The board of directors of AMERIPEN, the American Institute for Packaging and the Environment, has announced its organizational priorities for 2011-2012. Modeled after EUROPEN and INCPEN, AMERIPEN was started by several U.S. corporations earlier this year to encourage science-based decision-making in sustainable packaging initiatives. The institute focuses on measures that are environmentally and economically sound as well as socially responsible, it reported in a press release.
The priorities include the following:
Having debuted its e-concept thermoformer requiring no compressed air or cooling water at several trade shows in the past year, Multivac is launching a commercially available, ultracompact model this week at Interpack 2011 in Hall 5, Stand E23/ E37.
DuPont has conducted a global survey of consumer packaged goods companies and packaging converters. According to more than 500 packaging professionals surveyed, more than 40% reported that sustainability is the toughest challenge, while 33% cited cost as a major factor.
PACKEX will be held June 21−23 at Canada’s Toronto Congress Centre. Bringing hundreds of packaging industry exhibitors together, PACKEX will also be joined by the co-located events Automation Technology Expo Canada, Design & Manufacturing Canda, Green Manufacutirng Expo Canada, Plast-Ex, and Powder & Bulk Solids Canada.
According to research by the American Plastics Council, hospitals generate 12 million pounds of waste each day. About 15−20% of this waste is plastic, and surprisingly, most of that waste is free of contamination, reports Roseann Salasin, global marketing director, DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection. “The potential for recycling, therefore, is significant,” she says. “Not only do hospitals have an opportunity to lower their environmental impact and their costs, but they also have an opportunity to enable healthy communities.”
By Adrian T. Possumato, Global Director, Healthcare Packaging, Multisorb Technologies
In the active packaging or sorbent industry, some manufacturers of desiccants, oxygen absorbers, and volatile organic compound (VOC) adsorbents are also offering products and services to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to assist in reducing their customer’s corporate carbon footprint.
Label converter Logotech Inc. (Fairfield, NJ) has earned the Label Initiative for the Environment (LIFE) certification from the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute. According to the company, fewer than a dozen label companies nationwide have earned the certification, which requires a review of 35 criteria ranging from clean production techniques to greenhouse gas emissions to management practices. Logotech also holds ISO 14001 environmental certification.
MeadWestvaco Corp. is reporting that its Mebane, NC, packaging plant received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification in February 2011. The facility is already certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). MWV’s Mebane operation supplies printed packaging materials to pharmaceutical companies.
Colbert Packaging Corporation unveils the next generation of its EnviroGuard sustainable packaging solution. Colbert has reengineered EnviroGuard with design improvements that offer dozens of new material options and combinations that increase design flexibility for customers, while continuing to deliver sustainability, security, durability, and branding benefits for consumer products that are commonly found in the retail aisle.
The collection and recycling of post-consumer non-bottle rigid plastics across the United States is rising, reports the American Chemistry Council. A report by Moore Recycling Associates Inc. shows that in 2009, nearly 480 million pounds of post-consumer rigid plastics were collected for recycling nationwide, an increase of nearly 33% from 2008 and 47% since 2007.