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Loss of Jobs to Offshore Manufacturers Likely Considering Additional Proposed Aluminum Tariffs

Suppliers and manufacturers to the U.S. cosmetics and personal beauty care products industry at risk of higher import costs, reduction in operations, and more. Flexible aluminum foil packaging is an essential component of most cosmetic...

The Americans for Free Trade Coalition Submits Comments to the USTR in Response to a Request for Comments in Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in the Section 301 Investigation: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

The Americans for Free Trade coalition, a broad alliance of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs, respectfully submits these comments on the Request for Comments in Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in...

Aluminum Foil Trade Actions Threaten the Flexible Packaging Industry

The Department of Commerce (DOC) shouldn’t be picking winners and losers in U.S. manufacturing markets, but that is exactly what they are doing in the case of aluminum foil imports. A “self-initiated” case by the...

FPA Signs a Coalition Letter Requesting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to Extend the Public Comment Period for “Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides”) by 60 Days

The undersigned organizations respectfully request that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) extend the public comment period for Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (“Green Guides” or the “Guides”) by 60 days. The...

What Now? Advocacy Experts Discuss New Congress

As 2023 begins, federal legislators will be putting the final touches on reorganizing the House and Senate committees and subcommittees of the 118th Congress based on the results of the November election. But even before...

A Brief History of PFAS Bans in Food Packaging

Known as “chemicals of concern,” PFAS were typically used as a grease barrier for paper and paperboard foodservice packaging. Take a look at the activity in reducing PFAS in food packaging over the last seven...

FPA Signs a Coalition Letter on EPA’s Proposed TSCA 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule and the Associated IRFA

The undersigned organizations are pleased to provide comments regarding the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis and Updated Economic Analysis for the proposed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8 (a)(7) reporting and recordkeeping rule. In our...

5 Top Sustainable Packaging Issues from 2022

A handful of events or trends I spotted in 2022 will significantly impact the trajectory of the sustainable packaging market in the future. As you might expect, some of these are inter-related. Also, some of...

Extended Producer Responsibility: New Obligations for Packaging Producers

Bill Dunkerley, associate partner in the regulatory team of commercial law firm, Pannone Corporate, lifts the lid on the regulations that will help packaging companies prepare for the year ahead. The Environment Act 2021 may...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter Urging Congressional Leadership to Act and Prevent a Rail Strike

We write you today on a matter of grave urgency. Once again, the United States is facing the threat of a major rail strike between the major freight railroads and 12 labor unions, the second...

First-Ever Report Assesses Chemical Recycling for Governments

The term “chemical recycling” refers to a wide range of technologies that process recovered plastic products (including packaging) into new plastic, as well as energy and/or fuel. These technologies have become a lightning rod: Producers...

FPA Signs the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Companies and Trade Associations’ Comments Regarding PFAS Designation Under CERCLA

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Companies and Trade Associations (the Coalition) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) precedent-setting proposed rule in which EPA proposes to define and exercise...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter in Support of H.R. 8059, the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and H.R. 8183, the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act

The undersigned organizations support H.R. 8059, the Recycling and Composting Accountability Act and H.R. 8183, the Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act. We believe that both bills would generate the necessary data and public-private partnerships to...

Here Is a Look at Potential Impacts of the Elections

Election Day on November 8 has been a date circled on the calendar for what feels like forever. From the first day of the 117th Congress on January 3, 2021, it seemed the race for...

2022 Wraps Up With California Passing EPR for Packaging

The year 2022 was significant and precedent-setting for the flexible packaging industry, with the addition of new state laws that will govern how packaging is made and managed at the end of life. Numerous states...

Aluminum Trade Policies Must Change

Deja vu. Shortly after I started with the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) in 2016, I had my first real test. While advocacy has always been my passion, I was still learning the industry, as well...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter Requesting an Extension of the Comment Period for the Proposed Hazardous Substance Designation of PFOA and PFOS Under CERCLA

The undersigned organizations respectfully request an additional 60-day extension of the deadline for public comment on EPA’s proposed rule to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability...

Why We Need Extended Producer Responsibility for Plastic Packaging

Recycling in the United States is failing. Only 50 percent of packaging is currently recycled. For plastics the rate is lower, only nine percent. The U.S. packaging recycling rate is far below many other countries...

FPA Submits Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bill 2145 to the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is submitting testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 2145, which aims to prohibit the sale, distribution, and import of certain products marketed as recyclable, unless DEP determines that products are...

FPA Signs AFT Coalition Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Regarding China Tariff Exclusions

On behalf of the undersigned members of Americans for Free Trade, we are writing to request an immediate extension for the limited China 301 tariff exclusions which are set to expire on December 31, as...

New Semi-Solid White Film for Pressure Sensitive Labels

Innovia Films has developed a high yield, semi-solid, glossy white BOPP film, Rayoface™ JB. This 47 micron film, designed for pressure sensitive labelling (PSL) applications, combines some of the advantages of cavitated and solid...

FPA Submits Comments on the NERC/NEWMOA Model Minimum Postconsumer Recycled Content Requirements for Plastic Products and Packaging Legislation

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) applauds and supports your efforts in taking steps to proactively address the issue of minimum post-consumer recycled (PCR) content requirements. We believe that a suite of options is necessary to...

FPA Files Legal Opposition to Commerce's Initiation of Circumvention Inquiries

On behalf of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), Mowry & Grimson filed a formal legal opposition to the self-initiation of inquiries by the U.S. Department of Commerce examining whether imports of aluminum foil from South...

In My Opinion: EPR Needed for Flexible Packaging

It’s no secret that we – all of us – are facing a very real, very serious threat from pollution. Yet, this is where our common ground seems to end. Environmental challenges are complex and...

FPA Signs a Coalition Veto Request of California's AB 2784

We are writing to respectfully request a veto of AB 2784 (Ting). That mandates the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) content in plastic thermoform containers. Throughout this legislative session our coalition had multiple conversations with...

Greenback Warns Against the Dangers of “Only Telling Half of the Recycling Story”

Sustainability innovator, Greenback Recycling Technologies, has responded to growing rhetoric following comments made by outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, that suggest recycling ‘doesn’t work.’ In response to a feature published in UK newspaper, The...

2022 Sets New EPR Precedents

Despite waning energy earlier in the year, a late surge in interest in packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) produced two new EPR laws. In June, Colorado and California governors signed new EPR laws. They join...

Advocating for Flexible Packaging: ELC Group Seeks Your Input

In recent months, the advocacy group of the Emerging Leadership Council (ELC) brought you a visualization of the legislative process, as well as a white paper explaining the implications of extended producer responsibility (EPR). This...

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