PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Introduces Industrially Compostable Bag

A September 23, 2021 PepsiCo news release https://www.pepsico.com/news/press-release/frito-lay-launches-industrially-compostable-bags-with-off-the-eaten-path-brand-a09232021 reports that certain Frito-Lay “Off The Eaten Path” https://offtheeatenpath.majestic.dev/about-us snacks are now packaged in an industrially compostable bag which is “… primarily made from non-food, plant-based sources … In order to send the packaging to be composted, consumers are invited to sign up on the TerraCycle programContinue reading “PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Introduces Industrially Compostable Bag”

Biobased, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics – European Commission Seeks Public Comments on Policy Framework

The European Commission is seeking public comments by October 27, 2021 on a “Policy Framework on Biobased, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics” https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13138-Policy-framework-on-biobased-biodegradable-and-compostable-plastics_en – The framework is intended to promote transition of the EU to a circular plastics economy – Adoption of framework principles into legislation and regulation is expected to “… foster greater consistency inContinue reading “Biobased, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics – European Commission Seeks Public Comments on Policy Framework”

Single Use Plastic Beverage Bottles – Collection for Recycling – EU Rules and Targets Set

An October 7, 2021 European Union Directorate-General for Environment news release https://ec.europa.eu/environment/news/single-use-plastics-rules-calculation-verification-and-reporting-data-separate-collection_en reports that “… From 24 October 2021, according to Implementing Decision 2021/1752, EU Member States shall ensure that the targets for the separate collection for recycling of waste single-use plastic beverage bottles are calculated, verified and reported according to harmonised methodology and provisions. TheContinue reading “Single Use Plastic Beverage Bottles – Collection for Recycling – EU Rules and Targets Set”

France Ban on Use of Plastic Packaging for Fresh Produce to take Effect on January 1, 2022

An English translation of an October 11, 2021, France Joint Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery and Ministry of Agriculture and Food news release https://www.ecologie.gouv.fr/lutte-contre-pollution-plastique-publication-du-decret-encadrant-linterdiction-des-emballages reports on a “… ban on packaging plastics around unprocessed fresh fruits and vegetables … as of January 1, it will no longer be possible to sell unprocessed fresh fruitsContinue reading “France Ban on Use of Plastic Packaging for Fresh Produce to take Effect on January 1, 2022”

Microplastics – Transport in Seagrass Meadows of a Coastal Region Studied

The abstract of an article published in the January 1, 2022 issue of Environmental Pollution https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.118337 by researchers with Ocean University of China and others report that “… despite the constant accumulation of microplastics in the ocean, their transport processes and mechanisms remain poorly understood. This study investigated microplastics in the sediments of seagrass meadows and nearbyContinue reading “Microplastics – Transport in Seagrass Meadows of a Coastal Region Studied”

Single Use Plastic – Designing Polymer Materials for Managed End-of-Life

The abstract of a paper published October 11, 2021 in Nature Reviews Materials https://www.nature.com/articles/s41578-021-00382-0 by researchers with the Sea Education Association and Michigan State University report that “… In this Review, we present an overview of environmental plastic contamination and discuss the origin (feedstock) and degradation behaviour of plastics to help inform material design principles addressingContinue reading “Single Use Plastic – Designing Polymer Materials for Managed End-of-Life”

Plastic Waste – ExxonMobil – Texas Large-Scale Advanced Recycling Facility to Start Operations by the end of 2022

An ExxonMobil October 11, 2021 news release https://energyfactor.exxonmobil.com/latest-news/transforming-plastic-waste-through-advanced-recycling/ reports that the company “… believes that advanced recycling is a necessary complement to traditional mechanical recycling to help reduce plastic waste in the environment. The company plans to build its first large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility at its Baytown, Texas, complex. Operations are expected toContinue reading “Plastic Waste – ExxonMobil – Texas Large-Scale Advanced Recycling Facility to Start Operations by the end of 2022”

Plastic Waste – Walmart to Reduce Its Virgin Plastic Footprint

An October 6, 2021 Walmart news release https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2021/10/06/toward-regeneration-together reports that the company has “… set a goal to become a regenerative company—one that places nature and humanity at the center of our business … By 2025, we aim to achieve a 15% absolute reduction of our virgin plastic footprint. Our virgin plastic footprint includes any plasticContinue reading “Plastic Waste – Walmart to Reduce Its Virgin Plastic Footprint”

Plastic Waste – Circular Economy Aspects Analyzed

The abstract of an August 17, 2021 Journal of Industrial Ecology paper https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jiec.13187 by researchers with Sweden Lund University and UK Lancaster University Management School “… presents a reasoned account of the critiques addressed to the circular economy and circular business models. These critiques claim that the circular economy has diffused limits, unclear theoretical grounds,Continue reading “Plastic Waste – Circular Economy Aspects Analyzed”

Microplastics – Analytical Method Research Funded

An October 7, 2021 ChemEurope.com story https://www.chemeurope.com/en/news/1173027/detecting-microplastics-in-the-environment.html reports on the award of a Swiss National Science Foundation grant to a ETH Zurich researcher for the development of “… a method to track microplastics in water, soil and even organisms … [The research involves] a process for chemically adding metals to plastic particles. The advantage ofContinue reading “Microplastics – Analytical Method Research Funded”