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Diverse forces shape today's creative packaging

The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
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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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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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Directive adopted

In Europe, comprehensive legislation for reducing, recovering and recycling packaging waste became a reality on December 14 when the European Union Council of Ministers and the European Parliament adopted a directive on all packaging and packaging waste.
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Reusability wins awards

The Ron Hayter Awards, for plastic packaging designed with environmental impact in mind, were announced November 8. Sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada (EPIC), headquartered in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, the awards program is in its fifth year.
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Chasing arrows stay-for now

The Society for the Plastics Industry (SPI) has decided not to change its resin identification code and the chasing arrows symbol, ending more than a year of negotiations with the National Recycling Coalition (NRC).
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Revamped Bottle Bill Could Be Worth Cost, Study Says

A new study on the costs and benefits of a national bottle bill conducted for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the social benefits of deposit legislation would slightly outweigh the costs-provided a least-cost system were adopted.
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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.

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