Sustainability

EPS Recycling Climbs

A report on expanded polystyrene recycling shows an increase in overall recycling, but notes differences when comparing the amounts of postconsumer and postindustrial pounds recycled. According to a press release issued by ACH Foam Technologies, the EPS Industry Alliance’s 2012 bi-annual recycling report shows a modest decrease in the number of post-consumer pounds recycled and a substantial increase in the number of post-industrial pounds recycled based on data received from fifty-one EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in the United States.

EPS Recycling Climbs

A report on expanded polystyrene recycling shows an increase in overall recycling, but notes differences when comparing the amounts of postconsumer and postindustrial pounds recycled. According to a press release issued by ACH Foam Technologies, the EPS Industry Alliance’s 2012 bi-annual recycling report shows a modest decrease in the number of post-consumer pounds recycled and a substantial increase in the number of post-industrial pounds recycled based on data received from fifty-one EPS manufacturers and independent recyclers in the United States.

Drive Consensus in Sustainability

One of the biggest challenges about sustainability is defining it. As we found in our 7th annual packaging and sustainability survey conducted along with sister publication Packaging Digest and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, there appears to be no single definition for sustainability. Only 28% use the Global Protocol for Packaging Sustainability definition; 24% use the Sustainable Packaging Coalition definition. Several respondents are following industry priorities (45%) and internal priorities (44%).

Sustainability of Interest, but Not Top Concern in Pharma/Med Packaging

Managing costs and addressing regulatory requirements dominate strategies in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries, beating out other business factors such as sustainability, new technologies, and even gaining market share. These findings are courtesy of the 7th annual packaging and sustainability survey Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News has conducted along with sister publication Packaging Digest and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition.

Clinical Recycling Pilot Wraps Up

A six-month pilot that studied recyclable material flow through nine hospital departments has wrapped up.

Plastics-to-Oil Technologies Alliance to Encourage Awareness of Repurposing Used Plastics

A new group within the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Plastics Division seeks to enhance public policy in support of technologies that convert non-recycled plastics into petroleum based products, it was reported in a press release.

TÜV Rheinland North America Adds Associate Director in Sustainability Advisory Services Group

TÜV Rheinland North America Inc. is expanding its Sustainability Advisory Services group, which offers support for supply-chain sustainability, stakeholder engagement, reporting, strategy and integration, and human rights. The company has hired Raj Sapru in TÜV Rheinland’s San Francisco office, where he will serve as associate director. He has more than a decade of experience working with global companies on sustainability challenges.

Amcor Issues 2013 Sustainability Report

Reductions in water use, green house gas emissions, and waste sent to landfills were some of the accomplishments Amcor reported in its 2013 Sustainability Report. The publication outlined Amcor's sustainability performance for the FY2012-2013 period, marking the company's eleventh year of such reporting. 

On the Path toward Sustainability

Pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals are finding new ways to help the supply chain reduce and recycle packaging waste.

Sustainability has become a priority for many companies throughout the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Pat Bartholomew, Director, Environment, Health and Safety, at Baxter, tells PMP News: “Product environmental performance is an issue of growing importance in the healthcare sector, including the responsible treatment of healthcare products at the end of their useful life. Because the appropriate approach varies by type of product, companies can have a range of initiatives.

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Evergreen Advice on Sustainability

PMP News looks back at coverage in 1994.

We’ve been covering sustainability and all the other terms often used to describe environmental stewardship for nearly 20 years. In our November 1994 article “New Environmental Strategy Includes Common Sense,” Melissa Larson described the Flexible Packaging Association’s then-new slogan, “Source reduction—less waste in the first place.” She described the era’s Healthcare Resource Conservation Coalition (HRCC), which advocated for monolayer packaging materials and hospital recycling programs to reduce hospital waste.

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