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PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Does PET lightweighting really reduce the carbon footprint? PET lightweighting carbon footprint

New research explores how the lightweighting of PET water bottles along with the choice of bottle design, color, label, ink, and adhesive affects post-consumer waste sorting and recycling systems.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

PET lightweighting carbon footprint

A popular strategy deployed by many water bottlers to meet sustainability initiatives has been to significantly lightweight their PET containers.

However, a recent study has found that while these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, they may not minimize the carbon footprint.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Although PET resin suppliers have benefited greatly from the growth of single-serve water bottles, significant research has not been focused on the performance impact and the validation of sustainability assumptions.

With industry knowledge and experience being limited in this area, plastic packaging supplier Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) sought to provide brand owners with additional information to facilitate the decision-making process.

Says PTI, since the early 2000s, the weight of a 0.5-L (16.9-oz) water bottle has been reduced in half, possibly pushing acceptance limits for most consumers.

Technological enhancements have enabled cost reduction and have contributed to positive environmental impact.PET lightweighting carbon footprint

Many assume that lighter weight only has positive benefits, but PTI’s research shows that is not always the case.

The study found a wide variation in performance, weight, and recyclability in the bottles it examined. All the packages were commercially-produced for consumers and procured from retail store shelves in the U.S., Europe, and India.

Further, it discovered that lighter weight, and design and label choices have an impact on post-consumer recovery.

The decisions made during the design phase not only have to meet physical performance requirements, but also should not negatively impact current recycling systems.

While weight reduction results in a lower carbon footprint, it was found that ultra-lightweight bottles can negatively impact the effectiveness of post-consumer package waste sorting and recycling systems. PET lightweighting carbon footprint

The study showed that many of the samples did not factor in generally accepted recyclability guidelines during the design process.

In some scenarios, the PET package design had strong shelf presence and met the functional requirements.

However, the bottle color, label, glue, or ink components had a significant impact on package recyclability.

The study offers extensive data on package weights, wall thickness, pressurization, volumes, optical quality, color, haze, and recycling performance of various commercially-available PET water bottles.

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Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Recycled content in plastic bottles: Private waste management industry ready to commit Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

The European Parliament agreed on an amendment setting up a target of 35 per cent mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles for beverages, as a necessary complement for ensuring the success of the 90 per cent collection target proposed by the Commission.

Now, this crucial amendment finds itself at the heart of a debate during the ongoing trilogues on the Single-Use Plastic Directive, with a final trilogue on December 18.

The Austrian Presidency, as well as several Member States, such as Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the UK, already expressed their support for the European Parliament’s proposal.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

In view of the upcoming “Coreper I” (12 December), FEAD would like to urge the other Member States, as well as the Commission, to be open to mandatory recycled content.

During the second trilogue on November 28, the European Parliament amended its initial proposal by asking Member States to analyse a second proposal.

They proposed that by 2025, Member States shall ensure that beverage bottles can be placed on the market only if they are made up of materials that can be recycled in accordance with the food-contact legislation, such as PET with at least 35 per cent recycled contentRecycled content plastic bottles Europe

This percentage would be calculated as an average for each producer.

There is already evidence that this is feasible as regards PET, which is the most recycled plastic packaging material in Europe.

The average recycled content in PET bottles in Europe was eleven per cent in 2016, with a very slow growth along the years.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

Strong signal to boost the offer

Setting a mandatory recycled plastic target for beverage bottles, where food safety considerations are fully complied with, will immediately have positive knock-on effects on improving and increasing the collection rate of these SUP and is hence key to achieving the 90 per cent collection target set by the Proposal, which is an important tool for preventing pollution from uncollected plastic bottles.

A mandatory recycled content target will send, through the waste and material value chain, a strong signal to boost the offer of and the demand for recycled plastics, as well as provide operators with the necessary certainty they need to make significant investments in plastics recycling from packaging products.

It would also send a strong signal to incentivise the production of recyclable bottles, rather than single-use ones.Recycled content plastic bottles Europe

The private waste management sector is committed to delivering the quantity and the quality needed by the producers.

This proposal would actively contribute to the goals of this directive, and is a unique opportunity, the last one in the current term, for making the EU economy effectively more circular. Please do not waste it!

Source: FEAD

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-China – Polyethylene Terephthalate

PET and its chain are in good health.

