The BBC's Circular Economy series highlights the ways we are designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and repurposing products. This week we look at compostable and biodegradable packaging. Stonehaven, a seaside town just south of Aberdeen on Scotland's east coast, first made its culinary mark with the [...]
BBIA Managing Director David Newman will be taking part in a panel discussion on plastics at the Labour Party conference called, 'Don't bottle it: How can Labour lead the purge on plastics?'. The fringe event will take place on Sunday 23 September between 12.45pm and 2pm at Blundell St Restaurant in Liverpool as part of [...]
Australian compostable packaging producer BioPak has teamed up with Soilco to produce a simple and clear video showing how food waste and compostable packaging should be handled together to provide organic matter that can then be used to replenish depleted soils. You can view the video in full below.
The Advertising Standards Authority of the UK uphold a claim against a company advertising plastic bags as ‘biodegradable’
In what is believed to be a landmark ruling for the UK, the ASA has determined that the use of the term ‘biodegradable’ as used by Ancol Pet Products for their Refill Poop Bag Rolls ”is misleading and had not been substantiated”. Whilst the specific ruling applies to plastics made with oxo degradable additives, it [...]
UK sites that collect garden waste have been permitted to process some compostable packaging materials, including coffee cups and lids. Vegware, which manufactures compostable foodservice packaging and has led the initiative, called the move a “game-changer”, given that it “dramatically increases the number of facilities allowed to process compostable drinks waste”. Indeed, 53 [...]
Food companies could face serious material business risks for their involvement in creating plastic waste, according to a new report. 'Risk unwrapped: Plastic pollution as material business risk', published by law firm ClientEarth, details four types of business risk that companies may be exposed to and sets out the legal obligations on their [...]
Liz Goodwin was CEO at the widely respected Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) for almost a decade, and currently leads the food waste programme at the World Resources Institute. If anyone can appraise the food sector’s performance on waste management, it’s her. In January, at a Westminster energy, environment and transport forum in London, [...]
BBIA Managing Director David Newman recently saw a comment published in full in Packaging News regarding a number of myths surrounding the bioplastics industry. You can view the article in full here.
For years there have been calls to ditch weight as a measurement for waste and use carbon instead. An analysis of Scotland’s rubbish showed that the five most carbon-intensive waste materials make up just six per cent of waste by weight but nearly a third of associated carbon impacts (it’s worth noting that food [...]
It's your classic movie eureka moment. Young researcher Sarah-Jeanne Royer set out to measure methane gas coming from biological activity in sea water. Instead, in a "happy accident" she found that the plastic bottles holding the samples were a bigger source of this powerful warming molecule than the bugs in the water. [...]