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Biden Administration Highlights Environmental Justice While Changing Trump Policies

Biden Administration Highlights Environmental Justice While Changing Trump Policies

FPA Committee and Staff Track Developments Through Periodic Reports

Each quarter, FPA’s Environmental, Health, and Safety Committee (EHS) reports to members on federal environmental regulatory and court developments, capturing the significant policy changes that can affect the industry. After a new administration takes over, the changes can be significant and numerous.

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Infrastructure and Recycling Debate Accelerates

Infrastructure and Recycling Debate Accelerates

FPA Monitors Biden Administration Stances on Sustainability, Trade, Taxes, and Environmental Justice

The definition of “infrastructure” has been a flashpoint for policymakers in Washington, D.C., ever since President Joseph R. Biden Jr. unveiled a $2.3 trillion spending bill to bolster infrastructure in the United States. Roads, bridges, and broadband internet service make the cut on nearly every list.

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Moving Ahead On Recycling

Moving Ahead On Recycling

Advocates: 2021 May Be the Year for National Decisions

Recycling issues in the U.S. are not new, but the ability to get a coordinated response hasn’t been easy. So, last year, various stakeholders along the supply chain organized a group to see if they could create actionable ideas.

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Trade Shows Going Live

Trade Shows Going Live

Organizers Prepared With New Safety Guidelines

In a vastly altered globe since last year, flexible packaging converters and suppliers seize innovations as they reinvent for a refashioned, post-pandemic economy.

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Oregon Moves Fast on EPR Legislation

Oregon Moves Fast on EPR Legislation

Several Lessons Found in Actions in Various States, FPA Lobbyists Say

Legislators in Oregon hammered out an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) bill this spring, expecting to sign into law a measure that puts much of the responsibility for handling waste on the companies that make products.

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International Entries Highlight 2021 Awards Competition

International Entries Highlight 2021 Awards Competition

Judges Recognize Winners in UAE and India

The Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition had a strong international flavor this year, especially when it came to printing excellence, leading to multiple awards for one company in the United Arab Emirates and another in India.

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Sustainability Efforts Honored

Sustainability Efforts Honored

5 Packages Receive Awards in FPA Annual Contest

Sustainability goals are shared across the flexible packaging industry, so when it comes to finding ways to improve the circular economy, collegiality and collaboration dominate, says Randy Shermet, vice president of sales and development at Polykar in Burlington, Ontario.

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Packaging For Patient Care

Packaging For Patient Care

Sterile Packaging Helps Medical Professionals Save Lives

From scraped knees to heart-valve replacements, every day people depend upon health care and medical/surgical supplies safely delivered in sterile packaging.

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Market Tracker Explained

Market Tracker Explained

Euromonitor’s Tool Now Updated Quarterly

Without reliable information about COVID-19’s impact on daily life and spending habits, strategic planning becomes challenging for flexible packaging manufacturers hoping to make inroads in, perhaps, Turkey, France, Brazil, or China.

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Prototypes Offer Solutions Through Flexible Packaging

Prototypes Offer Solutions Through Flexible Packaging

Students Discuss Winning Entries in FPA Contest

Caylee Boone and three of her classmates at the University of Wisconsin-Stout were tasked with coming up with ideas and prototypes that would advance uses for flexible packaging, so they started to think about how they use products and what could be improved.

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Ripe for Rebound

Ripe for Rebound

Experts Predict Renewed Interest in Mergers and Acquisition Deals

Mergers and acquisitions in the flexible packaging industry slowed in 2020 as COVID-19 upended the international economy. But as the pandemic ebbs in 2021, the industry will be eager to return to a busier pace for making deals.

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Behind the Annual Awards Contest

Behind the Annual Awards Contest

Judges Offer Tips on Improving Entries

David Luttenberger picks up a bag entered in the 2021 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition and holds it up in the air, examining it.

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Judges Bring Varied Experience to Annual Contest

Judges Bring Varied Experience to Annual Contest

Three Judges. Three Backgrounds.

FPA’s annual contest highlighting industry achievements doesn’t just happen: it takes the coordinated work of the key staff at the Flexible Packaging Association and experts in the industry who volunteer a good chunk of their time in the late fall to judge the contest.

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Finding the “Wow”

Finding the “Wow”

Packaging Becomes E-commerce Social Media Star

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, e-commerce was seen as a function of convenience: tap on a keyboard or phone and new shoes arrive at the door.

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Charter Next Generation: Post-Merger

Charter Next Generation: Post-Merger

CEO Discusses Challenges with Merger

The 2019 merger of Charter NEX and Next Generation Films was the culmination of one process and the beginning of another: taking two companies and knitting them together as one. That process ended in October with the birth of a new company name, Charter Next Generation, and a new tagline, “A Better Way.” The post-merger […]

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Roadmaps to Sustainability

Roadmaps to Sustainability

In-Depth Report Steers Industry Toward 2030

Companies across the supply chain in the flexible packaging industry have been working toward a circular economy for years.

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Yearning for Growth

Yearning for Growth

Forecast Calls for Strong Year

If there is one safe bet about the year ahead, it’s that 2021 will be nothing like 2020.

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Finding Leaders

Finding Leaders

New Effort Taps Talent to Lead Industry’s future

Before the pandemic, just about every industry faced problems finding qualified workers and people to lead them because of low jobless rates and high competition for talent.

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Experts Offer Sustainability Updates

Experts Offer Sustainability Updates

Global Pouch Forum Provided an Opportunity to Gain Insights

At Mondelēz International, the company has been setting sustainability goals for years and has every intention of reaching its next major milestone.

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Sustainability Remains Top Issue in Some States

Sustainability Remains Top Issue in Some States

Experts Predict Big Push in 2021, Particularly on the West Coast

State governments nationwide put numerous recycling and waste-reduction proposals on hold in 2020 while concentrating on the pandemic, but initiatives will resume in 2021, several observers suggest. Lauren Aguilar and Andy Hackman, both lobbyists for Serlin Haley that represents the Flexible Packaging Association, note that California, in particular, will be moving on various legislative initiatives […]

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