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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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The "Pick of the Pack" winner was a treated anti-corrosive paper designed to keep grease on metal parts. Developed by Port Townsend Paper Mill and converted by Cortec, the paper is treated with Scotchban FC-807A. It replaces a plastic wrap that was considered less "green." Six U.S.-based entrants won honors, includingGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters (shown), top winner in the paper category. By using Scotchban FC-845, the firm eliminated as much as 8κ―  lb of plastic liners it used to use in its paper coffee bag structure. The pack is converted by Bagcraft Corp. of America. This year marked the third straight year that a paper material took home "Pick of the Pack" honors, after paperboard won the first two years. The top paperboard winner was converter Stone Container for a pizza box made of lightweight, rigid corrugated board protected by Scotchban FC-845. The Scotchban is said to have eliminated the need for a fiber liner, reducing weight by 30%. An awards program, held in Minneapolis in October, featured Kate Murphy of Fitch, a Boston design firm. Murphy's "Thinking Outside The Box" presentation focused on how consumers per-ceive packaging. (For a look at consumer gripes about packaging, see "The Insider," p. 80.)

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