Archive for July 6th, 2009

Incandescent Bulbs Return to the Cutting Edge

Posted in Environmental Issues, Innovation on July 6th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 4 Comments

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — When Congress passed a new energy law two years ago, obituaries were written for the incandescent light bulb. The law set tough efficiency standards, due to take effect in 2012, that no traditional incandescent bulb on the market could meet, and a century-old technology that helped create the modern world seemed to be doomed.  But as it turns out, the obituaries were premature.

Found this article in ‘The New York Times’ and whilst it’s not strictly packaging related it’s interesting to see how a sector of the market has responded to a governments efforts to wipe it out.  To read more of this article just click the link

Eat me . . . and save the planet

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Recycling, Retailers on July 6th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 2 Comments

You are throwing away a billion tomatoes, 1.6m bananas, 775m bread rolls, 359,000 tonnes of potatoes and £420 a year — as well as causing pollution. In the second of our series on the greening of Britain, Richard Girling unwraps the tangled economics of food waste, packaging and recycling

This is an interesting article from the Sunday Times, to read more just click here

Recycling RFID tags cuts food waste, traceability costs: Study

Posted in Business News, Food Packaging, Innovation on July 6th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 6 Comments

By Mike Stones, 06-Jul-2009

Reduced food waste and lower traceability costs could result from a new independent study which confirms that RFID tags can be used effectively more than once.

The study into the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags, funded by the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), concluded that tags designed for single use could be used for multiple trips without compromising performance provided that they are positioned correctly on reusable containers.

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Rio Tinto sells Alcan Food Packaging Americas to Bemis

Posted in Business News, Food Packaging on July 6th, 2009 by Jane Bear – 11 Comments

Simeon Goldstein,, 06 July 2009

Rio Tinto is selling Alcan Food Packaging Americas to US flexible packaging supplier Bemis for $1.2bn.

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