Package Design

Sustainable Packaging

Panels used to build office cubicles are stretch wrapped on a  horizontal stretch wrapper with metallocene-resin-based stretch f
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Metallocenes make their mark

Steelcase Inc. uses one of the first-available metallocene stretch films for wrapping cubicle wall panels. Downgauging keeps costs in check.
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More recycling?

The U.S. has achieved the 25% recycling rate goal established in 1989 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and now EPA officials want to raise the bar, suggesting a 35% recycling goal by 2005.
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Environmentally-minded packaging

For Paquimé Trading Co., developing an environmental theme for new PaquiméSM fragrance for men and women entailed more than just the use of kraft paper.
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3M honors paper packaging innovations

"Last year, for the first time, consumers spent more money on food at foodservice outlets than at retail grocery stores, a trend that presents significant future opportunities for the packaging community." These comments from Robert Esse of Esse Technologies, (Monticello, MN) were made at 3M's (St.
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California: it's official

California Governor Pete Wilson signed the bill permanently exempting food and cosmetics packaging from the state's Rigid Plastic Package Container (RPPC) law.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
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ISO 14000: environmental standards or trade barrier? (sidebar)

British bottlemaker leads the way
Self-locking anti-static PETG clamshell (above) provides ample protection while reducing costs and labor. It required no change
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Clamshell cuts costs for computer boards

Anti-static PETG clamshell costs less than previous bag and foam combination. Packaging steps are reduced from three to one.
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Simplifying approval for food-contact packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) apparently has agreed to a long-sought request to simplify approval for substances used in food-contact packaging by doing away with the time consuming pre-market approval process that requires explicit FDA consent.
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Dairyland tests Tetra's latest

In August, Dairyworld Foods of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, became the first in the world to commercialize a new pouch concept from Tetra Pak Canada (Aurora, Ontario, Canada).
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Machines to fuel the future (sidebars)

Pack Expo 96 at a glance Pack Expo 96 will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Sunday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday Nov. 20. On Thursday, Nov.
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Two-in-one bottle an interesting solution

For years, Glaxo Wellcome had used generic 30-cc high-density polyethylene pharmaceutical bottles to hold 60 tablets of its prescription-only Zantac® medication.
IP?s new linerboard machine uses an unusual fourdrinier-on-fourdrinier configuration that brings top and base mats together to
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IP revs up recycled linerboard machine

International Paper enters the recycled linerboard manufacturing market with what it touts as "the world's largest recycled linerboard machine." The machine produces up to 1겨 tons/day at IP's Mansfield, LA, mill. Box makers respond positively.
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Packagers gain price cuts for recycled materials

Buyers of recycled plastics are seeing easing of prices, except for HDPE. Recycled paper prices have precipitously dropped as European economies stagnate.
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All the garbage that's fit to print

Recyclers and packagers counterattacked against the latest and probably the most significant media rebuke to recycling. A full battle-dress press conference July 25 in Washington, DC, was staged by the National Recycling Coalition in response to an article in The New York Times Sunday Magazine entitled, "Recycling is Garbage." Published June 30, the lengthy article by a Times staff reporter hammered at the theme that recycling is not economical.

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