Package Design

Sustainable Packaging

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Square gallon jug

Kols Containers (Baltimore, MD) has introduced a 1.5-gal HDPE square jug as a stock item. Created with source reduction in mind, the jugs can be packed into a four-pack reshipper for shipments of six square gal instead of the standard four rounds.
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This photo, taken when Amsoil used prelabeled bottles, shows a group of 16 quart bottles getting filled simultaneously by a pos
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Amsoil labels quart line a success

As sales of its synthetic oil soared, Amsoil found prelabeled bottles too costly to buy and store. A labeler that applies labels in-line to the HDPE bottles saves $50ꯠ a year, frees space for finished goods and virtually eliminates skewed labels.
H-P engineers worked closely together with the maker of the wrapping machine to perfect gussetting tools that help ensure a comp
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Cartridge pack wins award by shrinking

Redesigned package for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet ink-jet print cartridge has only one fewer component than its predecessor, but it's trimmed 35% of the weight.
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Silica-coated films

Simplicity® silica-coated films from PC Materials (Medfield, MA) are designed to improve gas and moisture vapor barrier properties of polyester, oriented PP and nylon.
At Shepard?s, the mail order fulfillment house for the Museum, nine packing stations use the water- soluble loose fill. Overhea
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Moma knows best about loose fill

For packaging and shipping its exclusive gifts, New York's Museum of Modern Art opts for a dissolvable cushioning material to protect the art pieces and the environment.
At the end of Barber Foods? packaging line, Lock?n?Pop is applied to a box top by two pneumatically operated nozzles
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Barber Foods pops for an alternative

When stretch wrap's true colors showed through-and weren't green-this chicken product producer switched to an adhesive palletizing system.
At Johnson Controls' recycling plant at Novi, MI, incoming PET bottles are debagged and fed into the company's process that prod
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FDA plans to speed approval for PCR use

Packagers are delighted with what they've heard about new post-consumer plastic resin rules expected this fall. Data requirements will be clearer and more specific so retesting will be minimized.
Sales of Roskam Baking1s Rothbury Farms retail croutons and stuffing mix have increased briskly since the company changed from a
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Crouton pouch stands up to the competition

Stand-up reclosable pouches replace folding cartons with inner liners for Roskam Baking's line of Rothbury Farms croutons. Zippers are applied in-line on new horizontal rotary form/fill/seal machines.
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Clearly Canadian tries the Triton

Among the latest to test the Triton(TM) paperboard carrier from International Paper (Memphis, TN) is Clearly Canadian. The firm, based in Vancou-ver, British Columbia, Canada, begins testing the laminated wet-strength paperboard carrier this month in Georgia and Florida on four-packs of 500-mL polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
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Bottle bill back again

Despite evidence to the contrary and opposition by some environmentalists, bottle bill proponents remain determined to push a national forced deposit law through Congress.
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FTC to review green marketing guidelines The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will review its green marketing guidelines beginning in July and expects to issue changes early in 1996.
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Producers promote 100% recycled paperboard

Fourteen major U.S. manufacturers of recycled paperboard have formed the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, New York, to promote the use of the product in packaging of both consumer and industrial products.
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EPA drafts guidelin on eco-preferred products

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed draft guidelines to be followed by federal agencies in making "environmentally preferable" purchases of products and services.
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Recycling emblem fades in New York

Packagers who've struggled to comply with both Federal Trade Commission and New York state environmental claims guidelines may be in for some good news.
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Luster straightens out freshness problems

This haircare producer begins filling creme relaxer into nestable yogurt-style cups with freshness seals. The switch from traditional jars not only keeps the product fresh, it aids in product display as well.

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