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Federal Infrastructure Law Includes Some Recycling Funding

More Support for National Plan Could Come Later

The federal infrastructure measures signed by President Joe Biden last month include some funds for recycling and environmental programs that would be of interest to the flexible packaging industry, according to a lobbyist for the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). The bipartisan infrastructure package includes about $275 million for a federal grant program called Save Our […]

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Milestones: A Glimpse at Loyal FPA Members

28 Companies Celebrate Anniversaries with FPA in 2021

Each year, FPA recognizes members who are celebrating anniversaries with the organization in five-year increments. In 2021, 28 companies reached one of those milestones. Some of the companies recently responded to surveys that give a glimpse at what they do in the flexible packaging industry. 5 Years: 2016 CleanPlanet Chemical, Inc.: CleanPlanet was formed in […]

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Seminars Touch on Circularity Worldwide

Different Countries Face Similar Issues Reaching Goals

As companies and elected officials in the United States continue to debate plastic waste and a circular economy, they often look toward other nations that are farther ahead in their planning and designs. That focus was behind part of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s SPC Engage online forum held July 20–21, where experts from the European […]

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A Conversation with David M. Staker

A Conversation with David M. Staker

CEO and President, Plastic Packaging Technologies (PPT)

Each issue, as well as occasionally in a digital exclusive, FlexPack VOICE® hosts a question-and-answer segment that discusses important issues with an industry leader.

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Simple Steps Present Flexible Packaging as a Clear Solution

Implementing sustainable packaging is a journey, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Flexible packaging has a great opportunity to expand its footprint by simplifying the packaging transformation into attainable steps and by offering leadership and direction throughout the process.

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National
Looking Back/Moving Forward

Looking Back/Moving Forward

Biden Administration provides more clarity with priorities

The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) federal advocacy efforts continue to advance to protect the priorities of the flexible packaging industry. “Flexible” has been the word of the year again, and efforts in Washington, D.C., continued to embrace this mantra.

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State
Expect Busy 2022 State Legislative Docket

Expect Busy 2022 State Legislative Docket

EPR, labeling, and recycling at the fore

If 2021 was a landmark year in terms of new packaging policy at the state level, 2022 likely will prove to be another precedent-setting year with the addition of several new state laws. Active conversations in at least a half dozen states indicate that the interest in new packaging policy has not waned and may be even larger.

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Michelman Marks Community Giving Worldwide

As Michelman prepared for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) campaign, its associates exceeded their 2020 campaign pledge goal and repeated as one of the top 25 largest corporate, retiree, and employee campaign contributors. Additionally, the company was one of five businesses in the Cincinnati, Ohio, region recognized with a Corporate Heroes award for […]

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Cosmo Foundation Organizes Vaccination Drive in India

The Cosmo Foundation, the social arm of Cosmo Films Ltd., organized a one-day vaccination drive against COVID-19 for the people of Delhi, India, on July 18. Since 2008, the Cosmo Foundation has been increasing outreach to neighboring villages of its manufacturing facilities—Vadodara, Aurangabad, and the corporate office in Delhi—to promote good quality of life for […]

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The Griff Network Takes Giving Overseas

Initiatives by The Griff Network extend past its local community. Abroad, Griff sponsors communities in Kigali, Rwanda, and Antigua, Guatemala. Through this effort, Griff has helped struggling communities build schools and assisted with the improvement of facilities for children and faculty members of the Ngarama Parish in Rwanda. Griff, which is based in Fallsington, Pennsylvania, […]

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C-P Flexible Packaging Supports Employees and Communities

During the pandemic, C-P Flexible Packaging supported employees at each of the company’s locations, providing appreciation pay, gift cards, free lunches, and free boxes of masks and hand sanitizer for employees’ household use. Based in York, Pennsylvania, C-P Flexible Packaging is a fully integrated, full-service flexible packaging converter.

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Watching the States

Watching the States

Recycling Proposals Alarm Observers

The long value chain of plastics packaging, from manufacturers to converters to brand owners, is turning a wary eye to state-level recycling developments. Those developments include new laws labeled as extended producer responsibility (EPR), but they fall short of serving as models.
However, the industry hopes to bring about a workable national policy that brings consistency, a steady and inclusive supply of materials, and innovative infrastructure to recycling.

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Milestones: FPA Members Weigh In

Milestones: FPA Members Weigh In

Companies Celebrating Anniversaries Discuss Trends, Concerns

In recent interviews, some company managers offered insights into the state of the industry and what needs to be done to ensure its vitality, with several of them offering tips on how FPA and the industry can do better.

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Sudden Storms: Turbulence Defined 2021

Sudden Storms: Turbulence Defined 2021

Industry Leaders Seek Stability in 2022

From inflation to labor shortages to pinched supply chains, flexible packaging has been going along with the general roller-coaster ride. But the industry has experienced its own unique dynamics based on the diversity of packaged products.

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FPA Monitors Infrastructure Details

New Strategic Plan Underway, As Well

Work to protect, promote, and provide solutions for flexible packaging conforms with FPA’s new strategic plan, approved by the board at our virtual meeting in March.

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Industry Grows, Despite Pandemic

Industry Grows, Despite Pandemic

Annual Report Provides Details

The annual State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry Report, published by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), provides industry converters, suppliers, investors, and analysts with insight into the performance of the U.S. flexible packaging industry over the past year.

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Success Follows Summer Intern Program

Success Follows Summer Intern Program

Recruitment committee looks to in-person program in 2022

The Flexible Packaging Association’s (FPA) first summer internship program, launched by the Emerging Leadership Council (ELC), included over 35 students from 18 different companies. The council started the program for one foundational purpose: to “sell” our industry to highly impressionable students who are weighing a very important decision—where to launch their careers.

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Experts Reflect on Crisis

Representatives from the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council’s (SPMC) member companies recently sat down to talk about the changes they’ve experienced and where they see the sterile flexible packaging industry heading.

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