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Innovation built on green principles

Sustainability remained a key criterion in this 22nd edition of the DuPont Awards. But this is mostly a story about innovation.
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Conference on PLA covers issues from 'resin to retailer'

At NatureWorks LLC’s April Innovation Takes Root 2010 (ITR) conference, the message was clear: Biopolymer’s time has come, and innovation and collaboration are the keys to continuing its forward momentum.
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Industry watch

 
PCR CONTENT.  ConAgra uses 40% post-consumer recycled material in its Healthy Choice CPET frozen  food trays. See p. 29 for more
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Taking stock of sustainability

Don’t let misunderstandings, myths, or misgivings hamper your ability to deliver on the sustainable packaging goals you’ve established for your company.
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Industry watch

 
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SunChips to use compostable PLA bags

Frito-Lay starts with a PLA outer layer now and a promise for compostable bags in 2010.
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Industry watch

 
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ConAgra uses recycled PLA shrink film

Film contains more than 50% post-consumer recycled content.
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PLA-bottled beverages couple with compact, on-site compost unit

  Naturally Iowa offers foodservice and institutional customers a composting solution for its PLA beverage bottles.
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Bioplastics, bioresins adding new dimensions

 
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Plastic suppliers enhance performance characteristics of PLA

Ingeo™ polymer produced by NatureWorks LLC (www.natureworksllc.com) is one of the most discussed biopolymers on the market today.
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Bioplastics debate continues

A recent article elicits a response from Steve Mojo, executive director of the Biodegradable Products Institute.
Joe Angel (left), VP/publisher, and Lloyd Ferguson (right), president, Summit Publishing Co., present Weber Marking Systems' pre
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INDUSTRY WATCH

 
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Water bottles deliver refreshing environmental twist

Amid a wave of anti-bottled water sentiment, light-weighted bottles and bottles made with corn-based PLA flow into the market in the United States and in Europe.
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Supplements switching to PLA bottles

Highland Laboratories (www.highlandvitamins.com) , a Mt. Angel, OR, private-label and contract manufacturer of nutrition supplements, has begun to replace its more than 200 opaque and amber PET bottles used for dietary supplements with similar containers made of polylactic acid (PLA) from NatureWorks LLC (www.natureworksllc.com). PLA is a bioplastic derived from corn.
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Pack Expo International turns 50

The year's largest resource for all things packaging comes to Chicago with two new technology pavilions for attendees to visit. Also debuting: Pack Expo Selects.
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PLA-Packed Vitamins

This summer, Highland Laboratories, Mt. Angel, OR, began to replace its more than 200 opaque and amber PET bottles used for dietary supplements with similar containers made of polylactic acid from NatureWorks LLC (www.natureworksllc.com).
PET PROJECT. POM Wonderful pomegranate has been introduced in a 48-oz handled bottle for 
consumer convenience using a PET copol
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Polymer advances 'resin-ate' with packaging

Consumer- and technology-driven packaging trends come together at the National Plastics Exposition.
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Biotechnology and packaging films

Held in April in Chicago, the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s BIO 2006 presented many exciting bio-based developments in various industries.
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Insight from Bio 2006

Seems anything “bio”-related qualifies as a hot topic these days.
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Sustainability brings environmental, social, and economic opportunities

In the last of our three-part series, learn how major brands such as McDonald’s and Starbucks rely on their supply chain partners to push sustainable packaging forward.
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Sources of supply

By no means comprehensive, here is a brief list of some companies who are either in the business of providing sustainable packaging materials or can speak to the subject:Innovia, www.innoviafilms.comEarthcycle Packaging, www.earthcycle.comNatureWorks, www.natureworks.com Plantic, www.plantic.com.auFabri-Kal, www.fabrikal.comMeadWestvaco, www.meadwestvaco.comTetraPak, www.tetrapak.com0-I, www.o-i.comHuhtamaki, www.huhtamaki.comPlastic Suppliers, www.plasticsuppliers.comSee the main story that goes with this sidebar: Sustainability brings environmental, social, and economic opportunities
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PLA folding cartons

AGI/Klearfold introduces NatureSource™ Visual Packaging—folding cartons made from NatureWorks PLA corn-based polymer.
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People

Jerry Bennish was appointed vice president, strategy-Americas; and Tom Cochran vice president, sales & marketing for U.S healthcare and personal care businesses for Amcor Flexibles.
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Sustainability feedback from Newman's Own

A recent Webcast included disclosure about Newman's Own organics line packaged in clear containers made of polylactic acid (PLA).
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Wal-Mart launches sustainable packaging initiative

How do you answer the CEO of the largest retail organization on earth when he lays down an environmental challenge?
Among packaging materials made from renewable resources is one made from palm fiber. The Oppenheimer Group of Vancouver, Canada,
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Packaging made from renewable resources gains traction

As petroleum-based materials edge upward in cost, packaging made from renewable resources grows more appealing. Says one water bottler, 'It’s the right thing.'
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Buy-back program announced for PLA bottles

NatureWorks LLC plans to institute a large-volume buy-back program in North America for post-consumer bottles made from its corn-based NatureWorks PLA in mixed plastic waste recycling streams.
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Wal-Mart switches to corn-based plastic packaging

Starting Nov. 1, 2005, Wal-Mart will begin to substitute 114 million clear petroleum-based plastic clamshell containers with corn-based plastic packaging for cut fruit, herbs, strawberries, and Brussels sprouts.
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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French retailer stays fresh with PLA

PACK EXPO : NatureWorks reported from the show that French retailer Auchan’s sales of its salads packed in rigid containers made from NatureWorks PLA have hit the 1 million mark in less than six months.
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Wal-Mart vp to speak at Sustainable Packaging Forum

