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The Canada Plastics Pact launched this week in a bid to tackle plastic pollution. Bringing together more than 40 partners from leading brands, waste management companies, government institutions and NGOs, members will work to meet plastic reduction targets by the year 2025.

Meanwhile, major brands have taken further steps to tackle plastic waste with the introduction of measures which will decrease the amount of plastic used in their packaging.

Nestlé-owned Smarties have switched to paper-based packaging, while Heinz  has replaced plastic on its multipack cans with cardboard sleeves. The two combined will remove hundreds of millions of plastic packs sold worldwide every year. 

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Canada Plastics Pact launches to tackle plastic pollution

The Canada Plastics Pact (CPP) launched this week in a bid to tackle plastic pollution. The Pact brings together key players from across the plastics value chain to collectively work towards reducing plastic waste by 2025. More than 40 Partners have joined the CPP from leading brands to waste management companies, government institutions, and NGOs. Because plastic packaging accounts for 47 percent of all plastic waste, it is the immediate focus of the CPP’s collective efforts.

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Smarties moves all pack formats into recyclable paper

Confectionery brand Smarties will be packaged in paper-based materials and moving away from plastic.The Nestlé-owned brand will switch 90 percent of its products, as 10 percent is already packed in paper packaging. Nestlé added that the move will remove around 250 million plastic packs sold worldwide every year. Sharing bags, multipacks and large hexatube formats will be made from coated paper, paper labels or cartonboard.

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Heinz replaces plastic with paperboard on multipacks

Heinz has replaced plastic on all of its multipack canned products with skinny cardboard sleeves. The PEFC certified paperboard used for the new Heinz eco-friendly sleeve multipack is fully recyclable and comes from renewable and sustainably managed forests. The innovative wrap design uses 50 percent less material than a fully enclosed wraparound box and 10 percent less than a traditional paperboard sleeve design.

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New compostable packaging can double fresh produce shelf life

Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to offer fully compostable packaging that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. The resulting laser microperforated compostable film provides retailers and suppliers with the ideal packaging qualities to reduce food waste, combat plastic pollution and cut carbon emissions. TIPA and PerfoTec’s combined technologies have been found to extend the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers by up to double the time. 

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Partnership seeks reduction in marine plastic pollution

A cross-industry partnership could help limit plastic pollution within the seafood supply chain. Sea Trust Wales is working with Macduff Shellfish, the largest shellfish supplier in Europe, and the specialist BioComposites Centre at Bangor University to find a sustainable alternative to woven, plastic bait bags that are used by shellfish fishermen and in seafood processing factories.

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