Compostable packaging: Disconnect between pack design and compost sites
A new Sustainable Packaging Coalition report sheds light on how compostable packaging is actually treated at industrial compost sites and provides recommendations on improving the fate of compostable packaging in the US. Key findings:
- 90 percent of facilities surveyed actively accept compostable packaging.
- 67.5 percent require compostable packaging to have some type of standard or certification before allowing it in the front gate.
- 82.5 percent want a more universally recognizable label of compostability.
The report is available free to SPC members and to non-SPC members for $50. More info
Packaging Report Card 2010 rates packaging types, attributes
Research and Markets has added its new “Packaging Report Card 2010,” which includes shopper ratings of eight package types, the packages they are using in 75 product categories, and the attributes that make for a consumer-friendly package. More info
Galileo-RUSNANO to produce RFID tags, metallized packaging
Italy’s Galileo Vacuum Systems and RUSNANO (a nanotechnology development firm) set up a US$60 million joint venture with manufacturing sites in Russia, Italy, and Serbia. The project will employ an innovative nanotechnology for selective-metallization coatings that makes it possible to metallize any flexible surface with high output and low production costs, the suppliers say. The JV will also convert metallized packaging. The Russian market for such materials is only beginning to develop; it currently imports 80 percent of all metallized film used, and nearly 100 percent of all metallized paper. More info
Industry group opposes California ban on free plastic bags
The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Div. issued the following statement yesterday:
The California Assembly approved a bill (Wednesday) by a single vote (AB 1998) that would cost consumers as much as $1 billion in new charges on grocery bags—essentially a new tax—that also threatens increases in solid waste, greenhouse-gas emissions and job losses in the state. The bill, which would outlaw the use of free, recyclable plastic bags at grocery stores and require a customer charge on each and every paper bag, would devastate successful statewide recycling programs for dozens of recyclable products, such as plastic dry-cleaning bags, newspaper delivery bags, consumer product wraps and retail bags.
Opposed by a coalition of employer, nonprofit-service and manufacturing groups, the bill would put at risk thousands of jobs in California, ACC says. AB 1998 now heads to the California Senate.
Mayr-Melnhof Packaging acquires Chilean folding-carton converter
The Vienna, Austria-based packaging printer makes its first foray into Latin America with the purchase of 70 percent of Marinetti S.A., a folding-carton converter in Santiago, Chile. Marinetti family members will retain the remaining company shares. That operation employs about 650 workers and generates annual sales of approximately US$60 million.