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Tax on packaging

Packaging Professional magazine
The Netherlands’ Ministry of Finance is to introduce a carbon-based tax on packaging from January 2008. The fee for packaging processors is likely to be levied according to a calculation of CO2 emissions from the production of each kilogramme of packaging.

Non-stick coating reduces food waste, facilitates recycling

Packaging Professional magazine
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institutes in Germany are using plasma processing technology and novel thin films to explore the potential for using non-stick packs in reducing food waste and making recycling easier.

Environmental debate on biopolymers and biodegradable plastics

Packaging Professional magazine
A seminar on Biopolymers and Biodegradable Plastics, in London, UK, on 3 October 2007, discussed the momentum for bioplastics and the reality of their environmental credentials.
Plastic food packagaging

The future is clear

Packaging Professional magazine
The world's largest twin PET resin and amorphous PET (APET) sheet complex will open in April 2008. Manufacturing company Octal Holding, based in Salalah, Oman, says its 300,000t capacity plant will capitalise on growing demand for these packaging materials. ‘Over the last 10 years, there has been a migration away from paper/board into plastics, and, more recently, away from general plastics into clear ones,' says Nicholas Barakat, Managing Director of Octal. ‘The emerging substrate of choice is the same material that is used for bottled water and soft drinks - PET.'

RFID ready?

Packaging Professional magazine
Domino Integrated Solutions Group, Dallas, USA and Hide-Pick, Montreal, Canada have developed a system that incorporates a radio frequency identification (RFID) inlay within the packaging structure during production, replacing paper labels to drive down the cost of RFID in the packaging supply chain.