Swerea will map and analyse methods for non-toxic plastic recycling

September 2018. Swerea IVF was granted a million SEK by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency for mapping and analysis Safe methods that lead to non-toxic plastic recovery.
The project is part of the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s commitment to sustainable use of plastics and reduced environmental impact.
Read the full article here (in Swedish).


IKEA and Neste: large-scale production of bio-based polypropylene plastics

June 2018. Read the full article here


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The new EU legislation on single-use plastics

May 2018. The European Commission proposes new laws to tackle the 10 most found plastic waste items on Europe’s beaches as well as fishing gear.
”Implementation of this proposal will aim to reduce littering by more than half for the ten single use plastic items, avoiding environmental damage which would otherwise cost €223 billion by 2030. It will also avoid the emission of 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2030.”
More information about the legislation.


First sustainable LEGO bricks launched!

March 2018. LEGO® botanical elements such as leaves, bushes and trees will be made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane in the future and will appear in LEGO boxes already in 2018 . Read more here.

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How to report sustainability linked to the forestry industry?

November 2017. STEPS board member Maria Gustafsson is a project manager at SIS – Swedish Standards Institute. She is responsible for the project Hållbarhetskriterier och livscykelanalys för skogsbruk –  Sustainability criteria and life cycle assessment for forestry, that just started within the strategic innovation programme BioInnovation.
The project aims at creating tools for assessing sustainability of forestry raw materials through the two European standards regarding sustainability criteria and life cycle assessment (LCA) for bio-based products. A handbook will be developed that covers all three aspects of sustainability; environmental, social and economic. Within the LCA area, product category rules (PCR) and generic data sets for LCA calculations will be developed.
More information can be found here.


Soap bottle made of 100% recycled plastic

September 2017. Through a new collaboration between ICA and several other actors, ICA creates a circular system for obtaining a soap bottle made of 100% recycled plastics.
Read more here (in Swedish).


Fibers from trees become bales for textiles

December 2016. In IVA News no. 4-2016 from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, it is described how the forest industry and the plastics industry are beginning to cooperate for bioplastics.
Production is controlled from paper pulp to dissolving cellulose for the production of fibers for textile. Production can be done with two different processes to produce viscose and lyocell. Read more here.