Being Social

New FPA Social Media Campaign Expands Reach

At the start of Earth Day/Month in April, the social media marketing partner for the Flexible Packaging Association began a concerted effort to reach broader audiences, expanding upon an online community that has been increasing steadily over the past few years. The new campaign—“Pro Planet: We Believe Every Day is Earth Day”—is a six-part series that will run into early 2025.

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Using Sustainability Playbooks in R&D

Science Group Worked With CTOs to Develop Detailed Guides

A forum for chief technology officers in 2022 launched its inaugural effort—a practical guide for research and development teams that are contributing to corporate net-zero goals. This year, the forum’s initiative accelerated with actionable insights on balancing sustainability with growth.

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Rethinking Workforce Strategies

New Approaches Might Attract—and Keep—Talent, Experts Suggest

he flexible packaging sector is in the same bind as other industries when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent. But if it wants to solve its workforce challenges, leaders will need to take a more proactive approach.

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Food for Thought

Packaging Industry Monitors Federal Efforts to Reduce Food Waste

The flexible packaging industry backs the overall goal of reducing food waste. However, industry executives are concerned the federal strategy fails to reflect the value of plastic and flexible packaging in tackling the problem.

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Finding Silver

Innovations and Beauty Mark Flexible Packaging Competition

In addition to expanding the use of flexible packaging and packaging excellence, silver awards were given out in four other categories: sustainability, technical innovation, printing, and shelf impact.

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Finding Gold

Companies Innovate With Flexible Packaging

The judges for the 68th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition focused on containment, protection, convenience, communication, and sustainability.

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Employee Owned

CNG and Others Reflect on Business Models Where Employees Have an Ownership Stake

Advocates argue that an ownership stake spurs employees to take a more active role in creating value and driving profits. But it also reduces turnover and can be attractive to potential employees.

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On Watch in Washington

Federal Recycling Legislation Could Grab Attention in 2024

With 2024 being an election year, conventional wisdom would suggest that the elected leaders might concentrate more on the horse races than public policies this year; however, significant legislation has been working its way through Congress.

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‘Suitable for Framing’

Judges of the Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition Identify Winners for 2024

The judges focus on picking the winners in six categories: expanding the use of flexible packaging, technical innovation, sustainability, printing, shelf impact, and packaging excellence.

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Cybersecurity: Learning From Others

Security Breach at MGM Resorts Offers Real-Time Lessons for Attendees at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

A cybersecurity expert presents tips on ways companies can prepare for a cyberattack.

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Testing Films and Film Alternatives

Packaging Machine Manufacturer Examines Which Options Perform Best

Lantech doesn’t make flexible film or film alternatives. However, the international manufacturer of packaging machines has an interest in closely monitoring the evolving marketplace and efforts that might limit the use of virgin plastics.

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Here to Help

Closed Loop Partners Seeks Circularity Projects It Can Fund

The transition from a linear to circular economy is so complex observers have found that projects require expertise and investments from multiple stakeholders.

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2023 Milestones

FPA Members Mark Anniversaries With Trade Association

Nearly 60 years ago, a husband and wife team named their new flexible packaging com­pany after their two sons, Glen and Roy. Today, Glenroy, Inc.—the com­pany started by Herb, Ruth, and Roy Jablonka—still operates as a privately held company from its headquar­ters in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. “Glenroy is a third-generation, family-owned flexible packaging converter and […]

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The Billion(s) Dollar Question

The Recycling Partnership Outlines Initiatives

The Recycling Partnership is researching people who participate in store drop-off programs to figure out why and how they participate.

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Reimagining FPA

Working Groups Revamp Fall Conference and Expand Memberships

The Flexible Packaging Association has long been the voice of flexible packaging industry, and that voice has been stretching to reach more places in recent years.

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Striving for Safety

SPMC® Continues Oversight of Packaging Excellence

Sterile packaging rarely penetrates the public’s consciousness, creating an awareness gap that the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council has been striving to close since 1994 and continues with ongoing guidance on issues affecting the industry.

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Transitioning to Flexibles

New Guide Outlines Best Practices

Brands, particularly in the realm of consumer products, are eyeing a range of new materials to meet ambitious goals for creating more sustainable packaging.

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Students Capture Awards for 2023

Annual Contest Recognizes Work at Packaging Programs

The entries for the Flexible Packaging Association’s Student Flexible Packaging Design Challenge included short videos, where students explain the prototypes they developed. Several videos stood out because the students created strong marketing campaigns.

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Encouraging Diversity

An Interview With Kuma Roberts, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Arrowhead Consulting

Creating opportunities instead of assuming they will happen is at the heart of Kuma Roberts’ work.

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Making the Business Case for DEI

Companies Say DEI Programs Promote Growth and Enhance Values

Employers say they recognize a moral imperative for ensuring their workplaces are inclusive and welcoming. But they also have been swayed by research into the business benefits of diversity.

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