KIDV innovation platform expands
The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) chooses to expand its Platform of Sustainable Packaging Innovators on an international scale. Since 2019, the KIDV platform has supported more than thirty start-ups and scale-ups. As of today, established ones - both small and large companies - can also join the platform for the (further) development of their innovative packaging and recycling ideas.
Unplastic, the evolution of packaging - Outlander Materials is looking for a production partner
Outlander Materials is looking for partners to help them produce their UnPlastic material on a larger scale. UnPlastic is Outlander Materials' answer to single-use plastics: a functional, compostable and non-plastic alternative that releases no toxins. It is circular, made from sources of the food industry, by-products and beer waste, and will never break down into micro- or nanoplastics.
Webinar 'Unlocking the flexible packaging dilemma'
Why should the value chain for flexible plastic packaging become circular? What prevents this from happening and how can stakeholders achieve it? These questions will be central in the webinar ‘Unlocking the flexible packaging dilemma’ of The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging on the 11th of February from 14.00 – 16.00 (CET).
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In general, biodegradable packaging materials can be broken down in industrial composting facilities if these meet the requirements of the EN 13432 standard. Contrary to popular belief, biodegradable plastics cannot currently be broken down in the natural environment. The breakdown process of biodegradeble plastic is largely dependent on the environment: temperature, the presence of microorganisms, the presence of oxygen and water. So, when biodegradable plastic ends up in the sea, it does not decay by itself.
More information about biodegradeble plastics can be found here.
Respond to dilemma
One of the potential solutions to make packaging more sustainable is to switch from single use to reuse. Reusable packaging has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. However, with the exception of a number of packaging types, reuse is still in its infancy. One of the challenges is to assure food safety and good hygiene of reused packaging.
More information about reusable packaging can be found here.
Respond to dilemma
Over the past decades, material innovations have led to a wide diversity in plastic types and combinations. These different plastics each have their own functionalities and properties. However, these materials are often difficult to recycle, such as laminate packaging. It is important that the product is sufficiently protected by the packaging, in which case functionality comes first. In addition, it is also important to take the recyclability of packaging into account in the design.
Respond to dilemma
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