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NatureWorks LLC: Compostable packaging

NatureWorks™ PLA from Cargill Dow (Minnetonka, MN) is a family of polymers that is derived entirely from renewable resources and is said to biodegrade in municipal and industrial composting facilities.
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Bernard Technologies, Inc: Cross-contamination barrier

Bernàrd Technologies (Chicago, IL) is launching a series of products that incorporate its Microsphère® and Microl`ite® Sustained Release Systems.
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IoPP AmeriStar call for entries

June 1 is the deadline for the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ 2002 AmeriStar entry forms. Winners will be announced at an award reception in Chicago during Pack Expo, Nov.
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Green designs artfully presented

Ambitious and authoritative coverage of green, or environmentally friendly packaging, tastefully presented from a design perspective.
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DuPont and EarthShell form strategic alliance

On April 11, EarthShell Corp. (Santa Barbara, CA) and DuPont (Wilmington, DE) announced that they have formed a strategic alliance to accelerate commercialization of environmentally friendly packaging.
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Cargill Dow opens first corn-based resin plant

On April 2, Minneapolis-based Cargill Dow LLC announced the grand opening of what it says is the world’s first global manufacturing facility capable of making commercial-grade plastic from renewable resources such as ordinary corn.
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Can ban lifted in Denmark

Finally bowing to the European Commission after a battle dating back to 1977, Denmark lifted its ban on cans for beer and soft drinks, effective January 23.
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Green advice from packagers

Packagers respond to an exclusive Packworld.com survey by offering their personal advice as to what manufacturers--and suppliers--can do to improve the environmental aspects of packaging.
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Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
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Technical innovation on display

New oxygen-absorbing technology and a unique insulating liner for produce are two FPA winners admired for their technical innovation.
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Packagers share green thoughts (sidebar)

Exactly how green is that package?
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Packagers share green thoughts

An exclusive Packworld.com survey reveals packagers’ thoughts and advice about environmentally friendly packaging.
Allergan Rocket Bottle
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IOPP 2001 AmeriStar Awards

Packaging World highlights the Best of Show winner and the 13 Best of Category winners of The Institute of Packaging Professionals, Naperville, IL, 2001 AmeriStar Awards.
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Rules & Regs: Canadian regs not likely to affect packaging

Packaging is likely to get a pass on a new requirement for environmental assessment of products regulated under Canadian Food and Drugs Act. According to the New Substances Notification program under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, as of September 13, 2001, products regulated by F&DA (biologics, food additives, novel foods, personal care products, and cosmetics) must meet environmental assessment standards, as well as health and safety criteria.
Will packaged goods companies face price increases from converters who have to reduce emissions generated by coating and laminat
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Web of confusion

EPA’s proposed clean air standard is likely to cost packagers, one way or another, in add-on costs by manufacturers or converters.

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