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Ball Acquisitions Expand Its Sustainable Packaging Business

Sustainable packaging manufacturer Ball Corporation announced two acquisitions last week, expanding the company’s metal food and beverage packaging business. Ball, which manufacturers completely recyclable two- and three-piece steel food cans in a full range of sizes, completed its acquisition of Sonoco’s metal end and closure facilities in Canton, Ohio. The … Read more »

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Sonoco Produces Plant-Based Plastic Bottles for Ecover Green Cleaning Line

Sonoco is producing plant-based plastic bottles for Ecover’s new home care line. Ecover bought Method in 2012 to become the world’s largest green cleaning company. It has launched its green brand in North America with a new look in Sonoco’s sustainable packaging: extrusion blow-molded bottles made from Plantplastic, Ecover’s proprietary … Read more »

Amcor Joins Recycling Partnership

The Recycling Partnership, a national recycling industry collective, has selected initial cities for activity and welcomed Amcor as its newest contributing partner, according to Curbside Value Partnership, which oversees the project. Founded on July 1, the Recycling Partnership has selected initial partner cities for the first round of work — but … Read more »

Sonoco’s Lego Pouch Wins Green Award

An innovative stand-up pouch designed by Sonoco for use as packaging for Lego has won a gold Flexible Packaging Achievement Award in the sustainability and environmental achievement category from the Flexible Packaging Association. The pouch, designed for Lego’s Hero Factory range, weighs 80 percent less than both boxes and canisters, reducing costs and … Read more »

US Ranks No. 1 Using Tax Code To Shape Corporate Sustainability

US Ranks No. 1 Using Tax Code To Shape Corporate Sustainability

The US ranks No. 1 among 21 countries most actively using the tax code to influence sustainable corporate activity, reflecting the country’s federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings, according to KPMG’s first Green Tax Index. Japan, the UK, France, South Korea and China are also … Read more »

Co-op Lightweights Wine Bottles

The Co-operative has reduced the weight of its own-brand wine bottles, saving 725 metric tons of glass and more than 556 metric tons of CO2 per year, according to the company. The UK grocery chain worked with its supplier, Kingsland Wines and Spirits, on lightweighting the glass bottles. It says … Read more »

US Firms Lead Way in Sustainability Yearbook 2013

US Firms Lead Way in Sustainability Yearbook 2013

Nine US-based companies including Molson Coors, Alcoa, Sonoco Products, Herman Miller and UnitedHealth Group have been awarded gold medals for sustainability practices in RobecoSAM and KPMG’s Sustainability Yearbook 2013. This places the US higher than any other country in the rankings. The gold medal-winning US companies also include Baxter International and Waste Management – … Read more »

Glen Raven Facilities Go Landfill-Free

Three of Glen Raven’s US facilities send zero waste to landfills, and the performance fabric company is “locking the dumpster” at a fourth location this month, Industry Week reports. Randy Blackston, vice president of operations at Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, a business unit of the parent company, also tells the … Read more »

Melitta Switches to Recycled Sonoco Coffee Cans

Packaging firm Sonoco is helping coffee company Melitta USA move from traditional metal cans to high-performance composite cans made from recycled and recyclable content. Melitta, which has been roasting coffee at its location in Cherry Hill, N.J., for over 40 years, has converted its 603- and 401-volume coffee cans to … Read more »

Sonoco Sustainability Report: Energy Use Drops 5%

Sonoco Sustainability Report: Energy Use Drops 5%

Packaging firm Sonoco reduced its normalized energy use by 4.96 percent from 2010 to 2011, from 3.688 to 3.507 MMBtu per ton of product produced, according to the company’s latest corporate sustainability report. Over the course of the year Sonoco’s total energy use dropped 4.84 percent from 16.5 to 15.7 … Read more »