Karen was named editor of Plastics News Europe in May 2017. Based in the Netherlands, she has worked as a translator, journalist and editor in the plastics industry for the past thirty years, writing for both Dutch and English language online and print publications. Between 2001 and 2007, she served as chief editor of Kunststof en Rubber, the Dutch-language trade magazine for the plastics industry, after which, preferring to write in English, she moved to PlasticsToday, where she was the European and sustainability editor until 2016.
UK-based Recycling Technologies, who is exhibiting at PRSE2019 in Amsterdam, takes a different approach to recycling than other players in the industry. The company that has developed a modular and scalable machine called the RT7000 which is able to chemically convert plastic waste, which currently cannot be recycled.
Back in day when disposable plastic was totally acceptable, when shops gave out plastics bags as a matter of course, straws were used with abandon, microplastics were the exfoliating ingredient in scrubs and toothpastes and everything from Q-tips to band aids were flushed down the toilet, very little thought was given to what happened with all these – and many, many more – products once their brief but useful life ended.
The main theme running throughout the two-day Plastics Caps&Closures conference, which was organised this year for the 15th time by PNE publisher Crain Communications November 15-16 in Amsterdam, was the circular economy - and how plastics caps and closures fit into this trend.