Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile 01-12-2022

Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

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-Production cutbacks leading to better market balance

In October, European standard thermoplastics prices presented a mixed picture, both between the various product types and within the same product class.

L/LDPE producers initially targeted price increases of up to €150/tonne, despite a €45/tonne reduction in ethylene costs. Weak demand and competitively-priced imports however meant that LDPE prices fell slightly while LLDPE prices, which did not face such strong competition from cheaper imported material, increased by €20-30/tonne. Polypropylene prices traded downward across the board even though propylene costs had fallen by €50/tonne.

Polystyrene prices continued to fall in October even though the styrene monomer reference price increased by €9/tonne. PVC prices fell as a result of low demand and a growing inflow of cheaper imports. Bottle-grade PET contract prices also fell sharply in October as a result of aggressive import prices, lower costs and weak demand.

Low demand

Purchasing activity remained well below normal levels across most product classes in October. Converters were concerned about the deteriorating economic situation and worries about a possible recession. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

European converters are also increasingly looking to meet more of their needs with cheaper imported material. Import prices are more competitive as a result of falling freight rates out of Asia, which are now at their lowest since 2020.

Packaging and pharmaceuticals demand held up fairly well last month, but demand from other sectors such as construction, consumer goods and furniture, is declining.

Supply better balanced

European producers have trimmed production and brought forward plant maintenance programmes in response to the low demand. There is however sufficient material available to meet the needs of converters. Supply has also been supported by a steady inflow of imported material. The high European prices and lower freight rates are tempting producers to divert more of their cargoes to Europe.

A summary of the latest production issues is presented below:

  • The 350,000tonnes/year LDPE plant in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi run by Borouge is expected to resume operations by end-2022;
  • Indorama Ventures declared force majeure on production of PTA and PET in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 18 October;
  • TotalEnergies declared force majeure for PP throughout Europe after encountering “technical problems” at its two large Belgian polypropylene plants in Feluy
  • The LyondellBasell cracker in Berre, France, offline since a fire in August 2022, will not go back onstream until early 2023;
  • Major maintenance work on the OMV cracker in Burghausen, Germany is complete, and the plant is being gradually restarted;
  • Anwil SA resumed operations at its S-PVC facility in Poland on 21 October following a maintenance shutdown.

November outlook

In November, polymer markets are close to balance and there is now limited potential for major price development, despite higher feedstock costs. Production rates have been trimmed across all standard thermoplastic classes, which has reduced material availability, more into line with the low demand levels.  Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Polyethylene prices are likely to either move sideways or decline slightly, despite a €35/tonne rise in ethylene costs. PP prices are expected to show limited movement, even though the propylene reference price increased by €20/tonne.

Low demand is expected to lead to a reduction in PVC base material and rigid S-PVC compound prices with stable plasticiser prices limiting any reduction to flexible S-PVC prices.

Subdued sales will likely lead to lower polystyrene prices, despite a small rise for the styrene monomer reference price. PET prices will be under further pressure as a result of ongoing demands weakness, a reduction in feedstock costs and competitively-priced imports.

L/LDPE

In October, European L/LDPE producers called for a €150/tonne price hike, including a surcharge to cover higher energy costs. The €45/tonne reversal for the ethylene reference price settlement, however, and weak demand, made such price calls unrealistic. LDPE prices fell by €20/tonne while LLDPE prices, which did not face such strong competition from cheaper imported material, increased by €20-30/tonne.

L/LDPE demand remained well below normal with converters concerned about the deteriorating economic situation and worries about a possible recession. European producers have also trimmed production in response to the low demand. Material availability was also been impacted by strikes in France.

The €35/tonne increase for the November ethylene reference price is unlikely to lead to a significant L/LDPE price rise this month. While production is down, demand is weak and energy costs have been falling. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

HDPE

At the beginning of October European HDPE producers called for price increases of €100/tonne, including a portion to cover higher energy costs. However, purchasing activity was simply too weak for HDPE grades to sustain such a large price hike. The €45/tonne fall in the October ethylene reference price also restrained producers’ planned price hikes.

