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Sustainable Packaging

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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
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Enviroconcerns fade

In what was its final consumer research survey before shutting its doors on December 31, 1996 (see Packaging World, Jan. '97, p. 2), the Council on Packaging in the Environment (COPE) found that the environment is less of a concern for consumers than in previous years, though it's still considered important.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
Once the sides of the container are raised, the operator inserts the bag cassette into the box (right). The fitting on the bag
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Green package keeps greens greener

Better cube and easy disposal or recycling are the main reasons why chemical maker Aquatrols added corrugated bulk containers to its offerings.
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PE/EVOH/PE bottles make shelf-stable splash for Hawaiian Punch

Until recently, bottlers of shelf-stable juice drinks had only two plastic packaging options: bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene/ethylene vinyl alcohol/polypropylene (PP/EVOH/PP) containers.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Plastic beer bottle could be big

Australian brewing giant Carlton United Breweries has high hopes for a barrier beer bottle made of plastic. In the meantime, it's launched a monolayer PET bottle that's causing quite a stir.
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PS waste reduction

One of the problems in developing new solid waste management laws and regulations is difficulty in obtaining critical data quantifying the impact of source-reduction practices on various materials.
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COPE, CONEG unit, PET recycler to close

At a Pack Expo eye-opener briefing in Chicago, analyst Tim Burns of Cranial Capital (Chagrin Falls, OH) opined that anti-packaging forces stirred up by "environmental hooligans" were now in retreat.
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Only leaders need apply (sidebar)

Director of packaging Skills for the future:
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'New and improved' green guides

The Federal Trade Commis-sion has updated its environmental marketing guidelines that dictate the use of common environmental claims and logos on packaging and advertising.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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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