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Most Read Paper and Packaging Stories of 2011

Every day this week we’ll be looking at a different aspect of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention this year. Today’s topic: paper and packaging. Yesterday’s: energy management.

Here are Environmental Leader’s top 15 paper and packaging stories for 2011, based on reader interest:

15: WWF Allows Companies to Destroy Forests, Report Charges

Human rights group Global Witness charged that the Global Forest and Trade Network, a World Wildlife Fund industry partnership to protect forests, is failing in its duties…

14: Starbucks Eyes Up Tim Hortons’ Cup-to-Tray Technology

Starbucks expressed an interest in the technique that Canadian chain Tim Hortons is using to recycle its hot beverage cups into take-out trays…

13: PepsiCo Rolls Out 5 Recyclable and Compostable Cups

PepsiCo started offering five types of recyclable and compostable cups to U.S. food service customers…

12: Global Bioplastics Market to Surpass $11 Billion by 2015

In 2010 the global market for bioplastics achieved estimated sales of $2.74 billion, according EL Insights Issue 17

11: Coca-Cola Selling PET Recycling Plant, Sources Say

Coca-Cola’s PET recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C. reportedly went up for sale two months after stopping operations. The plant was set to re-open in August 2011

10: Coke, Colgate, DuPont and Others Form Environmental Packaging Lobby Group

Dow Chemical and Kellogg’s were also among the major U.S. corporations forming the American Institution for Packaging and the Environment (Ameripen), to represent the packaging industry and coordinate the sector’s environmental efforts…

9: Italy Carries Out Plastic Bag Ban

Italy enacted its ban on the distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags at shops and retail points…

8: Seventh Generation Unveils Paper Laundry Detergent Bottle

Seventh Generation introduced a liquid laundry detergent bottle made from 100 percent recycled cardboard and newspaper…

7: P&G, Coke, Intel, Heinz, GSK Among Sustainable Packaging Award Winners

The winners of this year’s DuPont Packaging Award included Gillette, for its Fusion ProGlide packaging made of renewable bamboo and bulrush…

6: Frito-Lay Unveils ‘Quieter’ SunChips Bags

The snack company revealed new SunChips bags that it said fixed the noise problem customers encountered with its first attempt at 100 percent compostable bags, four months earlier…

5: Lego Drops APP Packaging After Greenpeace Campaign

Lego bowed to pressure from Greenpeace, reportedly agreeing to drop supplier Asia Pulp and Paper, and the toy company said it will only use packaging material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council from now on…

4: Seven More Companies Dump Sustainable Forestry Initiative

AT&T, State Farm and Comcast were among seven Fortune 500 companies that joined a growing corporate movement against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an eco-label that a non-profit said “greenwashes” environmentally damaging products…

3: Mattel Bows to Greenpeace Pressure on APP Packaging

Mattel pledged to create a sustainable procurement policy and directed suppliers to put a freeze on purchases from Asia Pulp & Paper, following Greenpeace protests over the origin of its packaging…

2: Allstate, Office Depot, Five Others to Drop Sustainable Forestry Label

Aetna, Allstate and five other companies made commitments to stop using the SFI eco-label…

1: Coke Pulls Polar Bear Cans after Customer Confusion

Coca-Cola was been forced to re-design cans meant to highlight its partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, after customers complained that the cans looked too much like those for Diet Coke…

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