Reducing life-cycle impacts of products14 August, 2012 by Russ Martin, Director, MS2*
These are interesting days for product stewardship. The days of strict extended producer responsibility (EPR) being forced by governments upon unsuspecting and entirely unwilling industries have waned. Recycling at end of life is no longer seen as the sole means of demonstrating product stewardship. Broader aspects of sustainability and their roles in reducing the life-cycle impacts of products across supply chains are recognised more than ever before.
Cardia Bioplastics Compostable Bubble Wrap11 August, 2012
Cardia Bioplastics has announced the launch of the Cardia Compostable Bubble Wrap, extending the range of products made from the company’s certified compostable resins.
Investing in remanufacturing26 July, 2012
Companies are continually being challenged to improve productivity to meet consumer demand, while minimising the impact of rising costs associated with energy and raw materials. Remanufacturing allows products to be restored to ‘like new’ or better condition, extending equipment life and enhancing its performance. Julian Needham, Customer Support & Maintenance Operations Manager, Rockwell Automation, discusses the benefits of remanufacturing in the current global environment.
Cardia and Alto form alliance to produce environmentally friendly packaging09 July, 2012
International sustainable resins supplier Cardia Bioplastics and rigid plastic packaging company Alto Packaging have announced a strategic partnership to produce high-performance packaging solutions, manufactured with Cardia’s novel thermoplastic starch resins and thus carrying environmental benefits.
Sustainable resin for inflatable packaging24 May, 2012
Cardia Bioplastics is pleased to announce that it has signed a deal with US packaging company Sealed Air Corporation. The Melbourne-based company will supply its Biohybrid sustainable resin to produce the film for Sealed Air’s Fill-Air R5 inflatable packaging, enforcing Sealed Air’s environmental commitment to renewable and recycled content, plus reduced, re-used and recycled product.
AFGC’s plan for packaging sustainability11 May, 2012
The Future of Packaging White Paper has been released by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) to help the food and grocery manufacturing industry in developing sustainable packaging.
Packaging to help fight global food loss23 April, 2012
The packaging industry wants to fight food loss more effectively. Simple, decentralised packaging machines for emerging markets can improve food security, while the ‘throwaway’ mentality in western industrialised nations can be combated with smart packages.
Australian Warehouse Solutions Sweed CL200 cut-to-length plastic strap dispenser07 February, 2012
The Sweed CL200 cut-to-length plastic strap dispenser from Australian Warehouse Solutions can save time and waste by providing pre-cut plastic strapping in desired lengths and unlimited quantities.
Green polymer chemistry07 November, 2011
The term ‘green polymer chemistry’ is being used here to describe the production of established thermoplastics and elastomers from renewable sources, including polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyamide (PA), epoxy resin and polyurethane.
CJ editing Fighting food loss with packaging01 September, 2011
The packaging industry wants to fight food loss more effectively. Simple, decentralised packaging machines for emerging markets can improve food security, while the ‘throwaway’ mentality in western industrialised nations can be combated with smart packages. This article details some of the findings from the Save Food campaign and interpack which was held in Germany in May 2011.
Councils recognised for tackling e-waste22 June, 2011
Last week, the Senate unanimously passed the Product Stewardship Bill, a major milestone in the delivery of Australia’s long-term National Waste Policy. With over 90% of a mobile phone and its accessories recyclable, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association is committed to the development of a long-term, integrated, e-waste collection service that is funded by industry, accepts all types of electronic waste and is free to all Australians. The efforts of over 300 local councils across Australia in tackling mobile phone e-waste were recognised at the MobileMuster Local Government Awards during the National General Assembly for Local Government in Canberra, on 21 June 2011.
O-I champions glass as consumer favourite08 June, 2011
CEOs, environmentalists and parents have joined an Owens-Illinois (O-I) marketing campaign to champion glass as a sustainable consumer choice.
Pineapple and banana fibre for car making26 May, 2011
Scientists in Brazil have developed a more effective way to use fibres from pineapple, bananas and other plants in a new generation of automotive plastics that are stronger, lighter and more eco-friendly than plastics now in use.
Sustainable food packaging films launched17 May, 2011
Wipak has released a range of sustainable food packaging films using Cardia Biohybrid technology.
NatureFlex cellulose-based biofilm27 April, 2011 by
Innovia Films has announced that its cellulose-based biofilm NatureFlex meets the Australian AS4736 standard for biodegradable plastics suitable for composting and other microbial treatment.