FMN | November 14th, 2016

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November 14, 2016

Vol. 18 No. 23

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Walmart Launches Sustainability Playbook by Greg Kishbaugh R etail giant Walmart recently hosted its annual Sustainable Packaging Summit, using the event to launch its new Wal- mart Sustainable Packaging Playbook, which updates the com- pany’s sustainable packaging goals. The Playbook provides guidance to brand-owner vendors, pri- vate-label manufacturers and packaging suppliers on the ways in which they can improve the score of their sustainability index and lower costs.

DiTrolio Flexo Institute Closes

DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, Broadview, Illinois, has been forced to close down, 17 years after open- ing its doors. Company founder Vince DiTrolio started the school as a way to introduce highly skilled and trained operators into the flexo- graphic industry, a topic of utmost importance. DiTrolio remains grateful for the support the school received from the industry, but it was not enough to counteract serious budget cuts from the state of Illinois that helped the school operate. After years of accumulating publi- cations, re-acquiring books, journals, and conference papers, as well as completing more than a year of re- organizing and cataloging, TAPPI an- nounced that its Information Resource Library has re-opened as a means for members to explore, pe- ruse and research. The library titles can be viewed at www.library- . For exclusive content and breaking news please visit TAPPI Re-Opens Resource Library

The Playbook is broken down into three pillars to improve and refine a company’s environmental policies. Source Sustainably : maximize recycled and sustainably- sourced renewable content, while enhancing the health of the materials they use in their packaging. Optimize Design : find ways to reduce unnecessary packag- ing materials, such as extra boxes, ties or layers, while main- taining what is necessary to protect the product. Support Recycling : increase use of recyclable content, while working to improve infrastructure for hard-to-recycle (Cont’d on Page 8 )

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