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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


Sustainability Starts at PACK EXPO >>

Begin your next sustainable initiative by collaborating with leading suppliers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011. In one efficient trip, examine multiple solutions: environmentally friendly materials, reusable packaging, energy-conserving and waste-reducing equipment, automation technologies and much more. Register today.

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute

EarthAware biodegradable and recycled film bags for greater sustainability >>

EarthAware poly-film bags are designed for those organizations moving toward greater sustainability by lowering the impact of packaging on the environment. Data sheets cover all technical aspects of these films and give potential buyers a clear understanding of the features and applications of each film type.

Automated Packaging 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.


Twist on molded fiber yields smooth surfaces on both sides of a thermoform >>

Read about the Type 3 molded fiber process, which creates a strong, well-defined part with smooth surfaces on both sides of a thermoformed part. Feedstock derived from newspaper, waste paperboard, office paper scrap.

Plastic Ingenuity

Labeling project in the works?

New! Download this free, 70-page Labeling Playbook jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. Whether your job involves machinery engineering, package design, package development, or production, download this playbook now.

Packaging World


Canada breaking down barriers to PET thermoform recycling

Zero waste is target of new PAC NEXT organization

A plastic-free alternative for eco-friendly meat packaging?

Did you make into Interbrand's top-50 list of global green brands?

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
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Mineral-based coating replaces plastic; offers barrier, recyclability

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

Sustainability claims
Check Mark Greenhouse gas reduction: 10-24%
Check Mark CONEG documentation? Yes

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FSC-certified turned-edge cover stock is customizable for packaging

Package: Converted Package
Material: Wood/Paper: Supercalendered
Company: Monadnock Paper Mills

Sustainability claims
• Sustainable forestry certification? Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
• Renewable energy used in this product: 100%

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Flat closure for flexible packaging reduces plastic weight by 74%

Package: Closure - for flexibles
Material: Polymers: Multi-polymer structures
Company: Prime Label & Screen, Inc.

Sustainability claims
• Shipping efficiency? Yes

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Downgauged LLDPE stretch film

Package: Stretch wrap
Material: Polymers: LLDPE
Company: Technisource Packaging Group

Sustainability claims
• Less resin used

Packagers: Source sustainable packaging materials using the Greener Package Database

Suppliers: Submit your sustainable packaging product for free

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Featured Video
Package Design Workshop Video Shorts: Methods of variety segmentation
Ted Mininni, president of Design Force Inc., discusses the critical role that variety segmentation systems in packaging play in guiding consumers to the right products. Successful examples include the use of different package, label, and product colors, as well as the use of specific illustrations to distinguish varieties.

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