TAPPI's PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 21, 2011

Method unveils bottle made of ocean plastic
Packaging Digest
Method, a leading innovator in premium, eco-conscious household and personal care products, unveiled its latest innovation in sustainable packaging - a bottle made out of plastic collected from the North Pacific Gyre, often referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. More

Scientists turn orange peel into plastic
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Orange peel could be used to make biobased plastics commercially within two years, according to scientists behind a breakthrough discovery at York University. Scientists say they can break down peel into simple monomers that can be used to make plastics and that there is no reason why the technology could not be in wide use soon.More

Social media: A communications revolution causes a packaging evolution
Packaging World
The packaging world is evolving as social media gives consumers ever-greater leverage in influencing package design. Through the use of social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, new channels of communication enable easier and virtually immediate connections at all levels of the distribution chain.More

First sustainability report on North American aluminum industry unveiled
Greener Package
Documents steady improvements in aluminum's environmental footprint over past 20 years, and provides full LCA data for all steps of the manufacturing process. The Aluminum Association, Inc. (AA) released the first sustainability report on behalf of the North American aluminum industry. Titled "Aluminum: The Element of Sustainability," the free, 70-plus page report made its debut at Aluminum Week 2011, hosted in Chicago by AA and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC).More

Ball targets new markets with Serbian canning line
Packaging News UK
Ball Packaging Europe has opened a new €35 million production line at its Serbian plant in Belgrade, as it aims to penetrate into "new markets." The Germany-based company said its new line would increase production at the site in the Zemun district of Belgrade from 750 million to over 1.5 billion aluminium cans a year, and create 50 new jobs.More

Controlling web temperatures
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Some are called chill rolls, some are called heating rolls. In most cases, these engineered rolls all serve a similar purpose - to transfer heat energy onto or away from a web. Heat transfer rolls are common in many converting processes today. As engineered film and specialty substrates become more prevalent, the use of these engineered rolls has increased even more. Yet, the physics of heat transfer rolls are often misunderstood. This can result in incorrect roll specifications and improper use that can directly affect web quality.More

Intelligent design
Packaging Digest
Today's produce packaging has to have it all: brains, brawn and beauty. The ideal container accomplishes this trifecta by showing off and protecting its contents, and maintaining produce quality. And packaging manufacturers are always looking to improve.More

BPF promises answers to future of plastics recycling
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The future of plastics recycling and results from Recoup's UK household packaging survey will be revealed at a BPF event next month. A host speakers have been invited to talk about the future of plastics recycling in the UK and how to remove barriers to improve it. Roger Baynham, chair of the BPF recycling group will be chairing the event being held in Stoke-on-Trent.More

Fresh priorities
Progressive Grocer
Sustainability, safety and convenience continue to be the big three priorities for fresh food packaging among consumers, but add a fourth for grocery retailers trying to increase sales of their private label products: shelf appeal.More

Nestle's eco-friendly app
Brand Packaging
With the help of a new mobile phone app launched by Nestlé, consumers in Singapore can now scan a product's barcode to obtain information on how to sort and dispose of different parts of its packaging.More

AT&T chooses plant-based plastic packaging for telecom accessories
Packaging Digest
AT&T plans to introduce new plastic in AT&T-branded accessory packaging, which is composed of up to 30 percent plant-based materials sourced from ethanol harvested from natural sugarcane. The sugarcane used is this plant plastic is a rapidly renewable agricultural crop and replaces nearly a third of the fossil fuels traditionally used in this accessory packaging with material made from plants.More

European PE film extrusion market recovers
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
A report by plastics research consultancy AMI said the market for PE film extrusion in Europe recovered half of the volumes lost in 2010 and continues to make steady progress in 2011. According to the 'Guide to The Polyethylene Film Extrusion Industry in Europe' PE film production fell by one million tonnes in 2007-2009, although volume demand increased to total 7.5 million tonnes in 2010.More

Lord Taylor replaces Henley as Recycling Minister
Packaging News UK
Lord Henley has left his post at Defra to become crime prevention minister at the Home Office in a small government reshuffle. Lord Taylor entered the House of Lords in 2006 having been made a life peer as Baron Taylor of Holbeach, of South Holland in the county of Lincolnshire, U.K.More

Positioning the company for label production
Flexible Packaging Magazine
Narrow-web printers are well positioned to produce smaller quantities of flexible packages at very competitive costs. This allows smaller consumer product goods companies (CPGs) to cost-effectively emulate the packaging and graphics of larger competitors and make a real head-to-head challenge for shelf appeal. More

Ireland must 'do better' in plastics recycling
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Plastic recycling facilities in Ireland are underused yet 71 percent of Irish plastic waste or 342,479 tonnes annually is sent to landfill. The "Irish Recycled Plastic Waste Arisings Study" is the first to look at plastics recycling and demand across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and was compiled by the rX3 agency. More