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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.
Sandra Lewis, Vice President of Government Relations and Industry Affairs, Earth911, Inc.
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Consumers: The solution to recycling?

Have we given up on changing consumer behavior around package material recycling? Or, are there tools that we can use to ‘move the needle forward.’ Earth911 thinks change is possible.
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Dordan: Thermoformed colored algae-plastic

See it at PACK EXPO Las Vegas Pack Expo Booth #6606! Dordan has been working with ALGIX, an aquatic biomass technology company in partnership with Kimberly-Clark, on thermoforming the latest generation of its algae plastic that utilizes algae waste from aquaculture.
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End bans, fees on recyclable paper and plastic bags, says industry association

In a new policy, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries calls on policy makers to consider the impact on the recycling industry of bans on recyclable paper and plastic bags.
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'In this century, water is going to be the next oil'

The American Chemical Society launches a web-based toolkit to foster greater understanding of the challenges in providing a sustainable supply of clean water.
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Nestlé Pure Life teams with KAB to promote recycling in schools

Third Recycle-Bowl recycling competition helps students learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility. Top recyclers in each state will receive $1,000.
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Scrap recycling industry employs half a million in U.S.

New study shows the scrap recycling industry, generating more than $87 billion annually in the U.S., serves as an economic driver, a job creator, and a major exporter.
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Crown: Metal toy, game packaging

Enhanced metal packaging from CROWN Speciality Packaging North America, helps game and toy companies stand out in the entertainment industry and provide numerous sustainability options.
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Aqua Based Technologies: Grease-resistant coating for food packaging

Designed for use with paper, board, and new starch-based food packaging substrates (such as PLA), Aqualene 5050 from Aqua Based Technologies, a division of ADM Tronics Unlimited, Inc., is an eco-friendly, water-based coating that is economical, repulpable, and has high oil and grease resistance (OGR).
The Cartocan is used by itsu for its line of teas.
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New paper/foil/polymer can debuts

Itsu iced tea in the UK has been launched in something called the Cartocan.
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Aveda launches package recycling program

Aveda’s new Full Circle recycling program allows customers to return packaging not accepted by municipal programs to be recycled, reused, or burned for energy recovery.

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