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.
‘Better Together’ Resonates Across Industry

‘Better Together’ Resonates Across Industry

What Does “Better Together” mean to you? This was the question the Sterilization Packaging Man­ufacturers Council (SPMC®) posed to industry thought leaders during the lead-up to Sterile Packaging Day this spring.

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FPA Plans Membership Drive

FPA offers unparal­leled support to the flexible packaging industry—one of the fastest-growing segments in packaging—and you could be an essential part of that movement.

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State
More States Ponder Packaging Policies

More States Ponder Packaging Policies

This year, more states are debating packaging issues. These debates, at times, are taking contrasting views over the role of producers in recycling systems and how requirements are developed.

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National
All Sides Agree: Workforce Issues Need Solutions

All Sides Agree: Workforce Issues Need Solutions

While aspects of the economy are in recovery, workforce issues are at a crisis point. Public and private entities, large and small companies are facing unprece­dented challenges in finding and retaining both entry-level and skilled workers as the labor force participation rate continues to decline.

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Fact Sheet Explains Extended Producer Responsibility

Fact Sheet Explains Extended Producer Responsibility

Document Shareable With All Stakeholders

host of states have either passed or are strongly considering EPR legislation as it pertains to packaging, and it is important that everyone has a fundamental understanding of the topic.

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Industry Engagement Gains Momentum

Industry Engagement Gains Momentum

The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council®’s work continues to advance through the development of industry white papers, active participation on national and global regulatory organizations, and an arsenal of 100 FAQs designed to help packaging professionals and engineers solve material challenges.

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At Cal Poly, Students Learn by Doing

In this issue, we talk to Jay Singh, professor and packaging program director at the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and Joongmin Shin, associate professor, industrial technology and packaging.

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EPA and FPA Share Similar Goals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its National Recycling Strategy: Part One of a Series on Building a Circular Economy, which identifies strategic objectives and stakeholder-led actions to create a stronger, more resilient, and cost-effective recycling system.

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Advocacy Efforts Expand

The Emerging Leadership Council’s (ELC) advocacy group has a mission to create clear and effective communication regarding legislative proposals affecting the flexible packaging industry that can be distributed within the industry and with our customers to best advocate for the entire flexible packaging industry.

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Experts Discuss New ‘Normal’

Looking back to the onset of the pandemic, sterile packaging manufacturers were in the thick of it, responding to COVID’s immediate and unrelenting impact on the health care industry.

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Packaging in Education

A Look at The Rochester Institute of Technology

In this issue, we talk to Daniel P. Johnson, professor and chair of the department of packaging science, college of engineering technology, at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York.

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CEO: Plastic Is Not Going Away

CEO: Plastic Is Not Going Away

It’s Time to Promote a Circular Economy

The truth is, plastic is not the problem. The problem is that we are discarding it so early in its life cycle. Instead of thinking of one necessary use for the polymers, innovators need to think about the entire life cycle of these materials.

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