PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Sept. 30, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Packaging Introduced by Kroger
from Packaging Digest
The Kroger Co.'s annual "Giving Hope a Hand" breast cancer awareness campaign is aimed at creating awareness and raising money for breast cancer initiatives around the country. For this year's campaign, a number of products’ packaging will feature Kroger associates who are breast cancer survivors. More

SmartSeal Secures First Closure Supply Contract
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Norwegian closure developer SmartSeal has signed its first worldwide sales agreement with Icelandic company Glacial Water. The deal will see the bottled water company use the Flex active closure on its LazyTown GO water range. More

Lawn, Garden Packaging Demand to Top $1.7 Billion in 2013
from Converting Magazine
U.S. demand for lawn, garden and agricultural packaging in the U.S. is forecast to grow 1.8 percent per year through 2013 to $1.7 billion, decelerating from the sharp increases of 2003-2008 as raw-material prices moderate. More

Spool Rules
from PFFC Magazine
Computerized traverse winding provides extremely accurate and repeatable spool quality for nonwovens and other converted materials. No longer just limited to paper, film and foil materials, converting is a critical process for nonwovens and the increasing complexity of laminates. More

Tradpac Launches Innovation Center in South Wales
from Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Moulding technology development company Tradpac has joined with FSG Tool and Die, of Llantrisant in South Wales, under an agreement that will see the establishment of a Tradpac Innovation Center at the FSG facility. More

San Jose to Ban Most Plastic, Paper Bags in 2011
from Converting Magazine
The San Jose City Council voted Sept. 22 to make the city the largest in the nation to ban most plastic and paper shopping bags - and took steps to bring other Santa Clara County, Calif. cities along with them, reports the San Jose Mercury News. More

‘Game-changing’ Green Innovations Win Greener Package Awards
from Packaging World
Launching the first annual Greener Package Awards during a recession may have been a risky proposition for organizer Greener Package, the online sustainable-packaging knowledge exchange from the publisher of Packaging World. More

Eco Fiction
from PFFC Magazine
Beware of biodegradability myths and greenwashing. Take steps now to design and deliver products that really support your sustainability claims. In industry, some of us are getting frustrated by the lofty pronouncements by marketers promoting their "earth-friendly" products. Worse yet, consumers increasingly are confused and even skeptical about those claims. More

A New Technology to Recycle Multilayer Films Under Development
from Plastemart
The Flexible Packaging Association pegs the annual sales of the U.S. flexible packaging industry at $25.6 billion. As the second-largest packaging segment in USA, their disposal is an important aspect. Single-layer flexible film can be easily recycled at the end of its useful life. However, multilayer packaging is very difficult to recycle because it contains many different polymers. More

Slow Down Needed on Biodegradable Plastics
from Packaging Magazine
In an international context marked by a decrease in fossil resources and an increase in oil price, the development of materials made from renewable resources becomes the main challenge of sustainable development. Furthermore, today's environmentally conscious consumers and brand owners are seeking out eco-friendly products, such as biodegradable plastics. More