Jan 18
plastics weekly

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

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

This week’s highlights:

  • Canada is considering draft regulations to ban certain single-use plastics, including plastic cutlery, stir sticks, straws, and six-pack rings. The ban, slated to be implemented by the end of next year, would prevent more than 23,000 tonnes of plastic pollution from entering the environment over the next decade. (Packaging Gateway)
  • Environmental organisations in Latin America have called on the US to reduce plastic waste exports to the region. A recent report found that the US – the world’s largest plastic waste exporter – had doubled its exports to some countries during the first seven months of 2020. (The Guardian)
  • Cars made from recycled plastic may be the future of the auto industry, as automakers from Ford to Audi to Volvo race to make their vehicles more sustainable. Most recently, Ford has started looking into transforming ocean plastic waste into future vehicles. (ABC News)

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