Food packaging is, at least, a $60 billion business in the United States. It makes up the largest chunk of our $102.3 billion packaging market. That's a pretty big number- larger than most other estimates we've seen of the U.S.
In an effort to bring California into compliance with federal environmental advertising claims guidelines by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), industry is backing a state environment labeling bill prohibiting environmental marketing claims that do not meet or exceed requirements for substantiation, are not consistent with examples in the FTC guidelines, or are identified as deceptive claims by those guidelines.
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) pledge to work more closely with the industries it regulates will be put to the test by a request from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) to revise its proposed regulations on emissions of hazardous air pollutants.
As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
Last month, PW's exclusive survey showed which packaging materials have shown increased prices and their effects on purchasing. In Part Two, purchasers explain the negative effects these prices have on product prices, and even on product sales.