Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) announced today that it has collected 450 million ink and toner cartridges for recycling in the U.S. since 2005, averaging more than 60 million cartridges per year for the past four years. Through the cartridge recycling program, Staples has helped recover and recycle 234 million pounds of plastics and metals, diverting roughly the weight of 8,000 full garbage trucks from landfills. "At Staples, we are committed to reducing waste going to landfills and reusing valuable resources through our recycling services," said Mark Buckley, vice president, environmental affairs, Staples.
Industry representatives, including companies like Domtar and Glatfelter, will share with lawmakers details of the industry’s positive economic impact on Pennsylvania and its commitment to sustainable manufacturing leadership under AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative. “Paper and paper-based packaging facilities in Pennsylvania use sustainable manufacturing practices to make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We want to make sure state energy and environmental legislation accounts for our industry’s sustainability leadership so we can continue generating good jobs and economic growth for Pennsylvania.”
Brent crude, the global price benchmark, rose 0.3% to $58.11 a barrel on London's ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded at $52.30 a barrel, up 0.8% from Monday's settlement. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated on Monday total crude-oil production from seven key shale regions in the country will likely decline by 57,000 barrels a day in May from April.
Official 2014 emissions data have just been released and the downward trend in emissions from the sector has continued — 2014 emissions being 13.5% lower than those in 2013 and an impressive 42% lower than in 2008. While some of this reduction can be attributed to lower production, the great majority has been delivered by investment in new power generation and a continued focus on energy efficiency. Allowing for changes in production levels, the figures show that the amount of EU ETS reported carbon dioxide emitted by UK paper mills (per tonne of production) has fallen by a third in just seven years — from 0.64 tonnes CO2 per tonne of product to 0.42 tonnes.
Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, today unveiled its 2014 Sustainability Report, detailing its achievements in producing and delivering products in innovative and environmentally responsible ways. Notable successes cited in the fourth annual report for the company's operations in North America include: *The lowest reported carbon footprint among domestic competitors, thanks to a consistent focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy; *Reduced the amount of fiber and raw material waste in paper-making operations by 14 percent over the 2011 baseline, two years ahead of target; and, *Significant gains in its procurement of certified fiber, reaching its goal of 65 percent one year ahead of schedule.
HarperCollins has become the latest publisher to reach an agreement with Amazon over sales terms. The publisher issued a statement late Monday that read: "HarperCollins has reached an agreement with Amazon and our books will continue to be available on the Amazon print and digital platforms." No details over terms were available. The HC deal follows agreements reached by Amazon with three of the other Big 5 publishers—Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan. Those deals included a modified version of agency pricing, covered both print and digital books and were multiyear agreements.
The HP T1100 is the recently announced 2.8m-wide simplex colour inkjet web press that is being co-developed by HP and KBA and is the first product to arise from the partnership they announced at Graph Expo in 2014. It will print corrugated top liner rolls at speeds of up to 183m/min and will enable many individual jobs to be combined together on a roll; once printed, the rolls can be placed directly onto existing 2.5m or 2.8m corrugators. No date has been given for the install, although HP and KBA have previously stated that the T1100 will have limited market availability in 2016.
According to the latest report by Technavio, consumers are increasingly choosing eco-friendly packaging products over conventional packaging. Demand for sustainable packaging material is on the rise because of the growing affluent middle class population and a number of government initiatives in developing and developed countries. “Growing consumer awareness about recycling and the ill-effects of plastic waste accumulation are expected to have a positive impact on the growth of the market during the forecast period,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of Technavio.
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) announced today that it will showcase CustomWave RFID Solutions at RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, the world's premier conference and exhibition focused on radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. RFID Journal LIVE! 2015 will be held April 15 to 17 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Attendees are invited to experience CustomWave RFID Solutions smart label technology designed to enhance return on investment through better overall performance. "Whatever the application or environment, our range of custom smart tag and label solutions can help to drive ROI in a number of ways," said Gary Kohl, Group Sr. Vice President of RR Donnelley's Packaging and Digital Solutions.
Metsä Board announces a price increase of € 40 per tonne for white fresh forest fibre linerboards in the continental European markets, effective May the 11th, 2015 as consequence of the good demand in the recent months and a strong market outlook.