According to the Associated Press, a measure prohibiting all single-use plastic and polystyrene foodservice items on Oahu, Hawaii, has become law. Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the bill into law December 15.
Food vendors will be prohibited from providing plastic forks, spoons, knives, straws, or other utensils and plastic foam plates, cups, and other containers beginning Jan. 1, 2021, officials said. The ban will add other plastic food ware and begin applying to non-food-purveying businesses starting Jan. 1, 2022.
The bill contains exemptions, including plastic bags without handles for loose items and plastic for raw meat, poultry, and other foods.
Nestlé Waters has announced that the entire plastic bottle range for the Swiss mineral water brand Henniez is now made of 75% recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, has announced its acquisition of Andean Naturals’ quinoa sourcing, cleaning, and packaging operation in Yuba City, Calif.
Dow has launched its call for entries for the 2020 Packaging Innovation Awards, an annual competition to recognize original thinking that is transforming the packaging landscape through enhanced user experience and improved sustainability.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched the United Nations’ International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) for 2020, which aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
A study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics calculated that American households waste, on average, almost a third of the food they acquire—a value of $240 billion annually or $1,800+ per household/year.