PFPW.NEWS – July 21, 2020

Contents:

~   Microplastics (MPS) – Environmental Transfer to Edible Plants Reported
~   Environmental Claims for Recyclability, Biodegradability and Recycled Content
~   Metal Use in Food Packaging
~   Plastic Waste – Global Company Footprints Measured
~   Plastic Waste – Tesco Introduces Online Reusable Packaging Service
~   Plastic Waste – Chemical Transformation Research
~   Plastic Waste – Recyclable Paper Bottle Research under Development
~   Plastic Waste – Polypropylene Recovery and Recycling
~   Plastic Waste – Two Hawaii Beaches Impaired by Plastic TrashMicroplastics

(MPS) – Environmental Transfer to Edible Plants Reported 
– According to July 13, 2020 report published in the journal Nature Sustainability by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)  and “… scientists have become concerned about the transfer of MPs from the environment to the food chain and the potential impact of MPs on human health … MP uptake by crop plants has not received much attention … The MPs identified in this study were spherical plastic particles up to 2 micrometers in size with a small degree of mechanical flexibility. These features allowed the MPs to squeeze into the small apoplastic space of plant root cells … These findings shed new light on the possibility of food chain transfer of MPs …” #MicoPlastics #PlasticWaste

Environmental Claims for Recyclability, Biodegradability and Recycled Content 
– On July 7, 2020, the Commerce Commission of New Zealand issued  revised “…guidelines on environmental claims … to help traders understand their obligations when making environmental claims … The Commission recognises that consumers are increasingly considering the environment when buying goods and services. Consumers may be prepared to pay a price premium for a good or service that gives the impression that it is beneficial for the environment or has a lesser impact on the environment than an alternative good or service. Examples of environmental claims include statements made about recycling, biodegradability, and the use of recycled content or natural products … All traders, large and small, need to make sure their environmental claims are substantiated, truthful, and not misleading … The … Guidelines cover general principles and include examples of cases taken by the Commission in the past. The guidelines remind traders to: be truthful; be accurate; be specific; substantiate claims; use plain language; not exaggerate; [and] take care when relying on tests or surveys …” #EnvironmentalClaims #NewZealand #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging

Metal Use in Food Packaging – The Role of Metal in Food Packaging” is the title of an article in the July 2020 issue of Food Technology magazine  which notes that “… Packaging that employs metal as a barrier and structural layer plays a significant role in food preservation. Innovations in metal packaging optimize its use …” – The article addresses: Can Manufacture and Design; Can forming innovations to reduce metal packaging materials, costs and weight; Can linings which prevent steel corrosion and help maintain product quality; Barrier and Structure for Pouches; and Traceability, allowing track and trace from package origin throughout the food supply chain #FoodPackaging #PlasticPackaging #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste

Plastic Waste – Global Company Footprints Measured 
– On June 8, 2020, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report, titled “Transparent 2020” which “… examines the plastic footprints of … [several] global companies and provides a detailed look at the challenges and potential solutions for tackling the plastic pollution problem …” The report is an “… effort to quantify corporate impact and track company actions and opportunities to reduce plastic waste … The report findings were calculated using the ReSource Footprint Tracker … designed to fill a critical measurement gap companies have needed to effectively advance plastic sustainability …the Footprint Tracker measures how much and what kind of plastic is being used, and where they are likely ending up upon disposal … WWF found four key areas for action: Eliminating unnecessary plastics … Investing in sustainable production … Doubling the global recycling rate … [and] Working to fill critical data gaps to improve the quality and precision of our understanding of the plastic waste system …” PlasticWaste #PlasticPackaging #FoodPackaging #SingleUsePlastic #WWF

Plastic Waste – Tesco Introduces Online Reusable Packaging Service 
– According to a July 15, 2020 News Release “… Tesco has teamed up with Loop to launch an online shopping service that delivers products only in reusable packaging … consumers in Britain may “… now order 150 products including sauces, yoghurts, soaps, cereals, moisturisers, chocolate and washing detergents in durable and fully reusable packaging …”  “… After use, customers simply place the empty containers into the tote bag in which the food arrived and go online to schedule a packaging pickup and second delivery. A deposit is paid on each piece of packaging and is fully refunded upon return. Loop professionally cleans all the packaging returned by customers and it is then refilled by the manufacturers. Refilled products in cleaned packaging are then delivered to customers homes … The range will increase over time and next year we will introduce some of the products in reusable packaging into our own stores …” #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging #Tesco #TerraCycle #ReusablePackaging

Plastic Waste – Chemical Transformation Research
– According to a July 13, 2020 news release, the Center for Plastics Innovation (CPI) has been established at the University of Delaware with $11.65 million DoE funding – CPI will bring together researchers from UD, the University of Chicago, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Pennsylvania and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to “upcycle” the most difficult plastics to recycle — chemically transforming the waste into fuels, lubricants and other valuable products in an energy-efficient manner – The team will apply different strategies to break down plastics waste — using chemical catalysts and selective enzymes — to “de-polymerize the polymers” and recover pure material – Other catalytic strategies will be explored to transform the recovered materials by changing their electronic properties or by incorporating a “stealth catalyst,” for example, that would activate only on demand – CPI is one of six new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) established across the U.S. to accelerate scientific breakthroughs #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Waste – Recyclable Paper Bottle Research under Development – According to a July 14, 2020 news release  “… PepsiCo has joined the consortium of global consumer goods companies … to further develop and scale the world’s first recyclable paper bottle … This new bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and is being designed to be fully recyclable in standard waste streams. The goal of the consortium is to ensure that the technology is developed so it can be used across industries … Through this innovative effort, PepsiCo is taking another step towards our goal of reducing virgin plastic content across our beverage business by 35% by 2025. We are also working to make 100% of our packaging recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025–and we are about 90% complete. Through this partnership and continued efforts, we continue to drive progress toward a circular economy where plastics need never become waste by focusing on Reducing, Recycling, and Reinventing our packaging for consumers …” #PlasticWaste #Recycling #PepsiCo #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Waste – Polypropylene Recovery and Recycling 
– On July 8, 2020, Keurig Dr Pepper “… announced its founding sponsorship of The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition … The Company has committed $10 million over the next five years, alongside investments from industry peers, to increase and improve the recovery and recycling of polypropylene plastic in the U.S.  The Coalition will work to solidify polypropylene’s status as a standard curbside recycling material through projects that enhance collection, sortation and processing in recycling facilities which, in turn, will increase the value and supply of recycled polypropylene (rPP) and reduce the need for virgin plastic used in packaging … The Company is on track to meet its commitments of making 100% of its packaging recyclable or compostable and incorporating 30% post-consumer recycled content (PCR) in its packaging by 2025 …” #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #Recycling #Polypropylene #SingleUsePlastic

Plastic Waste – Two Hawaii Beaches Impaired by Plastic Trash 
– In response to a suit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and others on July 9, 2020 EPA Region Nine advised the Hawaii Department of Health that the Agency“… disapproves the State’s decision not to list the Kamilo Beach and Tern Island waterbodies because the existing and readily available data and information for those waterbodies indicate that they are impaired by trash … EPA will issue a public notice providing for a 30-day public comment period … EPA acknowledges that several states are currently evaluating similar data and information related to plastics and trash and is considering whether additional steps could be taken to support states in meeting the requirements of CWA Section 303(d) …”  #PlasticWaste #KamiloBeach #SingleUsePlastic #FoodPackaging