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Pouch bags President's Award

Winner of this year's President's Award in the Flexible Packaging Association's annual Top Packaging Awards competition is the Ortho Dursban® Lawn & Garden Insect Control stand-up pouch.
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FTC reworks environmental marketing guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reworking its environmental marketing guidelines to ensure that consumers better understand the various claims made on packages and in advertising.
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Common sense approach to regulations?

So far, so good seems to be the consensus among packaging industry lobbyists as Congress continues to move swiftly on regulatory reform, part of the House Republicans' Contract With America.
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Environmental legislation may be left at gate

Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
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Will sun set on Florida's ADF?

Florida's advance disposal fee (ADF) law is due to expire this year, but proposals have been introduced in the legislature to extend the law. Consumers have been paying a 1¢/item fee since October 1993 for products whose packages don't meet mandated recycling standards.
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Films make foods easier to handle

For applications in foodservice, wholesale, or retail, winners in the 1994 FPA competition show how flexible packs can take on new food packaging tasks.
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Flexibles promote 'enviropackaging'

Refill packs for Tide and Cheer laundry detergent garnered FPA's "Green Globe" award for 1994. Three other FPA winners were also big contributors to source reduction efforts.
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Europe's Packaging Waste Directive: What will it mean to you?

Packaging managers whose products are marketed in Europe need to know that the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers of the European Union (EU) finally adopted a Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive covering household, commercial and industrial packaging last December.
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Restrictions on chlorine use worry plastics makers

Proposals that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restrict the use of chlorine and chlorinated compounds are worrying plastics manufacturers. Some studies have indicated that chlorine is harmful to both human health and the environment.
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Zippo flicks from plastic to steel cases

Earlier this year, Zippo Mfg. Co., Bradford, PA, began shipping its famous lighters in two-piece metal tins from Independent Can Co. (Belcamp, MD).
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AmeriStar's industrial winners

Winners of the 1994 AmeriStar Package awards were announced November 12 at a reception held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the Herndon, VA-based Institute of Packaging Professionals, recipients in the Industrial Category included a multi-compartment paperboard container for pressure transmitters and a polycarbonate suspension system for silicon wafers.
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Oregon exceeds plastic package recycling target

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced that the state's recycling rate for rigid plastic containers is expected to exceed its target by seven percent.
American Ingredients began using intermediate bulk containers instead of steel drums for shipments of its cooking oils to custom
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American Ingredients 'sells' disposability

The replacement of steel drums with a biodegradable, corrugated intermediate bulk container surprises American Ingredients with extra benefits in production and sales.
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When 'green' fails at the cash register

Consumers are proving that it isn't enough for packaging to be demonstrably better for the environment than the packaging used for a competitive product.
An ARS worker prepares a radiator for shipment. The converter folds kraft paper in a way that creates air pockets, which prov
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Radiator maker warms up to paper

Faced with new General Motors' specifications for paper-based packing materials, this automotive supplier found a dunnage system that is both environmentally friendly and economical.

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