Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
Styrenics supplier Ineos Styrolution, and Recycling Technologies, a specialist plastic recycling technology provider signed a joint development agreement (JDA) earlier today to further advance the development of recycling of polystyrene in Europe.
Fanning the flames of the controversy in the U.S. about chemical recycling, a new report published by the environmentalist group Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) roundly rejects all suggestions that the technology represents a "silver bullet solution to the plastic crisis."
In a move that is directed at both providing greater transparency and helping its customers to effectively lower their CO2 emissions, BASF is providing its customers with information about the carbon footprints of all of its products — all 45,000 of them.
The plastic tax agreed last week as part of the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) — the EU’s financial perspective for the coming seven years — and coronavirus recovery fund will further increase the cost of plastic recycling and encourage the shift to other packaging materials with a bigger environmental impact, according to EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis.