Yazoo Introduces Eco-Friendly r-PET Packaging Solutions

Yazoo Introduces Eco-Friendly r-PET Packaging Solutions

MRC -- Yazoo, a leading flavored milk brand, has taken a significant step towards sustainability by introducing 100% recycled PET (r-PET) packaging for its products, said Chemanalyst.

This move is in alignment with Yazoo's goal to make 95% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company's new r-PET bottles have already begun appearing on store shelves and are designed with convenience for consumers in mind. They feature "easy peelable sleeves," which Yazoo states will simplify the process of stripping and recycling.

Yazoo's commitment to sustainability extends beyond just its bottles. The company also utilizes 100% recycled paperboard, primarily sourced from post-consumer waste, for its other packaging needs. This initiative reduces the need for virgin plastic material, further promoting a circular economy.

The shift to r-PET packaging is a major development in Yazoo's sustainability strategy. The use of r-PET, a material derived from post-consumer PET plastic (such as soda and water bottles), is ideal for circular economy practices. It helps reduce the need for virgin plastic material and contributes to the overall reduction of plastic waste.

The introduction of these eco-friendly packaging solutions is a testament to Yazoo's commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. The company is not only meeting the demands of environmentally conscious consumers but also setting a benchmark for other brands in the industry.

FrieslandCampina, the parent company of Yazoo, has also announced several packaging updates across its other brands, including Chocomel5. All PET bottles under Yazoo's line are now made from 100% recycled plastic, and all lids are manufactured from HDPE, which is widely recyclable.

As part of its sustainability commitments, Yazoo conducts all operations in an environmentally friendly manner. The company uses 100% recycled paperboard, made primarily from post-consumer waste, to create sustainable packaging products.

The use of r-PET recycled plastic aligns perfectly with circular economy practices, providing an excellent example for other businesses to follow. The future of food packaging looks promising with companies like Yazoo taking substantial steps towards sustainability.

This move by Yazoo is not only a significant step towards reducing environmental impact but also a demonstration of how companies can align their business strategies with sustainability goals. It reflects the growing trend among businesses to adopt more sustainable practices and materials in response to increasing consumer demand for eco-friendly products.

Yazoo's introduction of eco-friendly r-PET packaging solutions represents a major advancement in the company's sustainability efforts. By making this shift, Yazoo is not only contributing to the reduction of plastic waste but also setting a precedent for other brands in the industry. This move will hopefully inspire more companies to embrace sustainable packaging solutions, leading to a more sustainable future for all.

We remind, Borealis and TotalEnergies celebrate the start-up of their Baystar joint venture’s new 625,000 metric ton-per-year Borstar® polyethylene (PE) unit, which more than doubles the current production capacity at Baystar’s site in Pasadena, Texas.

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European chlorine output dipped in August

European chlorine output dipped in August

MRC -- In August, the European chlorine production stood at 625,537 tonnes. With 20,179 tonnes, the August 2023 average daily production was 5.1% lower than in the previous month (July 2023: 21,257 tonnes) and 4.9% lower than in August 2022 (21,208 tonnes), said Eurochlor.

With 240,402 tonnes, the August 2023 caustic soda stocks were 3.4% higher than in the previous month (July 2023: 232,412 tonnes). No comparison can be made with the August 2022 stock levels since we could not publish them in respect of the Cefic statistical rules.

The following tables give the details of chlorine production and caustic soda stocks in the EU-27 countries plus Norway, Switzerland, and the UK in August 2023.

We remind, in July, the European chlorine production reached 658,845 tonnes. With 21,253 tonnes, the July 2023 average daily production was 6.9% higher than in the previous month (June 2023: 19,879 tonnes) but 4.2% lower than in July 2022 (22,179 tonnes).

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Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills 37 people

Blast at illegal Nigerian oil refinery kills 37 people

MRC -- At least 37 people, including two pregnant women, were burned to death after a blast at an illegal oil refinery in southern Nigeria, as per Reuters.

Illegal refining is common in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria as impoverished locals tap pipelines to make fuel to sell for a profit. The practice, which can be as basic as boiling crude oil in drums to extract fuel, is often deadly.

The latest incident happened in the early hours of Monday in the Ibaa community, in Rivers State, Rufus Welekem, the head of security in the community said.

