Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester 03-08-2019

Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

-Research from bpi protec exposes consumers’ lack of understanding of plastic film recycling

Only 50% of the public are aware that plastic films can be recycled, and almost all would like to be able to recycle them more easily, according to new research by bpi protec.

The research asked over 1,000 UK consumers their opinion on a variety of questions in relation to plastic film recycling, with the full results revealed at Packaging News’ Environmental Packaging Summit last month.

The Berry Global flexible packaging company also suggested that the type of packaging used by brands may impact on a consumer’s purchasing decision with over half of respondents saying that they would choose to buy a product whose packaging was recyclable or contained recycled content above one that didn’t.

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-Amcor designs lightweight PET beer bottles for Brazil market

Amcor has adapted its leading-edge design technology to develop the first PET bottles for pasteurised beer in Brazil.

The company designed custom 600ml containers for São Paulo-based beverage maker New Age Bebidas that feature a glass-like, champagne-style base combined with the convenience of lightweight and shatter resistant PET. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

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-RECOUP and Valpak deliver plastics recycling education

RECOUP is working with environmental compliance firm Valpak to deliver an education programme at schools on plastics recycling.  RECOUP is working with environmental compliance firm Valpak to deliver an education programme at schools on plastics recycling.

Pupils from Diss High School in Norfolk have taken part in the #SORTITOUT campaign featuring recycling games to help them to understand what they can recycle locally, and the journey plastic packaging undertakes when recycled – including the range of products that it can be made into.

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-Where next for bioplastics and biocomposites?

Bioplastics are top of the list in a new World Economic Forum (WEF) report, Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2019, above social robots, tiny lenses for miniature devices, disordered proteins as drug targets, smarter fertilizers, collaborative telepresence, advanced food tracking and packaging, safer nuclear reactors, DNA data storage and the utility-scale storage of renewable energy.

The need for bio-based alternatives to our current plastics appears pretty obvious, with an annual 400 million tons currently produced – a figure that is expected to triple by 2050 without a global change in direction – and only 15% of it is recycled.

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-Europe HDPE spot prices still under pressure as imports increase

High density polyethylene (HDPE) spot prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks in Europe, and sentiment is still weak.

HDPE spot prices tumble

Planned cracker turnarounds imminent

Global concerns add to uncertainty

Imports are offered in greater volume, for end-August/September delivery, but also for prompt. Many prices talked for such material are below €1,000/tonne FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Europe HDPE spot prices still under pressure as imports increase

-China plans countermeasures to new US tariffs

China will have to take necessary countermeasures to defend its own interests if the US imposes additional tariffs on Chinese goods, its Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

US President Donald Trump announced on 1 August that 10% tariffs will be imposed on additional $300bn imports from China starting 1 September.

The announcement came a day after high-level negotiations concluded in Shanghai failed to produce a clear resolution to the year-long trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

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-Trump repeats tariff threat on $300bn of Chinese goods

US President Donald Trump repeated on Thursday his earlier threat to impose tariffs on $300bn worth of Chinese goods, a move that would put nearly every US import from China under some kind of duty.

American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The American Chamber of Commerce in China says Beijing will “dig its heels in” after U.S. tariff hikes and appealed for a negotiated end to their trade battle. (Source: Andy Wong/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Trump made the threat despite what he described as a positive dialogue between US and Chinese negotiators during their latest round of talks. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

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-How Graham Packaging is Helping to Create a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging

Graham Packaging’s Tracee Reeves talks with Plastics Technology about ways the company is working to encourage recycling, improve product recyclability and increase offerings with recycled content.

The plastic packaging market is at an interesting crossroads. Some of the aspects that help to grow the industry (light containers and convenience design) are now taking a hit due to the increasing issue of global plastic waste.

How Graham Packaging is Helping to Create a Circular Economy for Plastic Packaging

-Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M’s approach

Alternative fibers are challenging to produce and procure at scale. A shift from mass market consumption to a craft model with enhanced visibility may be the solution.

ith 4,968 stores in more than 70 markets, the H&M Group is not known as a boutique retailer. The company, with nine brands including flagship H&M, works with 2,383 supplier factories worldwide. Stores in the largest brand, H&M, rack up 800 million annual transactions. Yet, this high-volume retailer is focused on sustainability in all things, including textiles, a seeming contradiction in the fast fashion business.

Sustainable sourcing at scale: H&M's approach

-Photovoltaic power from textiles

Dr. Jonas Sundqvist, group manager for thin-film technology, with prototype textile-based solar cells. Credit: © Fraunhofer IKTS  Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight! With the help of new textile-based solar cells developed by Fraunhofer researchers, semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.

Photovoltaic power from textiles

-Orders boost for FET at Techtextil and ITMA 2019

Fibre Extrusion Technology (FET) has recorded most successful ever number of customer enquiries from over 20 countries, in a short period totalling over 100, having exhibited at Techtextil Frankfurt and ITMA Barcelona in May and June.

Total enquiries are up by over 40 per cent compared to previous year and orders are expected to break previous records. Petrochemicals Biodegradable Biopolyester

Orders boost for FET at Techtextil and ITMA 2019

-Petroleum comprises largest primary source of energy consumed

etroleum accounted for 36% of total energy consumption in 2018 and was the largest primary source of energy consumed in the United States, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). More than two-thirds of finished petroleum products consumed in the United States are used in the transportation sector.

Petroleum consists of crude oil and refined products such as gasoline, diesel and propane. Crude oil is processed at petroleum refineries to make products, including motor gasoline, distillate, fuel oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids and jet fuel.

End-use consumption is difficult to calculate because of the large number of refined products and stores that sell them, such as gas stations.

Petroleum comprises largest primary source of energy consumed

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