Blown film and injection moulding products actually gained €20-30/tonne as significant reduction in production led to material shortfalls. Blow moulding prices remained largely unchanged.

HDPE demand remained well below normal with converters concerned about the deteriorating economic situation and worries about a possible recession.

In November, weak demand is expected to drive down blow moulding and injection moulding prices despite the €35/tonne rise in the ethylene reference price. Blown film prices, on the other hand,  are expected to show limited movement.

PP

European polypropylene producers initially tabled planned price hikes of €50-100/tonne after five straight months of price rebates. The planned price hikes however were unattainable in practice given the prevailing low demand and a reduction of €50/tonne in the propylene reference price. By end-October, settlements varied from a decrease of €20-30/tonne for homopolymer film to decrease of €50/tonne for homopolymer injection and copolymer injection.

PP demand remains at a low level with converters buying tentatively. PP producers have trimmed back production run rates by 20-30% in recent months in an effort to achieve better market balance. Material availability has also been disrupted by strikes and planned and unplanned plant shutdowns.

PP prices are set for limited movement in November. Lower energy costs and low demand are likely to counterbalance the €20/tonne increase in the propylene reference price.

PVC

In October, PVC prices fell as a result of subdued demand, competitively-priced imports and the lower ethylene reference price settlement. Base PVC prices dropped by €70/tonne to hit a new year-low. Rigid S-PVC compound prices also slipped by €70/tonne while flexible S-PVC compound prices dipped by only €40/tonne as plasticiser prices ticked upward. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Producers have reduced run rates in order to achieve a better demand-supply balance. However, caustic soda, a bi-product of PVC production, has seen prices soaring in recent months, which could encourage PVC producers to ramp up production. Purchasing activity slowed further in October across all end use markets, with the exception of pharmaceuticals.

In November, low demand is expected to lead to a reduction in PVC base material and rigid S-PVC compound prices with stable plasticiser prices limiting any reduction to flexible S-PVC compound prices.

PS

Polystyrene prices dropped again in October despite a €9/tonne rise in the styrene monomer reference price. Producers took into consideration a reduction in energy costs and low demand. General-purpose polystyrene (GPPS) prices fell by €60/tonne with high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) prices down by €50/tonne.

PS supply is more than adequate to meet the subdued levels of demand despite production cutbacks and the declaration of force majeure by a major producer at a site in France. Demand has fallen due to growing concerns about an economic downturn and inflation. While packaging demand has held up fairly well, purchasing activity from other end-use sectors such as consumer goods and furniture, is declining.

Weak demand is leading to a slight softening in PS prices in thin early November trading, despite a small (€4/tonne) increase in the styrene monomer reference price.

PET

Bottle-grade PET contract prices declined by €80/tonne in October as a result of competition form aggressive-priced imports, lower feedstock costs and weak demand.

European PET producers are under growing pressure from very competitive import offers, mainly from Vietnam, India, South Korea and China. Import prices are more competitive as a result of falling freight rates out of Asia, which are now at their lowest level since 2020. PET demand for local product remains low as European converters are increasingly meeting more of their needs with cheaper Asia material. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

PET producers, who are stuck between higher costs and weaker consumption, have lowered run rates or have brought forward maintenance shutdowns to curb supply.

PET prices are set to fall further in November as a result of ongoing demands weakness, a reduction in feedstock costs and competitively-priced imports.

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-Mogul to install new bicomponent PET line

Nonwovens manufacturer Mogul is increasing its production of bicomponent PET spunbond fabric with a new line schedule to start up in the third quarter of 2023.

The new line will have same core/sheath tiptrilobal filament cross section type configuration as first line but will provide some improvements and additional features compared to the company’s first line.

The new bicomponent PET line will provide area thermal bonded, flatbonded fabrics in round and tiptrilobal filament shapes in low denier, with an estimated weight range of 17-180 grams and line width of 365 cm (144’ ins). Capacity is around 6000 m tonnes/year.

Mogul PET bi-co fabrics are sold under Buffalo brand. As one of key players in PET spunbond segment Mogul also runs two mono PET spunbond lines with point and flatbond as well as round and trilobal section filaments sold under the Mopet brand.

