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Do you Buy Recycled? Make thoughtful purchases that actually help the planet

Did you know that recycling doesn't end at the bin? If you're like most people, you probably already recycle your empty containers at home and on the go. Thank you! Recycling is such an important step to keep valuable materials out of the landfill and in the economy, preventing pollution while creating green jobs. Now it's time to complete the cycl...
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Garware Polyester becomes a ‘carbon-negative’ company

Mr. S. B. Garware, Chairman of Garware Polyester Limited (GPL) observed, "Sustainability is core to our vision of making our planet healthier. As a responsible Hi-Tech performance film manufacturing company, we seek to deliver long-term economic value to our stakeholders, while continuing to contribute to the environmental and social well-being of ...
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UPM Raflatac achieves APR Critical Guidance recognition

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized UPM Raflatac's PE and PP pressure sensitive label materials with general purpose acrylic adhesive for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers as meeting or exceeding the most strict APR HDPE Critical Guidance criteria for recyclability. These white and clear PP and PE label materials com...
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The Journey Towards Sustainable Packaging

Global waste is expected to increase by 70 per cent over the next 30 years unless we take action now. Colgate-Palmolive has a plan In order to tackle this critical issue, corporations must make sustainability a priority by setting measurable goals, innovating, collaborating and preparing for anything. Read the full article from Forbes.

Plastics Recycling Conference announces virtual format for 2021

Resource Recycling and the Association of Plastic Recyclers, the organizers of the Plastics Recycling Conference, have announced that this year's event will be held in a fully virtual format April 7-8. In an email announcing the virtual venue, the organizers say it "allows for boosted participation from companies across the sector, eliminating trav...
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Avery Dennison receives APR recognition

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has announced its MDO and PE films have been recognized to comply with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) Critical Guidance for HDPE recycling, and the company's BOPP and MDO films have been recognized to comply with APR Critical Guidance for Flexible PE recycling. Following the earlier APR recog...
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Boost your eco credentials with sustainable labels – here’s how

Your brand is likely facing immense pressure to step up your sustainability game. Not only do major retailers have imminent sustainability requirements for their suppliers, but investors have a heightened focus on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) measures of the companies in their portfolios and customer scrutiny misses nothing.Sustai...
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Report: Innovative New Materials at PACK EXPO Connects

PMMI Media Group editors divided and conquered to collectively take in as much of PACK EXPO Connects as possible. Here's what they saw in the materials category. The challenges of flexible packaging are pushing new innovations. A number of these were touched on during a PACK EXPO presentation. During that presentation, Sandi Childs, Director of Fil...
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Latest updates on Ferrero Group’s sustainable packaging commitments

Ferrero has partnered with the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) to join efforts in enhancing plastics recycling. Working closely with APR and their network of members, Ferrero will help define, develop and update design-for-recyclability guidelines that would be uniform across the industry. This latest partnership announcement follows Ferrero...
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Greenpeace sues Walmart regarding recyclability claims

Greenpeace Inc. has filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court alleging that Walmart has employed unlawful, unfair and deceptive business practices by labeling and advertising its various private-label plastic products and packaging as recyclable. The organization demands that Walmart remove what it says are the "false and misleading labels stati...
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Packaging products receive recyclability recognition

Recent testing has shown that several bottle label innovations and a barrier tube package are compatible with plastics recycling processes, according to the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). APR recently issued critical guidance letters recognizing packaging products from FLEXcon, Multi-Color Corporation and EPL Global. The following informat...
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EPA’s Latest Recycling Report Comes With a Surprise; and How to Decipher Recycling Data

Calculating recycling rates is no easy, straightforward task, especially when it comes to consolidating figures to come up with a national number. The stats come from multiple sources with different number-crunching methods. Reading and writing these reports is more an art than a science. This year the real story was even harder to decipher as the ...
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Best Practices For Recycling

As good as your intentions are for the environment, you may be doing more harm than good if you're unaware of the most common recycling rules. For example, not every piece of plastic, cardboard, or aluminum belongs in the bin. One of the biggest misconceptions is that an item is recyclable if it has the recycle symbol on it. This, coupled with conf...
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The Recycling Partnership Announces First Grants to Improve Polypropylene Curbside Recycling for Millions of Americans

The Recycling Partnership today announced nearly $2 million in catalytic grants to advance polypropylene recycling in the U.S. through its Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, a cross-industry collaboration that launched just four months ago with founding steering committee members Keurig Dr Pepper, Braskem, and the Walmart Foundation and other membe...
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Albéa lands partnership with P&G to launch recyclable toothpaste tubes

Albéa Group is proud to partner with FMCG leader P&G to launch several ranges of recyclable toothpaste tube, using its proprietary Greenleaf Generation 2 tube technology. P&G has recently announced that the new packaging would be released across its renowned Crest, Oral-B and Blend-a-med toothpaste brands. The three brands now feature recyc...
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Amcor partners 35 Consumer Goods Companies on recyclable packaging

Amcor, in partnership with 35 companies in the consumer goods industry, announced measures to significantly reduce plastic waste. Amcor and its partners in this coalition say they will be enforcing two new design rules to deliver packaging that is easier and more cost-effective to recycle. The first design rule aims to improve the economic viabilit...
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PP evolution makes all K-Cup coffee pods recyclable

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) has made all of its K-Cup pods recyclable and added the How2Recycle label that communicates recycling instructions to consumers. Part of a longstanding sustainability commitment, the brand converted more than 100 manufacturing lines to produce the pods now made from polypropylene. KDP produces approximately 80 per cent of the...
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EPL’s Platina tube achieves First in the World title

First fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination. EPL has announced that its Platina tube with an HDPE closure has been recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) as the first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube and cap combination in the world. Read the full article from Press Ideas. Read the fu...
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Film Suppliers and Food Companies Sharpen Plans for Sustainability Goals

Sustainable mandates are arriving in the next five years, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and suppliers are collaborating to find answers to meet this difficult challenge. During the recent BNP Media-sponsored virtual Global Pouch Forum, David Luttenberger, global packaging director at Mintel, explained numerous consumer trends revolvin...
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5 Tips to Creating a Recyclable Flexible Package

Environmental issues for plastic packaging may have taken a back seat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's only a matter of time until the topic turns white hot again. A subset of the plastic environmental conversation is recycling. Confusion runs rampant among consumers as to what can and cannot be recycled — and in what manner. Interestingly, t...
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