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DuPont ( introduced two new families of renewably sourced polymers for the packaging market.
• Biomax TPS is a renewably sourced thermoplastic starch for packaging applications. The offering consists of sheet stock that contains 85 to 90% renewably sourced content for thermoformed trays and articles, and resins for injection-molded parts and containers.
• Biomax PTT (polytrimethylterephtalate) injection moldable resin contains up to 35% renewably sourced content for packaging applications. It is suitable for use in injection-molded containers, cosmetic packaging and other parts where polyesters are used.

Hartness International ( introduces Uvaclear, an ultraviolet curable ink that is supplied in a wide range of colors, including metallics. Uvaclear is ecologically friendly and directly supports sustainability by eliminating heavy metals. It utilizes substantially less energy than a traditional applied ceramic label process and eliminates waste generated by paper labels. The organic nature of the ink makes it suitable for recycling as it is burned off during the recycle process without contamination. This technology also offers a sustainable alternative to sleeve labels.

Mead Westvaco Corp. (MWV) ( announced it has received chain of custody certification from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative program and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. The dual certification covers the company’s four U.S.-based paperboard mills. The certifications also apply to the company’s sheeting and extruding facilities, and 12 of its integrated package converting plants in North America, Europe, and Asia. The certification provides third-party validation of MWV’s sustainable fiber sourcing practices.

Salazar Packaging, Inc., ( a distributor of packaging materials and equipment, introduced Globe Guard, its own brand of corrugated boxes made from 100% post-consumer waste material. Globe Guard boxes are available in both standard and custom sizes and board constructions.

■ The 4th Annual Sustainable Packaging Forum will be held September 9-11, 2008; Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver. Last year’s event sold out, so if interested book early. SustainCommWorld-The Green Media Show brings together top executives, media professionals, and suppliers who are all striving to find sustainable solutions. To be held October 1, 2008, at the Marriott Copley Square Hotel, Boston.

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