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Lactalis uses bioplastics for its cheese snacks

Precious Sticksters cheeses are filled on hf/f/s equipment using a 50-50 film blend of polylactic acid and petroleum-based materials.
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PLA yogurt cup project scrutinized from all angles

Attention to detail, as well as the new pack’s 48% reduction in global warming potential versus petroleum-based packages, netted Stonyfield an Environmental Impact award in the FDA-Regulated category of this year’s competition.
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European juice packager pioneers first extrusion-blown PLA bottle

Polenghi of Italy employs a low carbon-footprint bioplastic bottle for its new Bio organic lemon juice brand.
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Stonyfield Farm makes switch to PLA for yogurt multipacks

In a first for dairy, Stonyfield uses PLA to produce f/f/s yogurt cups, resulting in 48% less GHGs than the PS packaging it replaces; offsets support non-GM corn production.
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Tray puts PLA on the MAP

Seeking sustainability for case-ready meats and vegetables, fresh food packaging provider Coopbox Italia (www.coopbox.com) of Reggio Emilia, Italy, introduced in 2005 a foam food tray made from polylactic acid resin from NatureWorks (www.natureworksllc.com).
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Newman's Own Organics coffee bags restructured

Reshaped bags from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters boast new graphics in a 'greener' structure.
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Social responsibility leads the way at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

With all the talk about the Wal-Mart Sustainability Scorecard changing the industry, it is easy to overlook the fact that numerous organizations have engaged in sustainable efforts for many years. At these companies, the push for corporate social responsibility and greater sustainability comes directly from senior management as well as from employees themselves. Sustainable packaging is the extension of corporate values at these companies.
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Eco-friendly candles debut in biodegradable packaging

DANI's candles, the glass and aluminum components, and the PLA packaging are all eco-friendly.
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The many shades of success

The PlantLove™ collection, by Cargo cosmetics, makes women look good on the outside with its 12 sheer and glossy lipsticks and feel good on the inside because they are buying earth-friendly packaging. This approach helps differentiate PlantLove in the competitive cosmetics market. It wins the approval of retailers and the loyalty of customers.
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CARGO ships eco-friendly cosmetics

PlantLove's earth-friendly packaging from CARGO cosmetics includes cartons embedded with seeds.
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Eco-friendly film-card pack

Applications are imminent for this 'new generation' carded package that combines a printed die-cut card with a corn-based PLA film.
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All natural appeal

Plastic bottles made from renewable resources are showing up in the marketplace with increasing frequency these days.
These are the first water bottles in the world to carry the approval of the Biodegradable Products Institute.
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BIOTA's high-water mark in sustainable packaging

Colorado-based Biota debuts spring-fed water in commercially compostable bottles molded of polylactide.
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PLA 'milks' new market

Sustainable packaging is a hot and growing trend. Recently, BIO—TA Brands of America introduced water bottles made of polylactide (PLA) (see packworld.com/go/c123).
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PLA makes splash in bottled water

Sustainable packaging received a dramatic boost as BIOTA Brands of America Inc., Telluride, CO, launched its premium spring water in bottles molded of Cargill Dow LLC NatureWorks™ polylactic acid starting in October.
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Synthetic PaperSintecplast, Ltd.
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Cups from corn quench thirsts here and abroad

What do Alken-Maes Breweries in Belgium, Tipperary Natural Mineral Water in Ireland, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, and the National Mall in Washington have in common?
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Fresh salad, 'nature' packaging

First tested last summer, Il Melograno srl, a produce company in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is now packaging its fresh, ready-to-eat salads using films made of corn-based NatureWorks PLA, from Cargill Dow BV in the Netherlands.
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Packagers embrace renewable resources

Cornstarch, polylactic acid, and limestone are among the renewable resources used by Cadbury Schweppes for thermoformed candy trays, Biorigin for fresh pasta containers, and Wild Oats for a variety of deli containers.
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Twist-tie wrap is PLA

With the August launch of College Farm organic hard candies in East Coast markets, JoEl Inc. of Elizabethtown, NJ, is the first North American candy company to offer confectionery wrapped in NatureWorks™ polylactide (PLA) from Cargill Dow.
Thermoformed from corn-based polylactide polymer, or PLA, these clear containers show examples of some of the carry-out products
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Corn-based resin makes North American debut

Wilkinson Manufacturing Co. is the first North American converter to thermoform containers from corn-based polylactide polymer, or PLA. The converter welcomes the material’s sustainable, renewable characteristics, and its consumer-friendly properties.
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Sony Pacific opts for corn-based resin

Sony Pacific recently debuted a blister package for a portable radio made from the corn-based resin NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN).
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IPER's 'natural' trays, lidding

Italian supermarket chain will sell fresh food in thermoformed containers and heat-sealable film lidding.
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Sony in Japan, Swedish dairy introduce 'green' packs

Sony debuts computer discs in an overwrap made from biodegradable, compostable resin. Swedish dairy tries 2-L bottle for milk and juice made from a resin blended with calcium carbonate.