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    Amazon proposes less packaging, more savings for its sellers

    Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation.

    By Feb. 14, 2024
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    Eastman to turn colored, opaque PET into ‘virgin quality polyesters’ for packaging

    Midwest waste and recycling collector Rumpke has an agreement to provide Eastman’s upcoming chemical recycling plant with “hard-to-recycle” PET meant to be turned into new plastics for packaging applications.

    By Megan Quinn • Feb. 12, 2024
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    Colgate-Palmolive faces lawsuit over ‘misleading’ recyclable toothpaste tube claims

    A judge denied the CPG company’s request to throw out a lawsuit that consumers filed a year and a half after Colgate introduced a monomaterial HDPE tube. The product’s recyclability has been hotly debated.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Can makers, brands won’t face higher prices on tin mill imports

    The U.S. will not impose duties on tin mill products from several countries. The International Trade Commission determination Tuesday came in response to petitions last year seeking antidumping and countervailing duties.

    By Feb. 7, 2024
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    Lingering destocking trends affect Silgan sales, but CEO projects 2024 recovery

    CEO Adam Greenlee also said during a Wednesday earnings call that consolidation of five manufacturing facilities will support a $50 million cost savings plan, 40% of which will be realized by the end of this year.

    By Feb. 1, 2024
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    Can maker Crown to close plants in Illinois, Mississippi

    About 190 employees may be impacted by site closures expected in March.

    By Jan. 24, 2024
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    Recycled fiber markets may see recovering demand, sluggish supply in 2024

    During a recovered paper market update hosted by ISRI, analysts said recycled content demand should improve in 2024, but global supply chain issues and supply constraints will be a challenge.

    By Megan Quinn • Jan. 24, 2024
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    The packaging industry outlook for 2024

    Packaging Dive takes a closer look at what’s in store for policymaking, producer responsibility, plastics and more.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Jan. 23, 2024
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    New alliance aims to elevate food safety concerns as packaging waste regulations develop

    Food and packaging groups are teaming up as the Alliance for Sustainable Packaging for Foods in response to actions in the EU and elsewhere.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Carton shortage may last through school year, but brandless packaging brings relief

    Pactiv Evergreen said it’s producing half-pint cartons at maximum capacity as a supply chain disruption still challenges dairies and schools. Some people suggest the problem originates from an Ohio converting plant shuttering.

    By Jan. 12, 2024
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    Snack and candy packaging wrapped up in federal foil import duties

    The Flexible Packaging Association and Consumer Brands Association criticized a broad decision on aluminum foil that they say will increase costs related to light gauge foil that cannot be adequately sourced in the U.S.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    Consumer Brands reacts to Commerce Department tin mill duties

    It’s the latest development in the process since Cleveland-Cliffs and United Steelworkers petitioned for duties against several countries they say are putting unfairly priced tinplate imports into the U.S. market.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    5 packaging trends to watch in 2024

    Shifting consumer habits and manufacturing footprints, evolving end-of-life design and looming sustainability targets are some of the factors poised to impact the packaging industry this year.

    By , Jan. 8, 2024
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    Packaging’s holiday connection

    Packaging is in the spotlight around the holidays, as consumers seek more sustainable gift wrap alternatives and companies aim to lessen waste while maintaining surprise for e-commerce shipments.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Dec. 22, 2023
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    Balancing sustainability and surprise: Ships in own container hits holiday snags

    Some consumers become Grinch-like when their surprises are prematurely revealed by a lack of secondary packaging. Although SIOC isn’t going anywhere, Amazon says workarounds can boost privacy.

    By Dec. 21, 2023
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    BLS reports fatal worker injuries in plastics manufacturing, paper mills in 2022

    The American Forest & Paper Association, PMMI and the Plastics Industry Association commented on ongoing efforts to improve safety.

    By Updated Dec. 21, 2023
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    Destocking, a pandemic hangover, lingered in 2023

    Inventory imbalances persisted, affecting results at many of the packaging industry’s biggest companies quarter after quarter.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Ball pushes EPR with deposit return systems in latest ‘50 States of Recycling’ report

    Recycling rates appear to have stagnated or declined because of pandemic-related shutdowns at many recycling centers and due to “inclusion of new and more accurate data.”

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    On-demand rightsized packaging technology is changing the e-commerce game

    Amazon and Walmart are among the e-commerce giants that announced rightsizing initiatives this year, largely stating sustainability reasons.

    By Dec. 14, 2023
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    Aluminum groups make COP28 commitment to recycle nearly all beverage cans by 2050

    Ardagh, Ball, Crown, Novelis and numerous associations endorsed a set of actions including government recycling targets and policies, better data collection and tracking and prioritizing can-to-can recycling.

    By Dec. 11, 2023
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    Republic Services opens Las Vegas polymer center to supply recycled plastic for packaging

    The center is expected to produce 100 million pounds of recycled plastics per year. It’s the first of several such locations designed to boost availability of recycled content as companies like Coca-Cola seek more for packaging.

    By Megan Quinn • Dec. 5, 2023
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    Enhanced sustainable food packaging scorecard weighs chemicals of concern

    The collaborative tool, which food service companies like Sodexo engage with, now considers how food temperature and other factors impact the likelihood of chemicals of concern to migrate.

    By Dec. 1, 2023
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    Returnable packaging could cut material use as much as 75%: study

    Amcor, Amazon, L'Oréal, PepsiCo and other brands were part of an advisory group for an Ellen MacArthur Foundation project that assessed reusable plastic packaging systems for beverage, personal care and food products.

    By Nov. 28, 2023
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    US Plastics Pact advises on role of mass balance in PCR certification

    As the role chemical recycling will play in packaging evolves, the group aims to address questions and spur demand for postconsumer recycled content.

    By Nov. 27, 2023
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    Big things for small packages: Working to capture tiny recyclables

    Small-format plastic packaging can’t be properly recycled via conventional residential systems. Representatives from Estée Lauder, Ulta and MIT discussed potential solutions at the Packaging Recycling Summit.

    By Nov. 20, 2023