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French and German Consumers Against Imported Plastic Waste

A significant majority of German and French adults are against using imported waste in recycled plastic products, according to a survey by Stagwell’s The Harris Poll, which was commissioned by Eastman, a global specialty materials company. The survey was conducted online, in February of 2024 and included over 1,000 participants from each country.   Key…

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Italian Plastic Tax Faces 7th Delay

Italy has announced the seventh postponement of the nation’s Plastic Tax, now set to take effect in July 2026. This tax, which imposes a fixed levy of € 0,45 per kilogram of plastic products sold or purchased, affects producers, importers, and consumers alike.   The Origins of the Italian Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax was…

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UK DRS to Launch in 2027

The UK Government has issued a revised timetable for its long-awaited Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), now expected to launch in October 2027. Initially proposed as part of the 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy, the scheme is seen as a crucial step in reducing waste and improving UK’s recycling rates.   Delays and Adjustments Originally, the…

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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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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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EU’s New Directive: Empowering Consumers against Greenwashing

On March 26th, 2024, the European Union, in its effort to empower consumers for a greener transition, implemented Directive (EU) 2024/825, also known as the Empowering Consumers Directive (ECD). This directive aims at fostering sustainable consumption patterns and tackles various misleading commercial practices, like greenwashing, that hinder consumers’ ability to make informed choices regarding the…

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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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German Plastic Tax: A Step Towards Environmental Sustainability

In alignment with global efforts to reduce plastic pollution and promote environmental sustainability, Germany has recently joined the countries implementing a plastic tax. Following the footsteps of Spain and UK, Germany introduced its plastic tax through the “Single-Use Plastic Fund Act” of May 11, 2023, (EWKFondsG in German) for short. Having taken effect on January…

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Challenges and Motivations of the Irish DRS

Ireland has recently introduced its Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), as part of its commitment to enhance the recycling efforts of the country. A survey conducted by Every Can Counts sheds light on consumer perceptions of the system and the challenges faced with this new initiative. While exploring the statistics of this survey, we hereby compare…

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EU Plastics Recycling Growth Rate Takes a Dive

The latest figures of PRE’s report reveal that Europe’s plastics recycling capacity reached 12.5 million tonnes in 2022, marking a significant milestone in EU’s commitment to sustainability. However, the recycling growth rate of plastics took a relative dive, dropping year-on-year due to market disruptions and raising concerns about the future of the plastics recycling industry.…

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RECOUP: Rethinking UK’s Plastic Waste Exports Ban

In recent years, the issue of plastic waste exports has gained increasing attention, creating the demand for a re-evaluation of policies surrounding the export of plastic waste to non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (non-OECD) countries. Plastic recycling charity RECOUP has presented compelling arguments against a sudden ban on such exports, highlighting the need for…

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Reuse Systems: 5 Key Ingredients by Hubbub

Hubbub has recently released a comprehensive report that details the outcomes and insights gained from six reuse system projects, funded by the Bring It Back Fund. These projects explored diverse approaches, from reuse tracking software to loyalty programs and doorstep packaging collection, and Hubbub reveals the key ingredients of their successful approaches.   The Bring…

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ICP-OES: Our Newest Upgrade

We are excited to announce the deployment of a new Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) instrument from Agilent Technologies, which will actively contribute our team’s endeavor to offer high-quality analysis services to all our customers.     ICP instruments allow the reliable and accurate measurement of metals in liquid or solid products (such…

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Plastics Europe: Challenges for European Plastic Producers

According to a recent report, Plastics Europe has shared some interesting facts about recyclability and circularity of plastics in both European and global scale. More specifically, the production growth of circular plastics worldwide is studied and also the challenges that European plastic producers face, as well as the consequences these might have on the future…

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WorldStar Global Packaging Awards 2024

The World Packaging Organization (WPO) has recently announced the winners of this year’s WorldStar Global Packaging Awards, which make up for the largest international packaging awards across the world. With the awards’ ceremony slowly approaching, we reveal the countries with the most winning entries of the competition, while showcasing some examples of the innovative packaging…