PET Bottle grade export 1,060/1,095 $/ton – PET Bottle grade domestic market 8,450/8,550 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade SD domestic market 8,100/8,250 yuan/ton – PET Filament grade BR domestic market 8,150/8,300 yuan/ton

PTA Taiwan 850/860 $/ton – PTA domestic market 6,550/6,700 yuan/ton – MEG $ 665/680 $/ton – MEG domestic market 5,650/5,750 yuan/ton – PX Korea 1,050/1,065 $/ton

POY 150D/48F  domestic market 8,550/8,700  yuan/ton – DTY 150D/48F  domestic market 10,400/10,500  yuan/ton – PSF domestic market 8,950/9,050  yuan/ton

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-‘Chaos is complete’: what the European papers say about Brexit

Commentators left bemused and frustrated at May’s move to delay vote on EU deal

One commentator said: ‘When does the EU decide it’s had enough of rolling May’s Brexit rock up the mountain?’ Photograph: Bee-individual/Getty Images

Europe’s commentators have not been kind to Theresa May after she delayed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal and dashed to the continent in search of further concessions.

“It’s like a long, slow agony,” wrote Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, the London correspondent for the French daily Libération. “You know the end is near, you expect the worst, then there’s a small flicker of light – before another collapse. And it always ends badly.”

May “blew her last bet”, failing miserably to convince parliament to vote for the withdrawal agreement sealed barely two weeks ago. “Rather than suffer the humiliation, she suspended the vote,” the paper said: “The latest plot twist in the infernal Brexit saga. Chaos is complete.”

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-Does PET lightweighting really reduce the carbon footprint? 

New research explores how the lightweighting of PET water bottles along with the choice of bottle design, color, label, ink, and adhesive affects post-consumer waste sorting and recycling systems.

A popular strategy deployed by many water bottlers to meet sustainability initiatives has been to significantly lightweight their PET containers.

However, a recent study has found that while these bottles might meet consumer expectations for convenience and price, they may not minimize the carbon footprint

Plastic petrochemicals biodegradable polymer

-Recycled content in plastic bottles: Private waste management industry ready to commit

The European Parliament agreed on an amendment setting up a target of 35 per cent mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles for beverages, as a necessary complement for ensuring the success of the 90 per cent collection target proposed by the Commission.

Now, this crucial amendment finds itself at the heart of a debate during the ongoing trilogues on the Single-Use Plastic Directive, with a final trilogue on December 18.

The Austrian Presidency, as well as several Member States, such as Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and the UK, already expressed their support for the European Parliament’s proposal.

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-Crude Oil Prices Trend

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-Irina is a writer for the U.S.-based Divergente LLC consulting firm with over a decade of experience writing on the oil and gas industry.

Morgan Stanley has cut its Brent crude price forecast for 2019 by US$10 a barrel to US$68.50 in the latest sign yet that the OPEC+ production cuts announced after a tense series of meetings might fail to impress an already supervolatile market.

The investment bank, Forex Live reports, acknowledged that the OPEC+ agreement to remove 1.2 million bpd from the global oil market beginning in January will have a positive effect in as much as it would calm worry about a looming oversupply, but this upside for prices will be limited.

Morgan Stanley warned that the highs Brent and WTI enjoyed in October before they took a nosedive are hardly in the card for the next four quarters.

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-Mpact’s plastic bottling plant set alight in Germiston

Mpact’s paper recycling plant in Springs. Mpact on Monday that its Wadeville Plastics Preform Plant in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was damaged. File picture: Antoine de Ras.

JOHANNESBURG – Plastics bottle manufacturing company, Mpact, said on Monday that its Wadeville Plastics Preform Plant in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, was damaged after several unidentified individuals entered the premises and damaged employees’ cars and set some alight.

This as thousands of workers affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in October downed tools in the plastic sector, demanding a 15 percent salary hike and a R40-an-hour minimum wage instead of the new rate of around R20-an-hour.

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-Caltrend now added smartdenim seat covers to their list of seat cover to satisfy their numerous customers.

CalTrend the industry leader in custom seat covers, best car seat  manufacturer  specialized in  creating custom car seat cover for Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Jeep, Kia and Lexus.

They are Known for their stringent quality standard,  manufactured their car seat using a high quality polyester fabric that is lightweight, water resistant, and extremely durable.

Their products are held to the highest standards in quality, safety and reliability.

