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Behind the Student Winners of FPA’s Packaging Contest

Gary Borges Reflects on Working With Students at Stout

Gary Borges, who worked as a product development manager with Printpack, now teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where students swept the awards in the Flexible Packaging Association’s annual Student Design Challenge.

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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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A Closer Look at Chris Parrilli

A Closer Look at Chris Parrilli

President, Sun Chemical Corporation

For each issue since its inception more than two years ago, FlexPack VOICE® has hosted a question-and-answer segment with an industry leader. In this issue, we interview Chris Parrilli, who has been with Sun Chemical Corporation in Northlake, Illinois, for most of his career and has been serving as president since January 2018. Parrilli received […]

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Automation Takes Hold

Automation Takes Hold

Using Technology to Hire, Train, and Schedule Workers

More than two years after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted traditional methods of training workers, flexible packaging companies continue fine-tuning their approaches that rely on technology to limit face-to-face contact.

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Inside the Student Design Challenge

Inside the Student Design Challenge

Judges and Students Reflect on 2022 Contest

Four members of the Flexible Packaging Association’s Emerging Leadership Council, volunteered one afternoon in May to judge the association’s annual Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge.

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Expanding Recycling in Upper Midwest

Expanding Recycling in Upper Midwest

CNG, General Mills, and Others Invest in Mechanical Recycling Plant

A coalition of Minnesota-based CEOs in the agriculture and consumer packaged goods industries wanted to do more to ensure a circular economy, especially when it came to flexible packaging. Business leaders set out to create a regional ecosystem serving the Upper Midwest.

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Cybersecurity Expert Reflects on Her Career

Cybersecurity Expert Reflects on Her Career

Dawn Cappelli Advises Young Women to ‘Go for It’

FlexPack VOICE® had the opportunity to interview Dawn Cappelli, Dragos director of Operational Technology—Cyber Emergency Readiness Team, and a member of the Manufacturing Cybersecurity Advisory Council for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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ELC Expands Mission

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Among New Initiatives

College interns tuned in to a recent virtual meeting for an overview of the flexible packaging industry, marking the official start of the Flexible Packaging Association’s second annual summer virtual internship series.

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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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Meet the FPA Staff

Meet the FPA Staff

A conversation With Abigail Trumpy, FPA director, regulatory affairs

Continuing the “Meet the FPA Staff” series, FlexPack VOICE® sits down with Abigail Trumpy, FPA director, regulatory affairs.

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Creating a Personal Board of Directors

Creating a Personal Board of Directors

ELC Member Kasie Fairbarn Advises Students on How to Seek Guidance Early on in Their Careers

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, one FPA ELC member was looking for a better way to thrive, which led to creating a personal board of directors.

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Meet the FPA Staff

Meet the FPA Staff

A Conversation with Sam Schlaich, FPA Counsel, Government Affairs

Continuing the Meet the FPA Staff series, FlexPack VOICE® catches up with Sam Schlaich, FPA counsel, government affairs.

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