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Japanese juggling act

Japanese people place great value on healthy and high-quality food, which they have traditionally preferred to buy fresh and unpackaged. Those traditions were tested to the limit by the global coronavirus pandemic, as consumer behaviour changed dramatically and secure and hygienic packaging concepts were in high demand for fresh meat, bakery and convenience foods. As solutions such as modified atmosphere packaging soared in popularity,...

India’s EPR looms on the horizon

In tandem with India’s amended Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2022, which are aimed at restricting or banning single-use plastics, effective 1 July 2022, the Government’s Union Cabinet’s environment minister Bhupender Yadav has announced a set of guidelines to provide a framework for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The plan is to strengthen the circular economy of plastics packaging waste and promote alternative materials. The implementation...

India gets real on single-use plastics

After decades of bouncing its environmental packaging policy back and forth between state and central government, with regular trips to the judicial system for...

Stamping down on excess

In advance of two major festivals in mainland China, Dragon Boat (3 June) and Mid- Autumn Festival (10 September), the State Administration for Market...

G20 spring cleaning for Bali’s recovery

As Indonesia rolls back two years of Covid isolation, the country’s favourite tropical paradise – the ‘Island of the Gods’ – Bali is once...

Thailand revises food contact regulations

For the past year, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has been revising its regulations governing the qualities and standards of plastics food...

Plastics law kicks in

From 1 April 2022 new regulations governing the reduction of the volume of plastics used, or put onto the market, by convenience stores, supermarkets,...