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Sustainable Packaging

GreenShield Organic sugarcane-based HDPE bottle
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Sugarcane-based bottle aligns with organic cleaners

Organic cleaning products company Greenology switches to sugarcane-based HDPE bottles that provide the same functionality as petroleum-based packaging in a renewable material.
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Renewably sourced barrier tray.
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Renewably sourced barrier tray for meat

Sutton, MA-based J&G Foods has begun using an ultra high-barrier renewably sourced thermoformed tray for its vacuum packaged line of fresh red meats.
Kim Holmes, Senior Director, Recycling and Diversion, SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association
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Managing material decisions: The benefits of PCR

Increasing pressure for more sustainable packaging is driving brands to look at the trade-offs of using PCR material for their products. Here are some of those considerations.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
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'Green' tray for takeaway food

Operating the Churchill’s, Fishnchicken, and Bankers brands, Chesterford Group is the UK’s largest independent chain of fish and chips shops.
Engro's Y Frooter is the first application of Ecolean's Air Aseptic Clear technology.
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Clear stand-up pouch is a first

Pakistan’s Engro Foods, a Karachi-based producer of dairy products, frozen desserts, and fruit drinks, recently became the first to commercialize a clear version of an aseptically filled stand-up pouch that has some pretty unique characteristics.
Biopac’s new range of compostable containers
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Biopac: Compostable containers

Available in a variety of round, square, and rectangular bowls with different depths, Biopac’s new range of compostable containers (made from bagasse, a fully-compostable, natural, abundant, and renewable resource) with clear RPET lids made from RPET is fully compostable and recyclable.
Elopak’s beverage cartons use second generation certified renewable polyethylene (PE)
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Elopak: Beverage cartons feature renewable polyethylene

Consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests, Elopak’s beverage cartons use second generation certified renewable polyethylene (PE) made of European-sourced biomass (not in competition with the food supply), with the goal to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives as part of its Future Proofed Packaging Strategy.
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Greener Package Top 10: Getting down to business

While the excitement around sustainability may have waned in 2014, our Top 10 shows that Greener Package readers are still eager to learn what it means for their packaging.
New package boasts 25% recycled content.
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Fuller Brush brand boasts a new look

The 108-year-old Fuller Brush brand is sporting a new look for its Stanley 100 detergent.
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Video: Sparkling wine bottle gets 2 oz lighter

In a two-year project, MARTINI Asti redesigns its sparkling wine bottle to reduce the glass weight, as part of parent company Bacardi’s sustainability initiative.
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Dairy saves 1.7 M lb of HDPE in less than two years

A new 1-gal HDPE milk jug for United Dairy uses significantly less plastic, increases operational efficiencies, and offers greater functionality to consumers.
Alunimum cans
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Aluminum cans gain in sustainability

A report updating a 2010 LCA of aluminum cans reports a reduced carbon footprint and weight, and increased recycled content.
Pure-Pak Sense carton
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Elopak: Easy-to-use/recycle carton

The Pure-Pak Sense carton features new easy-to-fold lines to enable consumers to fold the carton and squeeze out more of the product, as well as enable convenient flattening of the empty carton to reduce volume in waste or recycling facilities.
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Data predict significant growth for bioplastics to 2018

At its annual conference, European Bioplastics presents results from its market data update, which predicts a 400% growth in bioplastics production capacities by 2018.
Steve Russell, ACC Vice President of Plastics
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Plastics-to-oil’s potential

A new report from the American Chemistry Council estimates that plastics-to-oil technologies for non-recyclable plastic could add $9 billion to the U.S. economy. ACC Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell elaborates.

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