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SeaFilm project by researchers at Polytechnic University of Leiria in Portugal develop an algae-based biodegradable and edible film that could replace single-use plastics; the film helps to conserve frozen seafood for longer while maintaining quality

Researchers at Korea's Sogang University develop natural additives for biodegradable plastics to improve durability while retaining biodegradability; resulting plastics create films that stretch more and allow less oxygen to pass through

Huhtamaki highlights its circular innovations from the past year--Nespresso home-compostable paper-based coffee capsule, 100% mono-PET Push Tab blister lid, Cup Collective initiative for cup recycling, a flexible plastic packaging recycling plant in India

US lawmakers reintroduce two bills to provide billions of dollars in grants for food waste recycling, prevention, composting; Zero Food Waste Act grants would divert food waste, gather data, and COMPOST Act would help build composting infrastructure

Iowa State University researchers develop hybrid plasma, biological method to upcycle single-use plastic films such as plastic bags, packaging, food containers; method converts contaminated waste into fermentable liquid for making biodegradable polymers

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