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Is your firm taking advantage of renewable energy tax credits?
Sean Sabre, Regional Supply Chain Manager – Americas,
ModusLink Global, Packager

So, what do photovoltaic investment tax credits have to do with greener packaging? Well, quite a bit. If you have been using the Walmart scorecard, you will have noticed that ever since the beta, there has been a question regarding the use of renewable energy. While everyone has placed a considerable emphasis on biopolymers, recycled content, and recovery, I haven’t seen a lot of dialogue on renewable energy. Photovoltaic (solar), wind, and geothermal investment tax credits have been around for a while. Unfortunately, a lot of firms either aren’t aware of existing and pending legislation along this front or they feel a realistic ROI is beyond reach. Believe it or not there are heavy incentives out there for material OEMs, converters and co-packers to harvest up to 30% state credit and 35% federal credit for renewable energy system investments. Maybe it’s time we build a dialogue on best practices regarding learning about and promoting renewable energy within the packaging community. Read 4 responses to this question: greenerpackage.com/node/964

Recyclable packaging for the coffee industry
Katherine M., Retailer

Has anyone come across recyclable packaging for the coffee industry? We currently use poly nylon bags, mylar bags, and claycoat poly-lined bags. I would like to switch to something recyclable, but so far haven’t found anything. Read 9 responses to this question: greenerpackage.com/node/863

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