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U.K. recycler celebrates anniversary with 500 million green bottles

In one year, Continuum Recycling—a joint venture of Coca-Cola Enterprises and ECO Plastics—has processed half a billion bottles, doubling U.K.’s bottle-grade rPET supply.
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Plastics recycling in Europe: opportunities and challenges

Organizer of the K 2013 plastics and rubber show in Europe shares insights on the state of plastics recycling in Europe, including hurdles and new technologies.
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Information Mediary, Keystone introduce electronic compliance-monitoring blister pack

Package contains electronics that collect and report accurate dosing event data; well suited for clinical trials.
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Placon: Food-safe, recycled PET plastic tray and bowl line

Manufactured with EcoStar food-safe recycled PET, Placon’s Fresh ‘n Clear CaterEase plastic tray and bowl line features sleek black, crush and crack resistant platters, bowls, and lids that securely, attractively, and sustainably present a wide assortment of foods from sandwiches, salads, fruits and veggies to desserts.
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Triangle replaces chasing arrows in Resin Identification Code

Enhancements to RIC include decoupling the system from recycling message by replacing chasing arrows with triangle symbol, and addressing recent resin innovations.
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AMERIPEN Webcast to outline 100-cities survey results

A free Webcast will provide analysis of the results of AMERIPEN’s research into the packaging material recovery systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities.
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Amcor Flexibles: Recyclable deli pack offers kraft-paper look

Amcor’s recyclable Packpyrus is a thermoformable cellulose-based packaging solution that provides oxygen-barrier protection for pre-sliced products like meat or cheese.
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Sleeve eases separation from bottles or cups via automated recycling processes

Newly launched low-density polyolefin sleeve improves recycling efficiency, offers print options for various applications.
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French juice drink packed in aseptic pouch

Orangina-Schweppes France launches its classic Oasis fruit beverage for kids and teenagers in an aseptic pouch that offers an air-filled handle and attached straw.
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Simple Green packaging redesigned to be more sustainable

New packaging for Simple Green household cleaning products includes a bottle with 25% PCR content and a trigger sprayer made entirely of plastic.
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Bio-feedstocks becoming flights of fancy?

Just because something can be converted into packaging doesn’t mean that it should be.
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Placon: Tamper-evident food containers

Available in 7 grab-and-go sizes from 8-64 oz., Placon’s Crystal Seal Tamper-Evident plastic thermoformed food containers are 100% recyclable with a patent-pending double-hinged feature that helps minimize the potential of food tampering.
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Biopac: Compostable salad containers

Designed for caterers and foodservice outlets, Biopac’s compostable salad containers offer the same durability and aesthetic appeal as plastic containers, but can be composted along with food waste.
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Zanasi: MEK-free bio ink

Zanasi’s 511 Plastic Bio Black ink is fully Mek (Methyl Ethyl Ketone)-free, does not release any harmful volatile organic component into the work environment, and consists exclusively of ethyl lactate, a plant-derived solvents made using components extracted from soy and corn.
New 4”-wide square polypropylene tub.
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Smart Balance gets square

In May 2013, Smart Balance, a division of Boulder Brands, Boulder, CO, began market introduction of redesigned packaging for all of its 13 popular, heart-healthier buttery spread products.

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