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Sustainable Packaging

Loose-fill dispersion at Borders (above) is activated by a footpedal. A central conveyor moves cartons into position to be fille
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Saving more than just peanuts

Bookstore chain Borders Group moves to a customized loose-fill system for distribution of its products to stores nationwide. Yearly savings are in excess of one million dollars.
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Organic labeling rules proposed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on its proposal to establish uniform federal standards for use of the term "organic" in labeling both raw and processed foods.
Plumes of steam, a typical byproduct of the papermaking process, are exhausted from Georgia-Pacific?s Crossett, AR, paperboard m
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Should paperboard buyers turn white with fright?

EPA "cluster" rule forces bleached pulp mills to spend millions to clean up air and water emissions. Quality, cost, even availability may become a question mark.
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Paper pulp molders share successes, shortcomings

New molded pulp producers group meets to assess status and learn new technologies. Packagers report on applications, identify areas that need help.
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What's SAFE from OSHA? (sidebar)

EPA loosens up on labels
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Pulp molders share advances, shortcomings

At its first seminar since its establishment, the Molded Pulp Environmental Packaging Assn. (Mequon, WI) met early last month to discuss new technologies and to hear from some of its customers, the packagers.
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CMI develops educational kit

More than 15ꯠ teachers across the country requested and received "Aluminum Beverage Cans: The ABCs of Environmental Education," an innovative teachers' resource kit developed by the Can Manufacturers Institute and the North American Assn.
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New Year's promise: Further packaging advances

There's a better-than-even chance we'll see a surge in packaging advances this year. Packaging developers in a host of segments see the promise of their long labors bearing fruit in 1998.
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Treated paper focuses on foodservice

Treated paperboard containers provide grease resistance and reduce material use and costs for pizza and breadsticks.
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GMA participates in "America Recycles Day"

At an October 1 White House "America Recycles Day" ceremony, the Grocery Manufacturers of America reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to reduce solid waste.
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Elopak, Inc: Aseptic pouch

An aseptic pouch for UHT-processed milks and liquids has been developed by Elopak Inc. (New Hudson, MI). The Elopouch(TM) is a coextruded structure made primarily from PE with up to six layers and is said to keep the product fresh for up to four months at ambient temperature.
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Environmental resin

EcoClear(TM) resin from Wellman (Shrewsbury, NJ) is designed to be an environmental alternative to virgin PET resins, and it's comparable in quality and cost, the company says.
Disposable packaging (left) used formerly by 3M for its bulk videotape generated about 1 cu? of waste. The Reusable Pak (above)
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3M saves bundles with new bundle

The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
GardenTech Singles (top) are insecticide, fungicide and  herbicide concentrates available in unit-dose portions. They?re packed
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Unit-dose packaging for the garden

Consumers crave convenience, so this lawn and garden products manufacturer serves it up: single-dose pouches of home insecticides.
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Paper packaging earns 3M's honors

For the fifth straight year at 3M's (St. Paul, MN) Scotchban(TM) Innovation Awards, converters, paper mills and packaged goods manufacturers were honored for the way their paper and paperboard materials showed innovation or sensitivity to environmental concerns.

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