Detecting “Forever Chemicals” In Food Packaging

The concept of “forever chemicals”—chemicals that do not break down once released into the environment—came as a surprise to many consumers at the release of the American legal thriller film, Dark Waters1,2,3. In this 2019 film, the real “star” might be the PFAS compound, or perfluoroalkyl substance, used in coatings…

Examining The Shift Away From Plastics

Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, some companies are deciding to shift away from plastics. Contributed by Mark Victory, Senior Editor, ICIS. Over the past couple of years plastics have become the public face of the waste pollution crisis, prompting an…

Biodegradable Plastics: Environmental Impacts And Waste Management Strategies

Tony Seers from the Australian Institute of Packaging and Australasian Bioplastics Association explores the ramifications of bioplastics disposal within marine environments and strategies towards proper waste management practices.  According to The Australian Standard,  ‪AS4736, biodegradable bioplastics are only “compostable” or “biodegrable” in terrestrial landscapes, and are most suited for biodegradation…
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