Asia Sherman , "Ambev reduces CO2 emissions by 482 tons a year", Food Navigator LatAm, March 12, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Philippines Partners With Thailand Firm To Build High-Capacity PET Recycling Plant

March 10, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) has partnered with Thailand-based Indorama Ventures to build a PETValue bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in the Philippines that will be able to recycle plastic bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) material. When completed and commissioned in 2021, the $19.7 million facility will be the largest recycling facility in the country, capable of processing 30,000 metric tons of plastic bottles annually, the equivalent of two billion bottles.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Coca-Cola and Indorama Ventures ink partnership to build PH’s largest bottle-to-bottle recycling facility", INQUIRER.net, March 10, 2020, © INQUIRER.net
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Danone Waters UK To Use 100 Percent Recycled Plastic Across Evian Line

March 5, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Danone Waters UK in April is rolling out 100 percent recycled PET bottles for all formats of its Evian water brand. The move will bring the use of recycled plastic content to 70 percent across the Evian range, according to the company, which said it is committed to using no virgin plastic across its Evian and Volvic bottles by 2025.[Image Credit: © Société Anonyme des Eaux Minérales d’Evian]
Éilis Cronin, "Danone Waters rolls out recyclable bottles for Evian brand", Talking Retail, March 05, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Danone SA To Invest $2.2B To Speed Up Its “Climate-Powered Business Model”

February 27, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
French food products company Danone SA said it will spend $2.2 billion to “massively accelerate” development of “a fully climate-powered business model.” The company has been working since 2009 on ways to improve its carbon profile, and recently announced it has already achieved a goal of reaching “peak” carbon emissions by 2025. But CEO Emmanuel Faber acknowledged that packaging was one area where the company was “caught off guard.” To rectify that situation in the water business, the group aims to move away from virgin PET by 2025, switching to rPET in Europe. In April, rPET water bottles will be rolled out across “most” formats in France, the full range in Germany, and all on-the-go Evian formats in the U.K. The Evian and Volvic brands will both become “climate neutral” this year, and the company will introduce metal bottles and cans for brands like Evian and Bonafont and switch to tetra for Volvic’s kids’ range. “There's clearly a need for acceleration,” Faber said, especially in end-to-end sourcing and omnichannel, to achieve climate-efficient sourcing for planetary diets and regenerative agriculture.[Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
Katy Askew , "Danone’s €2bn climate-smart innovation investment: ‘Our brands will be stronger if climate is an ally, not an enemy’", Food Navigator, February 27, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Coca-Cola Amatil Posts Strong Revenue Growth, Renews Focus On Healthful Products

February 25, 2020: 12:00 AM EST

Announcing FY2019 financial results, Coca-Cola Amatil indicated it is renewing a focus on healthful product reformulation and sustainability in Australia, Indonesia, and New Zealand. The company posted total revenue growth of 6.7 percent year-on-year to hit $3.4 billion and full-year net profits of $247 billion, a 34.2 percent year-on-year growth. The company said its Australian Accelerated Growth Plan helped it to better position itself with smaller customers in the country, whereas the Indonesian Accelerate to Transform Plan helped it better understand local consumers at a deeper level “and connect with them.”  Both are joint developments between Coca-Cola Amatil and the Coca-Cola Company. In Australia, the plans’ aim was to build categories such as dairy, energy drinks, and kombucha, and focus resources on emerging customers in the foodservice sector. The Coca-Cola brand is the biggest item in Australia, representing more than half of sales. Coca-Cola Amatil’s sustainability efforts for Australia and New Zealand include switching 70 percent of its plastic bottles to 100 percent recycled materials,[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Amatil Limited]

Pearly Neo , "Coca-Cola Amatil MD exclusive: Key markets, reformulation and sustainability priorities revealed", Food Navigator US, February 25, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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CCEP’s Glacéau Smartwater Bottles Now Made From 100 Percent Recycled Plastic (rPET)

February 21, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is launching a promotional campaign to let consumers know that its Glacéau Smartwater bottles are now made from 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET) and are still 100 percent recyclable. The campaign will kick-off at the end of the month and run for three weeks across out-of-home advertising spots such as poster sites and digital screens. The move to 100 percent rPET, which includes all 600 ml and 850 ml plastic bottles, will remove 3,100 tons of virgin plastic from circulation each year.[Image Credit: © THE COCA-COLA COMPANY]
Eilis Cronin, "Glacéau Smartwater campaign highlights recyclable bottles", Talking Retail , February 21, 2020, © Metropolis International Group Limited, a member of the Metropolis Group
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Coca-Cola HBC Expands, Modernizes Production Capacity At Northern Ireland Plant

