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.
State

2021 Off to a Fast Start

States Debating EPR, Recycled Content, and Labeling Bills

2021 began with a rush in many states to consider policies that will squarely impact the flexible packing industry.

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Washington Shifts to “New Normal” Schedule

Washington Shifts to “New Normal” Schedule

Former Recycling Priorities Back On Track

At this time a year ago, advocacy efforts in Washington were just starting to adjust to the realities of a pandemic-dictated virtual work environment and a mostly reactive emergency-based legislative agenda.

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Polyplex Corp. Donates Worldwide

Polyplex Corp. Donates Worldwide

Polyplex Corp. donated money, food, supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to community members, hospitals, and local governments in locations across its footprint.

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Sustainability, Social Media Efforts Ramp Up

As the packaging industry—particularly the plastic and flexible packaging industry—continues to face unprecedented levels of legislation around end-of-life management and full circularity, promotion of the many benefits of flexible packaging is more important than ever.

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Lyondellbasell Holds Annual Global Care Day

LyondellBasell held its 21st Annual Global Care Day with a focus on food security in the fall, with more than 80 manufacturing facilities and office sites participating. The global event supported 87 organizations. The plastics, chemicals, and refining company said it recognized the need caused by COVID-19, so it doubled down on its efforts to support […]

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Lubrizol Surpasses 2020 Volunteering Goal with Global Day of Service

Lubrizol Corp. surpassed its goal of contributing 2,020 virtual volunteering hours to organizations in the communities it calls home. The Ohio-based company announced the goal at the early onset of COVID-19. On a single day, employees in the U.S., England, Germany, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, and UAE contributed over 700 volunteer hours. These efforts included […]

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National
FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

FPA Plots Course with Biden Administration

Economic Recovery and Sustainability Top List

Now that the Biden/Harris Administration is in place and the 117th Congress officially underway, the Flexible Packaging Association is working to support several important legislative priorities. Alison Keane, FPA President and CEO, reached out to the new administration early in the transition to communicate the association’s desire to work with the Biden team on legislative […]

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State
State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

State Elections Set Up a Busy 2021

This Could Be Watershed Year for EPR, Other Bills

State elections were hotly contested in 2020, and they were of equal importance to federal elections due to the census and redistricting in 2021 and 2022. Despite the millions of dollars poured into state campaigns, it was largely a status quo election. Only the New Hampshire House and Senate switched party control from Democrat to […]

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Advancements Make Compostable Packaging Possible

Advancements Make Compostable Packaging Possible

Compostable No Longer Just a Buzzword

The demand for compostable packaging to replace traditional plastic food and beverage packaging is growing steadily, and that trend is predicted to continue for years to come. It’s no surprise that consumers are excited about the idea of products that will essentially disappear into the earth instead of piling up in landfills or our environment. […]

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Strategic Plan Takes Shape

FPA will complete a strategic planning process this month, which will help guide the association into the future. The plan focuses on activities within the association’s four key goals—protection, promotion, information, and connection. Protection is the work that FPA does to advance the industry through representation to government and regulatory bodies. Promotion raises public and […]

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Aquene Springs and Liquibox Partner to Help Navajo Nation

Aquene Springs and Liquibox Partner to Help Navajo Nation

For more than five years, Liquibox has provided bag-in-box bags to Aquene Springs—a North American supplier of source water. When the company approached Liquibox for help delivering emergency water to the Navajo Nation during the pandemic, Liquibox was ready to assist. Through a newspaper article, Michael Hobson, owner of Aquene Springs, noticed the devastating effect […]

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Nova Chemicals and Pregis Support Clean Water

NOVA Chemicals Corp., a producer of chemicals and plastic resins, and Pregis, a supplier of protective packaging solutions, are teaming up to support the Uzima Clean Water Mission. Uzima, an Atlanta-based charity, makes and donates water filters to help vulnerable, at-risk populations around the world gain access to clean water. NOVA Chemicals is donating film resins to […]

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National
Welcome to the 117th Congress

Welcome to the 117th Congress

Fresh Start Might Mean More Productive Year in 2021

2020 felt like both the longest and the shortest of years. In many respects, it seemed to be never-ending—particularly when it came to the endless election cycle and continuous online meetings. At the same time, given the chaotic nature of adapting to pandemic life and the pressure to complete legislation to address the pandemic response, […]

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State
2021 Framed by Fall Elections

2021 Framed by Fall Elections

State and Local Governments Will Be Picking Up Packaging Issues

Last year, elections at the state level had an outsized importance similar to elections at the federal level. A major driver was the 2020 census and the redistricting that will happen starting next year for Congressional and state legislative districts. State legislatures generally oversee that process, so an incredible amount of money and attention was […]

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Challenges For 2021 Remain Vivid

We are entering a new year that will prove to be as challenging as 2020 for many of the same reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic is reaching its second and third waves worldwide, and the efficacy and rollout of a vaccine is uncertain. And, as federal, state, and local budgets have been strained, it is expected […]

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Circularity More Relevant Than Ever

Analyzing the Status of a Circular Economy

In 2016, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) decided to bring plastic packaging into the circular economy. The foundation’s message is clear: “The vision aims at ensuring that plastic never becomes a waste by 1) eliminating the plastic we don’t need; 2) innovating to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, and compostable; […]

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ESKO DONATES SOFTWARE LICENSES

Esko made a multi-million-dollar, in-kind donation to support college and university students in their packaging engineering and technology studies.The global developer of integrated software and hardware solutions for the packaging, label, and wide-format sectors has extended its no-charge donation of software licenses to leading educational institutions across the U.S. “We strongly believe in investing in […]

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