TAPPI's PLACE Weekly Wrap-Up
Nov. 9, 2011

Report: Product recalls on the rise
Packaging Digest
Food recalls in the third quarter affected nearly six times as many units as the previous three-month period, according to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index. The ExpertRECALL Index also found that pharmaceutical and medical device recalls increased while recalls for children's and infants' products and consumer goods hit surprising five-quarter lows. More

Game-changing packaging solutions for a sustainable future
Greener Package
Custom-product vending machines, bulk product stores, and returnable, reusable packaging are just some of emerging trends in sustainable packaging that could dramatically change the consumer/brand relationship. More

Recyclers milk bottle market at record level
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The UK's HDPE milk bottle recycling rate has reached an all time high, according to latest industry study. The annual recycling study from Recoup shows that 76 percent of HDPE milk bottles consumed and collected in the UK during 2010 were recycled - a steady rise on 2009's figure of 72 percent, following the substantial jump from 57 percent in 2008. More

Giving sight to packaging lines
Packaging World
Maximizing efficiency is challenging for virtually any manufacturing facility, but when 95 percent of your direct labor employees are legally blind, those challenges are magnified. This is the case at Lighthouse for the Blind-St. Louis (LHB Industries), a contract packager and manufacturer of products provided to commercial customers and the U.S. government. More

Growth slows in plastics caps and closures market
European Plastics News
The outlook for the plastics caps and closures market is less positive than it was a year ago, according to Dominic Cakebread, director of packaging services at research group Canadean. The UK-based group expects to revise down its growth forecast for the global caps and closures market to a compound annual growth rate between 2.5 and 3.0 percent up to 2015. More

Hasbro's new paper packaging policy supports sustainable forest management
Packaging Digest
Hasbro Inc. has unveiled a new Paper and Forest Procurement Policy (PFPP) intended to ensure that procurement decisions align with the company's commitment to environmental sustainability and support sustainable forest management. More

Borealis put the squeeze on cosmetics tubes
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Borealis' first polypropylene (PP) grade for squeezable cosmetics tubes, Borsoft SL600MO, is being used for Clube, a pack developed by Plasticum Group. Clube is a one piece squeezable tube with an integrated closure and in-mould label (IML) that cuts material usage by up to 40 percent, according to Plasticum, a European manufacturer and designer of plastic packaging. More

Successful package design is a choice
Packaging World
Of the thousands of new products introduced by consumer packaged goods companies every year, most fail. Brand managers and product development teams increasingly are spending more time and resources conducting market research and consumer-insight sessions to ensure the products they bring to market have the necessary attributes and benefits that result in a positive consumer experience. More

Packaging service tackles container reconditioning, waste reduction
Packaging Digest
Veteran industry leaders across two continents have come together to create EarthMinded Life Cycle Services (EarthMinded LCS), now the largest industrial packaging reconditioner in the world. EarthMinded LCS is developing new technology and business approaches to transform industrial container reconditioning and help industrial packaging users achieve their sustainability objectives. More

Brits bin 10 percent of weekly food shop
Packaging News
The average British shopper estimates that they bin almost 10 percent of the food bought in their weekly shop, according to new research led by Sainsbury's.More

Packaging is the 'green' answer says Europen
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (Europen) has published a green paper on packaging and sustainability. The document, which reflects the opinions of the global packaging chain, concludes that packaging should be seen as part of the solution in achieving a resource-efficient society. Representatives of environmental NGOs, the European Commission, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, retailers and retailer trade associations and Europen's corporate members were among those that contributed.

Flexible packaging pouches protect pet food, treats
Packaging World
Star Packaging Corporation's new line of packaging solutions for pet food and treats applications seals in freshness, offers a variety of convenient size and format options, and enhances in-store shelf presence. More

Innovia has a bright idea for drinks label
European Plastics News
Innovia Films and PragmatIC Printing, a specialist developer of imprinted logic circuits, have created an interactive bottle labels that activate a sequence of flashing lights when the bottle is held. Based on Innovia Films' BOPP label substrate, the prototype electronic labels was previewed at the Packaging Innovations show held at London's Business Design Centre. More

Judge blocks graphic images on cigarette packs
Packaging News UK
A Washington-based judge on Nov. 7 blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies, next year, to put graphic images on their cigarette packages to show the dangers of smoking. More

Fourth facility approved for corrugated recyclability protocol testing
Greener Package
Another facility joins those involved with testing corrugated fiberboard coated with a wax alternative for repulping and recycling; 38 solutions certified so far. The Corrugated Packaging Alliance protocol technical team has approved IPS Testing Experts to perform the testing protocol outlined in the Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard. The protocol is used to certify the repulpability and recyclability of wax alternatives for corrugated products that have been treated to improve performance in the presence of water and water vapor.More