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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan
     

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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.

Rennco

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.

Nercon

Headlines

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

500-mL cartons launch for eco-friendly wine enthusiasts

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Reusable pallet wrap a good fit for organic foods provider

 
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VenusEmbrace

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

Treehugger

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

clearshield

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

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