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The new life of hard-to-recycle plastics

Only one third of the produced plastics can be recycled every year. The rest is often considered as too hard to recycle. But nevertheless it plays a major role in many important sectors of the printing industry, for example the packaging production. A few innovative groups of scientists have just searched for a way, which is tackling exactly that challenge of hard-to-recycle plastic.

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Ecovative supplies mushroom packaging to Fortune 500

Ikea’s plans to use mushroom-derived packaging have made headlines last week. The company is only one among several large retailers and e-commerce stores including Dell and Crate & Barrel that are looking for ways to reduce waste and toxins resulting from packaging. The company supplying a biodegradable Styrofoam substitute to several Fortune 500 companies is Ecovative, a firm based in New York.

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Ecolean packaging takes a minimalist approach

Ecolean is a Swedish packaging company with a strong customer base in Asia. Its success is due to the popularity of its flexible packaging pouches and the growing demand for food packaging in general, especially in emerging economies. The company takes a unique approach to weight reduction: Its packaging film is made of 40 % chalk blended with conventional PP and PE.

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