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Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Sustainable Packaging Options No Longer Just ‘Nice to Have,’ Say Retailers

Retailers and manufacturers have dictated that sustainable packaging is no longer just “nice to have,” but is something they expect from the packaging industry, according to a new study from Smithers Pira. Packaging materials are extremely visible to the consumer, and retailers, packaged product suppliers, governments, regulators, NGOs and environmental groups are … Read more »

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coke, Amazon Appear to Lead the Way with Sustainable Packaging Improvements

Coca-Cola and Amazon are leading the way in terms of sustainable packaging strides, according to the buzz leading up to Interpack trade fair in Germany this week. Coke’s bio-based PlantBottle, 100% bio-based recyclable container, is leading the buzz, per Packaging Digest. Coke’s sustainable packaging lead, Sarah Dearman, says sourcing plays a … Read more »

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

Target says it will use its “power and scale” as one of the country’s largest retailers to advance the idea that all packaging will be recyclable one day, and to help consumers understand how and why recycling is so important. With that in mind, the retailer has joined the Material Recovery … Read more »

How to Make E-Commerce Packaging More Sustainable

The American Institute for Packaging and the Environment has published a brochure aimed at improving the environmental sustainability e-commerce packaging, in time for the holiday season. The brochure, titled Packaging: At the Forefront of E-Commerce Growth & Sustainability, explains the roles of e-commerce packaging, strategies that packaging manufacturers, product marketers … Read more »

Beverage Companies Slow to Embrace Novelis Evercan

Major beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and AB InBev tout their recycling efforts and commitment to the circular economy, so why aren’t they using Novelis’ evercan, made of 90 percent recycled aluminum, asks a sustainable business column in the Guardian. AB InBev declined to talk about aluminum recycling for the … Read more »

DuPont Printing Technology Halves Emissions

DuPont Packaging Graphics’ installation of two thermal processing systems at Wisconsin-based Bemis Graphics has helped cut the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent. DuPont’s Cyrel Fast 3000TD offers a 53 percent savings in greenhouse gas generation and a 63 percent reduction in non-renewable energy consumption compared to solvent processing, based on … Read more »

How to Choose a Sustainable Packaging Strategy

Manufacturers have a choice between two valid sustainable packaging models: the circular economy model and the eco-efficiency or linear model, according to Packaging Digest. With an eco-efficiency model, companies choose the most resource-efficient option, even if this does not use renewable resources and is more difficult to sustain in the long … Read more »

Bacardi Employees Embrace Company-Wide Sustainability Initiative

Bacardi’s “Good Spirited” green initiative, launched earlier this year with the goal of eliminating landfill waste at all of its production sites globally by 2022, is off to a good start according to company reports. According to Jennifer Eckberg of Bacardi, employees have been quick to embrace the sustainability concept, and … Read more »

Clariant Expanding Chinese Footprint

Specialty chemical company Clariant has committed to major investments in the Chinese plastics industry. The company identified supply- and service-related investments that respond to the megatrends affecting the region, and local needs for more innovative and sustainable products for end-markets such as packaging and electrical & electronics (E&E). Clariant’s established … Read more »

Recyclability Assessment Service Launched

RRS has launched a new service, TruCycle that allows brands, packaging converters, retailers and others to understand the true recyclability of a specific product package. The sustainability and recycling consulting firm said TruCycle provides a detailed recyclability analysis of packaging by evaluating three key areas: probable end markets for the … Read more »

Study Identifies EPR Best Practices

The most successful materials management programs often incorporate a combination of legislative and voluntary strategies, according to a new study of 11 international extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for packaging. The report has identified a series of emerging global best practices for packaging EPR and for managing packaging waste. The … Read more »