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Report: Stakeholders Must Coordinate Circularity Efforts as Material Needs Shift

In a report titled “Packaging Compass: Evaluating Trends in U.S. Packaging Design,” AMERIPEN and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute evaluate trends in packaging design and the implications on a circular economy while outlining how coordinated efforts must start now to reach concrete goals over the next 10 years.

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Our Future Workforce

Our Future Workforce

Schools and Companies Tout Training Programs at PACK EXPO International

Even before the pandemic and its aftermath, finding workers has been a struggle. Unemployment rates continue to hover at or near historic lows, even as economists increasingly predict an economic downturn. Workforce training, recruitment, and retention issues remain top concerns for companies nationwide, including those in the flexible packaging industry.

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Flexpack Crash Course

Flexpack Crash Course

New Workers Network During Daylong Seminar

This course aims to help the flexible packaging industry maintain, grow, and attract new talent through connections and collaboration.

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AMERIPEN Leader Reviews Packing Issues for 2023

AMERIPEN Leader Reviews Packing Issues for 2023

Dan Felton Outlines Key Initiatives on State and Federal Levels

State policymakers will have a busy year in 2023 as they seek to regulate the packaging industry, with measures expected on extended producer responsibility, labeling requirements, and recycled-content mandates.

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Amcor Leader Discusses $10.8M Investment at Michigan State University

Amcor Leader Discusses $10.8M Investment at Michigan State University

His Advice to Other Companies: ‘Jump in’

This past year, Amcor announced it would be investing $10.8 million into the Michigan State University School of Packaging in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Amcor’s commitment includes investment in infrastructure and building renovations, as well as an endowed chair position in the School of Packaging.

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FPA Welcomes New Congress Members

But Old Issues Like Aluminum, Circularity, and Trade Remain

New year, new Congress, and it’s quite a different group after the elections. With our aluminum foil advocacy, the Flexible Packaging Association is a newly minted federal lobbyist organization with yours truly now duly registered. And we will make the most of it as the work continues on the trade front and circularity issues.

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Monitoring Federal Rule-makers

Monitoring Federal Rule-makers

Committee Offers Updates on Biden Administration’s Policy Moves

The Flexible Packaging Association’s environmental, health, and safety committee tracks regulatory developments on federal environmental and occupational safety regulations and develops action plans for those that could impact the industry. The environmental policy initiatives under the Biden administration are a major shift from the previous administration.

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‘Let’s Talk Flexible Packaging’

‘Let’s Talk Flexible Packaging’

ELC Initiative Seeks to Reach Educators, Others

In the past few months, the education committee of the Emerging Leadership Council has made significant progress in its efforts to develop resources to empower Flexible Packaging Association member companies to effectively educate families and communities about the benefits of flexible packaging.

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SPMC® Committee Tracks Industry and Regulatory Issues

SPMC® Committee Tracks Industry and Regulatory Issues

The Sterile Packaging Manufacturers Council has a newly formed sustainability/regulatory committee monitoring a self-initiated case by the U.S. Department of Commerce involving imports of aluminum foil from China that are finished in South Korea and Malaysia.

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Leveraging Marking and Coding Technology for Sustainability

Leveraging Marking and Coding Technology for Sustainability

One important way manufacturers and retailers can improve the sustainability of their products is through investment in greener packaging options. Most will be aware of the potential cost benefits and reduced environmental impact of switching to recyclable materials, but fewer have considered the role improved marking and coding solutions can play in enhancing efficiency and sustainability across supply chains.

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State

2023 Activity in States Picks up Where 2021, 2022 Left off

The years 2021 and 2022 were unprecedented with groundbreaking new laws in the packaging sector. Four states adopted new extended producer responsibility laws, two states adopted new recycled content mandates for various types of packaging, and California adopted a first-in-the-nation recycling labeling law. The year 2023 will also likely prove to be significant and precedent setting for packaging policy.

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Iowa State Graduate Program Focuses on Solutions

Iowa State Graduate Program Focuses on Solutions

We talk to Keith Vorst, director of the Polymer and Food Protection Consortium at Iowa State University. The consortium is funded by private companies. Vorst received grant funding from federal agencies, as well.

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What Now?

What Now?

Advocacy Experts Discuss New Congress

As 2023 begins, federal legislators will be putting the final touches on reorganizing the House and Senate committees and subcommittees of the 118th Congress based on the results of the November election. But even before the election, advocates for the packaging and flexible packaging industries were preparing for what they know will be a busy year on Capitol Hill.

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