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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


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.


>> 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

Rigid container project in the works?

New! Download this free, 50-page Rigid Container Design Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Whether your job involves package design or package development, download this playbook now.

Packaging World


Good news on plastic water bottle improvements bubbles over on Earth Day

Waste-to-energy: a hot topic

Target's in-store recycling program hits its mark

Advice needed on launching recycling program

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

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

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

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Forestry-certified, high-strength stranded paper strapping is recyclable

Package: Strapping
Material type: Paper: Uncoated Unbleached Kraft
Company: M.A. Industries, Inc.

Sustainability claims
Check Mark Sustainable forestry certification? Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
Check Mark Recyclable? Yes
Claims 3rd Party Reviewed

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FDA-approved, food-grade recycled HDPE resin

Package: Raw Material
Material: Polymers: HDPE
Company: Envision Plastics

Sustainability claims
• Post-consumer content: 100%
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Recyclable? Yes

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Preformed bio-based produce bags are compostable

Package: Converted Package
Material: Bag, pre-formed: Bags on a roll
Company: Spiralkote Flexible Packaging

Sustainability claims
• Pre-consumer content: 10-24%
• Compostable? 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