February 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola HBC’s newly-installed $12 million canning line at its Lisburn plant supports increased demand for can production – the capacity is 4.8 million a week – while enabling the key goal of bringing production of its Monster Energy products in house. The new canning line also: makes possible production of sustainable secondary packaging for multipack cans, as well as paperboard and cardboard packaging for multi-pack cans; increases the number of products and pack sizes available; and reduces reliance on sourcing from other European facilities. The new line also supports the transition to taller “Sleek Cans” – launching this month – an element of the World Without Waste initiative.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company]
"Productivity meets Sustainability: Coca‑Cola HBC invests in second canning line in Northern Ireland", Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, February 20, 2020, © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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Nestlé’s Henniez Mineral Water Brand Says All Bottles Made With 75 Percent rPET

February 7, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Nestlé Waters mineral water brand Henniez announced that all of its plastic bottles are now made of 75 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET). The Swiss brand has been using 30 percent recycled PET since 2013 and hopes to eventually reach 100 percent locally recycled PET. Discarded PET bottles will be made into new Henniez recycled plastic bottles multiple times, without tapping into new oil resources. Three weeks ago, Nestlé committed to invest up to $2 billion to drive the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics. It also committed to speed up development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions. The Henniez mineral water brand celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. [Image Credit: © 2020 Nestlé]
"Henniez mineral water bottles now made of 75 percent recycled plastic", Nestlé, February 07, 2020, © Nestlé
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Italian Beverage Companies Showcase Clean-Label Drinks With Sustainable Packaging

February 4, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Several Italian beverage companies, represented by The Italian Way - Food & Beverage Excellence (TIW), showcased products with “simple high-quality ingredients” and sustainable, eco-friendly packaging at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco last month. TIW exhibited three beverage brands: The Bridge (plant-based milks), Smeraldina (artesian water from the island of Sardinia), and Caffè Gioia (100 percent Arabica organic coffees). TIW is targeting the U.S. market because in 2018 the organic food market segment reached $48 billion, with a CAGR of 5.9 percent during 2017. TIW said 83 percent of U.S. consumers believe non-plastic packaging is more environmentally friendly, and 31 percent said they are “very concerned” about the environmental impact of plastic packaging.[Image Credit: © The Italian Way]
Beth Newhart , "Italy eyes the U.S. beverage market for health-conscious, eco customers", Beverage Daily, February 04, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Boxed Water Introduces New Package Size

January 28, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Michigan-based Boxed Water Is Better announced the addition of a 330-ml size to its line of water packaged in 100 percent recyclable and paper-based cartons. Also available are 250-ml, 500-ml and 1-liter boxes packed in six-pack, 12-pack and 24-pack configurations. The new package will be available at retail in the first quarter of 2020, as well as online at boxedwater.com and Amazon.[Image Credit: © Boxed Water]
"Boxed Water adds 330-ml size to lineup", Beverage Industry, January 28, 2020, © BNP Media
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Coke Says Being “Plastics Free” Is A Distant Solution Because Customers Like Single-Use Bottles

January 23, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola head of sustainability Bea Perez says pleasing customers is more important than ending plastics pollution, so the company won't be phasing out its popular single-use plastic bottles anytime soon. According to Perez, despite the company’s reputation as a global plastics polluter, customers like the bottles because they are lightweight and easily reseal. Getting rid of them, Perez said, would hurt sales. "Business won't be in business if we don't accommodate consumers," she said. The company plans to focus on recycling, promising to recycle as many bottles as it uses by 2030, to use 50 percent recycled materials in packaging by that date and to work with nonprofits to better collect its waste. Environmental groups argue that recycling is not the most effective solution to the plastic pollution crisis.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
Olivia Rosane, "Coca-Cola Says It Won’t Break Free From Plastic Bottles", EcoWatch, January 23, 2020, © EcoWatch
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Coke Partners With Chinese Online Retailer JD.com To Explore Innovative Recycling Methods

January 22, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and China’s largest online retailer JD.com have partnered in a search for new plastic recycling technology. The Chinese company will apply its nationwide logistics system in a pilot project to help collect used beverage bottles from households. The collected bottles are being sent to recycling facilities in partnership with Coca-Cola, where they’ll enter the circular value chain. JD.com launched its Green Stream Initiative in 2017 to reduce the environmental impact of logistics activities. Between June 2017 and December 2019, the company cut use of disposable packaging by nearly 30,000 tons, saving a million tons of paper. Coca-Cola unveiled its World Without Waste initiative two years ago to help collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its packaging globally by 2030. The recycling partnership was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.[Image Credit: © JD.com]
"Coca-Cola, JD.com to launch recycling program in China", JD.com, January 22, 2020, © JD.com
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Ambev SA Of Brazil Promises To Eliminate Plastic Packaging Within Five Years

