Sustainability


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    From soap refills to shopping bags, Bath & Body Works freshens up its packaging

    The retailer aims to make at least half of its packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by next year. It also commissioned a third-party recyclability assessment to guide packaging and plastics commitments.

    By May 29, 2024
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    How pet food bags are evolving to simplify design and future recyclability

    The vast majority of pet food packaging isn’t currently recycled. Major manufacturers and groups such as the Pet Sustainability Coalition hope to change that.

    By Hayley Lind • May 28, 2024
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    Experimentation with label-less containers advances, but not without visual challenges

    Embossing, laser engraving and direct-to-packaging printing are some of the methods to ease the recycling process, as are using organic inks and labels that easily separate during the sink/float process.

    By Hollie Stephens • May 24, 2024
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    Luxe Pack highlights packaging psychology and sustainability trends

    Estée Lauder’s chief sustainability officer and other speakers shared their perspectives on upcoming trends in the cosmetics and luxury packaging sectors.

    By Hayley Lind • May 23, 2024
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    Minnesota becomes 5th US state with packaging EPR law

    Gov. Tim Walz signed a budget bill that includes language to set up an extended producer responsibility system. A producer responsibility organization is set to be appointed by January 2025.

    By , Megan Quinn • Updated May 23, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes.

    By May 22, 2024
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    GE Appliances embarks on 5 new packaging sustainability goals

    The company aims to eliminate expanded polystyrene and make all packaging recyclable. In 2023, it processed 1 million pounds of plastic scrap to use in manufacturing new products.

    By May 16, 2024
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    Ino worms its way into compostable packaging with silk cocoon product

    Silkworm cocoons serve as a protective layer in the home-compostable packaging. Ino is working to scale up production and gain more customers.

    By May 14, 2024
  • A lineup of five aluminum water bottles from the Deer Park, Poland Spring, Pure Life, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain brands.
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    BlueTriton launches premium water bottles as aluminum packaging’s role grows in market

    Aluminum bottle offerings could tap a wider range of consumer values, researchers and consultants say. The addition expands the portfolio for Pure Life, Deer Park, Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain waters.

    By May 9, 2024
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    EPR laws’ labeling implications create more questions for CPGs

    Leaders from the Consumer Brands Association and The Recycling Partnership recently discussed how packaging EPR laws are further complicating how brands can mark packaging, including for recycling.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Plastic tube recyclability has ramped up rapidly, but not without some tumult

    Research suggests more than 75% of HDPE squeeze tubes in the U.S. are compatible with valuable recycling streams. “I don’t want to underemphasize how big of a change in packaging format this is,” said APR’s technical director.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Colgate says it might miss 2025 packaging recyclability target

    Flexible bags and pouches are the key sticking points. In a sustainability report, Colgate-Palmolive also shared updates on transitioning its entire toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes, which became the subject of a lawsuit last year.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Alternative Packaging Alliance aims to reshape the narrative around wine formats

    The group, launched by seven brands that offer high-end products in boxes and alternative formats, aims to educate consumers and retailers about the carbon footprint of glass bottles.

    By Hollie Stephens • April 29, 2024
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    Unilever reality-checked its 2025 plastic packaging targets. Will more companies do the same?

    Brands and packaging makers have more knowledge and resources today than when they coalesced around common sustainability targets. Emerging regulations will also reshape goal-setting, industry observers say.

    By April 25, 2024
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    O-I to supply returnable wine bottles

    O-I Packaging Solutions is partnering with Oregon-based startup Revino to circulate refillable glass bottles designed for up to 50 uses.

    By April 23, 2024
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    General Mills’ packaging recyclability inches up, food-grade PCR use poses a challenge

    The company reported incremental progress on making all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2030. It also said that packaging constitutes 8% of its value chain’s GHG emissions.

    By April 18, 2024
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    REMADE conference explores the future of the circular economy

    The conference, featuring keynote speaker Ellen MacArthur, aimed to translate scientific research into tangible circular economy solutions for the researchers, government officials and private companies in attendance.

    By Megan Quinn • April 18, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: John Paul Mitchell’s revamped hair care line, Essentia’s paper mattress wrap

    Plus, Labelmaster, Firstleaf and ForeFront Supply Chain Solutions introduce a safer shipping product, lighter bottles and food packaging with PCR, respectively.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Design and sustainability opportunities draw in next generation of packaging students

    Greg Batt, who serves as director of the packaging science program at Clemson University, also highlighted the growing role of data.

    By April 15, 2024
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    What brands and retailers are saying about sustainable packaging in 2024

    General Mills, Ikea, Walgreens, Starbucks, Hain Celestial and Del Monte are some of the retailers and brands that have shared updates on packaging changes, new targets and annual progress in sustainability reports during 2024.

    By Packaging Dive Staff • Updated April 22, 2024
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    Del Monte details progress on lightweighting, PCR in 2023 ESG report

    The CPG company began adding postconsumer recycled material to some containers, but it did not report its progress toward some other key packaging sustainability targets.

    By Updated April 11, 2024
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    EPA event spotlights reusable food ware and Perpetual’s city projects

    A Wednesday event noted millions more available in pollution prevention grants, some of which could support reuse. Perpetual detailed progress toward establishing food ware reuse systems in four U.S. cities.

    By April 11, 2024
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    Aviation industry group recommends how plastic reduction can take off

    Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are among the carriers testing ways to reduce single-use plastic with strategies including substrate switches and reusable cups.

    By April 10, 2024
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    5 packaging innovation trends to watch in 2024: SPC

    AI, digital labeling and “paperization” top the movements highlighted in the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s inaugural Packaging Innovation Trends Report.

    By April 9, 2024
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    Is hemp the next revolution for sustainable packaging? Startup element6 Dynamics thinks so.

    CEO Kimberly Kovacs details the company’s push to use industrial hemp for making paper and packaging, which she says is a more sustainable option than tree pulp.

    By April 8, 2024