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Multi-Industry Letter Supporting DHS CISA Critical Infrastructure

We recognize and appreciate the aggressive steps that are being taken to respond to the threats of the COVID-19 virus. We represent the manufacturers, distributors and supply chain of the products and raw materials...

Backlash Grows Against Reusable Grocery Bags as Virus Spreads

Four years after becoming the state’s first municipality to ban the use of plastic bags and impose fees for acquiring others at grocery stores, Cambridge this week issued an emergency order temporarily forbidding the...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Guidance on Production of Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizer to Help Boost Supply, Protect Public Health

As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing commitment to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the agency has issued two guidance documents to communicate its policy for the temporary manufacture of certain...

Plastic Bags are the Healthier Option – for Families and the Environment

Recyclable plastic bags don’t pose the potential health risks associated with alternative bags. Hundreds of millions of petroleum based, “non-woven polypropylene” reusable bags are imported from China and other countries each year. These are,...

Plastic Bag Bans Are the Latest Regulations to Get Tossed During Coronavirus Pandemic

As states rush to lift, waive, or delay regulations that might impede their ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, plastic bag bans are being tossed aside. On Tuesday, Maine's legislature voted to put...

U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure - Packaging Manufacturing is Included

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th, the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry,...

COVID-19 Forces Maine to Suspend Plastic Bag Ban

It’s part of a growing movement to rollback or suspend such bans. Prohibitions on plastic bags can impact the promo products industry. In an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, Maine lawmakers voted...

FPA Addresses Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

The Flexible Packaging Association issued letters to the White House, all Governors, and Capitol Hill leadership with regard to the need for essential packaging manufacturing during this time of uncertainty, particularly food insecurity and...

FPA Letter to Capitol Hill Leadership on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

FPA requests certain clarity with respect to Federal guidelines and mandates. As you continue to work on Emergency Legislation and stimulus packages in response to the COVID-19 crisis, FPA requests uniformity in distinguishing bans...

FPA Letter to the White House on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

It is of fundamental importance that the industry’s manufacturing facilities stay open and functioning in order to supply the necessary packaging consumer product companies and retailers need to supply goods the public needs through...

DOE Funds Plastics Recycling Research, Launches Upcycling Consortium

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $25 million in funding for plastics recycling research and development. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is part of the department’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive...

FPA Letter to the National Governors Association on Essential Manufacturing in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

Dear Governors’ Hogan and Cuomo: I am writing on behalf of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) who is the voice of U.S. manufacturers of flexible packaging and their suppliers. Flexible packaging represents over $31...

EU Pushes for Circular Economy to Have Longer-lasting Products

Produce, use, and throw away? No, better reduce, reuse, and recycle, says the EU. The paradigm of the current linear economic model could be coming to an end, replaced by a circular economy, a...

ACC Testifies In Support of Federal Policies to Modernize Recycling Infrastructure, Eliminate Waste

ACC reiterated its support for bipartisan policies aimed at modernizing our national recycling infrastructure in testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. Keith Christman, ACC’s managing...

Federal Lawmakers Finally Have a Real Plan to Fight Plastic Pollution — Will They Step Up to the Plate?

The United States has stood still as the European Union, Thailand, China and numerous other countries put in place national policies to address the growing plastics crisis threatening our oceans. Finally, the U.S. is...

To Fix America's Broken Recycling System, States Want Companies to Foot the Bill

Like many people of her generation, Shelbi Orme, 27, is an ardent environmentalist. On her YouTube channel, where she calls herself “Shelbizleee” (rhymes with Twizzle), she shares tips with her 200,000-plus subscribers about how...

Plastics Market Outlook: Conflicting Calls to Action

Despite a public and legislative outcry against plastics, the market outlook is strong for plastic film, flexible plastic and rigid plastic applications. Led by increasing use in construction, automotive and electronics, “the global plastics...

UK Must Act to Stamp Out 'Curse' of Plastic Sachets, Say Campaigners

The government must act urgently to stamp out the “curse” of single-use plastic sachets, billions of which are helping to fuel the global plastics crisis, campaigners are warning. A coalition of more than 50...

Controversial Plastics Legislation Proposed

Federal legislators propose the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, which puts the economic burden of recycling in the hands of CPGs and packaging suppliers and halts all new investments in plastics...

The Recycling Rules That Could Actually Make a Huge Difference, but Are Probably Doomed

Picture it now: It’s you, in the faded light of your kitchen, dutifully rinsing out that plastic container that you didn’t even want to get but the store gave to you anyway, carefully dabbing...

Concerns Raised Over Effectiveness of Upcoming NY Plastic Bag Ban

Ready or not, New York's plastic bag ban goes into effect March 1, and the way you do things is going to have to change. Price Chopper/Market 32 is wondering whether shoppers will even...

Federal Bill Would Phase Out Single-Use Plastics

U.S. lawmakers unveiled the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, legislation that would phase out single-use plastic products, hold corporations accountable for products, reduce packaging and reform waste and recycling collection systems....

Anti-Plastic Regulation Risks Less Sustainable Alternatives

Faced with shortages of suitable recycled material, a growing consumer backlash and a hostile regulatory environment, it is no wonder that some companies are shifting away from plastics. But encouraging this shift towards material...

US Recycling Bill Seeks Moratorium on New Crackers, Plastic Plants

A US recycling bill introduced to the nation's legislature includes a temporary moratorium on building new plants that would produce olefins and plastics. The bill, called "The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act" was...

Huhtamaki Appoints Thomasine Kamerling as Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications

​Thomasine Kamerling, (47), M.A., Modern History from Cambridge University (UK), has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications and a member of Global Executive Team at Huhtamaki as of March 1, 2020....

Maine Packaging EPR Bill, a National Bellwether, Could Reshape Municipal Funding

Maine was among the first states to pass a bottle bill, the first to pass an electronics recycling law and the first to ban polystyrene foam. This year, it could embody the state motto...

The Drive Toward Sustainability in Packaging—Beyond the Quick Wins

Sustainability—particularly regulatory and public concerns around single-use packaging waste—is combining with other powerful trends to drive major changes in consumer packaging. Regulators are moving on the issue, and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies and...

MPs Call on Government to Create Circular Economy Through Compostables

Cross-party MPs and Peers in the U.K. have called on the Government to include ambitious targets for compostables in the forthcoming Environment Bill. In the letter published in the Guardian, they backed a move...

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