January 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Brazilian beverages company Ambev SA (Sao Paulo) has committed to eliminating all plastic packaging by 2025, a move that could generate as much as $239 million in business, according to one exec. The company, Latin America’s largest brewer, will work with suppliers, recycling cooperatives, startups, and universities to shift all beverage packaging to either returnable or 100 percent recyclable materials. The new target, is part of a broad strategy by parent company Anheuser Busch InBev to step up recycling and phase out plastic containers as consumers seek greener alternatives. In October, Ambev announced its first water in aluminum cans, AMA, likely to be distributed in February. Ambev invested $4.1 billion between 2014 and 2018 to adopt eco-friendly practices, including projects to have all operations run by renewable energy sources by 2025.[Image Credit: © AmBev]
Gabriela Mello , "Brazil's Ambev Sets Ambitious Target to End Plastic Pollution in Packaging", Reuters, January 20, 2020, © Thomson Reuters
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Coca-Cola’s $11M Global Plastics Cleanup Program Is Lambasted By Greenpeace

January 16, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
The Coca-Cola Co., stung by criticism that it is a major global polluter, reportedly has pledged $11 million dollars over three years to help clean up nine rivers across Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. Each clean-up project will use data from the captured waste in the rivers to change human behavior and create a less polluted world. According to the company, programs in Panama, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica, and Kenya are being funded. Longtime environmental critic Greenpeace USA issued a statement saying the initiative was “foolish.”  "Coca-Cola … wants people to believe it can capture this waste before it enters our oceans. This is as foolish as it sounds.” The company has spent millions of dollars, Greenpeace said, promoting the “false notion” that recycling and cleanup of plastic pollution solves the problem. “That is a lie.” The organization said the solution to the problem is to phase out single-use plastics and move toward reuse systems.[Image Credit: © The Coca-Cola Company]
"Choose France Summit: The Coca-Cola system announces a billion euros of investments over the next five years in support of sustainable development in France ", Coca-Cola , January 16, 2020, © The Coca-cola Company
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Danone Waters Brands Commit To Carbon Neutrality Targets

December 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Danone announced that four of its water brands – Evian, Lanjarón, Volvic, and Font Vella – have committed to net zero carbon emissions on a staggered schedule over the next decade in a move to accelerate achievement of a corporate 2050 target. Subsidiary companies Aguas Danone Spain, Danone Waters Germany, and Danone Waters of America all pledged to meet the targets while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid.[Image Credit: © Danone S.A.]
"Danone Waters brands make pledge to advance its journey towards carbon neutrality", Danone , December 11, 2019, © Danone S.A.
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Coca-Cola Switches To Clear Bottles For Sprite in South East Asia

December 3, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola has decided to convert all new Sprite bottles produced in the South East Asian region from green to clear. The decision conforms to the company’s objectives of increasing PET plastic use in a sustainable manner. Coca-Cola emphasized at a recent meeting of the U.N. environmental program SEA of Solutions (Bangkok, Thailand) that it is committed to recyclability and PET bottles as a “sustainable solution.” Colored PET bottles are more likely to contain pigments such as titanium dioxide that would contaminate the recycling process.[Image Credit: © WebWire/THE COCA-COLA COMPANY]
Pearly Neo , "No green bottles for Sprite anymore: Coca-Cola seeks to increase PET recyclability in SEA", Food Navigator USA, December 03, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Dove To Be Sold In 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles By Year End

November 26, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Dove said it will be the biggest brand in the world that has moved to 100% recycled packaging. Its actions include making its packing for single packs of its tablet soap plastic-free and moving to 100% recycled plastic bottles, where technically feasible, in North America and Europe by the end of 2019. All three of its ranges will be impacted: Dove, Dove Men+Care and Baby Dove. Unilever estimates the moves will reduce more than 20,500 tonnes of virgin plastic from its portfolio per year.[Image Credit: © Unilever]
"Dove moves to 100% recycled plastic bottles", Unilever, November 26, 2019, © Unilever
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Coca-Cola Adopts New Multipack Packaging Technology In Europe

November 20, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and bottling partners Coca‑Cola HBC and Coca‑Cola European Partners announced they will begin to introduce a new multipack can packaging solution called KeelClip across Europe. The sustainability and merchandising benefits of KeelClip include complete coverage of can tops to keep them clean, finger holes to allow for easy carrying, and minimization of the amount of paper required. In response to the development, Coca-Cola HBC will invest $16.6 million into the packaging solution and will remove shrink wrap from all of its can multipacks in all European Union markets by the end of 2021, saving 2,000 tons of plastic and 3,000 tons of CO2 annually. Coca-Cola HBC plans to introduce KeelClip to its products early next year beginning in Ireland and Poland, then in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and Romania in 2020. The new packaging will be used on all can multipacks of up to eight cans; larger can multipacks will be bound by a carton pack.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company]
"The Coca‑Cola System introduces innovative KeelClip™ packaging technology on multipack cans in Europe: a first for the NARTD industry", Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, November 20, 2019, © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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Sweden Will Be First Coca-Cola Market To Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic Bottles

