Package Design

Sustainable Packaging

Disposable packaging (left) used formerly by 3M for its bulk videotape generated about 1 cu? of waste. The Reusable Pak (above)
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3M saves bundles with new bundle

The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
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Treated paper focuses on foodservice

Treated paperboard containers provide grease resistance and reduce material use and costs for pizza and breadsticks.
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GMA participates in "America Recycles Day"

At an October 1 White House "America Recycles Day" ceremony, the Grocery Manufacturers of America reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to reduce solid waste.
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Elopak, Inc: Aseptic pouch

An aseptic pouch for UHT-processed milks and liquids has been developed by Elopak Inc. (New Hudson, MI). The Elopouch(TM) is a coextruded structure made primarily from PE with up to six layers and is said to keep the product fresh for up to four months at ambient temperature.
GardenTech Singles (top) are insecticide, fungicide and  herbicide concentrates available in unit-dose portions. They?re packed
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Unit-dose packaging for the garden

Consumers crave convenience, so this lawn and garden products manufacturer serves it up: single-dose pouches of home insecticides.
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Paper packaging earns 3M's honors

For the fifth straight year at 3M's (St. Paul, MN) Scotchban(TM) Innovation Awards, converters, paper mills and packaged goods manufacturers were honored for the way their paper and paperboard materials showed innovation or sensitivity to environmental concerns.
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'Alternative' packs milk sales

In an effort to recapture market share lost to rival beverages, milk processors are turning to more contemporary containers-with strong sales results.
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IBC for liquids

The Ironman(TM) is a liquid bulk container from American Industries (Ridgefield, NJ) that meets new U.N. requirements for durability and environmental issues.
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Air cushions

FP Intl. (Redwood City, CA) has introduced Flo-Pak Cell-O air cushions as an alternative to paper packaging. Products are safeguarded by inserting one or more of the clear, HDPE cushions in the shipping container.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
By squeezing a scissors valve on a downspout, an operator releases loose fill into a shippper. 3Com products (inset) are surrou
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3Com relies on 'greener' loose fill

A leading manufacturer of routers, hubs, switches, modems, and other computer networking devices, 3Com Corp. has a strong record of responsible environmental leadership.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Links with Asian processors
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Diagraph, An ITW Company: Label materials guide

A Label Materials and Consumables Guide is now available from Diagraph (St. Louis, MO). It includes a matrix that matches various facestocks, adhesives, special qualities, surfaces, environmental conditions and common applications with the appropriate label materials.
The entire soft drink industry is observing Southwest Coke1s  experience with returnable trays for 12-oz aluminum cans (left). T
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'Hidden' payoffs through waste savings

Major southwest Coke franchise discovers that shifting to returnable trays for cans not only reduces landfill waste, it also improves productivity and cuts costs.
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KFC tests new meal plate

An ongoing test at select Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets will soon determine if a plated meal package for single servings should be adopted throughout the Louisville, KY-based KFC chain.

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