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Smurfit Kappa opens Bag-in-Box plant in Spain

Packaging converter Smurfit Kappa has opened a Bag-in-Box plant in Ibi, Spain, aimed at meeting growing demand in the Mediterranean region.

An Italian Zocchi extrusion line has been installed at EcoCortec's Croatia plant

Croatian expansion for EcoCortec

Film and bag manufacturer EcoCortec has expanded its plant in Beli Manastir, Croatia with the installation of a new extrusion line to boost capacity by 50 per cent.

Statewide ban for plastics bags in CA

California has become the first US state to approve a ban of single-use plastics bags across its entire territory, despite strong opposition to the move. Until now, such bans have only been implemented by individual cities or counties.

Cardia Bioplastics begins bag production in Brazil

Australian-based packaging manufacturer Cardia Bioplastics has commenced commercial production of carrier bags at its new facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

California bag bill secures the vote

The California Assembly has approved legislation that would impose a statewide ban on single-use plastics bags, having fallen short earlier in the week of the 41 votes required.

California bag Bill fails

A Bill to ban single-use plastics bags through out California has failed after a 37-33 vote fell short of the required 41 in the State Assembly, yet it could still be revived as the session does not conclude until this weekend.

Cardia Bioplastics' Sao Paulo plant will begin production next month

Bio bag factory to open in Brazil

Australia's Cardia Bioplastics is setting up a film and bag manufacturing plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with completion scheduled for September 2014.

Bags for landfill not life

Shoppers in the UK are not taking up the offer of a free replacement 'Bag for Life' at supermarkets and are simply discarding them when they start to show signs of wear, a waste management company has found, generating a significant waste of money and resources.

UK bag use up, but weight down

The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published data showing that so-called 'single-use' bag use in the UK rose 3.2 per cent in 2013, although total carrier bag weight (including reusable bags) dropped by 4.4 per cent.

England braced for bag charge

The government of England looks set to announce plans for a 5p (8 US cents) levy on so-called 'single-use' plastics carrier bags starting next year, which a British tabloid newspaper claims will reduce the use of plastics bags by three quarters.

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