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A recycling bin very contaminated with non-recyclables and food waste despite clear signage.
By Adam Geernaert: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Dumb humans, rubbish jokes and smart systems

Clever materials vs dumb humans In recent years there has been a surge of new materials that offer different end of life options for food and beverage packaging. For example UK based VegWare have a huge range of compostable coffee cups and lids using variants of the plant based plastic PLA, they are great quality […]

Plastic bottles on beach
By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 6th September, 2017

Is recycling going full cycle?

Is it me or is recycling hitting the headlines almost every week? This week Sky News reported on plans to introduce a deposit scheme for plastic bottles deposit scheme for plastic bottles in Scotland. Customers would pay a small surcharge which is refunded when a bottle is returned to a shop. According to the Ellen MacArthur […]

Smarter recycling
By Rosie Wells: Wednesday 30th August, 2017

I’m a very confused recycler and I’m not alone…

Recycling is something we need to think about every day and yet I still feel like I know very little about how to do it and I know I’m not the only person. For a long time I thought the rules were simply ‘if it’s plastic, cardboard or glass then pop it in the recycling […]

kerb-side waste bin collection
By Amy King: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

What a waste

Bin day. Sigh. If you’re anything like me, you’re lying in bed when you hear the bin lorry approaching and it dawns on you haven’t taken out your bins. Then comes the mad panic where you race outside, have a sneaky look at your neighbours to see what’s being collected and then hurl the offending […]

Recycling for for customer loyalty
By Catherine Joce: Friday 14th July, 2017

New business models for recycling

I recently used this blog to confess guilty feelings stirred up each time I throw away a piece of packaging and explored how upcoming innovations in bio-based materials could provide solutions. My colleague James Westley has also been blogging about waste, describing a sense of fulfilment and responsibility when taking out the recycling. Consumers clearly […]

mixed recycling - waste management
By James Westley: Friday 9th June, 2017

What does Brexit have to do with recycling?

In the run up to the Brexit vote, a close friend of mine proudly declared that he was siding with the leave campaign. This prompted me to complain about an article I had seen in The Telegraph which cited getting rid of “stupid recycling bins” as a reason to leave the EU. To my surprise, […]

End of ownership
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

The end of ownership?

“Access over ownership” is often cited as a growing trend and business opportunity… Content services such as Netflix or Spotify have made owning DVD and CDs a thing of the past. Car clubs such as E-Car or Zipcar provide on-demand mobility and in densely urban areas often make more practical and financial sense than car […]

bioplastics1
By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 19th May, 2017

It’s a wrap!

I’ve just returned from a visit to Interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf, which is one of the largest packaging fairs in Europe for the food and beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sector. No other trade fair in the world represents the entire supply chain. And at no other trade fair does the […]

Packaging - products
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 11th May, 2017

Can we grow packaging?

I have a love hate relationship with plastic –I expect many others feel the same. Plastic is undoubtedly a fantastic packaging material – it can be flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, it can be engineered to have good barrier properties and of course it is cheap. From a sustainability perspective plastic takes less energy […]

Leadership
By Antonno Versteeg: Friday 17th March, 2017

Transformations: CeBIT, Japan and society 5.0

Next week on Monday and Tuesday, together with a number of my colleagues, I will visit the large information technology event CeBIT in Hannover, Germany. Japan is the focus this year and we will meet a number of existing clients and hopefully make many new contacts with Japanese companies. As part of the theme there […]