The new line will mainly provide fabrics for hi-tech applications such as filtration, automotive, composites and home care.

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-Full circle on automotive carpets

Autoneum says it is opening up new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers to meet their ambitious sustainability targets with the launch of a fully recyclable carpet made of 100% polyester.

Automotive carpets are typically multi-layered systems that can be challenging to recycle. This latest development from Autoneum, however, is fully recyclable, paving the way for an improved and more sustainable end-of-life recycling of electric vehicles. In addition, the high content of recycled PET as well as the zero waste and less energy-intensive production process further improve the carbon footprint of Autoneum’s new monomaterial needlepunch and tufted carpets.Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

In light of ever more stringent emissions regulations towards a greener and electrified mobility, vehicle manufacturers are placing increasing importance on the sustainability performance of individual components across the entire product life cycle. Autoneum’s new environmentally friendly carpet systems feature a high content of recycled raw materials. Their zero waste and latex-free manufacturing process also significantly reduces CO2 emissions as well as water and energy consumption.

Additionally, by offering a fully recyclable carpet system, Autoneum is already supporting customers in an area whose importance for an improved sustainability performance of cars will increase even further in future: the end-of-life recycling of electric vehicles.

While the interior of cars with combustion engines is usually shredded together with other parts, making the reclaiming of textile products such as carpets practically impossible, e-cars open up new perspectives for end-of-life recycling. Since the battery has to be removed at the end of vehicle life in order to be recycled or disposed of properly, the demand for easy-to-dismantle products, especially carpets, for the interior of electric vehicles is increasing.

However, such easily removable components not only facilitate access to the battery, but they can also be individually recycled at the end of product life, enabling car manufacturers to tap into previously unexploited sustainability potential.

With its sustainable 100% polyester carpet systems, Autoneum says it is at the forefront of this development, offering customers the fully recyclable components they need to achieve their sustainability goals. “Autoneum’s fully recyclable carpet systems ensure a closed material loop and are thus tangible proof of the company’s long-term commitment to improving the sustainability performance of its products and manufacturing processes,” the company said. “The 100% polyester carpets build on the existing lightweight and particularly sustainable Autoneum Pure technologies: the carpet surface, for example, is made of Di-Light or Relive-1, while Hybrid-Acoustics PET is used for the decoupler.”

Thanks to Autoneum’s innovative alternative backcoating (ABC) process, which uses a thermoplastic adhesive instead of latex, the production of the new monomaterial needlepunch and tufted carpets also requires significantly less energy and no water at all.

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-Invista inaugurates adiponitrile plant at Shanghai Chemical Industry Park

Invista (Wichita, Kan.) announced that INVISTA Nylon Chemicals (China) Co. held the inauguration ceremony for its new adiponitrile (ADN) plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Being a critical part of INVISTA’s integrated nylon 6,6 value chain, the plant, which is a more than 7 billion RMB (over 1 billion USD) investment, has a capacity of 400,000-ton/year and is the largest capital project in in the company’s history. The plant will further boost local production capability for nylon 6,6 and help accelerate the high-quality upgrades of the Chinese chemical industry.Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

The ADN plant inauguration is one of the core activities of SCIP’s Integrated Nylon Base launch event. Zhang Wei; member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, vice mayor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Fu Xiangsheng, vice chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation sent congratulatory videos; Ma Jing, director general of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Administrative Committee; and other officials from related Shanghai Municipal Government agencies and representatives of SCIP attended the event. INVISTA senior executives included Gary Knight, global vice president of Operations, INVISTA Nylon Enterprise; Kyle Redinger, vice president of Nylon Intermediates, Asia Pacific; and Angela Dou, director of Intermediates, Asia. Jeff Gentry, INVISTA chairman and CEO, shared remarks via video.

“We are excited about the completion of ADN plant and are grateful for SCIP’s support through the entire project,” said Gary Knight, “INVISTA believes that China will be the largest consumer for nylon 6,6 in the near future, and the plant reinforces our long-term commitment by providing the key building block to produce nylon polymers. Together with our partners and customers, we hope to realize the full potential of the nylon industry and downstream applications areas.”

