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Recycling of HDPE bottles tops 1 billion lbs in 2012

Annual report shows that for the twenty-third consecutive year, Americans have increased the pounds of plastic bottles returned for recycling.
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Clear Lam Packaging: Freezer grade RPET rollstock

Improved low temperature performance offered for tough frozen applications.
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Understanding biaxially and monaxially oriented films

Solid-phase orientation processes create very significant changes in film properties that can be quite valuable in packaging structures.
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Understanding film manufacturing techniques

Conceptually, making a thin polymer film is an easy proposition—just melt one or more polymers, force the melt through a long, narrow opening, freeze the extruded melt into a solid film, and wind it into a roll.
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Flexible packaging polymer primer

With a beginning understanding of the attributes desired for a film package, the next step is winnowing down the huge selection of possible polymers to those that offer the best combination of cost and performance for your needs.
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U.S. PET recycling rate climbs to highest rate yet: 30.8%

Report shows highest domestic recycling rate to date in 2012; however, supply of RPET could not keep up with demand, and declining bale yield remained an issue.
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Recyclable cheese pack provides functional benefits too

FrieslandCampina partners with resin and film suppliers to develop a recyclable bottom sheet for its cheese packaging that can be recycled.
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Measuring commonly specified film attributes

While it’s possible to describe a flexible package’s functions in general terms, measurable and quantifiable attributes or properties that relate to these functions will ensure a package is successful for a specific application.
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Berry Plastics: Recyclable thermal management packaging solution

A patent-pending fully-recyclable thermal management packaging solution, Versalite, from Berry Plastics Group, Inc. is being introduced in the form of hot and cold to-go cups.
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TOPAS: Film extrusion grade of COC

Used to produce a range of multilayer packaging film applications including metallized film, twist film, hot fill, and shrink labels in thicknesses up to 100 microns, TOPAS Advanced Polymers’ 7010F-600 COC is a new film extrusion grade of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) that delivers a glass transition temperature of 110°C, and strong extrusion capabilities for multilayer food packaging.

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