Monthly Archives: April 2017

EPR Retail News: Packaging Innovation Part of Wegman’s Commitment to Sustainability

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With 92 stores across six states, each offering a minimum of 50,000 products, Wegmans Food Markets customers might not immediately equate the notion of “less is more” with Wegmans. But, when it comes to sustainability and the company’s commitment to reduce waste in landfills and reduce emissions, less truly is more. Packaging innovation is just one example of how the company is delivering on that commitment.

“It’s always important to remember that a food container’s number one job is to protect the food inside. It takes resources to grow that food, and fuel to bring it from the farm to the store, so we want to preserve nature’s investment in this food with containers that protect it all the way to your table,” said Jason Wadsworth, manager of sustainability for Wegmans. “Our job is to make sure packaging is functional, performs as expected, and uses materials efficiently and responsibly. That leaves plenty of opportunity for exploring ways to make packaging more sustainable.”

 

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Plastics News: Formosa Shuts Down Texas PVC Facility After Leak

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A feedstock leak has caused Formosa Plastics Corp. USA to shut down its PVC resin production unit in Point Comfort, Texas.

Almost 170 pounds of vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) were released from a 3-inch de-gas line at the site between April 12-13, according to a filing with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. VCM is a feedstock used to make PVC resin.

Officials with Formosa in Livingston, N.J., could not be reached for comment on April 14. The firm also makes polyethylene, polypropylene and related products in Point Comfort.

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Politic 365: “The Surprising Environmental Hazard Lurking In Your Home”

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When people talk about environmental harm, it’s natural to think of global warming, nuclear accidents, contaminants polluting our oceans and local waterways, and oil spills. But there is another great danger that is lurking much closer to home than many people realize. In fact, for some people, it’s lurking in their homes. It’s plastic pipes that carry drinking water in and wastewater out. More commonly called PVC, these pipes are made of dangerous chemicals that have harmful effects on human bodies.

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NDTV: “Parents, Take Note! Inflatable Pool Toys Can Put Your Kid at Cancer Risk”

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Summer is here and your kids can’t wait to dive into the pool. You’re all set and have probably already bought them new costumes, swimming gear and some pool toys to have fun with. But wait, if you’ve picked those common inflatable pool toys such as the beach balls and arm bands, here’s something you must know. Researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany have warned that inflatable pool toys may contain certain potentially hazardous substances that can put your child at the risk of cancer.

 

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NRDC: “NRDC and Scientists Urge CPSC to Finalize Phthalate Ban”

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Phthalatesdifficult to say, and bad for your health

Eventually, toxic chemicals are no longer tolerated by an increasingly informed public, retailers and product manufacturers, and regulators. In the meantime, however, they manage to do a lot of damage while those with vested interests muddy the scientific waters and defend the indefensible.

 

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