Invista (Wichita, Kan.) announced that INVISTA Nylon Chemicals (China) Co. held the inauguration ceremony for its new adiponitrile (ADN) plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). Being a critical part of INVISTA’s integrated nylon 6,6 value chain, the plant, which is a more than 7 billion RMB (over 1 billion USD) investment, has a capacity of 400,000-ton/year and is the largest capital project in in the company’s history. The plant will further boost local production capability for nylon 6,6 and help accelerate the high-quality upgrades of the Chinese chemical industry.

The ADN plant inauguration is one of the core activities of SCIP’s Integrated Nylon Base launch event. Zhang Wei; member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, vice mayor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government and Fu Xiangsheng, vice chairman of China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation sent congratulatory videos; Ma Jing, director general of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Administrative Committee; and other officials from related Shanghai Municipal Government agencies and representatives of SCIP attended the event. INVISTA senior executives included Gary Knight, global vice president of Operations, INVISTA Nylon Enterprise; Kyle Redinger, vice president of Nylon Intermediates, Asia Pacific; and Angela Dou, director of Intermediates, Asia. Jeff Gentry, INVISTA chairman and CEO, shared remarks via video.Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

“We are excited about the completion of ADN plant and are grateful for SCIP’s support through the entire project,” said Gary Knight, “INVISTA believes that China will be the largest consumer for nylon 6,6 in the near future, and the plant reinforces our long-term commitment by providing the key building block to produce nylon polymers. Together with our partners and customers, we hope to realize the full potential of the nylon industry and downstream applications areas.”

“Today we are here to witness the signing, groundbreaking and start-up of several projects, which are led by the INVISTA ADN project that further enhances the efficiency and stability of the nylon 6,6 value and supply chains. These projects, like ‘water from the source,’ will contribute to Shanghai’s nylon industry development and future material industrial zones,” said Zhang Wei.

The new plant deploys INVISTA’s most advanced, proprietary, butadiene-based adiponitrile technology. In addition to advantages in commercial scale and overall efficiency, INVISTA’s ADN technology and manufacturing process result in up to 60% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to propylene-based ADN and up to 80% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to adipic acid-based ADN *. Once in full operation, the new plant can support 800,000 tons of nylon 6,6 production every year.

In line with the need for reduced cost and improving demand, INVISTA’s nylon 6,6 value chain integrates the recently opened INVISTA Asia Innovation Center and existing HMD and polymer sites, providing a comprehensive capability ranging from application development and raw materials to high-performance polymer supply. ADN can be used to make nylon polymer, fibers and other specialty materials such as hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) for coatings.

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-Alibaba’s elusive co-founder Jack Ma living in Tokyo following China’s tech crackdown — Report

Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma has been living in Tokyo for nearly six months, after Beijing’s crackdown on the technology sector, the Financial Times reported Tuesday.

The co-founder of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has punctuated his stay in Japan with trips to the countryside and regular visits to the US and Israel, the paper said, citing people with knowledge of his whereabouts.

Ma is a close friend of Masayoshi Son, founder of Tokyo-based SoftBank Group Corp. and an early investor in Alibaba. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Once China’s wealthiest and most prominent tech leader, Ma retreated from the spotlight in recent years after his criticism of government regulation landed him in trouble with Beijing, derailing the initial public offering of fintech giant Ant Group Co.

That was followed by an expansive crackdown on the private sector in China, particularly aimed at reining in the power of Internet firms. His rare public appearances since then have been closely watched.

In Tokyo, Ma has kept to a handful of private members’ clubs in the central districts of Ginza and Marunouchi, the FT said.

He’s also brought along his personal chef and security staff and become an enthusiastic modern art collector, the paper added.

Ma, previously a high-profile fixture at business conferences, led large-scale international donations of protective equipment and other gear the world needed in the early days of the pandemic.

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-Nylon textile filament production cut should be faster

Mainstream e-commerce platforms use “steady and good” to describe this year’s Singles Day shopping festival’s sales record (in November 1-11). But the high temperature in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shanghai and Anhui has affected winter clothing consumption, and the severe pandemic situation in Guangdong has also suppressed demand for fiber after the shopping festival.Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Although there is no official data to show the specific growth rate of clothing consumption on Singles Day (Nov 11), we could tell that the booming season is over from the feedback of orders in fabric and filament plants.

