Pledges to reduce plastic marine debris were major components of a two-day crash course in ocean protection hosted by the US State Department in Washington and Secretary of State John Kerry. What was missing was the usual maligning of plastics or calling for sweeping bans.
23 June 2014
Researchers have discovered the presence of plastic eating microbes in the waters around Australia that could help reduce harmful marine waste. The organisms also cause tiny pieces of plastic to sink to the seafloor.
23 June 2014
The European Commission (EC) is set to outline its vision for a circular economy and its “competitiveness strategy”, including revised recycling targets past 2020.
11 April 2014
German plastics machinery groups are promoting energy efficiency, recycling and other issues in the Blue Competence campaign. This feature looks at the road to sustainability taken by members of the VDMA association.
29 January 2014
GKV, the association of German plastics processors, has regularly been critical of the effect on its members of the German EEG renewable energy law and has now joined forces with seven other trade associations to issue a joint statement calling for “honest discussion” on energy costs. The rising EEG rate is harming competitiveness of German companies, the associations said.
24 January 2014
Xeros, based in Sheffield, UK, has developed a method for cleaning clothes that largely replaces water with polymer beads.
12 December 2013
Ocean-borne plastic waste could “spell big trouble” for marine worms, according to researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University in the UK who reported their evidence in the Cell Press journal ‘Current Biology’.
10 December 2013
Biodegradable plastic bags need to be collected separately to avoid contaminating the waste stream, according to the European Plastics Converters Association, EuPC.
4 December 2013
A global alliance of plastics associations is calling on governments and other business sectors like retailers and brand owners to do more to combat trash littering the ocean, and said such broader cooperation could be key to future progress.
28 November 2013
Eight multinationals which specify huge quantities of plastics used in consumer goods and cars have formed the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) with the World Wildlife Fund. Nestlé said in a news release it is part of the alliance which also includes The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Ford, HJ Heinz Company, Nike, P&G and Unilever.
20 November 2013
BMW’s eagerly awaited BMWi3 electric car with a CFRP passenger cell hits the road this month. David Vink
has found out key details of its production, which includes structural foam, recycled carbon fibre and the visible use of kenaf fibres in the door panel.
1 November 2013
Asia's plastics industry may not yet be facing the kind of pressure governments are putting on European industry to address human health and marine litter problems, but the region needs to pay attention early or risk more bans and other restrictions, the head of PlasticsEurope told a meeting of Asian leaders
1 October 2013
As part of an ongoing partnership, DSM and Ravago have created a new portfolio of glass reinforced recycled PA6 compounds
26 September 2013
The Environmental Services Association (ESA), the voice of the UK’s waste and resource management industry, has responded critically to the EU waste target consultation
13 September 2013
Large, lightweight composite façade panels developed by DSM Composite Resins, Büfa and NPSP Composieten, have been used in the construction of an energy-neutral office building in the Netherlands
12 July 2013