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  • A blue, open "advent calendar" box displays 12 vials of wine inside and sits next to a similar red box.
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    Packaging innovations: Vinebox flattens out, Eviosys looks to the horizon for all-metal lids

    Plus, product redesigns and recycling-related changes from Georgia-Pacific, ProAmpac, Back to the Roots and Rebbl.

    By Sept. 22, 2023
  • Clear plastic bottles of five Coca-Cola beverages: Dasani water, Sprite, Fresca, Seagram's ginger ale and Mello Yello.
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    Pack Expo 2023

    Colgate, Coca-Cola detail packaging sustainability efforts at Pack Expo

    From changing Sprite’s iconic green bottle to improve recyclability to adding postconsumer recycled content into Tom’s of Maine deodorant packaging, brands talked about product sustainability barriers and solutions.

    By Sept. 21, 2023
  • WestRock's booth display at Pack Expo featuring a green tree and blue background.
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    Pack Expo 2023

    Sustainability has shifted from buzzword to action, Pack Expo participants say

    Attendees from Dow, Graphic Packaging International, WestRock and others discussed what sustainability means for their companies, including for product recyclability and material substitution.

    By Sept. 20, 2023
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    Pack Expo 2023

    Packaging innovations at Pack Expo 2023: WestRock, Atlantic Packaging’s ‘canopy,’ Tetra Pak goes with Flow

    Orbis, Terphane and RyPax also introduced new or redesigned products to improve sustainability, safety and user experience.

    By Sept. 15, 2023
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    Reusable packaging certification targets PFAS, BPA, phthalates

    The new program focuses not just on the switch to reuse, but on the materials in reusable containers themselves. Hazardous chemicals from recycled materials are also of concern, say the organizations behind GreenScreen.

    By Sept. 14, 2023
  • Person opening a plastic twist cap on a carton of probiotic yogurt.
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    Packaging innovations: SIG’s cartons give probiotics a long life, Berry Global’s beany redesign

    Plus, new products from Printpack and ProAmpac aim to increase packaging sustainability, including through ISCC PLUS certification.

    By Sept. 8, 2023
  • Bud Light's cans in limited-edition NFL team packaging featuring team logos and players
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    Packaging innovations: Bud Light’s sporty cans, SC Johnson hits recycled plastic out of the ballpark

    Plus: Amcor rolls out new paper packaging in North America, Berry Global details an innovative bottle design challenge and Aldi makes more sustainable packaging announcements in the U.K.

    By Sept. 1, 2023
  • Two researchers in lab coats working in a biotechnology laboratory.
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    LanzaTech’s emissions-gobbling microbes help to create plastic packaging

    The growing biotechnology company engineers intermediate components for plastic packaging and aims to reach 300,000 metric tons of production capacity this year.

    By Aug. 31, 2023
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    Top US packaging conferences for the rest of 2023

    The Packaging Dive team plans to attend several events this year and is tracking others. Keep up to date with this calendar of upcoming packaging-related conferences.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Aug. 28, 2023
  • One slice of pepperoni pizza in a cardboard box with grease stains on the base.
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    PFAS packaging alternatives are on the rise as regulatory pressure mounts

    Multiple new replacements that can repel grease and moisture are emerging, but details on what they are made of, or which ones are gaining favor, remain limited.

    By April Reese • Aug. 24, 2023
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    Loic Mazalrey - Copyright © Ahlstrom

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    PFAS class action suit alleges Ahlstrom paper mill contaminated Wisconsin farms

    Ahlstrom is accused of spreading PFAS-contaminated sludge on Wisconsin farmland. But the company says it didn’t own the mill at the time in question.

    By Aug. 21, 2023
  • A person opens a box with a product wrapped in filler packaging in front of a video camera.
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    Deep Dive

    Packaging evolves in response to ‘unboxing’ videos flooding social media

    Brands are requesting customized boxes to touch consumers’ emotions and build loyalty. Filler material, in-box printing and sustainability contribute to memorable unboxing moments, too.

