Bottles and oceans

Selfridges, the UK department store, has announced it will no longer be selling single-use plastic bottles, as part of a lauched by the image_thumbZoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Marine Reserves Coalition (MRC) and supported by Greenpeace UK. Selfriges said it previously sold around 400 thousand plastic water bottles a year in its stores and restaurants. Instead, Selfridges will provide bottled water in glass and water taps to refill reusable plastics bottles (see image).

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has criticized this innitiative. Philip Law, the BPF’s Director General, commented: “The availability of water in portable, lightweight bottles promotes good health and can be critical in emergency situations. Plastic products do not litter themselves onto our streets or into our oceans, people do". Law highlighted the recycling results: “During 2014, nearly 60 percent of PET plastic bottles in the household waste stream were collected for recycling”.

To see the Selfridges campaign, click HERE
To read the BPF position, click HERE.


Steel recycling reached 75%

An average European-wide recycling rate of 75% was achieved in 2013, 1 percentage point up from the previous year, reports APEAL, using data sources and methodology reviewed by Eunomia to measure the steel recycling.

A tonne of recycled steel saves over one and a half times its weight in CO2 emissions, over twice its weight in raw materials and uses 70% less energy than producing steel from virgin sources.

“The scrapping of the Circular Economy Package earlier this year by the EU Commission was clearly disappointing, but there are promising signs that a replacement will be announced soon that will provide ambitious recycling targets necessary for pushing Europe towards a circular economy. APEAL is confident that this is the way forward and in the meantime we will continue to concentrate our efforts in those countries where there is still potential for increased steel recycling.” – said Alexander Mohr, secretary general of APEAL

PET recycling – a positive evaluation from EFSA


EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, evaluated ten recycling processes of post-consumer PET packaging waste used by several companies, including Evertis, from Portugal. All processes are based on the "basic technology" from EREMA, a recycling equipment manufacturer based in Austria.


Paint and Pail recycled

image_thumbNewlife Paints (UK) is taking back used paint pails to recycle the waste emulsion after use. The company says that this range contain at least 90 per cent waste emulsion. Instead of beeing dumped, the waste emulsion is separated by colour batches, and reprocessed into useable recycled emulsion paints. The circuits also avoids landfilling and incineration of pails.
The 5 l plastic pails, manufactured by RPC Oakham also incorporates 25% of recycled PP, bought from UK recycling industries.
The Newlife range has 32 colours, completed with a colour matching service.

Glass recycling and separate waste collection: key drivers towards a circular economy

image_thumb[1]A report published by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) for the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) (1)  says separated waste collection schemes should be widely supported if we are to build a circular economy for glass packaging. It stated that Europe needs to use its resources much more sparingly by recycling more, meaning we need higher collection rates and higher quality of collected glass.   The report concludes that only glass bottles and jars collected separately will result in both a higher quantity and quality of post consumer glass (cullet) availability that can save resources to make new packaging. 

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rPET sheet with micro-bubbles

After several years of development, MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. (Seattle, USA) unveiled InCycle™, a revolutionary transformation of recycled PET into a lightweight, insulating, grease and moisture proof, printable sheet, as a cost-effective, sustainable alternative for print, packaging, and container applications.
InCycle sheets are made from recycled PET, which is then expanded using MicroGREEN‟s patented Ad-air® technology to reduce the amount of plastic required and significantly lower the environmental footprint of products made from them. For example, the amount of source material recycled from one 20oz. PET beverage bottle can produce seven 12oz. hot beverage cups made from InCycle.

In addition to lowering footprint, InCycle sheets actually improve recycled PET‟s functionality in terms of useful temperature range, insulation, flexibility and impact strength, making this increasingly prolific recycled material available to a broader range of applications. InCycle sheets are lightweight and can be controllably engineered to meet the various performance requirements for different types of print, packaging and container applications. InCycle sheets are also highly insulating and maintain their integrity at a broader range of service temperatures (-28°C up to 200°F) compared to solid PET. These properties now make recycled PET well-suited for extreme temperature applications, such as freezer-to-microwave meals.

To see a video about InCycle shett, CLICK HERE.

Refillable Stand-up Pouch wins Innovation Award

image_thumb[1]The refillable stand-up pouch from eziservISDS (Chinnor Oxfordshire,UK) won the “Innovation of the Year Award 2010” from ASDA (the UK retail chain) and was finalist in other four categories of the same competition (Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Sustainable Pack of the Year and Supply Chain Solution of the Year).

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