November 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) announced that Sweden will be the first market where all Coke products will be packaged in fully recycled plastic bottles. The transition beginning in the first quarter of 2020, will cut the use of new plastic by 3,500 tons annually. Plastic packaging for 40 types of products, including Sprite and Bonaqua, will consist entirely of recycled material next year, except for caps and labels.  Coca-Cola was recently named the top global plastic polluter in a worldwide audit of 476,000 pieces of waste organized by Greenpeace. In Western Europe, however, Coke is two years ahead of schedule to reach a goal that at least 50 percent of its plastic packaging to consist of recycled material by 2025.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners.]
Jesper Starn, "Coca-Cola’s First Market to Adopt Fully Recycled Plastic Is Sweden", Bloomberg, November 19, 2019, © Bloomberg L.P.
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Chlorophyll Water Claims New Bottles Are Fully Biodegradable In Landfills

November 1, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Chlorophyll Water, maker of a purified zero-calorie and sugar-free water enhanced with plant-pigment chlorophyll, says its new 20-ounce bottles are now landfill biodegradable, thanks to a bottle mold technology that integrates an organic additive that accelerates decomposition in landfills and anaerobic digesters. The idea of the new technology is to eliminate pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and recover clean renewable energy. The organic additive is designed to attract microbial activity within the landfill: as microorganisms consume the additive material, they excrete enzymes that break down the bottle. The process results in a bottle that is 100 percent recyclable, BPA-free, non-toxic and now, landfill biodegradable in about seven years. Chlorophyll Water still recommends that its bottles be recycled; each case purchased online comes with a recycling bag.[Image Credit: © Chlorophyll Water]
Emma Upshall, "Chlorophyll Water releases landfill biodegradable bottle", FoodBev Media , November 01, 2019, © FoodBev Media Ltd
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Scientists Manage To Upcycle Polyethylene Into High-Quality Liquid Products

October 25, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A group of scientists has upcycled polyethylene into high quality liquid plastics, raising the prospect of plastics that are more sustainable. The scientists from a number of US universities and institutions succeeded in catalytically transforming by hydrogenolysis energy-rich polyethylene macromolecules into value-added products that could be re-purposed for motor oils, lubricants, detergents and even cosmetics.


The authors of the study point out that plastics have many advantages – being strong, inexpensive and sterile – that are hard to replicate. Currently 380 million tons of plastics are produced worldwide each year (about 7% of crude oil and natural gas produced) and the plastic market is projected to quadruple by 2050 to ~1100-1500 million tons per year. With over 75% of plastics discarded after a single-use, the potential for an upcycling process is enormous. 


While this study was limited to laboratory conditions, it formed the basis of two patent applications (US Patent Applications 62/796,482 and 62/892,347).[Image Credit: © stux from Pixabay]
"PAPER: Upcycling Single-Use Polyethylene into High-Quality Liquid Products", ACS Central Science, October 25, 2019, © American Chemical Society
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P&G In Europe Plans To Make 300 Million Bottles From Recycled Plastic

October 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
P&G announced that its Fairy, Flash and Viakal brands will increase recycled plastic use to 9,000 tonnes per year, starting in 2020. This move is part of the company’s commitment to reducing the amount of virgin plastic in all packaging by 50% by 2030.

In a press release, P&G put more emphasis on product formula changes, pointing out that a life cycle assessment found that the biggest “footprint reduction opportunity” for its home care cleaning products came when consumers used its products, which involved high use of water, often heated. Consequently, it has created formulas that wash dishes and clothes at low temperatures. [Image Credit: © Procter & Gamble]
"Procter & Gamble Household Cleaning Brands Such as Fairy, Flash and Viakal Announce Plans to Make 300 Million Bottles out of Recycled Plastic Every Year", Business Wire, October 24, 2019, © Business Wire, Inc.
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Bisleri’s Plastic Recycling Program Is Meant To Be Comprehensive

October 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Indian beverage company Bisleri’s “Bottles for Change” initiative, launched a year ago to educate citizens about the importance of recycling plastics, emphasizes that the program encompasses lighter plastic materials as well, including milk pouches, multi-layer packets, wrappers, and plastic pouches. Consumers need to know that these household materials should be collected, cleaned and segregated at home, so they can be sent for recycling rather than thrown away. Participants in the initiative include housing societies, companies, schools and colleges, hotels, and restaurants. So-called “plastic agents” – kabadiwalas, NGO partners, recyclers – collect used plastic from participants daily or weekly. In the past year, Bisleri’s “Bottles for Change” has collected 4,800 tons of plastic and recycled 1,000 tons from 500,000 consumers, 600 housing societies, 300 companies, 200 schools, and 400 hotels and restaurants.[Image Credit: © Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd.]
Shardul Sharma, "Bisleri’s ‘Bottles for Change’ initiative creates awareness about proper plastic waste disposal", Packaging South ASia, October 24, 2019, © IPP Catalog Publications Pvt. Ltd.
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Coca-Cola Honored For Corporate Transparency