In November, fabric mills have gradually reduced production, and in nylon 6 textile filament factories (short as NFY), inventory is still rising, and losses are still expanding. Many NFY mills have been unable to assess or balance risks and pressures through pricing, and production reduction has gradually become the best and only choice.

There are still nearly two months to go before the Spring Festival, and NFY mills need to make early prediction and planning as to when and how much to reduce production, whether or not to run and run at what rate during the Spring Festival. Some NFY mills already have a rough plan, while others are still waiting to see. The decision of how to arrange production needs to be combined with the business situation of the enterprise, as well as the market, demand trend prediction. As the situation in the nylon industry is clear to players, it might be wise to look for solutions by analyzing and comparing with other mainstream fiber markets.

Nylon 6 DTY is one of the most nylon filament products sees most intense competition this year, especially DTY 70D, whose margin has been compressed to the extreme low. In the good times of previous years, the price difference between DTY 70D and nylon 6 high-speed spinning chip (short as HS chip) was more than 5000yuan/mt, and even in the times not as good it was around 4500yuan/mt. But this year the price difference has been reduced to 3500-3800yuan/mt, and recently individual sources have even been pressed to 3300yuan/mt. Such a limit price difference cannot even cover the processing cost. Near the end of the year, as demand continues to decrease and NFY factories face rising sales pressure, the ultra-low price difference is also difficult to repair. (The losses for nylon FDY, POY and other DTY specifications are not as serious as DTY 70D). Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Compared with other mainstream fibers, no matter from the trend or the degree of loss, viscose staple fiber (VSF) can be regarded almost the same bad as nylon DTY. Although the loss of polyester filament is slightly smaller, if converted to full cost, it is suffering a losses on the yearly average rate, and the loss has expanded recently.

By contrast, the profit of spandex has been repaired step by step, and it is profitable based on the full cost, after reducing production and removing inventory. The time of the most serious loss for spandex has passed. The profit of acrylic fiber of the whole year is still the best, though the profit has been significantly reduced in the second half of the year.

In the second half of the year, NFY factories only had a wave of destock in September, but orders gradually decreased and inventory started accumulation since late October. There is also a big gap between different NFY plants, with high ones more than 40 days and low ones less than 20 days. Some NFY factories have gradually reduced production by 10-20% in November due to high inventory, bearish expectations for the December, and consideration for reserving inventory space for the Spring Festival, but this only moderates the growth of inventory, while still difficult to reduce it evidently. The average inventory of NFY is more than 30 days by Nov 25, a quite high level, though not as high as that in August.

Compared with other fibers, the overall inventory of nylon filament is on the high side. Spandex inventory was once higher than nylon, but it dropped obviously in September-October with booming consumption. Polyester inventory evidently in November, due to a large reduction in production. VSF inventory had been alleviated in September due to a sharp production cut, and the slow decline in inventory in November is mainly due to demand repair, not production reduction further. Acrylic fiber inventory remains low throughout the year, mainly because acrylic fiber capacity expansion in recent has been limited, and the export growth is faster in 2022, so its supply and demand are relatively balanced.  Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

The production cut in NFY plants was limited in November, and the average operating rate narrowly reduced from 74.8% to 71% by Nov 25. Regionally, the plants in Fujian mostly ran at 70-80%, and some in Zhejiang at 80-09% while some at 50-70%, and that in Jiangsu was low in general with most small plants running at 40-50%.

In contrast, the operating rate of spandex, polyester and acrylic plants decreased significantly month-on-month in November, with an average monthly decrease of 5-10%. Only VSF plants’ run rate recovered slightly in Oct-Nov, as they had cut production evidently in Sep already.

