Newsletter 30-01-2023

“Advanced” recycled material will be incorporated by Mars to pack KIND bars in

Mars Incorporated announced it is packing its KIND snack bar utilising materials sourced from advanced recycling in order to reduce the amount of virgin plastics in its packaging portfolio.

Thanks to a ‘closed loop’ collaboration with SABIC, Landbell, Plastic Energy, Taghleef, and SIT, the new wrapper is made from mono-material propylene, which is thought to make it fully recyclable and thus eliminating the need for multi-material layers or laminated plastics. The goal is that the redesign will be a circular solution compatible with drop-off recycling in the UK and curbside recycling in Ireland.

Mars is counting on the new packaging to advance in its goals of reducing its use of virgin plastic by 25%, guarantee that all plastic packaging contains 30% recycled content, and redesigning packaging components across its portfolio to ensure its compatibility with current or future recycling infrastructure.

Ever more large corporates are looking at recycling solutions for their products, Evenpar aims to provide financing solutions for projects in the recycling and circular sector,

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One of Kenya’s oldest bottling companies gets funded for a clean energy upgrade

Sustainable energy developer Safi Power has completed a 400kWp rooftop solar PV installation at the Coastal Bottlers plant in Mombasa, helping the soft drinks bottler to transition one of its PET production lines to a cleaner and more affordable source of energy.

The project, funded by Spark Energy Services (Spark), is expected to generate c.600MWh of renewable energy a year, leading to more than 8,000 tonnes of avoided greenhouse gas emissions over the project’s lifetime and a like-for-like reduction in the company’s power costs of over 25%.

Seth Adu-Baah, CEO of Coastal Bottlers, said: “This is a significant milestone for us as Coastal bottlers as we continue to drive and embrace innovation in every part of our business to reduce our carbon footprint.

This case proves the appetite for innovation to reduce companies carbon footprints in Kenya.

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