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US-based global chemicals company Eastman Chemical Company has announced it is helping one of the largest cultural festivals in Europe, Gentse Feesten, to improve safety and sustainability with its Tritan copolyester material being used to make beer glasses for the event. 20 July 2015
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to set binding waste-reduction targets in its Circular Economy proposals which are scheduled to be announced later this year. They also want mandatory reporting of indicators for resource efficiency. 13 July 2015
Clothing manufacturer Adidas has made a prototype shoe made from recycled ocean plastic waste and deep-sea gillnets. 6 July 2015
The revised Circular Economy Package will mainly focus in its new proposal on waste management, higher recycling targets, product design and innovation and research. This is the claim from a European politician at the annual meeting of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) on 18-19 June in Brussels. 24 June 2015
Amut, the Italian manufacturer of plastics processing machinery, has been chosen by the University of Pisa’s engineering department to collaborate on four research projects sponsored by the European Commission. The projects involve research into the use of bio-based materials, recycled materials, and biodegradable and compostable materials. 16 June 2015
The World Plastics Council (WPC) has welcomed news that leaders of the G7 group of countries laid out a “bold action plan” to cut marine litter while at the recent summit in Germany. 16 June 2015
The European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA) has released the 2014 Voluntary Emissions Control Action programme (VECAP) European Progress Report showing that potential emissions to land, water and air of the four substances tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and ethane bispentabromophenyl (EBP) covered by the programme have significantly decreased since it began in 2008. 5 June 2015
The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials. 5 June 2015
European Union (EU) countries will be required to reduce the use of the commonest and most polluting plastic bags under new rules voted by the Parliament on Tuesday. Member states will be able to choose either to take measures to reduce annual average consumption of non-biodegradable plastic bags to 90 lightweight bags per citizen by the end of 2019 and 40 by the end of 2025 or ensure that by the end of 2018, no more light plastic bags are handed over free of charge to shoppers. 29 April 2015
Scientists in the US have called for policymakers and plastics producers to “fill the void” in current measures to deal with waste that could harm the wider environment. 24 April 2015
Sporting goods company Adidas is phasing out the use of plastic bags in its own retail stores as part of a larger effort raise awareness about ocean plastic pollution. 21 April 2015
A recent report released by China's State Oceanic Administration revealed striking numbers that show plastics as the primary culprit for ocean waste in the Chinese seas. 18 March 2015
The annual Arburg Energy Efficiency Award has been given to ARaymond, the French family-owned company which is one of the world leaders in clip fasteners for the automotive industry. The award, which was presented on 10 March at the Arburg headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, recognises ARaymond’s global activities where the group seeks to reduce its environmental impact in all 37 of its independent affiliates. 13 March 2015
Proposals for the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) to integrate their energy markets and increase security of supply have been welcomed by trade body PlasticsEurope. 27 February 2015
California’s voters, not legislators, will be the ones to ultimately decide on the state’s plastic bag ban. 25 February 2015

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