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The UK Department for Business Innovations and Skills (BIS) consultation on furniture fire safety aims to tackle a growing health concern around flame retardants and drive chemical innovation in industry.
 
27 August 2014
The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) is investing £64m into a new energy from waste plant in Derby. The project is being developed by Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils, alongside sponsors Interserve and Shanks Group. 21 August 2014
Australia-based Cardia Bioplastics says due to demand for environmentally friendly bags it has set up a film and bag plant in São Paulo, Brazil, which is due to start production in September 2014. 20 August 2014
International polymer distribution company Resin Trade has selected polythene bag manufacturer Duo UK to be the first UK-based manufacturer to produce mailing bags using Green PE, a thermoplastic resin made entirely from sugarcane ethanol. 19 August 2014
The British Plastics Federation’s recycling group (BPFRG) has launched its manifesto for 2014 with a “strong message of PRN/PERN system reform for plastics”. 19 August 2014
According to the Philippines’ National Center for Biotechnology Information, eating noodles may lead to cardiometabolic syndrome. 19 August 2014
Tesco’s decision to ask its customers to choose the charities and environmental organisations that will benefit from an estimated £1.8m set to be raised from carrier bag charges in Wales and north of the border has been welcomed by Zero Waste Scotland. 12 August 2014
Polythene manufacturer BPI Group – parent company of bpi.recycled – has cut its packaging waste by one third in the past six years, the company has revealed. 12 August 2014
Wrap chief executive Liz Goodwin has revealed that the organisation hopes to achieve charity status by the end of March 2015 with full backing of its membership. 8 August 2014
Sabic is holding a one-day event at the Royal College of Art, 9 September, to promote the design potential of its products and its overall sustainability message. 7 August 2014
A research team led by Dr Woo Han-min from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and Sim Sang-joon, a professor from Korea University, has produced succinic acid from microalgae using genetically-modified bacteria. 6 August 2014
Plastics recycler MBA Polymers has appointed Barry Crowley as its chief financial officer. He joins from vacuum equipment manufacturer, Edwards, where for the last eight years he was group financial controller. 6 August 2014
Expanded polystyrene will soon be in short supply in the US capital Washington following Mayor Vincent Gray's signing into law a bill that will ban foam food and drink containers. 31 July 2014
Sainsbury’s has contracted Dutch recycler Schoeller Allibert to reprocess all of its old food crates back into food-grade container. 30 July 2014
The biodegradable plastics market in Europe is forecast to witness 12% compound growth during 2014-19, according to TechSci Research’s ‘Europe Biodegradable Plastics Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019’ report. 25 July 2014


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