October 22, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola was recently awarded the top honor for overall corporate transparency in the first edition of the U.S. Transparency Awards that recognize publicly traded companies for the effectiveness of corporate disclosures. such as annual proxy statements, form 10-Ks, and investor relations websites of companies on the S&P 250. "It’s a huge honor to be recognized for the transparency of our disclosure, said Tim Leveridge, investor relations officer at Coca-Cola. BlackRock Inc. came in second, while Southern Company was recognized for the best proxy statement award, AIG for best form 10-K, and Altria Group for the best investor relations website.[Image Credit: © Transparency Award]
"Coca-Cola Wins U.S. Corporate Transparency Award", Coca-Cola , October 22, 2019, © THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
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The 2019 Recycling Tracker Is Wrap UK’s Largest Survey Yet

October 18, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The latest annual Recycling Tracker from WRAP UK is the largest survey since it was started in 2004, with almost 5,500 online interviews. The 2019 results show higher recognition of the Recycle Now ‘Swoosh’ logo to 75%, from 45% last year. It also found that 32% are now recycling items they didn’t recycle in 2018, and 34% have increased recycling of items they did previously recycle. But, it also found that 51% throw items in the general rubbish that can be collected in their area for recycling. The survey found a positive association between the recognition of the Recycle Now brand and reported changes in recycling behavior. WRAP Director Peter Maddox said that the recycling message needs to be sustained, and that small actions by many people can make a difference. Craig Stephens, Recycle Now’s Campaign Manager, wants consumers to become more involved in recycling, and said that Recycle Week can help inspire people to take it into their own hands.[Image Credit: © WRAP]
"With over 5,000 participants, WRAP publishes its biggest recycling tracker survey to date", Wrap.org.uk, October 18, 2019, © WRAP
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Italy Proposes Discounts On Food And Toiletries With Plastic-Free Packaging

October 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
As part of its efforts to become a sustainable leader, Italy is reviewing proposals that would offer discounts on food and toiletry products that do not have plastic packaging. Some commentators talk of a 20% discount on goods that are plastic-free, which would likely have a significant impact on consumer spending patterns and force suppliers to make changes. The proposals are part of a broader range of measures that include offering public transport season tickets to people who stop using their cars, mopeds or scooters, investment in electric and hybrid school buses and an urban reforestation plan.[Image Credit: © kytrangho from Pixabay]
Jane Dalton, "Italy proposes price cuts on plastic-free food and toiletries", Independent.co.uk, October 11, 2019, © Independent Digital News and Media Ltd.
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Carlsberg Is Working On Prototypes Of Wood Fiber Bottles

October 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Danish brewer Carlsberg says it is developing paper beer bottles made with sustainable wood fibers and a coated interior that prevents seepage. The company is testing two prototypes for its Green Fiber Bottle: one with a thin layer of a recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic in the interior, and the other using instead a polyethylene furanoate (PEF) polymer film that is 100-percent made from natural, biodegradable sources. Carlsberg hopes to create a bottle made from 100-percent organic materials without polymers as part of a plan to achieve zero carbon emissions at its breweries by 2030. Paper is preferable to aluminum or glass, the company says, because it’s sustainably sourced and has a “very low impact on production process.”[Image Credit: © PR Newswire Association LLC]
"Carlsberg Moves a Step Closer to Creating the World's First 'Paper' Beer Bottle", PRNewswire, October 11, 2019, © PR Newswire Association LLC
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Carlsberg Shows Progress In Efforts To Create Paper Bottle For Beer, New Partners Join

October 11, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Since 2015, Carlsberg has been working to create its Green Fibre Bottle, the world’s first "paper bottle" for beer. It recently revealed two research prototypes, both of which are made from sustainably sourced wood fibers, are fully recyclable and have a waterproof lining. It’s the linings that create recycling issues. One prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. Carlsberg did not indicate when the Green Fibre Bottle will be ready for use, but it did say this advance was an important step. It also announced a broader set of partners with The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal joining Carlsberg in a “paper bottle community” – Paboco – to work together in developing the paper bottle.[Image Credit: © Carlsberg Breweries A/S]
"Carlsberg issues latest Green Fibre Bottle update", Carlsberg , October 11, 2019, © Carlsberg Breweries A/S
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University Of Surrey Report Questions Companies’ Commitment to Plastic Reduction

October 9, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A new report from researchers at the University of Surrey, UK, looks at the commitments food and beverage companies have been making on reducing single-use plastic. It covers 12 companies that represent some of the most well-known brands in the UK, including manufacturers and supermarket chains. Each claims to be a pioneering force for plastic reduction, but the authors, from the University’s School of Law, say the impact of these efforts remains unclear. One of authors said that they deflect attention from their contribution to the problem by using “optimistic language” that obscures the fact that companies have only scratched the surface of the challenge, and that their initiatives have been motivated by new legislation. The report also argues that strategies to tackle the problem of plastic require “transparent and meaningful evidence-based measurement”, and that’s missing at the moment.[Image Credit: © pasja1000 from Pixabay]
"Are global food packaging brands committed to ditching single-use plastic?", RECycling Of Used Plastics Ltd , October 09, 2019, © RECycling Of Used Plastics Ltd
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Biodegradable Monodose Capsules Could Make Beauty Products More Sustainable, Effective

October 9, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Single-dose capsules are seeming to be a more sustainable way to deliver some beauty products and also a way to ensure they are more effective. Various beauty companies are launching monodose capsules and some commentators believe they could help the industry become more sustainable. 