A Reuters witness saw charred remains of 15 people at an open space surrounded by burnt palm trees and a motorbike.

"Thirty five people were caught in the fire. Two people who were lucky to escape also died this morning in hospital," said Welekem. Relatives had identified some of the victims and taken them for burial, he said.

Nigeria has for years tried to clamp down on illegal crude refineries, with little success, in part because powerfully connected politicians and security officials are involved, local environmental groups say.

Crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and legal battles over oil spills are pushing oil majors operating in Nigeria to sell their onshore and shallow water assets to concentrate on deep water operations.

We remind, Russia is setting no time frame for the fuel export ban it introduced last month, and it will remain in place as long as necessary to stabilize prices and address shortages on the domestic market. Another news agency, TASS, cited Novak as saying that the government plans to prevent the prices of fuel at the pump from rising above general consumer price inflation in 2023 and 2024.

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Russia declines to say how long fuel export ban will last

Russia declines to say how long fuel export ban will last

MRC -- Russia is setting no time frame for the fuel export ban it introduced last month, and it will remain in place as long as necessary to stabilize prices and address shortages on the domestic market, Interfax cited Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak as saying, as per Reuters.

Another news agency, TASS, cited Novak as saying that the government plans to prevent the prices of fuel at the pump from rising above general consumer price inflation in 2023 and 2024. Despite being one of the world's top oil producers, Russia has suffered shortages of gasoline and diesel in recent months as high export prices made it more advantageous for refiners to sell their products abroad.

Traders also cited distortions between wholesale and retail prices, as well as infrastructure bottlenecks such as congested railways, as factors behind the fuel crisis. To address the issue, Russia introduced the gasoline and diesel export ban on Sept. 21, while easing it a few days later by allowing cross-border supplies of some fuel, such as marine fuel and high-sulfur gasoil.

The ban has impacted world markets, particularly for diesel, of which Russia was the world's top seaborne exporter until the measure was introduced. Under Western sanctions, Russia has diverted diesel exports to Brazil, Turkey and a number of African and Gulf states since the start of the Ukraine conflict.

Expectations for the length of the fuel ban vary. JP Morgan said it could last a couple of weeks until harvest season concludes in October, while FGE Energy said replenishing Russia's gasoline stocks could take up to two months. "Our key goal is to ensure that prices at gas stations rise throughout the year at a level no higher than inflation. This was observed in previous years, and this year the same task is also set, and for future years," Novak said, according to Russian news agencies.

Russia's gasoline and diesel prices continued to slide on the local exchange. Since the ban was introduced, gasoline prices have declined by almost 10%, while diesel prices plummeted by 23%. According to the state statistics service Rosstat, as of Sept. 25, retail gasoline prices in Russia had increased by 9.9% from the end of 2022, while the price of diesel rose by 11.3%.

We remind, Russia may introduce quotas on overseas fuel exports if a complete export ban imposed last week does not succeed in bringing down persistently high gasoline and diesel prices, its Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said. The government said in a statement late on Thursday that Novak told a meeting of senior managers at Russian oil companies that the ban on the export of gasoline and diesel had initially led to a fall in prices on the commodity exchange.

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Malaysia mulls expansion of B10 biodiesel usage to industrial sector

Malaysia mulls expansion of B10 biodiesel usage to industrial sector

MRC -- Malaysia is considering expansion of its B10 biodiesel program, which requires the mandatory use of 10% palm oil, to the industrial sector, said Reuters.

Malaysia, the world's second biggest producer of palm oil, currently implements the B10 program only for the transportation sector.

Minister Fadillah Yusof did not say when a decision on the B10 mandate for industrial use would be finalized.

Malaysia has rolled out a B20 program in phases, and the nationwide implementation of that would increase crude palm oil consumption to over 1 million tons per annum, Fadillah said.

A mandate to use biodiesel with 30% palm oil would be implemented by 2025, Fadillah said, reiterating Malaysia's earlier targets.

We remind, Honeywell announced today that Repsol has licensed Honeywell Ecofining technology to produce renewable fuels from feedstocks such as used cooking oil and waste animal fat at Repsol’s facility in Puertollano, Spain. Repsol is designing this plant to convert approximately 240 thousand metric tons per annum (KMTA) of waste feeds/feedstocks to renewable diesel and other products.

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