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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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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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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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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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Willett America Inc: Ethyl acetate ink

Willett America (Grapevine, TX) offers ink with an ethyl acetate base for use in applications where toxic solvents are unsuitable. Ethyl acetate, a solvent found in nature, is environmentally safe and acceptable in the food industry.
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Bags are a natural for organic cereals

In May, 2000, Barbara’s Bakery, a Petaluma, CA-based natural foods maker, began using oriented polypropylene “eco” bags to sell family-sized packages of its Organic Shredded Oats and Organic Puffins cereals.
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Sporty pouch will be a U.S. first

from InterBev 2000: Following more than two years of development, Hydrade Beverage Co., Dallas, TX, unveiled in New Orleans its 500-mL stand-up pouch for the sports drink category. Intended for on-the-go use, the pouch has a laminated PET/foil/PET/PE structure and a resealable fitment for convenience. Sourced and contract filled overseas, it will debut in four varieties in the U.S. in early 2001.
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Grocery pack recycling grows

Bottle bills are a costly and inefficient means of recycling and addressing municipal solid waste management, said Katie Hornbarger, state affairs manager for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) in testimony before the Connecticut Bottle Bill Task Force.
Harley-Davidson uses molded pulp to help protect shipments of motorcycle parts and accessories, as shown (above) by packaging en
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Molded pulp benefits beer, motorcycle parts shipments

Harley-Davidson and Merchant Direct discussed how they ride the advantages of molded pulp at IMPEPA’s late-September seminar.
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'Plastics Packaging' molds students, professionals

With the World Wide Web, packaging students and professionals can quickly glean information. Thus, there seems to be little need for a book on the basics of plastics packaging, especially a 432-page tome whose only color printing appears on its hard cover (shown at right).

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