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CPMA and WGA: Short-sighted plastics ban would cause food shortages and increase prices

- Analysis
Canadian consumers are already besieged by high food prices. Now the government is pushing to implement a plastics ban without considering the consequences, including increased prices and reduced access to affordable, healthy food.

Session explores the reality of packaging in produce

- General News
Produce packaging advancements need collaboration, education, and a dose of reality from all stakeholders.

Sprouts Farmers Market to eliminate single use plastic bags by end of this year

- Retail
Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the largest and fastest growing specialty retailers of fresh, natural and organic food in the United States, today announced it will eliminate single use plastic bags at checkout by the end of 2023.

WM, Dow roll out first residential plastic film recycling program

- General News
Today, WM and Dow announced the launch of a bold new collaboration to improve residential recycling for hard-to-recycle plastic films by allowing consumers in select markets to recycle these materials directly in their curbside recycling.

Packaging company explores plastic alternatives

- General News
DS Smith has eliminated over 313 million pieces of problem plastics in the last two years thanks to products like GreenTote, which replaces plastic grocery bags.

Plastic Bank’s founder to keynote OPS 2022

- General News
Every year, more than eight million tons of plastic waste escapes into the world’s oceans, the equivalent of setting five garbage bags full of trash on every foot of coastline around the globe. What if there was a platform to stop ocean plastic and at the same time help alleviate poverty through a global recycling ecosystem?

Waste and wrapping cucumbers

- Analysis
A new study by Wrap, a British organization promoting sustainability, has released a study contending that wrapping certain fresh produce items, notably apples, potatoes, bananas, broccoli, and cucumbers in plastic is not necessary and promotes waste.

Costco moves away from plastic packaging in produce

- Featured
The change to corrugated packaging for apples started in 2020 as part of the company’s efforts to add more recyclable and compostable packaging.

Berry companies introduce Innovation Challenge to address plastic waste

- General News
Fresh berry leader Driscoll’s has partnered with Think Beyond Plastic to launch an inaugural Agricultural Plastics Innovation Challenge, which aims to stimulate new recycling processes and the development of alternatives to conventionally used field plastics.

European packaging restriction will have consequences

- General News
North American produce companies that export to Europe face new regulations on packaging.