Major retailers attending the Wal-Mart Sustainable Packaging Conference agree to shift away from non-PET packaging, like PS and PVC, due to difficult recycling process

SINGAPORE , April 19, 2013 () – Major retailers attending the Wal-Mart Sustainable Packaging Conference held as part of PackEx in Toronto, Canada all agreed to promote the use of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), replacing plastics like oriented polystyrene (OPS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The driver behind the move is the difficulty and cumbersome process of recycling and reusing non-PET packaging. Ecoslide-RX, an environmentally sustainable pharmaceutical compliance package, will become available at Wal-Mart pharmacies shortly. Manufactured by USA-based Keystone Folding Box Co, Ecoslide-RX is senior-friendly and offers the highest possible standards of child-resistance. The packaging can be used for prescription drugs, physician's samples and clinical trial materials. Meanwhile, The Coca-Cola Co has partnered with JBF Industries Ltd to further boost production of the plant-derived material used in Coke's PlantBottle packaging. In line with the partnership, JBF will build a plant to make bio-glycol, the main ingredient in making PlantBottle, in Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The material will be produced using locally sourced sugarcane and sugarcane processing wastes. The plant is estimated to produce 500,000 tonnes/y of bio-glycol at full capacity. Original Source: Asian Plastics News, http://www.apn.com.sg/, Copyright Asian Plastic News Publishing and Fulfillment Pte Ltd 2012.

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