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PET Peeves Revisited

7 March, 2014 - 09:21 -- tbrunner

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the Indian government wanting to ban PET packaging because of concerns about its stability. The blog elicited a surprising number of responses, but one from a Verdigris member, got us thinking more about it.

PET containers are recyclable of course, but there are some negatives associated with them. Not that any of the negatives support the Indian government’s justification for a ban, because PET is undoubtedly durable and stable. But these strengths are also PET’s most severe shortcoming when it comes to waste management. Packaging printers should consider this, especially if there are suitable alternative materials that would meet customer demands equally well.

April Blooms

28 February, 2014 - 08:57 -- tbrunner

Hostilities between the WWF and Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) are not about to cease, but tensions may be lessening slightly. The WWF has announced that it welcomes APRIL’s recently launched Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP). This policy commits APRIL to forest conservation efforts in “areas equal in size to its plantations”. This is quite an undertaking and one that apparently sets a new standard for Indonesian pulp and paper companies. It looks like the WWF reckon that APRIL’s policy is bolder than that of its rival Asian Pulp & Paper (APP). Together APP and APRIL are responsible for mass destruction of huge areas of Indonesian rain forests and habitats.

PET Peeves

21 February, 2014 - 12:17 -- tbrunner

Polyethylene terephthalate otherwise known as PET, is used in packaging worldwide and is readily recycled. PET provides the raw material for bottles and containers and for all sorts of food packaging, and can even be used for paper making. But in India there is a bizarre recommendation that the government should ban the stuff.

Pulp Fiction

14 February, 2014 - 09:30 -- tbrunner

We recently came across an environmental story that is just too good to be true, and yet it is true. It seems that in every mile of the M6 Toll motorway in the UK there are 92,000 pulped copies of Mills & Boon romantic novels. A novel approach to reuse indeed. Mills & Boon has built its reputation on slushy tales of romance, however millions of unsold copies of the publisher’s books get returned every year. The unwanted copies are sold on to recycling companies, where they are pulped for subsequent use. Tarmac Central, the company that built the road, used the pulp to improve the road’s quality.

Gadgets for Geeks & Printers

10 February, 2014 - 10:12 -- tbrunner

A few weeks ago we got asked by a trade journalist for help with an article, so through slightly gritted teeth we did our best to help the guy meet his deadline. His article was supposed to be a list of gadgets that printers could buy to help them be more effective. There was really only one way to answer: colour management, preflight tools, new presses, computer-to-plate equipment, the list of amazing tools the graphic arts development community has to offer is endless.

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