News and Updates

Plastic Waste – Greenpeace Sues Walmart over Recyclable Claims

On December 14, 2020, Greenpeace filed a suit in the Superior Court of Alameda County, California noting that “… Many consumers … actively seek to purchase products that are either compostable or recyclable … Walmart … markets and sells a variety of single-use plastic products that are labeled as recyclable … [The suit charges that] the Products are not in […]

Single Use Plastics – Effects of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors Analyzed

According to a December 15, 2020 Chemical Week  story, an outlook report from Moody’s Investors Service notes that “… Business conditions for chemical manufacturers are expected to improve in 2021 … [The report] characterizes the outlook for credit quality as ‘stable,’ reflecting an improving operating environment but … sustained recovery in the global economy … is delayed until 2022 […]

Plastic Waste – Digestion Effects on Camels Studied

According to the abstract of study published online in the February 2021 issue of the Journal of Arid Environments by researchers with 5 Gyres Institute Los Angeles, CA, Leap Lab of Los Angeles, CA, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Oslo, Norway and Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, Dubai, United Arab Emirates “… Ecological impacts of plastic pollution are […]

Plastic Waste – Plastic Alternatives Discussed

According to a December 15, 2020 news release, Closed Loop Partners has released a report “… dispelling myths and demystifying the rapidly growing landscape of plastic alternatives, with a focus on bio-based plastics, biopolymers and compostable products and packaging. The report unpacks the opportunities and challenges within the industry’s move toward these alternative materials, considering sustainable sourcing of […]

Plastic Waste – Ferrero Group updates Packaging Commitment

According to a December 14, Ferrero Group news release, Ferrero Group has updated “… its commitment for 100% of packaging to be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. The latest updates include a raft of new activities and collaborations including Nutella joining forces with Loop and Carrefour in Paris, France for a new 10-store reuse pilot scheme, Ferrero […]

Plastic Waste – Effects on Marine Life Studied

According to the abstract of a study published December 3, 2020 in Conservation Letters by researchers with CSIRO, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation “… Marine megafauna are known to mistakenly eat anthropogenic debris and die from consequent gastrointestinal blockages, perforations and malnutrition, as well as suffer sublethal impacts. We collated information on which specific items were ingested […]