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GreenerPackage: Knowledge exchange for sustainable packaging Anne Marie Mohan


Maximize your packaging >>

The PI team specializes in creating innovative packaging solutions through vertical integration, with industry leading speed to market.

Plastic Ingenuity

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.


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

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

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


One-day Waste-to-Energy Exchange covers critical issues

Aluminum can recycling rate reaches more than 58%

Biggest beverage bottlers open to EPR, says study

M&S Essential Extracts pack is 30% PCR PET

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Latest Sustainable Packaging 

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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


Compostable hybrid resins made from renewable and conventional materials

Package: Converted Package
Material: Blends: Starch Blends
Company: BioFina, Inc.

Sustainability claims
• Greenhouse gas reduction: 25-49%
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Recyclable? Yes

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Recyclable paper strapping is made from uncoated, unbleached Kraft

Package: Strapping
Material type: Wood/Paper: Paperboard
Company: SDF Strapping, Inc.

Sustainability claims
Check Mark Sustainable forestry certification? Yes
Check Mark Recyclable? Yes
Claims 3rd Party Reviewed

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Starch-based bags-on-a-roll said to be biodegradable, compostable

Package: Converted Package
Material: Bag: pre-formed
Company: ICI-Green Pack

Sustainability claims
• Post-consumer content:10-24%
• Pre-consumer content: 10-24%
• CONEG documentation? Yes
• Compostable? Yes

Packagers: Source sustainable packaging materials using the Greener Package Database

Suppliers: Submit your sustainable packaging product for free

Third-party review: Explanation


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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