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A New Material for Packaging

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A New Material for Packaging

“PAPTIC” Makes a Play for the Paper and Plastic Markets

A company called PAPTIC is rolling out a material that has properties of both paper and plastic, with high-quality characteristics and a green footprint.

Made from sustainably-sourced wood fibers, PAPTIC’s material is both biodegradable and recyclable. The company’s pitch line is that the material has the high print quality of paper, but with the durability of non-wovens. In addition, the material comes in formats that make them ready to use in existing packaging manufacturing lines.

The company is entering the European market and is positioning itself as a high-quality, sustainable packaging solution. And while the company is currently focused on the non-food market, it is also working with industry partners to address what it sees as a wide market in food packaging materials.

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Value Matters: Innovation Has Direction

Watch the new dMASS video, "Value Matters: Innovation Has Direction" today! dMASS.net's "Value Matters: Innovation Has Direction," is a short, animated video revealing the direction of innovation and what it means for businesses and for sustainable design. The video offers a simple method for companies to align business and environmental goals. It challenges business leaders to question what business they are really in and to deliver the value customers want using the fewest possible resources.

The new video is a follow up to the popular short "Design Matters: Doing Better with Less." "Design Matters" used a Buckminster Fuller story as a jumping off point to explain why the key to successful design, innovation, and business strategy is producing drastically more benefits for people using drastically fewer resources.

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Opportunities in EHS and Sustainability

Howard Brown recently published an article on the NAEM Green Tie blog with his thoughts on the 2011 EHS Management Forum, EHS & Sustainability Success in the New Economic Era. In "Reflections on the 2011 EHS Management Forum," Howard argues that the role of environment professionals in corporations can move from a largely reactive role aimed at keeping the company out of trouble to a proactive role that will reshape entire businesses. He sees major opportunities for environmental managers to lead this repositioning of environment as central to corporate management. Finally, he discusses three important issues from the Forum:

  • The demand for environmental, sustainable, and social responsibility reporting is growing and is not going away;
  • There has been a permanent shift in corporate concern regarding resource prices, availability, and demands; and
  • The right talent is hard to find.

Read the original article here.

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