RTM - Startups Look for Alternatives to Plastic Packaging

Traditional plastic, especially disposable plastic packaging, may soon be a thing of the past. Pressure is mounting to take a new tack on plastic packaging—not only to increase recycled content but also to find viable alternatives. Part of that pressure stems from waste disposal complications and the shrinking pool of petroleum feedstock supplies, but consumer concerns over climate change and vast, floating plastic garbage patches in the oceans have helped push the issue to the forefront. And now governments are stepping in, imposing fees or outright bans on plastic bags and single-use foam products. Loath to be left behind, businesses are joining the fight, signing on to initiatives such as the UK Plastics Pact.

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Volume 61, Issue 6, November-December 2018