Single-use capsules have been around at least since Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules some 30 years ago. Recent innovations center on biodegradable and even vegan casings. Elizabeth Arden has released various capsule-based products and this year launched Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, the capsules for which are vegetable- and mineral-based and dissolve in water.


One upside of capsules is that by preventing exposure to air, capsules can ensure each dose is more effective. [Image Credit: © Jukka Niittymaa from Pixabay]
Megan McIntyre, "Beauty Product 'Capsules' May Be the Cutting Edge of Sustainable Skin-Care Innovation", Fashionista, October 09, 2019, © Breaking Media, Inc.
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Paperboard Alternative To Plastic Cosmetics Tubes Coming To Market

October 8, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Stora Enso, a Finland-based company, has developed a packaging solution that could replace plastic tubes for cosmetics with a paperboard alternative. The material is a coated, grease-resistant paperboard that can reduce plastic use in tube bodies by 70%, and it’s working on a bio-composite replacement for plastic caps and tube shoulders. Henna Paakkonen-Alvim, vice president of innovation for the company’s Consumer Board division has called the technology a “super, super exciting new alternative” and the company is hoping to collaborate with cosmetics and personal care brands, as well as companies producing tubes for these categories.

https://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Article/2019/10/08/Paperboard-packaging-promising-sustainable-alternative-for-cosmetic-brands


Separately, L'Oréal has developed a tube for cosmetics in which plastic is mostly replaced by “a bio-based and certified paper-like material”. The company and its partner, Albéa will assess the solution for environmental impact using Life Cycle Analysis. A launch is planned in the back half of next year. L'Oréal says the collaboration is part of its pledge to improve the environmental or social impact of its entire packaging portfolio by the end of 2020. [Image Credit: © L’Oréal]
"Paperboard ‘super exciting’ alternative in plastic-dominated cosmetic space: Developer", L’Oréal , October 08, 2019, © L’Oréal
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Packaging Firms Struggle With Misconception About Recyclability Of Plant-Based Cartons

October 4, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Packaging suppliers are aware that an increasing number of beverage brands acknowledge the environmental benefits of carton packaging and are switching from other packaging materials. Evergreen Packaging (Memphis, Tenn.), a supplier to New Barn Organics (Healdsburg, Calif.), announced earlier this year that New Barn is transitioning its almond milk line from plastic packaging to Evergreen’s PlantCarton paper packaging. According to New Barn, customers told the company that a transition to plant-based packaging versus petroleum-based packaging is right for the brand. Evergreen’s PlantCarton packages are made with at least 70 percent renewable material; paper made from trees where responsible forestry practices are used, the company says. PlantCarton packaging is also recyclable. But a big problem remains for carton packaging companies: the misconception among many consumers that cartons are not recyclable, despite the fact that carton recycling has grown 240 percent since 2009.[Image Credit: © janjf93 from Pixabay]
Jessica Jacobsen, "Cartons hit on sustainability, convenience trends", Beverage Industry, October 04, 2019, © BNP Media
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Napolina In The UK Is Switching To Cardboard Packaging For Some Dried Pasta SKUs

September 27, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Italian food band Napolina is to switching from plastic to 100% recyclable cardboard packaging for some items it sells in the UK, removing 17.5 million tonnes of plastic. It will start rolling out the new packaging on some dried pasta products from the end of October. The “fully coated folding boxboard” from Tambrite was developed in tandem with Ferrara, its pasta supplier, and adds 15% to costs. In 2018, Napolina introduced 51% rPET bottles for its olive oils. [Image Credit: © Napolina]
Daniel Selwood, "Napolina to replace plastic pasta packs with cardboard alternative", The Grocer UK, September 27, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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PureCycle Technologies Is Recycling Polypropylene At Scale

September 26, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Only 3% of polypropylene is recycled in the US, but that might soon change. It’s currently difficult to recycle, and its use as recycled content is limited, but John Layman, a Procter & gamble chemist, has been working on a way to purify it at a molecular level. The result, he claims, is clear and nontoxic pellets, with no odor, which can be turned into bottles that use a fraction of the energy needed for virgin polypropylene. P&G has licensed the technology via a startup called PureCycle Technologies, which ran the process at commercial scale in July this year. The company has signed deals with a number of manufacturers, including Nestlé and L’Oréal, as well as P&G, and has presold over 20 years of output from the capacity of its first plant. It aims to rollout the technology elsewhere in the US, and also Europe. The plant has been able to successfully recycle polypropylene used in almost every application, with the focus currently on recycling the polypropylene from old carpets.[Image Credit: © Monfocus from Pixabay]
Emily Chasan, "There’s Finally a Way to Recycle the Plastic in Shampoo and Yogurt Packaging ", MSN, September 26, 2019, © Bloomberg L.P.
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The OPRL Recycling Label Scheme In The UK Adds P&G To Its List Of Partners

