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Sustainable Packaging

How migration occurs
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The need for low migration packaging...and compliance

The definition, science and compliance requirements for low migration packaging are evolving to meet the needs of food brands and consumers, says one supplier's regulatory compliance chief.
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Paper explores Extended Producer Responsibility challenges

A new discussion paper looks at the hurdles to implementing EPR at the local government level and proposes a platform for support and advancement of the policy.
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Eye-popping news for sustainable, 3D paper packaging

Highly tactile and sustainable, new paper-based embossing, thermoforming and f/f/s technologies based on FibreForm, from BillerudKorsnäs, are now available in North America.
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New structure for salsa combines rigid and flexible materials

Ana’s Foods becomes the first user of a new packaging structure for its salsa that uses a rigid frame with flexible sides to reduce the use of plastic by up to 50%.
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Box for vegan truffles conveys purity, luxury

Gourmet vegan chocolatier selects 100% recycled kraft paperboard boxes that reflect the company’s commitment to wholesome, holistic ingredients and practices.
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Make your sustainable packaging stick

To design successful sustainable packaging, follow these tips to determine your objectives and execute your resulting strategy.
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Coca-Cola is first to use bio-based drink carton

Honored with an award by the Brazilian Packaging Assn., Coca-Cola’s Del Valle Reserva juice brand is the first to use a drink carton incorporating LDPE films from sugarcane.
Starch-based packaging is eco-friendly.
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Starch technology yields eco-friendly pack for pasta

Improving the environment while increasing food freshness are dual benefits from the new packaging for Valley Fine Foods of Benicia, CA.
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Does food residue impact the recycling of foodservice packaging?

The Foodservice Packaging Institute completes a second study to understand whether food contamination is a real or perceived barrier to recovering more packaging materials.
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Bird-friendly coffee brand earns street cred with compostable pouch

British coffee producer Bird & Wild uses pouch made from compostable, renewable material to expand its offerings to stores looking for more eco-friendly options.
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Zero-interest loans offered to boost recycling infrastructure

The Closed Loop Fund, made up of major CPGs and retailers, offers municipalities zero-interest loans in order to spur the development of recycling infrastructure and services.
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Americans continue to recycle more plastic bottles

The “National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report” shows a 4.3% increase in recycling of HDPE, PP, and PET bottles, to 2.9 billion pounds, in 2013.
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Bioplastics market to reach $3.94 billion in 2014

A new report predicts that bioplastics will become increasingly important as economic, legislative, and environmental issues drive policies to support sustainable growth.
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Silgan: Lightweight easy-open can end

Silgan Containers’ Ultralite QT easy-open can end looks and functions like other easy-open can ends but is produced from lighter weight metal, making it 20% lighter than comparable ends and the lightest-weight easy-open end of its kind in the US, according to the company.
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U.S. PET recycling rate hits 31% in 2013

Strong end-use markets drive growth in domestic PET processing, but challenges remain.

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