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Plastics Weekly: Activists Sue Danone Over Plastic Footprint

Editorial Staff
Jan 16, 2023

Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.

Every week, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.

This week’s highlights:

  • Activists have sued the French food firm Danone over what they claim is the company’s failure to sufficiently reduce its plastic footprint. The lawsuit was brought by Surfrider, ClientEarth and Zero Waste France, and is one of several recent legal actions targeting plastic polluters. The groups are calling for judges to force the company to release a new plan within six months that would include a phase-out of plastics. (The Guardian)
  • The United Arab Emirates has announced a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags starting in 2024, in the latest initiative to reduce pollution in the oil-rich nation. The law would prohibit the import, production and circulation of such bags from Jan. 1, 2024. A similar ban would apply to plastic cups, plates and cutlery from Jan. 1, 2026. (Bloomberg)
  • New solar-powered technology promises to convert waste into sustainable fuels and cosmetics. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed a system that can transform two streams of waste – greenhouse gases and plastic – into two sustainable fuels simultaneously. This is the first time the process has been achieved using a solar-powered reactor. The new technology could offer an alternative to chemical recycling, whose high cost and inefficiency have prevented it from being adopted on a large scale. (Euronews)

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