Costa Rica to ban single-use plastics

Costa Rican government commits to eliminating single-use plastic items by 2021; intends to promote biodegradable, water-soluble, and renewable materials

Conference: Packaging of the future

Zurich University of Applied Sciences holds annual food conference on November 23, 2017 in Wädenswil, Switzerland; future trends and challenges in food packaging to be discussed; registration open until November 8, 2017

International food contact compliance conference

Italian Institute of Packaging holds 4th International Conference on Food Contact Compliance on September 20-22, 2017 in Baveno, Italy; program and registration now online

Food packaging made from food

Article in New York Times presents alternative food packaging materials developed from food residues such as excess milk powder, tomato peels, or shrimp shells

PEF industry project funded by EU

EU-industry partnership grants funding to industry consortium working on the advancement and commercial availability of PEF, a bio-based alternative packaging material to PET

Nordic Council promotes sustainable plastic use

The Nordic Council of Ministers presents new program containing six strategic goals to reduce environmental impact of plastic

Environmental impact of oxo-degradable plastics

EU-commissioned report highlights the environmental harm caused by oxo-degradable plastics; European Bioplastics calls for a Europe-wide stop of production and use until ‘better certification schemes’ are developed

Compostable bioplastic coffee cups

UK company develops disposable bio-based coffee cups and lids; recyclable in paper waste stream or fully compostable within 3 months under appropriate conditions

Sweet potato and thyme used for bio-packaging film

U.S. scientists develop nanocomposite film from sweet potato starch, thyme essential oil, and nanoclay; potential applications include packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables

Forums on sustainability of plastics

Plasticity Forums to discuss sustainable end-of-life solutions for plastics on April 21 and May 9, 2017 in Texas and California, respectively; registration available online