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PET water bottles: recycling grows, while weight drops

New studies show that the recycling rate for bottled water reached nearly 39% in 2011, while amount of PET plastic used in bottled water containers continues to drop.
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Plastic film recycling rises to 1 billion lb annually

A new report reveals that in 2011 plastic film recycling rose by 4% to reach 1 billion lb annually—a new high for the recovery of plastic bags, wraps, and shrink film.
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San Jose rejects foam foodservice recycling, bucking California trend

Although PS foam packaging is the only foodservice packaging recycled in CA, San Jose City Council restricts its use; plastics makers urge council to reconsider.
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PET bottle with rigid liner shows promise for multiple applications

New package for the dispensing and delivery of sensitive chemicals offers shatter-resistance, a light weight, and full product evacuation; technology is available for license.
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New consortium addresses PET recycle stream issues

Members, representing the entire value chain, consider multiple solutions to the problem of full-wrap labels in the PET recycle stream.
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Performance, source reduction will help plastic film market

Freedonia projects demand for plastic film in the U.S. to grow 1.8% annually to 15.9 billion lb in 2016.
Compostable film wrap for Free Trade chocolates.
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Chocolate wrapped in compostable film

Alce Nero, an Italian consortium of organic producers and farmers, has chosen compostable material to wrap its range of Fair Trade chocolate.
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Nourish organic skincare line rooted in earth-friendly benefits

While product uses 100% organic ingredients, packaging contains a minimum of 25% recycled content and is recyclable.
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Klockner Pentaplast: Light foamed medical packaging

Because current FDA medical-packaging regulations prohibit the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, Klöckner Pentaplast’s Pentamed light foamed high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) films fill customers’ sustainability goals by providing material reduction as they reduce package weight while maintaining physical properties comparable to standard materials.
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Clamshell shines in eyetracking study

In research recently conducted through Clemson University’s CUShop™ to evaluate how different styles of packaging influence a customer’s point-of-sale behavior, statistical evidence showed a strong purchase preference for clear plastic clamshells over printed paperboard boxes.

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