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:
- A new law banning plastic packaging on most fruit and vegetables came into effect in France from New Year’s day. President Emmanuel Macron called the ban “a real revolution” on the path towards meeting the country’s commitment to phase out single use plastics by 2040. (BBC)
- U.S. packaging giant Graphic Packaging Holding Co. is betting on paper to replace plastics packaging. The company is launching a $600-million production line that will transform mountains of recycled cardboard into paperboard suitable for greener forms of packaging. (The Wall Street Journal)
- The climate crisis represents a new front on the war on plastics, writes the chairman and co-founder of GreenBiz. While activists and policymakers focus on myriad issues, companies may find themselves held responsible for an expanding range of climate impacts from their operation. (GreenBiz)