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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...

Why ‘Elimination’ Won’t Solve the Packaging Pollution Problem

Flexible packaging has a target on its back. Shortsighted elimination policies for flexible packaging—and all packaging in general—will not solve the problem and, in many cases, will result in more environmental harm. The Ellen MacArthur...

Manufacturing Month Creates Opportunities to Focus on Workforce Issues

October is Manufacturing Month, with October 7 being National Manufacturing Day. This creates an opportunity for Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) members to highlight careers in the manufacturing industry, frame the issues and broadly educate policymakers...

EPR Can Drive Solutions for Flexible Packaging Recovery

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 controversial; just take a...

Let’s Get Real About Plastics, the Environment and What We Can Do About It

Environmental challenges are complex and controversial—just take a look at the vastly different recycling and plastic legislative bills proposed each year across the country. Regardless of politics, there’s no doubt that we’re responsible for undoing...

Packaging Supplier Responds to CA Plastic Packaging Law

What’s California’s SB 54 Legislation all about? Last week, sustainability expert Robert Lilienfeld provided guidance to the legislation, which requires that all single-use plastic packaging sold in or imported into California be recyclable or compostable...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter Sent to Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Opposing an Amendment to S. 4348

The undersigned organizations oppose provisions added to S. 4348, the “Food and Drug Administration Safety and Landmark Advancement Act” (FDASLA) via an amendment from Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) on food packaging and PFAS that could...

Let’s Get Real About Plastics, the Environment and What We Can Do About Them

Alison Keane of the Flexible Packaging Association says extended producer responsibility could provide a solution to managing this material at end of life. It’s no secret that we—all of us—are facing a very real, very...

FPA Signs Coalition Letter Sent to the California Senate Appropriations Committee in Opposition to AB 2026 (Friedman) as Amended June 23, 2022

The California Chamber of Commerce and the organizations listed respectfully oppose AB 2026 (Friedman) as amended on June 23, 2022, which is the most current version of the bill in print. As you know, the...

FPA Submits Comments to the U.S. EPA in Regard to Their Request for Information on the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Grant Program

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) appreciates the opportunity to respond to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request for information (RFI) on the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grant program. The FPA was established in...

FPA Submits Written Comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in Response to Their Request for Information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) respectfully submits these written comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Request for Information (RFI) on the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling Program (SWIFR).

FPA Signs AFT’s Coalition Letter Sent to the U.S. International Trade Commission Reiterating Tariffs’ Harmful Impact

Americans for Free Trade (AFT), a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs, sent a prehearing statement to United States International Trade Commission (ITC) Chair David Johanson to include in...

FPA Signs Coalition Extension Request for the State of Maine’s Deadline for Reporting Products Containing Intentionally Added Substances Defined as PFAS

We are writing to respectfully request an extension of the deadline for reporting of products containing intentionally added substances defined as PFAS in the State of Maine that is scheduled to go into effect on...

FPA Opposes Rhode Island’s S. 2044/H. 7438 – An Act Relating to Health and Safety – Toxic Packaging Reduction Act

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) is writing to urge you to veto S. 2044/H. 7438, which will create a prohibition on the sale or promotional distribution of any food package containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances...

California Passes First Sweeping US Law to Reduce Single-use Plastic

California has passed an ambitious law to significantly reduce single-use plastics, becoming the first state in the US to approve such sweeping restrictions. Under the new law, which California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed on Thursday...

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