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The following eight packages-all examples of the diversity and ingenuity of well-designed packaging-will be featured at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011, to be held September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Some will be showcased in The Brand Zone, a special area of the show dedicated to materials and containers that shape winning brands-innovations for consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs), private label manufacturers and package designers looking for that crucial piece of the branding puzzle.

Spring herbs grow in biodegradable planter
Metrolina Greenhouses’ spring herbs now grow in biodegradable paper ReadyGrow planters from Sonoco (Booth # 5607).The one-quart planters were released in early March. Made from 100 percent recycled paperboard produced in Sonoco’s paper mills, ReadyGrow planters are conveyable and sustainable in a commercial greenhouse environment and biodegrade in soil within 180 days of planting. The patent-pending design is user-friendly and allows consumers to plant the entire container in the ground, eliminating mess and reducing the amount of plastic being sent to landfills. || Read more

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Cardboard cartons are used in a variety of shipping and storage applications. They are usually made from recycled paper. Corrugated cartons are made from corrugated cardboard. This material is in turn named for its general design, usually two flat pieces of paper with a fluted middle layer, the corrugation, running in between. Certain specifications delineate the different types of corrugated carton. || Read more



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Paperboard is often referred to as cardboard. Paperboard is paper that is made thicker and stiffer to be used in packaging and art applications. Corrugated paperboard is used in cardboard boxes and shipping containers.

Laminated paperboard is used in packaging for food and beverage products. Paperboard manufacturing began in 1817 as a pulped wood product but is increasingly being made with recycled materials. || Read more

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GLOBE NEWSWIRE — Cereplast Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastics, today announced a new symbol to represent “bioplastics.” The designer of the new symbol is Laura Howard, a graphic design student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, who is the winner of Cereplast’s “Make Your Mark” competition.

The goal of the “Make Your Mark” contest was to discover a new symbol that will help consumers to identify products and packaging made from bioplastics. Bioplastics are environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based plastics – made from renewable resources including potatoes, corn, wheat, tapioca, sugar and algae – and are biodegradable and compostable, providing consumers and manufacturers with a revolutionary option to help safeguard the environment and support a sustainable future. || Read more

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Reusable Packaging Bags

At Tony Fisher’s Big Green Earth Store on South Street in Scranton, PA, most customers — he guesses 95 percent — bring their own bags.And still, his committed greenies buy more.How many? He shrugs. In a year, “thousands.”

Along with the reusable water bottle and the swirly compact fluorescent lightbulb, the reusable bag has become an emblem of the environmental movement. As such, it wasno doubt  a major giveaway at Earth Day events across the nation.

Reusable bags were meant to supplant flimsy plastic grocery bags — the one-use, petroleum-based bags that critics say last for centuries and all too often wind up as litter or in the guts of sea life.

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Easter Egg Eco-Friendly Packaging

April 20, 2011

The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual event that invites children and their parents to the White House lawns to play Easter egg games and, this year, to promote health and wellness in children. In addition, the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll will be a more eco-friendly event, with official souvenir eggs and packaging that are environmentally responsible. || Read more

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Winner of a 2011 Sustainability Award from the Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) was a flower sleeve made of heat-sealable Nativia NZSS biaxially oriented polylactic acid (PLA) film. || Read more

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sun-chips packaging

Less than six months after pulling their compostable bags due to consumer complaints over the noisy packaging, SunChips today shouted from the rooftops that it has created a new version. And it promises to keep it down this time
The move last fall to withdraw the green plant-based packaging from all flavor of chips except original, drew both praise and scorn. After all, it had only been 18 months since the company had championed its new eco-cred with the bags — the first of its kind that could be broken down in an active compost bin in as little as 14 weeks.

The move bummed out environmentalists, with many upset that SunChips would so quickly abandon its sustainability goals over fragile ears. || Read more