There is widespread perception that single-use products are more hygienic than reusable, refillable products. As a precautionary measure, many US coffee chains, including Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, have temporarily stopped refilling reusable containers and are instead passing out disposables to all customers.
Last week, the Environmental Packaging International team traveled to the Lorax Compliance headquarters in Rugby, UK for our first full-team meeting since our acquisition in June. Our companies are now working together to provide an enhanced global service offering, combining Lorax’s strengths in compliance data and technology with EPI’s expertise in custom research, metrics tracking and sustainable design consultancy.
Victor Bell, US Managing Director at EPI, will be participating in a round table discussion at the MakeUp in NewYork Conference on September 12 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. Victor will join other industry professionals to share his individual perspective on how sustainable practices can be integrated into beauty packaging, and how sustainability can align with the concept of a circular economy throughout the supply chain.
FTC Green Guides state that “[i]f any component significantly limits the ability to recycle the item, any recyclable claim would be deceptive. An item that is made from recyclable material, but, because of its shape, size, or some other attribute, is not accepted in recycling programs, should not be marketed as recyclable.” These guidelines should apply to a product such as plastic straws.
UK-based environmental reporting specialist Lorax Compliance has acquired Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a US consultancy that specializes in environmental compliance, product stewardship and sustainability goals reporting.
This webinar will evaluate what the future global packaging landscape is expected to look like and identify challenges associated in reaching stated goals. It will also review reporting requirements, the definition of each New Plastics Economy goal, and how companies are beginning to meet them.
Victor Bell, President of EPI, recently presented at the World Petrochemical Conference. He will also be hosting a workshop at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Impact conference in Seattle, Washington in early April.
Recycle BC, Stewardship Ontario and MMSW (Saskatchewan) - all members of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance - recently uploaded their 2019 packaging EPR fees. Almost all fees are raising, with many categories experiencing significant changes.
In Early November, Victor Bell, President of EPI, will be presenting a full-day workshop for IHS Markit – once in Houston, Texas, and again in London, England.
The workshop will discuss findings from a collaborative special study, “A Sea Change: Plastics pathway to Sustainability.”
A Resources and Waste Strategy is due to be published in the UK by the end of 2018, and the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has proposed to make the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) packaging waste management regime a major part of the Strategy.
A PRN is purchased by producers placing packaging on the UK market as part of their EPR system, and it serves to provide evidence that waste packaging material has been recycled.
However, critics have raised concerns about a lack of incentives for eco-design as well as a lack of transparency over how PRN revenue is actually spent.