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Kolon Industries Inc., a South Korean industrial materials company, said Wednesday that it had succeeded in developing and commercializing post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films, according to The Korea Bizwire.
Kolon Industries, in collaboration with major cosmetics and household goods maker LG Household & Health Care Ltd. and a packaging material firm Lotte Aluminum Co., has been engaged in the development of the nation’s first PCR PET films since the second half of last year.
Starting from this month, Kolon Industries will supply its newly-developed PCR PET films for some of the household items and food containers produced by LG Household & Health Care and Lotte Aluminum. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
According to Kolon Industries, the annual demand for PET films is estimated to have exceeded 6 million tons but the share of PCR PET films remains low at less than 1%. However, as eco-friendly materials are increasingly popular along with the trend of reducing the use of plastics, demand for PCR PET films is soaring, mainly in areas with low technical barriers.
Recycling may take more effort, but it makes a difference by saving the ecosystem and conserving resources. Keeping our core objective of saving the environment by reducing our carbon footprints. We have invested and established a post-consumer recycling facility in Morocco. Sumilon PCR PET films deliver a carbon footprint saving estimated by a third-party audit to be approximately 2.0 kilograms less CO2 emission for every kilogram of virgin material replaced by recycled content.
Retaining sustainability, Sumilon has also invested in Wind Turbines, where all BOPET films are produced through GREEN ENERGY. A carbon footprint of approximately 4.5 kilograms less CO2 is emitted compared to our competitors.
With close to 4 decades of experience and expertise in the polyester film sector, Sumilon has now stepped into the future of sustainable business operations with leading technology, customer orientation, and quality assurance systems are its building blocks. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
Sumilon PCR PET film range is available in all variants as the current PET films. Over and above Sumilon has introduced PCR PET Alox, PCR Pet PVDC, PCR Pet Sealable / Peelable, PCR Pet Silicone coated, PCR High Barrier Metallized films etc.
Nestlé has developed two packaging innovations for its Vittel mineral water bottles that are designed to function just like traditional plastic versions but with much less plastic. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
The first innovation is the Vittel GO system which consists of a reusable hard protective case designed to hold 50cl refills of Vittel mineral water that are made with 40% less plastic than a traditional Vittel bottle.
Because the bottles are made with as little recycled plastic as possible, they are very flexible and light, which means they must be used with the reusable protective case to make it easy to drink the water.
The second packaging innovation is a 100% recyclable 1-litre Vittel Hybrid bottle that is made from two types of materials. The company claims it opens up new possibilities for the development of the next generation of water bottles.
New capacity brought online to meet growing demand
Ascend Performance Materials has expanded production capacity for HiDura long-chain polyamides in its Greenwood, S.C., plant. The multi-million dollar expansion will help the company meet growing demand for its new product line.
Launched in Nov. 2020, Ascend’s HiDura PA610 and 612 products are used in a variety of consumer goods, industrial, renewable energy, automotive and electric vehicle applications. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
“Exceptional ductility, UV weatherability and hydrolysis resistance give HiDura resins and engineered plastics reliable, long-term performance in some of the harshest conditions,” said Kaan Gunes, business manager for HiDura at Ascend.
Gunes cited applications in solar photovoltaic supports, battery seals and brush bristles to illustrate the versatility and durability of HiDura. “Each of these parts faces extreme conditions, whether the 25 years a solar PV installation will be exposed to the elements or the constant contact with corrosive chemicals inside a battery cell. The various grades we developed are designed to improve the reliability of our customers’ products.”
Brightmark’s facility in Indiana will open later this year. The company has not set a date to begin construction in Georgia.
Chemical recycling firm Brightmark LLC is building a $680 million facility in Georgia for processing waste plastics and says it will be the largest such plant in the world.
The June 7 announcement from the San Francisco-based company said the new plant in Macon, Ga., its second, will have the capacity to divert 400,000 tons of plastic waste. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
The statement did not say when the Georgia facility would start operating, and a spokesman said Brightmark would provide a date later.
“Our advanced recycling facility will be the world’s largest and will utilize our proven plastics renewal technology to advance our mission of reimagining waste, while supporting economic development in the region,” said Bob Powell, Brightmark founder and CEO.
The company said the Macon plant would convert plastics into 64 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel and naphtha blend stocks, which can be a feedstock for plastics, as well as 20 million gallons of wax.
It said it’s working with suppliers of waste plastic in the region to secure feedstock agreements for the facility and expects to close that process by the end of the year. It said it’s open to both post-consumer and post-industrial plastics.