September 25, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Procter & Gamble in the UK has joined the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) Scheme, during UK Recycle Week. The company said that the scheme provides consumers with “simple, consistent and recognizable recycling guidance”, and that it’s a “significant milestone” in its ‘Ambition 2030’ initiative aimed at reaching 100% of product packaging that is recyclable or reusable. P&G’s senior communications manager, Scott Popham, said that company research shows that on-pack guidance is the most important piece of recycling information for consumers, and they are looking for consistent advice. OPRL research found that 84% of consumers look at packaging for advice on recycling, but 54% throw at least one recyclable item in the trash every day. Launched in 2009, the OPRL scheme now covers over 600 brands across various sectors.[Image Credit: © Procter & Gamble]
"Procter & Gamble joins OPRL Scheme", Letsrecycle.com, September 25, 2019, © Environment Media Group Ltd
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New Sustainability Report Outlines SC Johnson’s Progress On Plastic Waste Reduction

September 25, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
SC Johnson has provided an update on its plastic waste reduction efforts as part of its 2018/19 Sustainability Report, and has confirmed that it’s on track to meet its 2025 commitments on plastic waste. Today, 94% of its plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable, up from 90% in the previous financial year, and the company continues to discuss with experts the issue of plastic in marine ecosystems. The company has also partnered with Plastic Bank to explore plastic waste solutions. SC Johnson uses 100% post-consumer recycled bottles in several product lines and this year introduced a 100% recycled ocean plastic bottle. It has also broadened its concentrated refill options on e-commerce sites in North America and the U.K., with a wider rollout planned. The company’s Chairman and CEO, Fisk Johnson, says the world is at a tipping point on plastics, with companies, governments and consumers making changes, but there are “no easy solutions”.[Image Credit: © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.]
"SC Johnson on Track to Meet Goals in Tackling Plastic Waste Crisis, Announces Results in New Sustainability Report", S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc., September 25, 2019, © S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
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PepsiCo Outlines Progress On Plastics In Its 2018 Sustainability Report

September 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The 2018 Sustainability Report from PepsiCo highlights progress on its sustainability goals, including updates on plastic waste reduction. PepsiCo announced a new target for virgin plastic: “to reduce 35% of virgin plastic content across its beverage portfolio by 2025”. It also aims to use 25% recycled content in plastic packaging in the same timeframe, and 50% in plastic bottles within the European Union by 2030. From 2020, LIFEWTR® will be sold in 100% recycled plastic bottles in the U.S., and bubly™ will be sold in aluminum. PepsiCo also aims to avoid the use of 67 million single-use plastic bottles by 2025 through its "Beyond the Bottle" initiative, and especially the SodaStream® business.[Image Credit: © PepsiCo]
"PepsiCo Releases 2018 Sustainability Report Highlighting Progress and A Renewed Focus To Help Build A More Sustainable Food System", PepsiCo , September 24, 2019, © PepsiCo
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CCEP Debuts Ad Campaign Promoting New Easily Recyclable Sprite Bottles

September 24, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched an above-the-line (ATL) promotional campaign to support the debut of its new, easily-recyclable, clear Sprite bottles. The campaign coincides with Recycle Week (September 23-29, 2019) in the U.K. and is supported by ATL activity which will appear on more than 6,000 display panels across the country. The ads form part of CCEP’s ongoing efforts to remove virgin plastic from circulation as it aims to double the amount of recycled PET used in all its plastic bottles, across 20 brands.[Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners]
"Sprite to launch ‘Clear is the new Green’ campaign", Coca-Cola European Partners , September 24, 2019, © Coca-Cola European Partners
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Britvic Pledges To Improve Sustainability, Reduce GHG Emissions

September 23, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) – a partnership between nonprofit eco-charity CDP, the U.N. Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) – encourages companies worldwide to set science-based targets to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, enabling them to transition to a low-carbon economy. British soft drinks producer Britvic just signed a Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to minimize its environmental impact, including removing plastic from the supply chain through lightweight bottles; all of its plastic bottles, cans and glass are fully recyclable. The company aims to reduce GHG by 30 percent per kilo of milk over the next decade to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.[Image Credit: © Britvic PLC.]
"Britvic commits to set science-based GHG emission reduction targets", Drinks Insight Network, September 23, 2019, © Verdict Media Limited
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Dow Partners With RB And Drukpol.Flexo To Create New Recyclable FINISH Dishwasher Detergent Packaging

