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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


Ultrasonic sealing technology that reduces materials, maintenance, and energy >>

Triangle demonstrates the versatility of its ultrasonic sealing technology in this video. The sealing technology is designed to reduce material consumption through a 50-80% narrower seal versus heat. There is also a reduction of package headspace and a potential reduction in secondary packaging.

Triangle Package Machinery Company

Sustainability Primer: How to lightweight materials with vertical baggers >>

White paper from Rennco shows specific calculations demonstrating dramatic material reductions by switching to vertical bagging equipment from using premade bags.


Sustainable case packing: Head-to-head comparison of film vs. corrugated shippers >>

Seven-page PDF details the findings of an independent lifecycle analysis (LCA) study on Smart Balance's use of the Spot-Pak package to replace corrugated shipper. Four charts document reductions in material use (and disposal), process and energy, greenhouse gases, and truckload shipments.

Delkor Systems

10 tips for energy-efficient and sustainable conveyors >>

Watch this short video from Nercon to learn how to reduce energy, improve efficiencies and reduce waste on your packaging lines.


Analysis of debate over biodegradable plastics in landfills vs. compost facilities >>

White paper from Ecologic examines and challenges the arguments that biodegradable plastics must degrade in the same "short period of time" as a compost facility, especially over concerns about leaching contaminants into the soil.



Eco-packaging on the upbeat—forecast to reach $41.7 billion in 2014

Canadian visionaries close the PET-bottle loop

Leaf-like mint tin channels nature

Dairy looks for better butter retail pack

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Latest Sustainable Packaging 

Film + adhesive + pad = source-reduced overwrap system

Package: Transport packaging
Material type: Corrugated: Unbleached
Company: Delkor Systems, Inc.

Sustainability claims
Check Mark Post-consumer content: 25-49%
Check Mark Sustainable forestry certification? (SFI)
Check Mark Greenhouse gas reduction: 25-49%
Check Mark Shipping efficiency? Yes
Check Mark Recyclable? Yes
Check Mark Waste-to-energy? Yes
Claims 3rd Party Reviewed


12-oz oval PET longneck bottle has 25% recycled content

Package: Bottle
Material: Polymers: PET, PETE
Company: Berry Plastics

Sustainability claims
• Post-consumer content: 25-49%


Recyclable UV-stabilizing masterbatch extends product shelf life

Package: Granular
Material: Performance additive
Company: Americhem

Sustainability claims
• Recyclable? Yes


Renewable wood pulp-based sandwich wrap goes 'back to nature'

Package: Pouch
Material type: Cellophane, Cellulose film
Company: Robbie

Sustainability claims
• Greenhouse gas reduction: 50-74%
• Shipping efficiency? Yes
• Compostable? Yes

Packagers: Source sustainable packaging materials using the Greener Package Database

Suppliers: Submit your sustainable packaging product for free

Third-party review: Explanation