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Archive for the ‘Sustainability’ Category

Westpack Panel Addresses Automation and Cost Control

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Packagers are under enormous pressure to reduce production costs without compromising product quality. Through upgrades in packaging machinery technology, peripheral equipment, and processes, manufacturers can improve production line efficiencies and reduce the errors that lead to product recalls and put consumers and patients at risk. Approaches for improving packaging line performance and ...

Working toward Sustainability

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

"There's no such thing as a sustainable package," Al Iannuzzi recently told me. "Every package has a footprint. But you can make a package greener or more sustainable through continuous improvement." Iannuzzi has reached this conclusion after working for more than 30 years in the environmental, health, and safety field, once ...

Survey: Debate over the Costs behind Sustainability

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

While interest in sustainability may certainly be increasing, it is not a top concern for packaging professionals involved in pharmaceutical or medical product manufacturing. According to the 2011 Sustainble Packaging Study commissioned by PMP News sister publication Packaging Digest, "sustainability" did not even make it into the top ten business ...

Streaming Green

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Earlier this year, AMERIPEN emerged in an effort to bring a "material-neutral" approach to sustainability in packaging. Founders include The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV), Procter & Gamble, Sealed Air Corp., and Tetra Pak Inc. AMERIPEN is initially ...

A Sustainability Task Group’s Dream Come True

Friday, November 12th, 2010

At Pack Expo International this year, the trend toward more-sustainable packaging solutions continued to march forward. From materials to machinery, exhibitors pointed out new reductions in resources or energy consumed, among other accomplishments. There were also several conference sessions on sustainability. [caption id="attachment_1482" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Multivac's e-concept thermoformer"][/caption] All this buzz kept ...

Speak out about Sustainability

Monday, December 28th, 2009

A new task group has been added to the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee (MDPTC). The Sustainability Task Group was announced this month, with the intention of focusing on "the unique challenges sustainability brings to the medical packaging industry, reported MDPTC co-chairs Alison Tyler of ...

Packaging Line Efficiency=Greener and More Competitive

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Several advance press releases for NPE 2009 are focusing on "earth-friendly" plastics and "sustainable" processes.  They also discuss "creating value" and "remaining competitive" in "difficult economic times." I am intrigued by these statements because we are in the midst of preparing for next week's "Sustainability 102" Webcast on Packaging Line ...

Sustainability and U

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Packaging sustainability has found its first academic home. This week, Clemson University dedicated the 28,000-sq-ft Harris A. Smith Building, home to the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics. In a release, institute director Chip Tonkin said the institute will focus on four areas: * Designing environmentally sustainable packages. * Developing electronic films ...

Going Green, But Only If It Is Cheaper

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals generally seem interested in sustainability, but only if the price is right. Respondents to two polls during PMP News’s exclusive Webcast, “Sustainability 101: Beyond Recycling—Sustainability in a Material World,” explained that some modifications to packaging components and projects will be made to achieve some ...

Sustaining Interest

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

At Pack Expo this month, I stood in an over-capacity room for Amy Zettlemoyer-Lazar's keynote on Walmart's sustainability scorecard. I took in what she said and assumed that the people I was shoulder-to-shoulder with heard the same thing I did. (Our ears were only inches apart.) But when listening to ...