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APP pledges to stop deforestation immediately

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INDONESIA –
After many years of criticism by environmental groups and losing supply contracts with major MNCs, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has now pledged to cease all deforestation activities.

The paper giant released a new Forest Protection Policy on 5 February in which it states that from 1 February 2013 it will immediately suspend all natural forest clearance - including that done by suppliers. HCVF and HCS policies will be applied immediately to any further expansion or development of APP’s business.

IKEA Singapore to stop plastic bag sales

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SINGAPORE –
IKEA is completely stopping sales of disposable plastic bags at its two outlets in Singapore from 23 March 2013, and encouraging customers to either bring their own bags or purchase the blue reusable IKEA shopping bags instead.

Packaging waste recovery and recycling figures up in EU

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EU –
The amount of used packaging sent for final disposal in Europe is declining rapidly, according to a EUROPEN analysis of official EU data on packaging waste.

When compared with economic growth, the analysis indicated a decline in packaging waste. Despite a 17.5% per capita increase in household consumption expenditure on food and non-alcoholic drinks between 2000 and 2010, an ageing population and a trend throughout Europe toward smaller households - all leading to the purchase of a greater number of packaged goods - the amount of non-wood packaging placed on the market in the original EU-15 member states rose by just 5.6% over the same period.

Asia holds largest bioplastics production capacity globally

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ASIA –
The Asian region is expected to hold 46.3% of the world’s bioplastic production capacity by 2016, according to industry association European Bioplastics.

In the market forecast report - published by European Bioplastics annually in cooperation with the Institute of Bioplastics and Biocomposites from the University of Hannover – the industry association says that the market of around 1.2 million tonnes in 2011 will see a fivefold increase in production volumes by 2016 to approximately 5.8 million tonnes.

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