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In wastewater treatment plants in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark, something unusual has been, and continues to happen. Anoxkaldnes, a subsidiary of Veolia, is running pilot prototyping for the production and recovery of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) – an intermediate material used to produce bioplastics.

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Dutch-based recycled plastic manufacturer AKG Kunststof Groep has been purchased by multinational environmental services company Veolia. AKG are a significant player in the European recycled plastics market selling 37,000 tonnes of material with revenues of around £25 million in 2014.

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Squid teeth have inspired the design of a new type of super-strong plastic that self-heals. Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have been studying the ring teeth of cephalopods, like squid and octopus, which heal themselves in water.

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Swimwear manufacturer Speedo has formed a collaboration with Italian materials experts Aquafil in order to develop a new line of products made from surplus material.

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A Dutch construction firm, VolkerWessels is hoping to create a shift in the material used to pave roads. The traditional option, asphalt, is getting more expensive, emits large amounts of CO2 and absorbs heat in a way that has associated health consequences. An alternative solution is needed across the economic,

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Resource recovery specialist Axion Consulting believes that significant progress is being made in making flexible packaging more recyclable. In particular, the company is involved in re-designing products that are currently made out of incompatible polymers. Research is exploring a number of beneficial re-designs including, simplified design, structures that can be

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Lego’s iconic toy empire is based on small coloured plastic blocks. However, the Danish manufacturer has now said that by 2030, the 60 billion blocks that the it constructs each year, will not be made from oil-based plastics like ABS.

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Coca-cola Enterprises (CCE) has set new targets to assist the business in generating higher value returns on its bottle packaging in its latest report. CCE is one of the world’s largest soft drink bottlers and the sole licensor of coca-cola products in the UK.

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“We Have a Materials-in-the-Wrong-Place Problem” is an oft-quoted piece of wisdom from Cradle to Cradle pioneers William McDonough and Michael Braungart, and recent research has further emphasised how true this is in the case of ocean plastic. Research by a consortium of 12 institutions has estimated that around 300,000 tonnes of

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The EU’s environment commissioner Karmenu Vella has described plastic waste ocean pollution as “one of the most striking symptoms of a resource inefficient economy”. Vella has indicated that the revised circular economy package will attempt to tackle plastic waste, while viewing it as an economic opportunity.

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