The Mequon, WI-based International Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. announced that it has rescheduled its 7th International Molded Pulp Seminar to Feb. 14 – 16, 2004, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Orlando, FL.
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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.
Clemson University will host “Packaging Fundamentals,” Nov. 4-6, and “Managing Packaging Development,” Nov. 6-7. The former seminar will cover packaging materials, laws, regulations, testing, and environmental issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.