A Wal-Mart representative will discuss sustainable packaging at Packaging Strategies’ Sustainable Packaging Forum to take place October 17-19, 2005, in Philadelphia.
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interpack insights

The buzz at the über-sized interpack packaging show in Germany included integration, function-block technology, Rx ‘pens,’ simplicity, esthetics, and concern for machinery ‘made in China.’
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Trend toward sustainable packaging

Prepare for an ever-increasing amount of biodegradable products and packaging, including water and--very soon--milk in blow-molded bottles made of polylactide, or PLA, a polymer made from corn.
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People

Roman M. Eckols was named president and CEO of B&H Labeling Systems.
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Renewable resources ride a wave of momentum

Tulane University calls its athletic teams the Green Wave, but there’s a green wave that’s building momentum in the packaging community: the increasing use of sustainable packaging made from renewable resources.
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Renewable resources ride a wave of momentum

Tulane University calls its athletic teams the Green Wave, but there’s a green wave that’s building momentum in the packaging community: the increasing use of sustainable packaging made from renewable resources.
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NatureWorks wins food-contact approval in Japan

NatureWorks™ PLA, a plastic resin made from corn, has won approval for use in food-contact applications from the Japanese Hygienic Olefin & Styrene Plastics Assn., that country’s equivalent to the Food & Drug Administration in the United States.
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People

Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
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Grocery sacks made from corn

Packaging manufacturer and distributor Europackaging plc has introduced a full range of products made from Cargill Dow’s NatureWorks PLA, a material derived from corn.
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Q&A: Supporting sustainable packaging

John Delfausse is the vice president of package development at Aveda, a division of New York, NY-based Estée Lauder. The cosmetics maker is committed to supporting sustainable packaging (see story, p. 81). Here, Delfausse addresses additional issues related to packaging and the environment.
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Sustainable packaging coalition forms

In November, a group of two dozen packaging professionals from companies such as Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder/Aveda, Masterfoods, Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Unilever agreed to form the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Wild Oats debuts 'corn-tainers'

Natural and organic food retailer Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Boulder, CO, is reportedly the first North American firm to pack deli foods at retail in containers made of NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow LLC. PLA is a renewable-resource-based polylactide resin derived from corn.
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Packagers react to cradle-to-cradle design

Packagers express interest in cradle-to-cradle design. In July, an initial meeting will be held to see if a cross-industry cradle-to-cradle packaging workgroup should be organized.
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Companies

Resina West (Murrieta, CA) acquired the assets of The New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY).
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Bio-based polymer for produce

Bologna, Italy-based Ilip announces it is designing and manufacturing packaging for fresh produce using NatureWorks PLA from Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN).
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Companies

Interfilm Holdings (Piedmont, SC) will begin slitting and distributing Cellophane™ films for certain narrow-web customers of UCB Films (Smyrna, GA) located primarily in North America.
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Sony uses corn-based resin for blisters

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Sony Pacific debuted a blister package for a portable radio that incorporates the corn-based resin NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN).
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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Achievements

–Cargill Dow LLC (Minnetonka, MN) is the 2002 recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge, Alternative Reaction Conditions Award, and was honored in a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
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People

–Kisters Kayat (Edgewater, FL) hired Michael Brancato as vp, sales and marketing.
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Cargill Dow opens first corn-based resin plant

On April 2, Minneapolis-based Cargill Dow LLC announced the grand opening of what it says is the world’s first global manufacturing facility capable of making commercial-grade plastic from renewable resources such as ordinary corn.
Clariant Masterbatches (Charlotte, NC)
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Industry watch: Companies

—BluePrint Automation B.V. (Woerden, the Netherlands), with U.S. operations headquartered in Colonial Heights, VA, held an open house at its Woerden facility as a way to introduce its latest innovations in end-of-line packaging automation.
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Achievements

—Packaging Corp. of America (Lake Forest, IL) has established an e-storefront in the Paperloop.com (San Francisco, CA) marketplace. —Cargill Dow LLC’s (Minneapolis, MN) NatureWorks™ PLA was awarded the Dept.
Captive Plastics (Piscataway, NJ) has added a Controlled Environment Production Area to its Phillipsburg, NJ, facility.
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Achievements

Cargill Dow LLC’s (Minneapolis, MN) NatureWorks technology has earned the company two science and technology awards by Popular Mechanics and Industry Week.
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Appointments, promotions

Enercon (Menomonee Falls, WI): August Ray, vp, advertising. Moen Industries, Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, CA): Paul Martinez, dir., marketing and sales.
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Packaging takes spotlight at NPE

From June 19 to 23, the National Plastics Exposition will occupy more than 1.1 million sq’ at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Packaging will be the focus for many of the more than 2ꯠ exhibitors.
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Production ahead for corn-derived polymer

Cargill Dow breaks ground on its first world-scale NatureWorks PLA polyactide plant.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Blue Ridge Paper Products Inc. (Asheville, NC) has signed a letter of intent to purchase Westvaco Corp.’s (New York, NY) liquid packaging business.
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Packaging for a global marketplace (sidebar)

How does a $13 billion multinational food and beverage company keep Mexico apprised of packaging developments in Morocco?
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Cargill Dow Polymers LLC (Midland, MI) has completed the first of several scheduled mfg. upgrades to its Minneapolis, MN-based semi-commercial production facility for polylactic acid polymers.
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Danone launches biodegradable 'Eco Cup'

A biodegradable single-serve yogurt cup with heat-sealed foil lid appeared on store shelves in Germany last month as Munich-based Danone GmbH Deutschland relaunched its nine-flavor Jahreszeit line in a cup thermoformed from polylactic acid (PLA) resin.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) and Cargill, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) has formed Cargill Dow Polymers LLC (Minneapolis, MN) to develop and market biodegradable polylactic acid polymers.