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Global green guidelines

In preparation for a discussion on international eco-labeling standards, a coalition of 12 associations organized by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), is advocating standards similar to the "Green Guides" of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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Bill has EPA policing plastics

If Sen. Al D'Amato (R-NY) has his way, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be forced to develop a screening program for estrogenicity that would test all substances-including chemicals used in packaging-for negative effects on the human estrogen system.
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Restaurants finding recycle merits

Overall, recycling programs are increasing for the nation's restaurants, and steel can recycling is playing a major role, according to a recent press conference in Chicago sponsored by the Steel Recycling Institute, Pittsburgh, PA.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Love Box Co. (Wichita, KS) opened an office and warehouse in Columbia, MO.
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Water-based ink

Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) has added a quick-drying water-based ink formulation to its line of pre-inked disposable cartridges. This environmentally safe ink can be used for date coding, pricing or imprinting on most nonabsorbent substrates, including films and foils.
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Two-piece D&I cans for aerosols

Beverage packers have enjoyed the benefits of lightweight D&I two-piece cans for years. This company is out to prove that aerosol cans can be similarly fashioned.
Cushioned by inner and outer double-wall corrugated boxes separated by polyethylene foam pads, fully set up POS terminals provi
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No assembly required for IBM terminals

Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
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Industry seeks major changes to EPA guides on enviro-preferred products

Major components like lifecycle analysis, third-party certification and objectionable characteristics are being challenged.
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California law repeal?

The bill that would repeal California's rigid plastic packaging container program remained in a State Senate committee at press time, after passing the Assembly.
The reclosable Premise 75 package (top) offers convenience and safety for pest control operators (PCOs). The unusual placement o
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Getting the bugs out

A new insecticide from Bayer's Agricultural Div. is packaged in a protective envelope with multiple compartments that adds new dimensions to a not-so-old packaging concept.
An automatic card feeder places cards face down over the formed and filled blisters
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All-paper blister pack a reality in U.S.

Sally Hansen nail fortifier from Del Laboratories is one of the first U.S. mass-market applications for an all-paperboard blister pack.
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Paper diaper bags add zip

During the past winter, private-label diaper and sanitary protection product manufacturer Arquest became the first to use a new type of tear strip for paper diaper bags.
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Sleeve/bottle combo facilitates recycling

Multi-material packages aren't usually thought of as being recyclable. However, a new type of dual-material sleeve pack, developed in Europe, was designed with recycling precisely in mind.
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Low-VOC ink

Videojet's (Wood Dale, IL) patented 16-2960 low-VOC Microsphere ink is an environmentally-safe, high-contrast ink that can operate in Videojet's Excel® series of nonpigmented printers.
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Reg reform slows

With the presidential election beginning to loom large, Republicans find themselves in an awkward position on regulatory reform. A plank in the Contract with America and a top priority for the business community, including those who manufacture and use packaging, regulatory reform could threaten the government's ability to enforce environmental laws, according to EPA officials and others.

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