Package Design

Sustainable Packaging

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Cascades: Mushroom container reduces environmental footprint

Made of low-density PETE (LDPETE), Cascades’ Ultratill mushroom container contains 80% recycled post-consumer material, is said to be lighter than comparable containers, and provides a 62% reduction in the CO2 emissions produced during its life cycle compared to traditional mushroom containers made of HIPS.
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Brazilian beer launched in lightest can in South America

NewAge Bebidas introduces its Germânia 55 beer brand in an aluminum bottle can that is lightweight, shatterproof, and infinitely recyclable.
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Sleeve Label Working Group releases recommendations

Final report provides recommendations the packaging industry can use to mitigate the impact of sleeve labels on the recycling of PET bottles.
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Eye-opening developments in chemical safety

If you’re trying to keep an eye on regulatory programs dealing with the safety and environmental effects of chemicals, it’s hard to know which way you should be looking.
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Free 'Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools' released

A new set of resources includes a common set of outreach terms for community recycling coordinators to use when educating residents about what plastics to recycle.
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Mondelez eliminates 48 million lb of packaging

Mondelez’ first progress report on its Call for Well-Being initiative shows that it is well on its way to meeting its goal of eliminating 50 million lb of packaging by 2015.
Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024
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Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024

Healthcare packaging and packaging for other consumer goods will remain the fastest-growing segments.
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APR releases PP model bale specification

As the supply of post-consumer recycled PP reaches a critical mass, the association releases a model bale specification to reduce the contamination of material in PP bales.
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Recycling Partnership gets rolling with first three cities

A public/private group formed at this year’s Walmart Expo, the Recycling Partnership announces it will assist four U.S. cities to improve their recycling systems.
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65% of consumers confused over plastics recycling

Opinion poll shows that consumer confusion over which plastics to recycle and where to dispose of them creates major hurdle to growth of recycling.
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Funding available for use of How2Recycle label

Organizations offer funding to brand owners, packaging manufacturers, and retailers interested in implementing the SPC’s How2Recycle on-pack labeling system.
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Coca-Cola further invests in biobased resin for PlantBottle

The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in paraxylene company Virent to speed the full-scale commercialization of its 100% plant-based plastic packaging.
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Carton Council releases report on multi-material recycling policy

Best practices at both the state and local levels are examined for policy mechanisms that include disposal bans, recycling policies, and Pay-As-You-Throw service fees.
Feature Article
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Key trends driving bioplastics for packaging

Among the trends driving the market for bioplastic packaging materials, the competitive cost and availability of fossil fuels will have the largest impact and their commercial production and use.
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Inspired by nature: Dell debuts plastic made from air

This fall, computer giant Dell is debuting a new plastics technology that may represent its most innovative sustainable packaging project yet.

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