More than 150 companies are asking that governments ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging due to the negative effects it can have on the environmental and marine wildlife in a statement organized by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Initiative . These oxo-degradable plastics were once thought to be a "greener" approach to creating packaging and plastic bags when compare to the traditional plastics used; however, some studies now show that the oxo-degradable plastic may break down into "micro-plastics" which reach natural ecosystems due to littering and bad waste management. Some governments in Europe have started phasing out oxo-degradable plastics, France banned them in 2015, and companies such as Unilever and PepsiCo support phasing the plastics out from their packaging.
World Bio Markets
Meeting Date: April 1-3, 2019
Join Jo Anne Shatkin at the 14th annual World Bio Markets Conference where she will moderate sessions on “Reducing & Reusing Waste Streams” and “Product Biodegradability & Recycling”.
Register to attend today!
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date for The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this three day event will be: "Development and Resilience" and will feature scientific workshops and presentations, hosted by the world's leading authority on risk and risk analysis.
Register today! Early bird registration ends April 2, 2019.
2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
Meeting Date: June 3-7, 2019
Location: Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex | Chiba, Japan
Vireo Advisors is pleased to host a workshop entitled "Cellulose Nanomaterial Safety, Building a Bridge from Theory to Practice"
at the 2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. The workshop will focus on the occupational and environmental safety demonstration for cellulose nanomaterials, with special consideration of nanoscale properties of the materials. Concepts will be explored with case studies to present current knowledge, theory, and state-of-the-art practices for meeting regulatory requirements, and safety demonstration.
For more information, please contact Jo Anne Shatkin: JAShatkin@vireoadvisors.com .