US chemicals firm Dow has developed and commercialized a formulated post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic resin in Asia-Pacific.
Such initiatives threaten virgin plastic demand, but it will take time for recycling to scale up enough to make a significant difference in the short term.
The resin designed with 40pc PCR content creates a film with performance comparable with virgin resins, Dow said. Using recycled plastics collected domestically in China, the product is made at Dow’s external manufacturing site in Nanjing. The resin is designed to be used as 100pc of the core layer of collation shrink applications and will enable the development of film with 13-24pc recycled content.
Petrochemical firms have been stepping up their recycling and sustainability initiatives in recent years.
Kuwaiti petrochemical producer Equate this year announced its first production of food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate. Austrian chemical company Borealis last year signed an agreement to buy Austrian plastic recycling firm Ecoplast Kunststoffrecycling to expand its mechanical recycling capability.
Consumer firms like Unilever and Proctor & Gamble are also making sustainability pledges to reduce virgin plastic for packaging. Unilever in October last year said it intends to use more recycled plastic and reduce its absolute volume of plastic packaging by 100,000 t/yr to halve its use of virgin plastics by 2025.
By: Muhamad Fadhil
Source: Argus Media
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?