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The Greener Package top 10 for 2011

Readers continue to crave information on bioplastics and end-of-life options for packaging.
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For the second year in a row, issues surrounding bioplastics and end-of-life packaging options are top of mind for the Greener Package community. Readers even reach back to top 2010 articles for guidance.  

10. Seven packaging predictions for a resource-strapped future 
At the Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2011, speaker Tony Kingsbury shared his thoughts on how packaging will be affected by a future marked by explosive population growth and insufficient resources.

9. Biodgradable plastic additives? 
A discussion question that expresses concerns over the “flurry of offerings that are now out there representing to be able to make plastic ‘biodegradable’” receives 56 responses, reflecting the intensity of the argument over this technology.

8. 2010 Greener Package Awards honor eight sustainable innovations
Readers looked back at the 2010 winners of the Greener Package Awards competition to learn how innovations in five categories significantly reduced packaging’s environmental footprint. This article was a favorite in 2010, as well.

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7. Heinz to launch its ketchup in Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle this summer
The iconic ketchup company estimates that it will introduce 120 million 20-oz PlantBottle packages in 2011 into the U.S.

6. 2011 Greener Package Awards recognize data-driven results
Stricter entry requirements for this year’s awards ensure that the 10 winners of the 2011 competition are providing measurable sustainable differences.

5. Safeway brings a custom package shape to private-label—with cost savings 
Safeway Foods’ new 48-oz container for its own ice cream brands signals the beginning of a fundamental shift in retailers’ approach to private-label package design.

4. Coca-Cola unveils plant-based bottle 
An article from May 2009 announces the Coca-Cola Company’s introduction of its PET PlantBottle, made partially from plants.

3. Dasani and Odwalla launch nationally in PlantBottle 
Dasani PET bottle boasts 30% plant material, while Odwalla’s new HDPE package is the first 100% plant-based bottle that is also fully recyclable.

2. PVC vs. PET 
A visitor to the Greener Package discussion section asks, “Can someone tell me which is a more sustainable package? PVC vs. PET.” This article was also a top pick in 2010.


1. What’s the difference between biodegradable vs. compostable?
A reader asks for assistance in understanding the difference between biodegradable and compostable materials, and receives 60 responses from the Greener Package community.

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