Regulation (EU) 202320551 on Microplastics

Regulation (EU) 2023/2055 on Microplastics

On the 27th of September, 2023, the European Union’s Official Journal (OJEU) published Regulation (EU) 2023/2055, introducing a group of restrictions on microplastics, under Annex XVII to the REACH regulation. This regulation marks a significant step in the EU’s commitment against microplastic pollution, aligning with the European Green Deal and the Circular Economy Action Plan.…

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Challenges of Packaging Professionals: SPC Impact 2024 Survey

Findings of a recent survey conducted by Aura, a packaging consultancy organization in the UK, provide significant insights into the current state of sustainability efforts among packaging professionals and their overall understanding of current packaging regulations.   The Survey The survey, which was conducted at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact 2024 conference in New…

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Recycled Plastics in Cosmetics Packaging: A New Framework

In response to the growing demand for incorporating recycled materials in packaging, ELIPSO and FEBEA have collaborated to develop a guidance document, aimed at helping integrate the use of post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in cosmetics packaging.   The Guidance Document: Recycled Plastics in Cosmetics Packaging This Guidance Document, published on March 8, 2024, offers a…

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Amendment of Swiss Ordinance on Food Contact Materials

As of February 1st, 2024, Switzerland has implemented Official Collection 2023 836, a list of significant revisions to the Swiss Ordinance that governs materials and articles in contact with food (Materials and Articles Ordinance, 817.023.21). These changes, mark a collective effort to align Swiss regulations with those of the European Union.   Scope of the…

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Rise in Prices of EU Flexible Packaging Materials in First Quarter of 2024

During the first quarter of 2024, Europe has witnessed a notable surge in the prices of flexible packaging materials, due to significant disruptions in supply chain, and particularly on the case of shipping security in Red Sea. According to a recent press release by Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), these disruptions have led to increased prices…

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Neste and Lotte Chemical Create Renewable Chemicals and Plastics

In a recent press release, Finnish producer Neste, a leader in renewable solutions, has announced its partnership with Lotte Chemical, a prominent South Korean chemical company. Together, they aim at revolutionizing the manufacturing market by replacing conventional fossil resources with renewable raw materials, for the production of chemicals and plastics.   The Partnership This collaborative…

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E-Commerce Returns: A Growing Environmental Concern

E-commerce has revolutionized the way we buy our products, offering convenience and accessibility with a few clicks. However, behind this seamless experience, exists a significant environmental cost, particularly when it comes to the return of e-commerce products. A recent report from CleanHub sheds light on the alarming environmental impact of online shopping returns, revealing staggering…

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PFASs in Food Contact: Health Risks and Current Legislation

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been extensively utilized across various industrial and consumer sectors since the 1950s, due to their useful properties, including low surface energy and durable water- and oil-repellency, and finding application in a number of products, ranging from food packaging to firefighting foams. By taking into account a recent study, published…

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Reverse Vending Machines: Revolutionizing the Irish DRS

Reverse vending pioneer, TOMRA Collection, has recently introduced its new Basic Line of Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs), tailored for retailers that enter Deposit Return Systems (DRSs). This initiative aims to simplify the collection of empty beverage containers for recycling, offering an easy and affordable solution to consumers and retailers, while conserving space and resources.   Basic…

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PPWR: EU Reaches Provisional Agreement

Α few weeks ago, European Union took a significant step towards addressing the ongoing challenge of packaging waste with the provisional political agreement reached between the Council presidency and the European Parliament’s representatives on a proposal for the regulation on packaging and packaging waste (PPWR). The agreement was made in EU’s efforts to reduce the…

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Aldi’s Traceability Scheme for Post-Consumer (PCR) Flexible Plastic Packaging

In an effort to reduce plastic waste pollution, Aldi UK has recently unveiled a traceability scheme, aimed at managing the 300 tonnes of post-consumer flexible plastic packaging collecting annually. This initiative marks a significant step in the company’s ongoing commitment to the environment and underlines the organization’s determination to address the escalating issue of plastic…

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Μπουλντόζα για αποψίλωση - Χάρτινη συσκευασία και Νέος Κανονισμός 2023/1115 Κατά της Αποψίλωσης Δασών

Χάρτινη Συσκευασία και Νέος Κανονισμός Κατά της Αποψίλωσης Δασών

Τον Μάιο του 2023 εκδόθηκε ο νέος κανονισμός  2023/1115, για τη διαθεσιμότητα στην αγορά της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης και την εξαγωγή από την Ένωση ορισμένων βασικών και παράγωγων προϊόντων, που συνδέονται με την αποψίλωση και την υποβάθμιση των δασών, από το Ευρωπαϊκό Κοινοβούλιο. Με τον κανονισμό να τίθεται σε ισχύ τον Ιούνιο του 2024, αναφέρουμε λεπτομέρειες…

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