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K-Cup coffee packs to be used to help power cement plant

A partnership between a cement supplier and Keurig’s Canadian subsidiary will enable 70,000 lb/yr of K-cups to be used as an alternative fuel source.
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Bilcare: Eco-friendly blister packaging

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #875! ECOmply blister film from Bilcare Research Inc. blends standard PVC film with a special additive that makes it biodegradable; the cost-effective film is also able to withstand the mechanical, thermal, and biological stress of pharmaceutical packaging production.
INDUSTRIAL POUCH. Ecolab’s new pouch is a 6-mil coextrusion that offers users a safe, tight, collapsible pack for liquid industrial products.
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Award-winning pouch excels for Ecolab

Coextruded pouch structure replaces laminated version, yielding multiple benefits for this provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services.
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Garnier Green Garden uses transformed packaging waste

Teaching farm and winner of Garnier Green Garden campaign gets plastic patio tables, trash receptacles, and other plastic items made from recovered beauty care packaging.
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Placon: Eco-responsible thermoformed plastic food container

Combining an eco-friendly recycled material and tamper-evident design with revealing package clarity, Placon’s FDA food-grade, 100% recyclable Crystal Seal reFresh packaging eliminates unnecessary sidewall ribbing for strong visual appeal and versatility in fresh, cold, and dry food.
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European researchers work to develop biodegradable dairy packaging

Spanish nonprofit research organization works with companies from five European countries to pioneer a biodgradable material for dairy that stands up to thermal requirements.
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HLP Klearfold: Bio-PET plastic folding carton

Delivering the same appearance, quality, and performance as Klearfold PET cartons, HLP Klearfold’s PlantBox is a new plastic folding carton made from box-grade bio-PET (bio-based polyethylene terephthalate), up to 30% of which comes from plant-based sources.
New bread bag is made from renewable resources.
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New sustainable bread bag

Hovis Limited, a vertically integrated baking and flour milling business in the U.K., is the first to commercialize a polyethylene bread bag made primarily from renewable resources.
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Carton Council speaks on increased recycling opportunities

Jason Pelz, Vice President of Recycling Projects for the Carton Council of North America, discusses the council’s progress in increasing access to carton recycling by 177% since 2009.
MULTIFACETED REDESIGN.  The new clamshell package for Hypertherm’s consumables offers a more compact footprint, with 20% less material, and a more consistent, cleaner brand appearance on shelf.
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Holistic thinking guides clamshell redesign

Hypertherm redesigns packaging for 220 SKUs of metal-cutting consumables for a more environmentally friendly clamshell that protects against product counterfeiting.
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Of Master Recyclers and radiolarians

Okay, show of hands: How many of you packaging professionals out there know that in some states there is such a thing as a Master Recycling Program?
Polypropylene coffe pods offer key benefits compared to polystyrene.
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PP coffee pods win award

Intelligent Blends received the People’s Choice Award for Packaging at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s (SCAA) 26th Annual Exposition in Seattle, WA.
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Recycled paper packaging market to grow to $139B by 2018

A new sustainable packaging report from Smithers Pira pegs the growth of the recycled paper packaging market at 5% through 2018, but will demand exceed supply?
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Placon: Eco-friendly PET thermoformed food container

Featuring an eco-friendly recycled material and tamper-evident design, Placon’s Crystal Seal reFresh packaging line eliminates unnecessary sidewall ribbing for strong visual appeal with excellent versatility in fresh, cold and dry food merchandising including fresh cut fruit and vegetables, sandwiches, cookies, and single slices of pie.
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Corrugated industry improves environmental performance

LCA shows a 32% reduction per unit in the industry’s greenhouse gas emissions between 2006 and 2010, attributed to the increased recovery of corrugated for recycling.

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