Research into biodegradable bottle; Novelis celebrates World Cup win; Nampak recognition as responsible business; Biffa in stag rescue
Research into biodegradable bottle
The Technological Institute of Plastic (AIMPLAS) in Spain is coordinating a research project into the development of a new type of biodegradable plastic bottle for dairy products. The project, called Biobottle, is being carried out with seven companies and technological centres from five different countries.
AIMPLAS and its partners will work on developing a biodegradable material which allow manufacturing big multilayer bottles or bags, like the ones used for milk and milkshakes,as well as the monolayer bottles, which are smaller, used to package probiotic products.
Novelis celebrates World Cup win
Global aluminium rolling and recycling company Novelis has estimated that sales of alumunium drinks sales in Brazil over the course of the World Cup will have reached the two billion mark. Novelis is not only the leading supplier of aluminum can stock for the beverage can market in South America, but it owns and operates Brazil’s largest aluminium recycling facility providing closed-loop recycling capacity for those used beverage cans.
Sale Nardocci, SVP of Novelis and president of Novelis South America, said: “The World Cup has caused an unusual uptick in our winter sales, adding the equivalent of a peak summer month’s sales and creating our highest winter sales season on record for beverage can sheet.”
Nampak recognition as responsible business
Milk bottle producer and recycler Nampak Plastics won a Big Tick at the Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards. Theaward recognised Nampak’s role in working towards sustainable goals by stimulating local economies, addressing skills shortages, reducing the impact of unemployment, creating healthier and happier employees and cutting dependency on natural resources.
Nampak introduced the Infini bottle to the British market in 2012 – a lightweight range of high density polyethylene (HDPE) milk bottles. It has resulted in the world’s lightest 4-pint 32g bottle, which contains up to 20% less material than a standard bottle, and up to 30% recycled HDPE.
Biffa in stag rescue
Biffa has featured on television after taking part in an animal rescue at its landfill site in Cannock, Staffordshire. The waste management company worked with the RSPCA to help rescue a stag that had a life buoy entangled in its antlers.
The rescue was shown on Animal SOS, which can be seen on the BBC iPlayer.