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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


Learn About Curwood's Global Approach to Sustainability >>

Drive sustainable packaging improvements that change the status quo for your meat, cheese, liquids, coffee and specialty products with Curwood. Discover Curwood's global approach to sustainability, including Environmental, Economic and Social considerations.


A New Flexible Pouch for Fresh-Cut Produce Delivers Shelf Impact >>

While working with key players in the fresh-cut produce industry to develop a flexible pouch for fresh-cut produce, it became clear to the Robbie product development team that an entirely new generation of flexible package was required to meet the unique needs of the produce industry.


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.


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 Engineering


Coke is first to U.S. market with 100% plant-based, 100% recyclable beverage bottle

Walmart to hit high-water mark with sixth Sustainable Packaging Expo

Video: Evian lightens up—11% less plastic in water bottle, 50% rPET

McDonald's: Now serving sustainably managed materials for packaging

Greener Package Awards
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Mineral-based coating replaces plastic; offers barrier, recyclability

Package: Raw material
Material type: Adhesives, Coatings & Inks: Coatings
Company: Smart Planet Technology

Sustainability claims
Check Mark Greenhouse gas reduction: 10-24%
Check Mark CONEG documentation? Yes
Claims 3rd Party Reviewed


Biodegradable, compostable PHA bioplastic resin for plastic packaging applications

Package: Raw Material
Material: Polymers: PHA
Company: Metabolix, Inc.

Sustainability claims
• Renewable energy? Indirect use
• Renewable energy used in this product: 50-74%
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Compostable? Yes
• Waste-to-energy? Yes


HDPE pail: lighter, more recycled content, less Non-Renewable Energy Used (NREU)

Package: Bulk container
Material: Polymers: HDPE
Company: BWAY Corporation

Sustainability claims
• Post-consumer content:25-49%
• Greenhouse gas reduction: 25-49%
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Shipping efficiency? Yes
• Recyclable? Yes


rPET insert is trapped between blisterboard and SFI-certified backerboard

Package: Blister card
Material type: Polymers: PET, PETE
Company: U.S. Merchants / Diversified Re-packaging

Sustainability claims
• Pre-consumer content: 10-24%
• Sustainable forestry certification? SFI
• Recyclable? Limited

Packagers: Source sustainable packaging materials using the Greener Package Database

Suppliers: Submit your sustainable packaging product for free

Third-party review: Explanation