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FTC warns bag makers to take care before making biodegradeability claims


October 23, 2014 12:30 pm ET

Makers of oxodegradable or oxo-biodegradable plastic bags should consider themselves on notice, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

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Packaging specialist Amcor hits sustainability goals ahead of schedule


October 23, 2014 11:15 am ET

Global packaging company Amcor Ltd. has achieved its waste reduction goals two years ahead of schedule, according to the company's new sustainability report.

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Simple lightweighting in packaging, caps not so simple anymore


October 22, 2014 4:16 pm ET

The days of finding simple ways to remove additional weight — and costs — from plastic bottles are over, according to one expert.

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Unilever uses foaming in new bottle


October 22, 2014 1:35 pm ET

Foaming is a good alternative to thin-walling for reducing plastic use in consumer goods packaging, according to a Unilever plastics expert.

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Bioplastics, design join forces for SOMA


October 21, 2014 11:33 am ET

A polylactic acid made by Germany's Fraunhofer UMSICHT is a key part of the Soma home water filtration system, which its developers call the “first 100 percent compostable” filtration system on the market.

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Plastic particles showing up in Germany's Lake Constance


October 21, 2014 1:16 pm ET

While Fakuma 2014 exhibitors and visitors occupied themselves with topics like molding of micro-sized plastic parts during the show, the presence of micro-scale plastic particles several kilometers away in Lake Constance, Europe's third largest...

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Corbion Purac collaboration taking bioplastics into even more uses


October 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

Corbion Purac NV's collaboration with Taiwan-headquartered compounder Supla Co. Ltd. and Taiwan electronics producer Kuender & Co. is paying dividends, with the debut of what it claims is the world's first bioplastic touch screen computer housing at ...

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Metabolix closing Germany operations


October 16, 2014 2:28 pm ET

Bioplastics maker Metabolix Inc. will end business operations in Germany at the end of 2014, according to documents the company filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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New Amcor, Method project taking sustainability to a platinum level


October 16, 2014 11:28 am ET

Amcor Rigid Plastics will have a bottle production operation within a factory which is aiming to be the world's first LEED platinum certified manufacturing facility in its industry.

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Tetra Pak ready to begin making first all plant-based package


October 16, 2014 9:33 am ET

Packaging giant Tetra Pak is rolling out what it said will be the industry's first carton made entirely from plant-based, renewable packaging materials.

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