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EPA eases regulations on water-soluble packaging

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) simplified its registration requirements for chemical, pesticide and other hazardous manufacturers switching to water-soluble packaging.
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Legs stand out

Graphics on the new California Legs® line of women's shaving products boast the first four-color offset printing to be done on tubes, says the firm that makes and markets the product, Belvedere Intl., of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
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Kleenex cartons express home decor

In September, Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark introduced its new line of Kleenex® Expressions(TM) facial tissue, in 14 designs, all aimed at complementing the latest styles and trends in home furnishings.
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Broaden "recyclable' claim and recycling will follow, FTC told

By failing to broaden its definition of recyclable, the Federal Trade Commission has created a hindrance to the growth of local recycling programs, argues Jack Lewis, vice president of the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC).
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Aquaprin pouch doubles as a cup

When Health Corp. of Rocky Mount, NC, launched Aquaprin aspirin pain reliever/antacid late last year, it wanted a pouchstock rigid enough to let consumers mix the powdered product with water right in the pouch and then use it as a drinking cup.
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Produce packs make produce snacks

Cut, washed, packaged, and refrigerated fresh produce continues gaining in popularity in supermarkets across the country. Among the more innovative marketers is Salinas, CA-based Tanimura & Antle.
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Sandoz/Gerber's first offering comes in a box

Resource, a liquid nutritional supplement targeted to consumers age 55 and beyond, is now available in 13 western markets, with national distribution expected early this year.
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Paper recovery rate rises

While federal and state officials contemplate a wide range of regulations to stimulate the development of a recycling infrastructure, the paper industry has been doing just fine on its own, thank you.
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Mary Kay bottles body care products

Customized extrusion/blow-molded bottles are providing marketing appeal and consumer convenience for personal care products sold by Dallas-based Mary Kay Cosmetics.
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Toy-in-package meets new markets

The venerable Sesame Street® characters have weathered storms of purple dinosaurs and Indian princesses to remain solid favorites among children. But when Minnetonka Brands introduced new Sesame Street Tearless Shampoo, the firm still had to design packaging to make the product stand out from the competition.
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Wire stopper cap makes a comeback

Retro packaging strikes again. St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch is the latest player in the retro game, reaching all the way back to the late 1800s for old-time appeal.
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FDA sweetens 'jelly bean rule'

Prompted by food manufacturers, FDA is proposing to exempt certain sugar-free candies from the agency's so-called "jelly bean rule" to allow a health claim on the label.
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Global thirst for PET

Hoechst Fibers Worldwide (Frankfurt, Germany) estimates current global demand for PET packaging resin is at 3.2 million tons. North America accounts for nearly half of that, but by the year 2005, say Hoechst analysts, demand in the Asian Pacific region will outstrip all other markets.
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A sampling of samplers to come

Montreal-based PACT company sells to markets around the world more than 3귔 varieties of botanical bath oil products. They're packaged with herbs like lavender and rosemary into decorative glass bottles and jars.
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Environmental bills aplenty in Massachusetts

Several packaging-related bills introduced in the Massachusetts legislature last year may get renewed attention this year in an attempt to win support of environmental groups in this election year.

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