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Pipeline: Enthusiastic engineers

One of the most exasperating parts of being a packaging reporter is to think about the stories that, for one reason or another, fall through the cracks.
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Wild Oats debuts 'corn-tainers'

Natural and organic food retailer Wild Oats Natural Marketplace, Boulder, CO, is reportedly the first North American firm to pack deli foods at retail in containers made of NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow LLC. PLA is a renewable-resource-based polylactide resin derived from corn.
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European draft packaging standards

The European Commission is taking a new approach in its directive on packaging and packaging waste. The directive is designed to minimize the environmental impact of packaging and to ensure the functioning of a single European market.
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Partnership fuels PowerID smart labels

Power Paper, a provider of thin and flexible micropower source technology and devices, and Graphic Solutions, Inc., a custom print house, have widened their strategic relationship to leverage the growing demand for thin and flexible, environmentally-friendly batteries in smart active labels.
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Cradle-to-cradle meeting set for July 11

Packaging end users and suppliers have shown interest in the principles and potential of cradle-to-cradle design, based on research and interviews conducted for PW's May cover story on the topic.
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PipeLine: Changing materials can affect recycling

Obviously, the shift in container materials for packaging is a topic we chronicle on a regular basis. Rarely covered, though, is how these changes might alter secondary markets. Comparing these materials markets over the years can also show how changing trends in materials cause substantial market changes.
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Cradle-to-cradle: the next packaging paradigm?

From the archives: An architect and a chemist make a compelling business argument for ecologically “intelligent” packaging that’s also good for the bottom line.
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Packagers react to cradle-to-cradle design

Packagers express interest in cradle-to-cradle design. In July, an initial meeting will be held to see if a cross-industry cradle-to-cradle packaging workgroup should be organized.
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Recent enviro-packaging developments

This is a list of recent commercial developments in environmental packaging. This is expanded listing that contains items not published in the print magazine.
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Huhtamaki receives EPA award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office selected Huhtamaki Americas’ packaging plant located in Los Angeles to receive its 2003 Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of its exceptional work and commitment to the environment.
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What packagers think about the environment

Respondents to a recent survey on Packworld.com were asked to describe the current attitude at their company with regard to packaging and the environment.
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EPA issues E-commerce pack challenge

The Office of Solid Waste within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a competition it calls "The Cradle-to-Cradle Design Challenge for E-Commerce Shipping Packaging and Logistics."
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Coca-Cola wins recycling award

Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta, received an award for outstanding corporate responsibility for its leadership in using recycled PET resin. The award, from the Plastic Redesign Project, Madison, WI, was presented at a luncheon Feb. 26, at the Take It Back! 2003 conference in Alexandria, VA, sponsored by Raymond Communications (Columbia, MD).
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FDA's 'fast track' isn't always

Industry and agency consider ways to reduce delays in 120-day packaging approval program.
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Automated Packaging to help homeland security effort

Automated Packaging was chosen by the CDC to provide packaging technologies vital to the rapid deployment initiatives of the CDC's homeland security effort.

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