Archive for August, 2008

CNN’s Lou Dobbs Says FDA is “Not erring on the side of safety for the American consumer” with recent BPA approval

Published: 29 August 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The August 18th edition of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight in the segment “FDA Failing You: Gov’t Says BPA Is Good For You,” criticizes the FDA for standing by its “decades old” approval of bottles that contain the plastics chemical bisphenol A (BPA) as safe, and for basing its conclusions on two studies funded by the […]

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LCBO Says Glass Container Lightweighting for Wines and Spirits has “greatest potential” for Greenhouse-gas Reduction

Published: 28 August 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

The “Globe and Mail” reports because of skyrocketing oil prices and calls to reduce global warming, several glass wine bottles are becoming lighter thanks to thin-glass construction aimed at curbing carbon emissions associated with shipping the wine thousands of kilometers across the ocean. Chris Layton, a spokesman for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), […]

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Glass Industry Publishes “New York Times” Letter-to-the-Editor in Response to Boxed Wine Article

Published: 27 August 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Sustainability

According to a “New York Times” op-ed by Tyler Coleman, wine in a box makes sense environmentally and economically because of its lighter weight and alleged storage advantages. Link to Article

GPI submitted a published letter-to-the-editor in response to the article. Read the response

Consumers react to GPI’s letter-to-the-editor on the “Serious Eats” blog: Go to the blog

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Square One Cucumber Organic Vodka

Published: 26 August 2008
Category: Organic Products in Glass

Square One cucumber flavored organic vodka is a deliciously aromatic spirit that imparts the delicate and fresh taste of cucumber. Square One combines the essence of organic cucumber with their original certified organic American rye vodka. The aromatic spirit is uniquely packaged in a 750 mL rectangle-shaped glass bottle.

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Consumers are ‘Precycling’ to Avoid Creating Superfluous Waste

Published: 26 August 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Recycling, Sustainability

“BRANDWEEK” reports more and more consumers are engaging in “precycling,” which means consumers aren’t just recycling, but also avoiding products that create superfluous waste, such as plastic water bottles and shopping bags. An estimated 45% of trendsetters and 14% of mainstream consumers have “cut down on bottled water purchases” in the past six months, […]

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Eleven other States Consider Banning BPA

Published: 25 August 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Wall Street Journal” reports at least 11 other states, besides California, have considered bills to ban bisphenol A (BPA) in certain products.

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Plastic Industry Ad Campaign Targeted Bill to Ban BPA

Published: 22 August 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “LA Times,” an ad campaign by the American Chemistry Council targeted a bill in Sacramento that would ban use of a chemical called bisphenol A, or BPA, in products such as baby bottles and sippy cups used by children under 3. The bill would give businesses until 2012 to come […]

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Chemical Industry Aims to Derail California’s Proposal to Ban BPA

Published: 22 August 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Reproductive/Hormonal Changes

According to “the daily green,” a lobbying group on the payroll of the chemical industry launched a public relations blitz aimed at derailing California’s proposal to ban Bisphenol A in products designed for babies and children under the age of 3. Independent research has reportedly found BPA mimics hormones, could affect normal development and […]

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California Lawmakers Reject Legislation on BPA for Children’s Food and Beverage Containers

Published: 21 August 2008
Category: Bisphenol A (BPA), Packaging CONCERNS, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

According to the “Associated Press,” California lawmakers recently rejected restrictions on bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in baby bottles and canned formula, despite consumer safety concerns that have led retailers to remove products containing the chemical from their shelves. The California state Assembly voted 31-27 to turn down a bill by Sen. Carole […]

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President Bush Signs Legislation that Bans Certain Plastic Chemicals

Published: 21 August 2008
Category: Packaging CONCERNS, Phthalates, Studies/State & Federal Regulations

The “Boston Globe” and “Reuters” report President Bush recently signed legislation aimed at improving US consumer product safety after millions of Chinese-made toys were recalled last summer. The legislation also increases funding for the Consumer Product Safety Commission and partially bans controversial plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates. Three types of phthalates would reportedly be […]

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