Researchers at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University have made a significant breakthrough in the field of chemical plastic recycling using ordinary table salt (NaCl). They employed a polyolefin blend of various types of plastic and metalised films as test subjects and used pyrolysis—a method involving high heat and an absence of oxygen—for the recycling process. The study demonstrated that table salt could effectively and efficiently facilitate the pyrolysis of these materials, converting 100% of the polyolefin blend into oil (86%) and gas (14%) without any undesirable byproducts. Notably, table salt outperformed more expensive catalysts. The researchers are now eager to collaborate with industry partners to commercialise this approach.
This is one of 7,575 initiatives posted to ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone platform.
The development of sustainable packaging continues to be a strategic priority and there is one particular sustainable trend that is growing fast. Refillable and reusable packaging is advancing rapidly with ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database reporting a 68% year-on-year increase in initiatives.
Now is your chance to get a comprehensive lowdown on what is happening in refillable and reusable packaging and how you can utilise this embryonic market opportunity for your business.
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ThePackHub is featured in a new article in Packaging World.
A new report from UK packaging consultancy, ThePackHub, provides analysis and insight from a global perspective. The review includes a summary of more than 140 of the latest refillable and reusable packaging innovations from around the world.
You can read the article here.
ThePackHub’s Managing Director, Paul Jenkins is again one of the judges for this year’s Sustainability Awards brought to you by Packaging Europe. The closing date for entries is Monday 20th May 2019.
You can find out more about the free to enter awards at this link: https://thesustainabilityawards.com/#about
The New Plastics Economy report published in 2016, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. Packaging plays a major role.
This discussion group has been created to debate all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.
Please share your pictures of good and bad practice. Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling. compostable packaging. bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference. Join the conversation now.