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    Plastic Promises Scorecard casts more doubt on 2025 company targets

    As You Sow awarded no ‘A’ scores, as it echoed US Plastics Pact concerns about companies not progressing quickly enough to meet 2025 targets. Still, it lauded goals and efforts at Keurig Dr Pepper, Coca-Cola and SC Johnson.

    By June 18, 2024
  • Four bottles of Hain Celestial products stand on a wooden countertop: Jason lavender body wash; Avalon Organics Scalp Treatment Tea Tree Shampoo; Alba Botanica coconut sunscreen spray; and Live Clean fresh water hydrating liquid hand soap
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    SKU rationalization is in. What does that mean for packaging partners?

    Unilever, Hain Celestial and other brands are thinking through their offerings to boost profits. Such efforts can also simplify operations for packaging manufacturers, allowing them to produce quickly at scale.

    By Shefali Kapadia • June 4, 2024
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    4 talking points at Circularity on the path forward for packaging

    To scale change, experts brought up the need for more precompetitive collaboration and the desire to move beyond pilots, among other themes.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    A recent analysis identified Coca-Cola as the source of 11% of all branded plastic found in litter surveyed globally. This type of data is part of growing transparency around packaging outcomes.

    By May 22, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: SEE sells self-sealing solution, Capri Sun grows up

    Plus, fiber screw-on caps from Blue Ocean Closures, cold-chain solutions from Candor Expedite and compostable cutlery from Better Earth.

    By May 20, 2024
  • An end display in Target's grocery section features boxes of Pop-Tarts with a sign saying "Sale! Kellogg's Pop-Tarts frosted pastries 12-ct; When you buy 2; 2/$6"
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    CPG promotional activity unevenly impacts packaging suppliers

    Boxboard producers stand to benefit the most as consumer packaged goods companies shift away from their recent “value over volume” strategy, according to a Truist Securities analyst.

    By May 15, 2024
  • A lineup of five aluminum water bottles from the Deer Park, Poland Spring, Pure Life, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain brands.
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    BlueTriton launches premium water bottles as aluminum packaging’s role grows in market

    Aluminum bottle offerings could tap a wider range of consumer values, researchers and consultants say. The addition expands the portfolio for Pure Life, Deer Park, Poland Spring, Arrowhead and Ice Mountain waters.

    By May 9, 2024
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    EPR laws’ labeling implications create more questions for CPGs

    Leaders from the Consumer Brands Association and The Recycling Partnership recently discussed how packaging EPR laws are further complicating how brands can mark packaging, including for recycling.

    By May 8, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Bandit Wines cartons offer augmented reality, Huggies ups PCR in diaper bags

    Plus, Dionis Goat Milk Skincare lotion now comes in refill pouches and American Packaging Corp. tackles pet food pouch recyclability.

    By May 6, 2024
  • Four different colored tubes of Colgate toothpaste with the message "Recycle Me!" printed on the tubes.
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    Colgate says it might miss 2025 packaging recyclability target

    Flexible bags and pouches are the key sticking points. In a sustainability report, Colgate-Palmolive also shared updates on transitioning its entire toothpaste portfolio to recyclable tubes, which became the subject of a lawsuit last year.

    By May 3, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: John Paul Mitchell’s revamped hair care line, Essentia’s paper mattress wrap

    Plus, Labelmaster, Firstleaf and ForeFront Supply Chain Solutions introduce a safer shipping product, lighter bottles and food packaging with PCR, respectively.

    By April 17, 2024
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    Nestlé to use recyclable, light-blocking shrink sleeves on some beverage products

    The company is hoping the crystallized PET sleeves will play a role in bottle-to-bottle circularity for Nesquik and Coffee mate products, among others.

    By April 17, 2024
  • Seven bottles of different scents of Dial body wash lined up next to one another on a countertop.
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    Henkel to engage packaging suppliers in bid to lower scope 3 emissions

    The German consumer goods company behind brands like Dial soaps and Soft Scrub cleaners says about a quarter of its value chain emissions are caused by packaging and raw materials. It’s targeting decreases by 2030.

    By April 12, 2024
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    What brands and retailers are saying about sustainable packaging in 2024

    Ferrero, Bath & Body Works, GE Appliances, Colgate-Palmolive and General Mills are some of the companies that have shared updates on packaging changes, new targets and annual progress in sustainability reports during 2024.

    By Serdar Akar Staff • Updated May 30, 2024
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    Energy drinks buzz with new designs and sustainable packaging

    Beverage makers such as Rockstar and Celsius are innovating to keep their current consumers and reach new ones — and packaging manufacturers are along for the ride.

    By Shefali Kapadia • April 8, 2024
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    Circular Action Alliance is lone PRO to submit program plan for Oregon EPR

    The brands-led group, which is already active in Colorado, California and Maryland, is eyeing end-of-year approval for its plan as 2025 recycling changes loom.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Material reduction, enhanced recyclability anchor Hain Celestial’s new packaging targets

    The CPG company behind Celestial Seasonings tea and Terra chips set targets to reduce virgin packaging materials and packaging waste while increasing recyclability.

    By March 25, 2024
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    Keurig brewing up compostable K-Rounds as alternative to plastic coffee pods

    The company is still in the process of testing the rounds, which have a seaweed-derived coating. Keurig also plans to launch a mail-back program for its polypropylene K-Cups, which are not going away.

    By March 14, 2024
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    Refills and plastic alternatives offer a fresh spin on laundry detergent packaging

    While traditional detergent bottles are widely recyclable, consumer demand for plastic reduction has led to a range of refillable solutions, sheets and, as of this past week, “fiber tiles.”

    By Hayley Lind • March 12, 2024
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    Califia Farms rolls out 100% rPET bottles in North America

    The plant-based beverages brand is still seeking recycled content solutions for caps and sleeve labels. The company estimates packaging lightweighting from 2019 to 2023 avoided 4 million pounds of plastic production.

    By Feb. 29, 2024
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    What’s old is new: Food and beverage brands put a modern spin on retro packaging

    Consumer-facing companies are tapping into buyers’ emotions as they redesign logos and packaging.

    By Shefali Kapadia • Feb. 27, 2024
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    Packaging innovations: Angel Soft gets baby fever, Juicy Juice pumps up its playfulness

    Plus, packaging refreshes and new launches from Crystal Light, Chanel, O-I Glass, ProAmpac, Berries Paradise, Sway and IPG.

    By Feb. 16, 2024
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    NYC bill could restrict laundry and dishwasher pods

    Bill supporters say polyvinyl alcohol, used in pods and sheets, passes through wastewater treatment and pollutes the environment. The American Cleaning Institute says the products have sustainability benefits.

    By Updated Feb. 9, 2024
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    Colgate-Palmolive faces lawsuit over ‘misleading’ recyclable toothpaste tube claims

    A judge denied the CPG company’s request to throw out a lawsuit that consumers filed a year and a half after Colgate introduced a monomaterial HDPE tube. The product’s recyclability has been hotly debated.

    By Feb. 8, 2024
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    Coca-Cola pilot removes labels from Sprite bottles to ease recycling

    The initiative follows the beverage giant’s move to improve bottle-to-bottle circularity by switching the bottle color from green to clear. This limited-run trial in British stores also aims to decrease the overall use of packaging material.

    By Jan. 29, 2024