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Why and How Brands Should Move Toward More Sustainable Labels

While "sustainability" as a strategic initiative encompasses much more than packaging (social, economic and environmental factors must all be considered), packaging is the one touchpoint all consumers, value chain partners, investors and retailers will see. As the demand for sustainability picks up steam, some brands might still need to decide what...
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Plastic packaging innovations get recyclability nods

A slew of packaging products – a plastic aerosol can, multi-layer HDPE bottle, bottle and film labels – recently received recognition for their compatibility with plastics recycling processes. The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in December issued critical guidance letters to Procter & Gamble (P&G), Polyplastics USA, UPM Raflatac and...
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California report sees 'crisis' in recycling, urges plastics changes

A commission appointed by California's legislature to look at recycling is making some potentially big recommendations around plastic packaging that it says are needed to help a system in "crisis." The report from the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling, released in late December, makes five policy proposals around plas...
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Consumers urged to ‘Buy Recycled’

North American consumers will be encouraged to purchase products made with recycled plastics after the Foundation for Plastic Recycling launched a campaign to stimulate market demand. Read the full article from Plastics in Packaging.Read the full article from Waste360.Read the full article from Recycling Today.

Innovation Insight – Digimarc

Digimarc develops high-tech solutions featuring digital watermarks in order to increase the recyclability of plastics and improve the sustainability and functionality of today's diverse packaging portfolios. As companies look to engage more with consumers, digital watermarking offers a unique interaction with the product and ultimately the brand. A...
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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.

Sleever’s LDPET rewarded for its contribution to the circular economy

Each year,the AWA International Sleeve Label Awards recognise the world's most innovative sleeve products (heat-shrink labels). The award for environmental contribution was recently given to Sleever for its LDPET product, the first full-body sleeve to enable enhanced recyclability of PET bottles. Read the full article from Plastics in Packagin...
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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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What’s the Fix for the U.S. Plastic Waste Pile Up?

The U.S. generates more plastic waste than any country worldwide, having cranked out an estimated 42 million metric tons of it in 2016 alone, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. That figure is likely even higher today, says Kara Lavender Law, the lead study author and a professor at the Sea Education Association. Steve Alexan...
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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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