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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


Video shows how waste-derived pulp is thermoformed into sustainable packaging >>

Video from Plastic Ingenuity shows how protective packaging components are formed from waste paper feedstocks via a pulp thermoforming process on specially designed thermoforming equipment.

Plastic Ingenuity

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.


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

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.



EPA report: Americans recover 61 million tons of MSW in 2009

500-mL cartons launch for eco-friendly wine enthusiasts

A gem of a question: Greener options for jewelry packager?

Reusable pallet wrap a good fit for organic foods provider

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Latest Sustainable Packaging 

In-line, VOC-free metallic coating results in recyclable cartons

Package: UV Coating
Material type: Adhesives, Coatings & Inks
Company: Henkel

Sustainability claims
Check Mark CONEG documentation? Yes
Check Mark Shipping efficiency? Yes
Claims 3rd Party Reviewed

Black Tray

PLA-based six-compartment vegetable tray, lid

Package: Tray/Bowl
Material: Polymers: PLA
Company: D&W Fine Pack LLC

Sustainability claims
• Pre-consumer content: 25-49%
• Greenhouse gas reduction: 50-74%
• Recyclable? Limited
• Compostable? Yes


100%-recycled paperboard carton holds soft drinks, beer, and canned goods

Package: Carton, folding
Material: Paperboard: Coated Recycled
Company: Zumbiel Packaging

Sustainability claims
• Post-consumer content: 25-49%
• Pre-consumer content: 25-49%
• Sustainable forestry certification? SFI, FSC
• Renewable energy? Yes
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Shipping efficiency? Yes
• Waste-to-energy? Yes


Thin-gauge bone-in vacuum shrink bags

Package: Bag, pre-formed: Stacked
Material type: Polymers: Multi-layer film - majority Nylon
Company: EXOPACK

Sustainability claims
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Shipping efficiency? Yes
• Waste-to-energy? Yes

Packagers: Source sustainable packaging materials using the Greener Package Database

Suppliers: Submit your sustainable packaging product for free

Third-party review: Explanation