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What's the opposite of 'green'?

Well, that’s not exactly the question that arises after reading a report in the Aug. 2 edition of The Economist. Rather than being the opposite of environmentally sensitive, the point of the report is that maybe “pale green” is closer to the truth.
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Flexibles to stretch beyond $19 billion in sales

FPA forecasts that fresh produce, meat/poultry/seafood, pet food, medical, and snack foods will represent the top five end-use growth areas for flexible packaging materials in the next five years.
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Nestlé is leader of the year; PEF nominations

The Packaging Education Forum will honor Nestlé USA, Inc., as its Packaging Leader of the Year, 2001-2002. Its commercialization of innovative packaging forms reflecting consumer preferences for convenience, quality, safety, and environmental sensitivity were recognized by PEF, as was the Glendale, CA-based company’s support of college-level packaging education.
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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/environment/01_07_16_001.shtml">Packaging low on the list

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: A newly published INCPEN-commissioned report on the environmental impact of the way we live shows that packaging comes low on the list of contributors to energy wastefulness. Click logo for full article.
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Survey shows mixed feelings on GE foods

An in-depth survey by the Center for Science in the Public Interest of consumer views on labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods showed broad but limited support for labeling and demonstrated the difficulties of ensuring fairness in labeling.
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Relocations, expansions

Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) has opened a robotic system testing center at its headquarters.
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Workshop explains recycling laws

An environmental packaging workshop will be held the day after Pack Expo Las Vegas, September 13 at the Hampton Tropicana Inn, Las Vegas. The one-day workshop will tackle how packagers can comply with the patchwork of "take-back" laws now on the books in 30 countries around the world. In addition, it will cover how to comply with California's recycled content mandate on rigid plastic containers.
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Catering to convenience

From kid-focused foods in all-plastic barrier bowls to a caulk cartridge that reduces solid waste in Japan, the DuPont Awards cover a range of technologies.
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Aseptic drink box recyclable in Canada

What was once reviled by environmentalists in the United States and was actually banned in the state of Maine in the early ‘90s is now the recipient of an environmental award in Canada. A new 250-ml recyclable Tetra® Prisma aseptic carton, which holds Oasis Health Break juice cocktails from A. Lassonde, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, received an Envirowise Award for its recyclability from the Packaging Association of Canada in April ’01.
Antibacterial  products like this hand soap would have to be very careful of its status with EPA before selecting package compon
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EPA trying to wrap up packaging standard

Agency would require containers for pesticide and anti-microbial products to pass DOT performance tests.
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Recycled board rates well

It's not surprising that a survey commissioned by the Recycled Paperboard Alliance found that 100% recycled paperboard packaging compared favorably to SBS in conveying the attributes of attractiveness, performance, and quality.
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Non-food flexible packs devour awards

FPA recognizes a multilayer p-s ‘book’ label for cleaners, a plastic header bag, a resealable stand-up pouch, a high-barrier industrial wrap, formable and peelable webs for a medical package, and a CR reclosable bag for pharmaceuticals.
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Technical prowess, flexible style

Two improved package materials, one for cup lidding, one for microwave wrapping, secured Technical Innovation awards in the Flexible Packaging Assn. competition. Printing and Environmental Achievement awards also went to new technologies.
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Diners find film packs ideal for every meal course

From soups and salads to poultry, foods of all types become winners at the market—and in the 2000 Flexible Packaging Assn. competition.
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A 'greener' way to decorate

VOSS of Oslo, Norway, is the first beverage plant licensee of RevTech’s Envirogluv™ glass decorating technology. In fact, it’s the first application of the technology used by a packager other than Revlon, RevTech’s former parent company, which has used it on glass containers of nail polish and makeup for several years.

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