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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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1 billion tons of steel recycled in 25 years

The Steel Recycling Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary, highlighting achievements such as an 88% recycling rate, increased energy efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions.
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45% of U.S. households have access to carton recycling

Carton recycling jumps 150% since the formation of the Carton Council of North America in 2009.
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Recycling associations release joint plastic model bale specifications

Two recycling industry associations form taskforce to find common ground on the plastic model bale specifications to improve the efficiency of trade.
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McDonald’s agrees to phase out foam cups

Amid pressure from advocacy group As You Sow, McDonald’s Corp. moves to replace its PS hot beverage cups with paper material.
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Significant cost savings achieved by reusables winner

Maker of lighting solutions Finelite employs a range of reusable solutions that result in cost and environmental savings, making it the Reusable Packaging Assn.’s 2013 award winner.
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Cereal maker introduces plant-based box liner

Organic products maker Cascadian Farm now lines its Cinnamon Crunch cereal box with a new bag made from 57% certified plant-based material.
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Executive summary details 100 Cities Packaging Recovery research

Publication summarizes AMERIPENS’ research on the adoption of best practices and the effectiveness/efficiency of recovering packaging materials the U.S.’s 100 largest cities.
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Delabeling: A recycling solution for full-wrap label PET bottles?

The Full-Wrap Label Consortium investigates solutions to the recycling stream issues surrounding full-wrap labels on PET bottles.
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Eco Friendly vodka goes from glass to PET

Custom 1.75-L PET bottle for McCormick’s Eco Friendly 360 Vodka offers lighter weight with glass-like appearance, and is first to feature a swing-top closure.
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Vending machine dispenses 'free' T-shirts made from recycled plastics

To celebrate New York Fashion Week as well as eco-chic clothing, the Plastics Make it Possible initiave sponsors a vending machine that dispenses recycled plastic T-shirts.
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Pea-based protein bar launches in 31% bio-based wrapper

Known for the simplicity and purity of its snack-bar products, LÄRABAR launches its new ALT protein bar in a wrapper made from a non-GMO, plant-based material.
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APPE: Pasteurizable PET jar

Capable of hot-fill or pasteurization up to 95 degrees C, the new lightweight shatterproof ThermaLite PET jar from APPE is up to 85% lighter than glass equivalents with a smaller footprint, provides energy and transportation savings, and also reduces noise levels and avoids the risk of breakage on the line.
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Penford: Biopolymer additive strengthens paperboard

PenStrength, a high-performance cationic polymer from Penford Products, enhances the binding of pulp fibers to make recycled paperboard stronger, and allows manufacturers to produce premium-grade paperboard while reducing manufacturing costs.
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Three strategies identified for increased material recovery in the U.S.

White paper from AMERIPEN identifies three successful recycling strategies from around the globe: unit-based pricing; disposal bans; and recycling mandates.

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