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Study compares costs for corrugated versus RPCs for shipping tomatoes

Results of a detailed, activity-based accounting comparison show that shipping tomatoes in corrugated saves $6.8 million annually versus using RPCs.
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Aluminum can is still the most recycled beverage container

The U.S. aluminum industry achieves a recycling rate of 67%—its highest since the 1990s.
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29 million tons of corrugated recycled in 2012

A clever infographic demonstrates the advantages of recycling corrugated material and using recycled corrugated throughout the packaging supply chain.
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200 million drink pouches recycled by U.S. communities

Capri Sun sweetens the pot, giving participants in the Drink Pouch Brigade greater incentives to collect and return empty packaging for upcycling.
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U.S. PET recycling rate climbs to highest rate yet: 30.8%

Report shows highest domestic recycling rate to date in 2012; however, supply of RPET could not keep up with demand, and declining bale yield remained an issue.
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Recyclable cheese pack provides functional benefits too

FrieslandCampina partners with resin and film suppliers to develop a recyclable bottom sheet for its cheese packaging that can be recycled.
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Milwaukee gets word out on plastic film recycling

Milwaukee engages in partnerships to encourage consumers to recycle not just plastic bags, but also plastic film wraps used for product packaging as well.
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Berry Plastics: Recyclable thermal management packaging solution

A patent-pending fully-recyclable thermal management packaging solution, Versalite, from Berry Plastics Group, Inc. is being introduced in the form of hot and cold to-go cups.
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RPC Tedeco-Gizeh: Polypropylene-based container

Ppure containers from RPC Tedeco-Gizeh are made from a unique, ultra-clear polypropylene-based material that helps fresh and convenience food suppliers enhance brand image, emphasize product quality, and create effective on-shelf appeal.
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Pipette provider rewards reuse by planting trees

Rainin Instrument works with American Forests to plant a tree every time one of its service return kits is reused, with a minimum commitment of 5000 trees in 2013.
Mintel's Dornbpazer packs 'em in at the Innovation Stage
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How can green packaging be simultaneously more AND less important to todays consumers?

There’s both more and less interest in going green. It’s a head-scratcher, but Mintel Group's Lynn Dornblaser unraveled the mystery to Pack Expo 2013 attendees.
Eli Lilly saves $2M per year with reusable packaging.
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Study: Reusable cold chain pharma packs 'greener' than single use

LCA study evaluates the environmental advantages of reusable versus single-use shippers for pharma. Eli Lilly’s experiences support the study results.
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Dow: Recyclable stand up pouch

Manufactured with only one raw material –polyethylene – Dow’s 100% Polyethylene Stand Up Pouch is easier to recycle, and it can be used in a variety of markets including beverages, cosmetics, dry and frozen foods, and cleaning products.
The new corrugated configurations incorporate tighter dimensions and eliminate interior dividers. Neither the inner cartons nor the outer shipping cases require foam peanuts for protective cushioning.
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New casing strategy cultivates economy and ecology

Organic grower reinvents its shipper packing operations to minimize material usage and waste byproducts.
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How TPEs benefit consumers, brands and Mother Earth

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) provide ease-of-use, brand differentiation and sustainability benefits, Sharon Derbyshire of PolyOne told Pack Expo 2013 attendees.

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