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Food Migration Testing in Reusable Packaging

During the last few years, there has been a significant change in the use of packaging products, as more individuals and businesses start replacing conventional products with reusable ones. With the finalization of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) on the way, we are examining a successful example of the reusable packaging movement in…

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EU Commission Decision on Plastic Bottles

A new EU Implementing Decision for the application of Directive (EC) 2019/904, regarding single-use plastic bottles, has been announced. This Decision introduces important notes on plastic bottles which consist of recycled plastic deriving from countries outside of Europe, along with new definitions for the recycling of plastics.   EU Commission Implementing Decision for Plastic Bottles…

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New Research on Recyclability of PA/PE films

Despite several studies on PA/PE films, recycling guidelines of various organizations still classify polyamide (PA)-containing packaging as non-recyclable. The independent institute “Cyclos-HTP”, along with “BASF”, have conducted further extensive research into recyclability of multilayer films that contain polyamide 6 (PA6) and ethyl vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer, with promising results in a standard polyethylene (PE) stream.…

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DRS Systems: Examples in Germany, Poland and Greece

Many environmental organizations are advocating for the implementation of DRSs (Deposit Return Schemes) in more countries, to help face the growing problem of plastic waste and promote a more sustainable future. The government of Poland has proposed a new regulation that aims to establish such a system for beverage containers.     What Is a…

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$100 Billion Investment for Recycled Plastics Demand By 2030

Due to the on-growing demand for recycled plastics, along with the ever-changing legislations for recyclability and increasingly bold commitments of large brand names, the development of chemical recycling is bound to greatly increase in the next few years. However, for that to actually happen, future investments will have to be made across the whole plastics…

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Is Flexible Packaging Recyclability Assessment Feasible Today?

A common question among food and cosmetic producers is whether recyclability assessment on flexible packaging is feasible or not. Apart from Legislation EU 1616/2020 on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods and Directive EU 62/1994 which mainly focuses on some essential requirements on packaging volume and weight, there is…

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The 11th International Thessaloniki Night Halfmarathon

On the 21st of October 2023, the International Thessaloniki Night Halfmarathon was held at the center of Thessaloniki, marking the 11th year of the annual event. Pack-Lab’s team was among the 18,000 runners that participated in the marathon, making it the biggest Night Halfmarathon yet and consisting participations from 61 countries. The event was divided…

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New investment = More capabilities to serve our customers

  We are pleased to announce that our laboratory has recently made a significant investment in a state-of-the-art laboratory dynamometer aiming to expand its range of testing services and serve even the most urgent needs. Thanks to this newly acquired equipment, Pack-Lab is able to conduct, in-house, the following testing procedures: Tensile properties of films…

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Research promises 80 % EU recycling rate By 2030

Chemical Recycling is the process of alternating the chemical structure of polymeric waste and transforming them into materials that can be used for the manufacture of plastics and other products. While it is considered to be an effective way to recycle plastic polymers, it is still a form of recycling that needs further research and…

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The Ban Of Single-use Plastics

On the 3rd of July 2021, the European Union decided to act against the pollution caused by all the different kinds of plastic waste that are slowly but steadily increasing every day in beaches, seas and oceans alike. Thus, the ban of single-use plastic products was first introduced in Europe. More than two years later…

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What are the real numbers after applying optimization in packaging processes…

Optimization of packaging converting companies is a key element for their sucess in today’s competitive market. If optimization is performed properly: Decreases non-conformities Reduces production costs Enhances and stabilizes final product’s quality We are happy to announce that Pack-Lab recently completed a rigorous consulting project on behalf of a flexible packaging converting company in the…

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Requiring Pack-Lab’s assistance? We are here for you 24/7.

