January 2019

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French speciality chemicals distributor Safic-Alcan extends existing distribution agreement with Dow for ethylene copolymers to EMEA

January 28, 2019 - 08:55
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PARIS, Jan. 28, 2019 (Press Release) -Safic-Alcan, an international specialty chemicals distributor, is pleased to announce the extension of its existing distribution agreement with Dow for ethylene copolymers to the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), effective between January 1st 2019 and April 1st 2019.

Drawing on their successful partnership for France, Spain, Portugal and Nordics, Dow and Safic-Alcan have decided to expand their distribution agreement for ethylene copolymers to include all the EMEA countries.

Lenzing ranked first for sustainable wood sourcing by Canadian environmental organization Canopy

January 28, 2019 - 08:00
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    LENZING, Austria, Jan. 28, 2019 (Press Release) -
  • Re-confirms Lenzing’s responsible procurement of wood
  • Underpins role as a leader in sustainability
  • Lenzing helps preserve global forests and biodiversity

The Lenzing Group has once again been rated the number one producer of wood-based fibers (out of 31 globally) in the world with respect to the responsible procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. This is the conclusion of the Hot Button Report published recently by the Canadian environmental organization Canopy.

European Environmental Bureau provides update on new EU ecolabel rules making paper products more sustainable

January 28, 2019 - 04:19
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BRUSSELS, Jan. 17, 2019 (Press Release) -Paper products are getting more sustainable thanks to new European rules finalised last week.

Tissue paper, kitchen roll, toilet and printing paper products must now be free of a wide range of harmful chemicals if they want to bear the EU ecolabel. They also need to be made of wood fibres accredited as sustainable, contain no fragrances, which can cause allergies, and use cleaner production processes.

European Environmental Bureau provides update on new EU ecolabel rules making paper products more sustainable

January 28, 2019 - 04:19
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BRUSSELS, Jan. 17, 2019 (Press Release) -Paper products are getting more sustainable thanks to new European rules finalised last week.

Tissue paper, kitchen roll, toilet and printing paper products must now be free of a wide range of harmful chemicals if they want to bear the EU ecolabel. They also need to be made of wood fibres accredited as sustainable, contain no fragrances, which can cause allergies, and use cleaner production processes.

Unilever innovates durable, reusable and refillable packaging to help eliminate waste

January 25, 2019 - 15:13
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NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2019 (Press Release) -Unilever today unveiled reusable packaging innovations across nine of its brands, including four new product formats. The new products will be trialled on Loop™, a global, first-of-its-kind, waste-free shopping system announced today.

World’s largest packaged food company, Nestlé, to ditch single-use plastic

January 25, 2019 - 15:12
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NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2019 (Fast company) -The world’s largest packaged food company is finally taking some drastic steps to reduce its plastic footprint. Nestlé, which is on track to report nearly $90 billion in revenue for 2018, will begin eliminating all plastic straws in its products starting this February, and transition its chocolate milk brand Nesquik from plastic to paper.

APP releases US 2018 Paper & Packaging consumer trends report

January 25, 2019 - 09:48
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JAKARTA, Indonesia, Jan. 24, 2019 (Press Release) -Research Overview

As consumers increasingly value eco-friendly practices, brands must prioritize sustainability inaddition to quality. Brands should consider replacing single-use plastics in favor of recyclable, compostable or reusable alternatives, according to the 2018 Consumer Trends Report of U.S. consumers released by Asia Pulp & Paper.

The Tide Against Single-Use Plastics in Food Packaging

Kemira receives B rating in CDP’s 2018 rankings for its commitment to increase energy efficiency and source renewable energy

January 25, 2019 - 07:18
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HELSINKI, Jan. 24, 2019 (Press Release) -Kemira received a B score in CDP’s 2018 rankings. This puts Kemira in the top quartile of the chemicals sector companies requested to disclose to CDP, reflecting the company’s continued commitment to transparency, increasing energy efficiency and sourcing renewable energy for our operations.

Kemira receives B rating in CDP’s 2018 rankings for its commitment to increase energy efficiency and source renewable energy

January 25, 2019 - 07:18
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HELSINKI, Jan. 24, 2019 (Press Release) -Kemira received a B score in CDP’s 2018 rankings. This puts Kemira in the top quartile of the chemicals sector companies requested to disclose to CDP, reflecting the company’s continued commitment to transparency, increasing energy efficiency and sourcing renewable energy for our operations.

Switzerland's Empa and isofloc team up to develop fireproof insulating material from recycled paper

January 25, 2019 - 04:48
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DÜBENDORF, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2019 (Press Release) -Scientists at Empa teamed up with isofloc AG to develop an insulating material made of recycled paper. It is ideal for prefabricated wooden elements and even multistory timber houses, and protects the construction against fire. What's more: The additive it contains is harmless to humans, animals and the environment.

Canadian railways ration space in Vancouver region as commodity congestion problems worsen

January 24, 2019 - 20:05
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WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 24, 2019 (Reuters) -Canada's two major railways are rationing space on trains traveling to the country's biggest port and recently prioritized some commodities over others to deal with congestion, the latest indication of their struggle to meet demand from new trade deals.

That move prompted Canada's transport regulator last week to start an investigation into rail services around Port Metro Vancouver, after shippers complained of "discriminatory treatment of certain commodities" by Canadian National Railway (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

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