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More than cold comfort

Treating yourself to a gift or two can be a comforting way to get through the cold, dark winter months faced by many living in the Northern Hemisphere – and a few businesses embarked on some retail therapy of their own as we moved into 2024. Leading the way was China-based extrusion equipment manufacturer Jwell Machinery, which revealed it had bought insolvent extrusion blow moulding...

Bioplastics get a boost

After a sluggish few years, the global bioplastics market is on the up again, aided by the emergence of ever-more sophisticated applications and products. This was, at least, the view of European Bioplastics in its annual market development update, published just before Christmas. Global production capacity is set to increase from 2.18 million tonnes in 2023 to approximately 7.43m/t in 2028, according to the trade...

Give and take

Christmas might be a time for giving, but this year it is also a time for collecting, with various projects stacking up around the...

Circular path

It’s no understatement to say that the path towards plastics packaging circularity is going to require lots of joined-up thinking, backed-up by lots of...

The truth is out there

Social media can be a hotbed of fake news at the best of times, and a vociferous anti-plastics agenda means the industry often falls...

Sustainable sales

With deposit return schemes (DRSs) currently being established in a number of European countries and beyond, some sections of the beverage industry have expressed...

Smart thinking

When it comes to the recycling of plastics packaging, every aspect of the stream needs to function effectively to enable true circularity. The role of...

Bon accord

A legally-binding agreement to regulate plastics moved a step closer last month, after delegates from approximately 180 countries committed to drawing up the first...