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-Asia C3 rebounds on improved sentiment, China PP market gains

Spot propylene prices in northeast Asia rebounded, snapping the sharp downtrend from early November, on the back of improved sentiment and gains in downstream polypropylene (PP) market in China.

– Talks centred on December arrivals

– Spot talks for January arrivals hit by prolonged contract talks

– East China market may see inventory pressure

In the week ended 7 December, propylene prices climbed 7.6% from the previous week to $920/tonne CFR (cost and freight) NE (northeast) Asia, according to ICIS data.

While the uptrend came as a welcome respite for many producers, the current uptrend may not be sustainable, according to some sources.

Downstream PP sellers were facing more difficulties offloading cargoes during the course of last week, and there were also talks of a build-up in propylene inventory in China’s domestic market as PP prices were trending up.

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-Injection Molding: Upgraded PET Preform System Runs Longer Without Maintenance

The XForm 500 PET preform injection molding system from SIPA of Italy has been upgraded again for longer mold life between maintenance cycles.

Previously, the Gen3 system cold halves were guaranteed to run for 8 million cycles with no flash over 0. 2 mm.

Now, a new surface treatment and durable mold structure with very low deformation allows for a 40% longer guaranteed period—11 million cycles—without maintenance.

Since the 500-ton system can run preform molds with up to 180 cavities, it could produce almost 2 billion preforms without mold maintenance.

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-Americas petrochemicals outlook, w/c Dec 10

The US propylene market continues to remain under downward pressure as the inventory level hit another yearly high last week according to a report from the Energy Information Administration.

In addition, some trade participants added that some propylene and ethylene producers may look to sell off excess material in December ahead of the ad valorem tax deadline at the end of the year.

US AROMATICS

Prompt benzene prices were expected to remain soft this week as both December and January spot pricing fell below the $2/gal mark.

Derivative demand remained soft as the status of CosMar’s styrene facility at Carville, Louisiana, remained unclear and amid reports of a second US Gulf producer also facing production issues.

Participants anticipated that near-term benzene pricing was unlikely to see significant improvements headed into the holidays.

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-Europe’s circular economy competitive advantage

Europe feels a long way away from the vibrant and teeming Yokohama waterfront on the edge of Tokyo Bay. Since the 1970s, the story of the world’s economy has been dominated by vibrant and dynamic East Asia, from Japan and South Korea through to the earth-shaking rise of China.

Europe, by contrast, can seem far less vital, a land of fading glories and interesting ruins far from the action.

But does this ignore Europe’s coming great competitive advantage as we begin to build a post-carbon economy? This was a question in the air in Yokohama at the World Circular Economy Forum, co-hosted by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra this fall.

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-Graphene strengthens seaweed-based smart material

A new way to use graphene oxide (GO) could add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural material derived from seaweed.

In a paper in the journal Carbon, researchers describe a 3D printing method for making intricate and durable alginate-GO structures that are far stiffer and more fracture resistant that alginate alone.

“One limiting factor in the use of alginate hydrogels is that they’re very fragile—they tend to fall apart under mechanical load or in low salt solutions,” says Thomas Valentin, a PhD student in the School of Engineering at Brown University who led the work. “What we showed is by including graphene oxide nanosheets, we can make these structures much more robust.”

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-Carbon fiber composite ship propeller reduces fuel consumption

France’s Loiretech, a designer and manufacturer of tooling for large and complex thermoplastic and thermoset composite parts, has partnered with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA), Mecafrance and Naval Group in the Fabheli collaborative project to develop and commercialize a ship propeller molded from an epoxy carbon fiber thermoset composite.

The aim was to develop and produce, on an industrial scale, a propeller with a reduced environmental footprint and lower energy consumption (around 15% lower).

The project started in April 2016 with a digitization and calculation phase conducted by Mecafrance for the mechanical side and Naval Group for the hydrodynamic side, in order to dimension the carbon fiber composite propeller, which was twice as light as its metallic counterpart.

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-New Approaches to Recycling Plastics

Plastics are an inseparable aspect of modern society. From packaging of household items to industry appliances, plastics are always depended on.

Because of its versatility and cheap production cost, we have over-relied on it.

Plastic production has grown over 20-fold in the past 50 years. It is expected to grow even more in the years to come.

The problem isn’t the production, but how plastics are handled after usage. Landfills are rapidly being filled up and oceans are becoming polluted as well.

On average, only 9% of all plastic wastes are recycled. However, countries and companies around the world are trying to come up with new solutions.

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