Call to Arms: Packaging Vaccines Implores Forethought

In the area of vaccines, packaging is critical to securing the safety and stability of the product. High-maintenance facets of infectious diseases and the vaccines that prevent them demand forethought and fastidious effort from pharmaceutical companies, healthcare ad agencies, and physicians alike.


Eastman Outlines Sustainability Strategy

Eastman Chemical Company (Kingsport, TN) has released a new review outlining its strategy to leverage the company’s expanding portfolio of sustainable practices and products as a primary driver of growth and innovation.
The comprehensive review, “Our Sustainability Journey,” highlights recent accomplishments and establishes clear short- and mid-term goals to help the company evaluate its success across all dimensions of its sustainability program &ndash

Tubes Diverted from Trash

Consumer collection efforts drive recycling along with product efficacy.

Neosporin brand has partnered with waste converter TerraCycle to recycle expired antibiotic tubes. On Earth Day, the two companies encouraged consumers to begin collecting these tubes and recycle them by joining one of TerraCycle’s 1000 Neosporin Tube Brigades. These groups collect used packages and send them to TerraCycle for converting into innovative products.

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Hexacomb Receives Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification

Hexacomb from Pregis Corp. has received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification for those products produced at Pregis's Ermelo, Netherlands, production facility. The company is one of the first honeycomb producers to receive FSC certification (No. SCS-COC-003200), it reported in a press release.

Award-Winning Packages Eliminate Waste

Two providers of pharmaceutical or medical device packaging have been recognized in the 22nd DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Entropy Solutions Inc. has received a Gold award for its GreenBox shipping  solution, and Degill International Corp. has received a Silver award for its EZ Fusion two-in-one vial package.

NSF International Accredited to Test Plastic Products for Compostability/Biodegradability Claims

NSF International (Ann Arbor, MI) has earned accreditation from the Biodegradable Products Institute to test plastic materials and products for compostability. This accreditation expands NSF’s sustainability services.

Marchesini Group Counting Down toward New Ecofriendly Facility

Marchesini Group is counting down toward the opening ceremony of its new logistics building, which will be held during a five-day open house October 18-22, 2010. The new structure, which will house the group’s logistic activities, is the result of a project focusing on eco-compatibility and environmental sustainability. The new building will be located in Pianoro, Bologna, next to the Marchesini Group Headquarters.

Baxter International Ranked among the Most Sustainable Corporations

Baxter International Inc. has been recognized by several organizations that rank corporations on progress in sustainability. 

New Company to Recycle PLA

A new business venture plans to buy, aggregate, and process post-consumer polylactic acid (PLA) for potential reformulation. According to executive director Mike Centers, Biocor LLC (Concord, CA) will collaborate on PLA recycling pilot projects and work with federal, state, and municipal entities, non-governmental organizations, consumer groups, and recycling organizations.

Two Certifications Extend Sustainability Initiatives at Colbert Packaging Corp.

Colbert Packaging Corp. (Lake Forest, IL) has received Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certifications following a rigorous audit of three facilities. These two new certifications encompass Colbert’s operations in Lake Forest, IL, and Elkhart, IN, certifying three facilities for meeting strict tracking requirements to ensure that certified paperboard used in these facilities comes from a well-managed forest. The certifications are a key component of Colbert’s sustainability goals.

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