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Hexacomb: Environmentally-responsible display board

Now available to the European marketplace, Hexacomb’s Falconboard Print All White display board is a paper-based board designed for demanding wide-format, digital printing applications.
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Winery selects label with alternative barrier coating

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates will transition to a pressure-sensitive paper label with a mineralized coating for its white wine that provides a high barrier for wet conditions.
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Biobased resins demand to rise 19%/yr through 2017

Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19% per year to 960,000 metric tons in 2017.
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Recycling is the new green

In 2011, while interviewing Ryan L’Abbe, Vice President and General Manager of Blue Mountain Plastics, the recycling arm of Canadian water bottling company Ice River Springs, he told me something that has stuck with me ever since.
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Is food residue a barrier to recycling foodservice packaging?

The Foodservice Packaging Institute conducts a study to understand if food contamination is a valid barrier to the recycling of foodservice packaging.
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Global demand for biobased resins to rise 19% per year through 2017

The most rapid gains in demand are expected for biobased commodity resins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, which are just beginning to enter the commercial market.
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Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance formed

Eight leading consumer brand companies join the World Wildlife Fund in forming an alliance dedicated to the responsible development of plastics made from plant material.
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EPS industry shows slow but steady rise in recycling rates

Post-industrial and post-consumer EPS recycling increased in 2012 from 71.3 million to 93.7 million pounds, due to greater consumer participation.
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C-store and PepsiCo recycling program diverts 6,000 lb of waste in 2013

A recycling initiative between c-store Kum & Go in Tulsa and PepsiCo facilitates on-the-go recycling and earns these companies a recycling award.
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Miracle-Gro compostable seed pods are consumer-focused

Addressing consumers’ challenges with growing edible plants from seeds, Scotts Miracle-Gro launches a seed pod made from molded fiber that gets planted directly in the ground.
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Reusable pharma packs 'greener' than single use

Reusable shippers result in less of an environmental impact versus single-use packaging for pharmaceutical products, especially at high volumes.
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Recycling of HDPE bottles tops 1 billion lbs in 2012

Annual report shows that for the twenty-third consecutive year, Americans have increased the pounds of plastic bottles returned for recycling.
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Sustainability and the new age of systems thinking

The packaging sustainability conversation has moved beyond recyclability, renewable materials, and clean energy to thinking about logistics, supply chains, and environmental impacts as integrated systems.
Feature Article
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Marketing 'green' to the mainstream

Not long ago, green products and services appealed mainly to a small minority of die-hard eco-conscious consumers.
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Common sense rules to follow FTC's Green Guides

For the most part, the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides, including their recent “Revisions,” simply apply traditional consumer protection principles to environmental marketing claims.

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