Advocacy, volunteerism, and sustainability efforts are all showcased in this section. You’ll also find letters from FPA’s president, who offers her valuable perspective on those topics and more.

SPMC® Gets the Word Out About Its Mission

Council Committed to Next Generation Medical Device Packaging Professionals

Sterilization packaging is a complex segment of the flexible packaging industry that is highly regulated and requires specific technical expertise. Since its founding, the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council has been a trusted source of technical information and guidance for packaging professionals and engineers.

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Aluminum Trade Policies Must Change

Deja vu. Shortly after I started with the Flexible Packaging Association in 2016, I had my first real test. While advocacy has always been my passion, I was still learning the industry, as well as my CEO role, and had never worked on a trade issue. When the International Trade Commission received a petition to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese aluminum foil, we were off and running.

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Clemson University Dedicates Program to Flexible Packaging

Clemson University Dedicates Program to Flexible Packaging

We talk to Robert M. Kimmel, Sc.D, an associate professor at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. Kimmel also is director of the pack­aging science program and director of the Center for Flexible Packaging in the university’s department of food nutrition and packaging sciences.

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National
Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Election Day on November 8 has been a date circled on the calendar for what feels like forever. From the first day of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021, it seemed the race for the midterm elections had kicked off. Democrats focused their messaging on how to hold majority control of Congress and Republicans on how to regain leadership control. And now, here we are, with the elections upon us and at the time for assessing the impact of and planning for the next Congress.

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State
2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

The year 2022 was significant and precedent-setting for the flexible packaging industry, with the addition of new state laws that will govern how packaging is made and managed at the end of life. Numerous states debated packaging issues, with two passing and signing extended producer responsibility bills for packaging. Many more states are addressing issues like recycled content mandates, labeling, and toxic chemicals in packaging.

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ELC Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

ELC Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

New Committee Will Work With FPA Member Companies

The Emerging Leadership Council continues to focus on supporting Flexible Packaging Association member companies and the flexible packaging industry. We are thrilled to announce the formation of a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Com­mittee to foster, promote, and engage in a culture of diversity and inclusion within the industry.

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Advanced Recycling Works—We Just Need to Ramp it Up

Recycling does work—but our U.S. recycling infrastructure is decades old; markets have been severely limited by relying on exports for too long; and it doesn’t provide circularity for much of today’s packaging types, including flexible packaging.

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Advocating for Flexible Packaging: ELC Group Seeks Your Input

Advocating for Flexible Packaging: ELC Group Seeks Your Input

This year, the advocacy group of the Emerging Leadership Council is setting its sights even higher, transitioning from informing our member companies to educating and influencing legislators. With this step change in the target audience, we now need your support more than ever to make an impact.

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SPMC® Forms Sustainability / Regulatory Committee

Technical Committee and Communications Efforts Accelerate

The Sterilization Packaging
Manufacturers Council recently formed a Sustainability/Regulatory Committee, which will be working on ensuring that legislation around plastics, packaging, and packaging waste considers the unique requirements of medical device packaging.

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Cooperation Needed Along Value Chain to Achieve Sustainable Flexible Packaging

Cooperation Needed Along Value Chain to Achieve Sustainable Flexible Packaging

A Circular Economy Requires a Holistic Approach

The flexible packaging industry is seen as a source of single-use plastic and a landfill mainstay, causing flexible packaging’s sustainability benefits to be often overshadowed by public perception. This is why it should be the industry’s top priority to not only talk about sustainability—but also to live it.

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Washington State University Emphasizes Food Packaging

Washington State University Emphasizes Food Packaging

Nationwide, industries have been struggling to find well-trained workers, and the packaging and flexible packaging industries have not been immune. For the rest of this year, FlexPack VOICE® will profile some of the colleges, universities, and schools that have developed programs to train our future workforce. In this edition, we talk to Shyam S. Sablani, […]

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