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Aluminum leaders talk environment, China

An aggressive approach to sustainable development and the effects of the Chinese aluminum production were two major topics at the annual meeting of The Aluminum Assn. (Washington, DC) held Sept. 30 to Oct. 1.
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Technology to take us forward

What are today’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the packaging field saying about packaging technology of the future?
A wall-thickness measurement system helps Southeastern Container make consistent PET two-liter bottles for Coca-Cola.
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Moving ahead with converting technologies

Technical advances in materials and machinery are making converters more efficient and their customers more satisfied.
Nancy Hirshberg, vice president of natural resources, Stonyfield Farm.
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Analyze this

Yogurt producer Stonyfield Farm analyzes its ‘package delivery systems’ to determine environmental impact.
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Analyze this (sidebar)

Yogurt cups to toothbrushes
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M&G Polymers USA LLC: PET resin

Cleartuf® Max PET resin from M&G Polymers USA LLC (Apple Grove, WV) was designed for use in carbonated soft-drink packaging applications. Resin is environmentally friendly and has faster reheatability.
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P&G, Wal-Mart on CorrExpo program

When merchandising executives from top retailers speak, packaging people tend to listen.
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Balancing economics and the environment

Stonyfield Farm CEO Gary Hirshberg describes how the organic yogurt maker balances these packaging concerns.
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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.
The large U.K. supermarket chain Sainsbury's has been using these compostable, biodegradable trays for organic produce for the p
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U.S., U.K. progress in biodegradables

Biodegradable packaging is back in the news as Sainsbury’s in England unveils produce packs. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, launches bowls and plates in the United States.
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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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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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