Summery & suggestions for NFY plants

To sum up, the worst product of nylon has suffered a serious loss, which is equivalent to VSF but worse than other chemical fibers. At present, the overall inventory of NFY is on the high side, but the adjustment on run rate is slower than other products, so that when the recent demand is obviously weakening, NFY factories are unable to reduce inventory effectively.Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Under the epidemic, it is a common phenomenon that fabric mills stop production earlier this year, and their willingness to prepare feedstock before the Spring Festival is relatively low. If the price of nylon is not low enough, even fabric mills under good sales condition will not easily restock.

Since NFY market performance has been relatively good in the first half of the year, it will not be too difficult to go through the rough time in the second half. But this “Spring Festival” could be very long, and the risk of inventory accumulation based on current price is high, and compared with other fibers, the pressure faced nylon factory is not small.

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-With demand for plastic expected to triple by 2050, here’s how biotechnology can reduce its environmental impacts

In theory, many commonly used plastics can be recycled. But only about one-tenth of the plastics that have ever been produced have been recycled once, and only about 1% have been recycled twice4. “It is cheaper to just make a new plastic product than to collect it and recycle it or reuse it,” says Kristian Syberg, who studies plastic pollution at Roskilde University in Denmark. “That’s a systemic problem.”Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Changing that picture will require action on multiple fronts: scaling up established recycling technologies, rolling them out across the world, developing technologies to deal with hard-to-recycle plastics, leveraging insights from nature to aid both production and disposal of plastics, and reining in the production of single-use plastics. But the results could have benefits for the circular economy more broadly.

By 2050, global plastic demand is projected to nearly triple to 1,100 million tonnes per year1. In an analysis released earlier this year7, [Dr. André] Bardow and his team found that scaling up recycling, relying more on renewable feedstocks and implementing other strategies to make the plastic industry more circular could keep the current level of plastic production within “planetary boundaries”. But if plastic production continues to grow at the predicted pace, then options greatly diminish — and by 2050, Bardow says, there will be no sustainable solution “even with all the tricks that chemists and chemical engineers can pull”.

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-Co-op to ‘clear’ shelves of all coloured milk bottle tops to increase recyclability

Co-op has committed to removing all coloured milk bottle caps from its shelves, the convenience retailer has confirmed, delivering ‘clear’ benefits for the recyclability of the lids.

Shoppers are soon set to see clear caps on all Co-op’s skimmed, semi-skimmed and whole milk across all its stores in towns, villages and cities across the UK. Clear bottle tops reduce colour contamination in the high-density polyethylene (HDPE) stream, allowing materials to be recycled more easily into food-grade packaging. The move follows successful consumer trials on semi-skimmed milk in more than 400 Co-op stores in August and, with ‘clear’ recyclability gains to be made, green caps will be switched to clear in all of its stores by the end of next month. Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Co-op will then eradicate red (skimmed milk caps) and blue (whole milk caps) in early 2023. Once all caps have been switched it could remove more than 150 t/a of coloured plastic from HDPE streams. Switching all green caps first is set to unlock the majority of the recyclability benefits, with semi-skimmed accounting for more than three-fifths of milk sales.

Adam Williams, Co-op’s Milk Buyer, said: “There are changes in store for how shoppers see milk bottle tops, with the new caps able to be more easily recycled and retained in the food sector unlike their coloured counterparts. There is limited availability of food grade recycled plastic, and that is a challenge. It is important that packaging is viewed as a valuable resource. We continue to work to explore new ways to make it easier to recycle and re-use these materials, and small changes to everyday issues can collectively add up to make a big difference – this is a ‘clear’ solution that can reduce the dependency on virgin plastic in the supply chain.” Automotive-carpets – Nylon-textile

Adam Herriott, Sector Specialist – Resource Management, WRAP, said: “WRAP fully supports the complete removal of pigments from HDPE milk bottle caps by Co-op, a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact. This development has helped the HDPE milk bottle increase its reputation as a shining light of the circular economy and will enable the caps to be recycled with the bottle and go back into food grade applications and therefore able to be recycled multiple times into high grade, high value materials and products. It is, however, still vitally important that citizens follow the Recycle Now and OPRL advise of ensuring that they recycle their bottle with the ‘cap on’ to make sure that they are captured and recycled effectively – we must all continue to go further and ensure we bring in more changes that benefit shoppers and the environment.”

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