September 23, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Dow has teamed up with Reckitt Benckiser (RB) and Poland-based Drukpol.Flexo to develop a resealable pouch for RB’s FINISH perfume-free dishwasher detergent products. The new mono-material pouch has been “designed for recyclability and end-of-life disposal into existing recycling streams” and uses Dow’s polyethylene films. The packaging can be produced on existing equipment, enables consumer functionality like zippers to be added, and is supported by existing recycling systems. RB’s head of packaging innovation said that the company continues to look for solutions that help address plastic waste and believes packaging designed for recyclability is “the way forward”. The new packs have been trialed in Germany and received positive feedback, and Dow will be showing the packaging at K 2019, the plastics and rubber trade fair, in Dusseldorf, Germany, from October 16. [Image Credit: © Dow]
"Dow, RB, and Drukpol.Flexo develop recyclable packaging for FINISH dishwasher detergents", Dow, September 23, 2019, © Dow
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CCEP Replaces Plastic Shrink Wrap Used In Multipacks With Cardboard

September 19, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) announced it will replace the plastic shrink wrap used to keep cans together within multipacks with cardboard. According to the company, use of sustainably-sourced cardboard will remove approximately 4,000 tons of single-use plastic a year. The move to 100 percent recyclable cardboard will take place across its western European business, supporting the company’s Action on Packaging commitment to make all packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. In June, Coca-Cola announced that its Honest, Glaceau Smartwater, and Chaudfontaine brands in Western Europe will  be sold in bottles made from 100 percent recycled plastic (rPET), replacing 9,000 tons of virgin plastic per year across Western Europe. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola European Partners]
"Coca-Cola European Partners to remove 4,000 tonnes of single-use plastic by swapping shrink wrap for cardboard in Western Europe [1]", Coca-Cola European Partners , September 19, 2019, © Coca-Cola European Partners
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DJSI Ranks Coca-Cola HBC The Leader In European Beverage Sustainability

September 14, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has named bottler Coca-Cola HBC the most sustainable beverage company in Europe for the sixth time in seven years. The top ranking was given to the company for reducing carbon emissions by 25 percent since 2010 – two years ahead of its 2020 target date – lowering the amount of water used in production by 22 percent, and recovering the equivalent of 45 percent of primary packaging placed in the market for recycling. The company was given top scores in 11 categories and was also recognized for positive improvements in nine other categories. The overall score of 90 placed it second in the global ranking. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) was also listed on the DJSI. [Image Credit: © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company]
"Coca‑Cola HBC again named Europe’s most sustainable beverage company ", Coca‑Cola HBC , September 14, 2019, © Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
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Sustainable Skincare Brand Maiiro To Put Spotlight on Greenwashing Brands

September 12, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
UK-based sustainable skincare brand Maiiro has launched a new campaign that takes aim at what it sees as greenwashing by many of its competitors. Its aim is to put pressure on those brands to step up their plastic reduction programs, and to encourage consumers to be more aware of the impact of their purchases. The campaign, which Maiiro calls ‘Pack of Lies’, aims to be an information hub on the way in which brands are greenwashing. It will also give tips on how consumers can better recycle plastic. Maiiro has launched as petition too, to push for legislation to improve transparency in brands’ plastic reduction efforts. [Image Credit: © Maiiro]
Olivia Atkins, "Maiiro launches new campaign to tackle beauty industry's plastic problem", The Drum Network, September 12, 2019, © Carnyx Group Ltd
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Earlybirds To Sell Its Snacking Drinks In 100% Plant-Based Packaging

September 12, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
Snacking drinks from UK-based Earlybirds will soon be sold in 100% plant-based packaging, including a lid made from sugarcane. The brand achieved distribution in some Sainsbury’s stores from August 2019. The drinks are high in fiber, contain no added sugar, and come in two variants: Berry Bircher and Mango & Oats. [Image Credit: © Earlybirds]
"Earlybirds snacking drinks to launch plant-based packaging with sugarcane lid", Beverage Daily, September 12, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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Drinks Companies In India Cooperate To Limit Scope Of Government Ban On Single-Use Plastic

September 6, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The Indian government is looking at imposing a ban on single-use plastic from 2022, and drinks companies are seeking clarity on how this will impact their use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The country’s largest packaged water company, Bisleri International, uses only PET bottles. For Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, PET bottles comprise around half of annual sales of their fast-moving pack sizes. The industry claims that PET isn’t single-use plastic because it’s recyclable and it’s uniting to lobby government, arguing that a switch to glass or aluminum cans is not feasible on cost grounds. Elsewhere in India, companies in the travel and hospitality sectors have been reducing single-use. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) estimates the country produces almost 26,000 tonnes of plastic annually.[Image Credit: © Willfried Wende from Pixabay]
Ratna Bhushan, "Beverages fear pain as government steps up to push out single use plastic", The Economic Times, September 06, 2019, © Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd.
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