    By Aug. 16, 2023
  • Unassembled (flat) cardboard boxes.
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    Box recycling rate reaches 93% — depending on who you ask

    Alternative calculations shared with Packaging Dive questioned these results. AF&PA stands by its numbers, despite criticism from industry experts, and introduced a new recycling rate that accounts for global trade changes.

    By Aug. 11, 2023
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    Origin Materials introduces PET bottle cap intended to boost recyclability

    While Origin’s CEO notes the company isn’t the first to produce a PET cap, he said “we're processing the material differently” and the items could be made from the company’s biomass-based material.

    By Aug. 9, 2023
  • Close-up view of Notpla's dishwasher pods made from seaweed-based material.
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    Packaging innovations: Notpla’s biodegradable pods, WestRock’s fiber ‘dog bone’

    Augusta Label and Packaging, Ranpak and Spartech also introduced new or redesigned packaging for specialty purposes, including cold chain shipments and sterile medical device protection.

    By Aug. 4, 2023
  • Five paperboard mailer envelopes with various designs on the front.
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    Graphic Packaging to enter fiber mailer space via acquisition

    The foray into the e-commerce mailers comes as more customers request flexible fiber packaging solutions as they transition away from plastic.

    By Aug. 2, 2023
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    Ravago, Republic announce recycled plastic production plant partnership

    The $350 million Blue Polymers joint venture is meant to co-locate four facilities at Republic’s planned polymer centers and create 100% recycled PP and PE resins.

    By Megan Quinn • July 31, 2023
  • A paper bottle for Heinz Tomato Ketchup developed with Pulpex.
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    Kraft Heinz looks to transform plastic packaging portfolio

    The food and beverage giant is now trying to cut virgin plastic use 20% by 2030. U.S. consumers can expect to buy certain mayo products in packaging made entirely from recycled content starting next year.

    By July 31, 2023
  • A can of Pringles potato chips in a new paper-based container.
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    Packaging innovations: Pringles, Heinz, Peet’s make material changes

    Graphic Packaging International, Berry Global, Ardagh, Corning and others provided new or redesigned packages for brands’ food, beverage and medical products.

    By July 28, 2023
  • Four bottles of Ron Rubin Winery's Blue Bin wines.
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    Move over, glass: Amcor’s new wine bottle is 100% recycled PET

    The rPET wine bottle is approximately 10 times lighter than conventional glass versions, and it results in lower CO2 output during production and transportation, according to an Amcor marketing manager.

    By Updated July 26, 2023
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    Phthalates in food packaging: FDA declines to reconsider petition to ban

    Health and environmental advocates are evaluating next steps as the agency continues to allow numerous plastic-softening chemicals that some companies are voluntarily phasing out.

    By July 25, 2023
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    Bio-based plastics, reuse systems highlighted in House Appropriations Committee budget proposal

    The committee seeks to cut the U.S. EPA's budget but says it supports work around recycling definitions and product labeling, and exploring U.S.-grown plastic alternatives such as hemp.

    By Megan Quinn • July 24, 2023
  • An Amazon delivery box.
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    Amazon phasing out plastic mailers and working to reduce e-commerce packaging

    While 92% of its packaging material weight in the U.S. and Canada is recyclable curbside, Amazon intends to further eliminate hard-to-recycle materials and has seen a boost in deliveries that ship in their own containers.

    By July 20, 2023
  • Wide shot of the exterior of Nova Chemicals' facility in Connersville, Indiana.
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    Nova Chemicals, Novolex collaborate on facility for making PE from mechanically recycled film

    The plant will deliver 100 million pounds of recycled polyethylene annually when it reaches full capacity, which Nova expects to occur in 2025.

    By July 19, 2023
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    Coca-Cola to source rPET from Republic Services’ upcoming polymer centers

    The company is the first announced customer for a new network of secondary plastic recycling facilities as it aims to use at least 50% recycled material in its packaging by 2030.

    By July 14, 2023