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Sustainable Packaging

These mock-ups of the Superga package were photographed without the label that describes the style, size and color of shoe.
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Turning the shoe industry on end

Italian shoemaker challenges packaging conventions by adopting a vertical gable-top package that resembles both a doctor's bag and a milk carton. Patented carton design offers environmental advantages in waste-conscious Europe.
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Machine operator Martha Johnson evaluates finished bottles slated for overseas distribution as they move along the line at the O
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Bottles grow 'greener' with PCR

It took three years of development work, HDPE bottles produced for Clorox household cleaners by Owens-Brockway now incorporate 25% PCR material.
One day soon packagers may be able to download information (top) on the shipping conditions a package might experience on this c
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Distribution packaging by the numbers

Using real-world shock and vibration data to design your pack can speed development, prevent damage and economize on materials. Collecting such data isn't easy, but now new ideas for sharing the burden-with the help of the Internet-are taking root in the
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Life-cycle analysis gains political cachet

The President's Council on Sustainable Development (PCSD), having received a new lease on life, will be pushing ahead with its efforts to proselytize on behalf of "Extended Product Responsibility (EPR)," a concept that has numerous implications for users of packaging.
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Avoiding eco-seals

Coming up with international eco-labeling standards that don't impede U.S. packagers is important, according to Karil Kochenderfer, director of environmental affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), testifying before Congress in late February.
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Beaulieu tries starch-based cushioning

A 97-year-old Napa Valley winery is embracing today's latest environmentally-sound technology to protect wine bottles it ships in pairs across the country via small-parcel carriers as part of its wine society program.
3. Envirogluv technology used to decorate this Revlon container is energy efficient and uses inks that are free of heavy metals.
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Setting up shop

Merck, Revlon and Clorox developed unique packaging technology for their own use. Now those developments are generating revenue through licensing to other firms.
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Designers pick top ten

What will be hot in '97?
2:Controlled permeability in the film lidstock is the key to extended shelf life on this salad bowl.
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Foods fit fine in flexibles

Half of the 12 winners in this year's FPA awards competition for excellence in flexible packaging are food packages. A broad range of food categories are represented.
2:This sterilizable medical film is 50% thinner than comparable materials used for packages of intravenous drugs.
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Medical/surgical packs make a strong FPA showing

Among medical industry packages to win FPA awards this year was a thermoformed pouch that won the Green Globe Award for environmental achievement.
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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Ciba slashes costs with flexible pack

Ciba Crop Protection, Greensboro, NC, reduced its packaging costs by more than half after switching to a custom 25-lb premade bag for its granular ant bait product used by farmers.
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EPA tries to color converters 'green'

Pricing and performance of flexible packaging could be affected by EPA's new regulatory programs and by voluntary changes, too.
A galvanized steel cage permits Pepper Source personnel to see through to the inner HDPE liner to gauge product level
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IBC serves up savings for sauce maker

Pepper Source reduces its packaging and distribution costs with a reusable bulk container that saves in both shipping and receiving, says maker of sauces, marinades and glazes.
Once the sides of the container are raised, the operator inserts the bag cassette into the box (right). The fitting on the bag
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Green package keeps greens greener

Better cube and easy disposal or recycling are the main reasons why chemical maker Aquatrols added corrugated bulk containers to its offerings.

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