New research conducted as part of University College London’s Big Compost Experiment suggests that biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging cannot be effectively composted at home, with improved compostability, dedicated sorting and collection systems, and clearer communication with customers regarding the composting process for packaging highlighted as areas of improvement going forward.
McKinsey & Company has released a report laying the groundwork for the global reduction of plastic waste, from emerging economies’ investment in waste management systems to value chain participants implementing new business models to improve circularity through the collection, sortation, and recycling capacity of plastic packaging.
E-commerce giant Amazon has taken a recent interest in eco-friendly packaging, particularly in its usage of paper and cardboard. Even so, the company is no stranger to criticism for its environmental practices. With the catastrophic impacts of climate change leading to conversations about corporate greenwashing, Emma Liggins asks if Amazon is doing enough to make its packaging sustainable.