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A new collaboration has been announced between Dow, Midland, Mich., and BioLogiQ, Idaho Falls, Idaho, to evaluate potential synergies between the latter’s novel NuPlastiQ plant-based biopolymer and Dow’s PE resin portfolio, in an effort to explore enhanced sustainable plastic options.

Dow and BioLogiQ will work together to test and consider potential applications that incorporate bio-based resins with PE, in the hopes of enabling more plant-based plastic products. Seven-year-old startup BioLogiQ will utilize Dow’s research and development and sales and distribution network to determine if it can successfully leverage plant-based plastics.

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A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World, a  recent report by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), highlights the sustainability benefits of flexible packaging. FPA commissioned PTIS, LLC to provide a holistic view on the sustainability benefits that flexible packaging offers; provide foresight into future sustainability implications for flexible packaging; and develop six Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) case studies comparing flexible packaging to other packaging formats across a range of products.

The LCA case studies were developed using the EcoImpact-COMPASS LCA software, which allows for quick life cycle comparisons between different packaging formats. The results from the case studies show that flexible packaging has more favorable environmental attributes for carbon impact, fossil fuel usage, water usage, product-to-package ratio, as well as the amount of packaging material going to the landfill when compared to other packaging formats for the same products.

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Exact Metrology was hired by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to scan its “Classic Bobble Boy” bobblehead. The bobblehead was scanned with the Hexagon Romer absolute arm.

The entire process of scanning and data processing was done in a couple of hours. The captured data was used to create a six-foot statue replica, made of EPS with a polyurethane coating. The statue will soon be displayed in front of the museum.

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Within the last couple of years, I have reported on Nova Chemicals Corp.’s active membership in two global initiatives that are aimed at developing a plastics circular economy and keeping plastics out of our oceans, beaches and natural lands. The first is ProjectStop, which partners with cities to build sustainable waste systems, ending ocean plastic leakage. The second, recently formed The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, works across the plastics value chain on infrastructure, education and engagement, innovation and clean up efforts to keep plastic waste out of the natural environment.

For the 2019 Canada Winter Games (“The Games”), taking place in Red Deer and other locations throughout Central Alberta, Nova Chemicals was the exclusive Platinum Sustainability Sponsor. This sponsorship—which is targeted to help fund sustainable practices at The Games, as well as enduring community resources—is the latest example of this company’s commitment to sustainability and the communities in which it operates. Nova supported the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society in its commitment to organize an environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically feasible event. Sustainability initiatives for The Games are based on six themes: mitigating climate change; integrating social and community planning; managing water use; minimizing waste; sourcing local food and building or adapting facilities to green standards.

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In mid-March 2019, Engel was one of the first plastic machine manufacturers to sign the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to create a circular economy. In cooperation with more than 350 other companies, universities and organizations, Engel has committed itself to actively contributing to the transfer of plastics into closed material cycles.

The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment, and is signed by many of the worlds largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. Signatories include well-known consumer businesses such as Danone, H&M Group, L’Oreal, Mars, Incorporated, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Unilever; major packaging producers such as Amcor; plastics producers including Novamont, and resource management specialist Veolia.

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