Consumers and the industry play vital parts in keeping waste out of oceans. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) is recognizing World Oceans Day today, June 8, by highlighting the industry’s reduction in plastic use, and educating consumers about ways they can help keep waste out of our oceans and litter off our shorelines.
Italian food company Barilla is partnering with TerraCycle to provide a free, easy way to recycle its Ready Pasta packaging. The Ready Pasta Recycling Program offers consumers a method of recycling the instant pasta pouches.
Commissioned by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and Abralatas in Brazil, a study by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) used global recycling data to calculate and validate the global recyclability rates for aluminum, PET and glass beverage containers. The study established a global weighted average recycling rate for aluminum at 69 percent, compared to PET at 43 percent and glass at 46 percent.
Until fairly recently it was impossible to imagine that printed bottles could find their way into the recycling process. However, the research carried out by KHS and its partners on development in this field has since paid off: Direct Print Powered by KHS™ has again been granted interim certification from an official body. The recyclability of the award-winning direct printing process was first certified by the EPBP in 2013 and has now been reconfirmed. This means that an independent organization has clearly attested that PET bottles processed by Direct Print Powered by KHS™ have no negative impact on the rPET and are thus officially approved for bottle-to-bottle PET recycling.
Delivery and e-commerce are two major new factors influencing the findings in this year’s Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute. Today’s consumers are experiencing what the report calls “nearly limitless” food delivery options, such as meal kits and delivery programs, prepared food couriered by third-party vendors, and take-out and delivery options from traditional dine-in foodservice establishments. These delivery options impact how foodservice packaging must perform. Consumers want meals to arrive hot, fresh and safe, along with being represented by the foodservice brand.
The wrapper that holds many natural and organic products may be transparent but actually has a huge transparency problem. Food and beverage packaging is currently accounting for more than half of the world's non-recyclable flexible plastic, but a new technology developed by Tipa Corp. may turn the tide.