Holiday season may be here but packaging production does not stop. Why should packaging services then? We are happy to introduce our online chat system, which is available 24/7 to our loyal customers.  Through our chat service you can: – Easily place your inquiry on packaging services – Quickly ask questions on packaging matters – Solve production issues And all the above available also in…

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Latest amendment of EC 10/2011 recently announced

European commision recently published the latest amendment (EC) 1442/2023 of legislation (EC) 10/2011 regarding plastic materials in contact with food. This new change to the legislation comes as a continuance of the previous amendment in 2020 and the most important changes included can be seen below: – Certain phthalates (DINP, DBP, BBP and DEHP), which were already included in…

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Our company changed from Pack-Lab to Pack-Lab Limited Partnership

We are happy to announce that, as of 3rd of July 2023, our company has changed its business legal form and is now a Limited Partnership company, i.e. Pack-Lab L.P.  We would like to thank all our partners, customers and stakeholders, as without their trust and commitment, we would not be able to achieve this change. Pack-Lab L.P. continues to provide high quality services exclusively…

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Technical analysis and waste reduction. How are these terms combined?

How many kilos of industrial waste does a flexible packaging converter produce when performing trials of new materials in the machines? How many meters of paper packaging is wasted in paper printing companies, every time a new material is purchased? How many trials does the food producer perform, before accepting the new, recyclable material purchased from each supplier? The answer to all questions…

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E.U. Member States are warned regarding recycling targets

European commision recently published a warning note to Member States, informing which of them is expected to comply with targets set by European Green Deal until 2025, regarding recyclability of municipal and packaging waste.  According to Green Deal and legislations 2008/98/EC and 94/62/EC , two targets are required to be met until 2025. 1) minimum 55 % for re-use and recycling of municipal waste…

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Pack-Lab scope extension ISO 17025:2017

We are glad to announce that our laboratory has successfuly extended its accreditation scope of ISO 17025:2017. More specifically, the scope now includes also mechanical testing of materials and the parameters included are the below – Coefficient of friction (CoF) according to ISO 8295:2004 – Sealing strength according to DIN 55529 Accredited chemical analysis is still valid…

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Upcoming regulation regarding packaging waste in E.U.

A new regulation is expected to be completed within 2023, which will replace the “older” directive EU / 62/1994 concerning packaging waste. Proposal of changes has been submitted to the European Commision at the end of 2022. The new regulation aims at the reduction of total packaging waste, promotes usage of recycled materials and further strengthens the use of reusable…

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Plastic materials and circular economy. Research and statistics.

Plastic materials and circular economy. Research and statistics. For the last three years, circular economy and plastic packaging is one of the most discussed topics all around the globe. Following the lead of a more sustainable planet, European Union (E.U.)  has set specific targets for the recyclability of plastic materials, which have to be respected…

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Single use plastics and relevant restrictions since 3rd July 2021

According to European legislation (EU) 904/2019 and its implementation in Greece with regulation 4736/2020, specific plastic products named as “single use plastics (SUP)” are gradually reduced in the market. Among these materials, production of plastic cutlery, plates and plastic straws is ceased and more environmentally friendly alternatives are to be found. The legislation refers not…

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Association of Hellenic plastics industries welcomes Pack-Lab

Association of Hellenic plastics industries (A.H.P.I.) aims to highlight the advantages of plastic materials to the consumers and to correctly position them in the market, by scientifically supporting the plastics industry. Pack-Lab has recently become a member of AHPI, in order to strengthen its position among the testing laboratories for packaging and plastic materials and…

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Packaging recyclability assessment

German environmental agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) has recently published the 9 Principles for a circular economy. These principles update businesses and citizens in circular economy matters and explain the advantages of materials designed for the circular economy, depicts the importance of life cycle assessment of various products and drives consumers to reduce waste. The article…

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New amendment of regulation (EU) 10/2011

At the beginning of September, the new regulation (EU) 1245/2020 has been published, amending the well-known (EU) 10/2011 on plastic materials intended to come into contact with food.   This amendment contains many binding changes regarding migration testing on food contact materials (FCM). Among others, a new limit for primary aromatic amines (PAA) is published, which…

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