The company said its process can take all types of mixed plastic waste, including materials that are hard to recycle with traditional technologies like plastic film, flexible packaging, expanded polystyrene, beverage cups, plastic toys and car seats.
Robert van de Kerkhof has been elected as the new president of Brussels-based CIRFS – the European Man-made Fibres Association – succeeding Necat Altin, general manager of Korteks and head of Zorlu Holding Textiles Group,
“I am very pleased that Robert van de Kerkhof has been unanimously elected to follow me as CIRFS president,” said Altin. “He has been actively involved in CIRFS work for many years, on the board and more recently as its vice-president. He has a long and very successful record in the man-made fibres industry and is currently chief commercial officer for the Lenzing Group. He has on many occasions highlighted the indispensable contribution of CIRFS to the man-made fibres industry’s development in Europe and how CIRFS can support the industry in meeting its current and future challenges in a global world.” Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
“Necat Altin has strongly supported the association in his period as president, showing how CIRFS can play a key role for the industry by adapting to a constantly changing and very competitive environment,” added van de Kerkhof. “I look forward to continuing this mission over the next three years.
Flexible Plastic Fund is incentivising the development of a circular model and infrastructure for flexible plastic packaging to be recycled back into plastic packaging.
The Flexible Plastic Fund was launched -in collaboration with the UK’s largest branded manufacturers, Mars UK, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, PepsiCo and Unilever- to help make flexible plastic recycling economically viable for recyclers and easier for consumers. The £1 million fund is a UK industry first and is being led by producer compliance scheme, Ecosurety, with support from environmental charity, Hubbub.
In collaboration with manufacturers, retailers and recyclers, the Fund intends to improve flexible plastic recycling and reduce plastic pollution by giving the material a stable value. This will in turn increase the supply of recycled plastic enabling industry to become more ‘circular’ and meet the forthcoming UK plastic packaging tax obligations. This will motivate investment in much needed jobs and infrastructure to make flexible plastic recycling a financially sustainable system in the UK.
The long-term ambition of the Fund is to drive progress towards creating a circular, UK based flexible plastic recycling market that allows flexible plastic recycling via household collections. Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
Monitoring Recyclates for Europe (MORE), the EU harmonised digital platform to monitor the uptake of recycled polymers into products, went back online on 1 June, following its annual closure for maintenance and updates.
As a data collector, the platform requires upgrading to remain in compliance with the requirements of the Circular Plastics Alliance (CPA). Blown Film Sustainability Petrochemicals
MORE serves as a monitoring tool to track the use of recycled polymers for the European plastics converting industry. Developed by EuPC, the EU-level association for plastics converting companies in Europe, and its member organisations as a means to support the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, the aim is to achieve a use of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers in products annually by 2025 – 2030, not including internal production scrap. The MORE platform is open to all converting companies that use recycled polymers in their products. The platform closed its second year in operation having registered the use of 1 million tonnes of recycled material over the past year.
The newly updated platform features additional modules compared to MORE 1.0. such as the integration of supplementary criteria related to EU regulatory requirements.
These include certification and audit requirements, said EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis.
“We are delighted to open the updated MORE 2.0 platform to our plastics converting community in Europe,” he said. “With MORE, our industry has the opportunity to continue showcasing its efforts towards a circular plastics economy and be more transparent on the volumes of recycled polymers they use in converting infrastructures. Having collected 1 million tonnes of recycled material used in products in its second year demonstrates that the converters community has widely accepted the MORE tool in Europe.”
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Carvico has decided to support the Maratona dles Dolomites again this year as a gold partner, dedicating to the Queen of the Granfondo, scheduled for next 4th July, 10,000 eco-sustainable vests made with the Carvico “special edition Maratona 2021” fabric in 100% polyester. recycled material from the recovery of PET bottles.
A PET bottle left in the environment takes over 700 years to begin to decompose. And currently, 20 million tons of bottles are produced worldwide. Recycling them means acting responsibly, giving new life to plastic and making a concrete and fundamental gesture for the protection of the planet.
To package the 10,000 vests for the participants of the Maratona dles Dolomites-Enel, more than 102,000 bottles were recovered, avoiding the emission of 6,516 kg of CO2 into the atmosphere. Repetable was used to make the Carvico fabric with which the vests were made, a polyester yarn obtained through a post-consumer recycling process of plastic bottles and produced by RadiciGroup, an Italian company born in Bergamo, leader in the production of polyamides. technopolymers and textile solutions intended for applications in various fields, including the sports and fashion sectors.