Amcor to help brands communicate packaging carbon footprint reductions through independent labelling from the Carbon Trust

Amcor announced the ‘Reducing CO2 Packaging’ Label from the Carbon Trust can now be printed on Amcor packaging to demonstrate significant carbon footprint reductions. It’s part of the company’s lifecycle assessment service, which enables brands to measure their packaging’s carbon footprint from raw materials through end-of-use. The announcement comes at a time when sustainability is an increasingly important factor in consumers’ purchasing decisions. Carbon labelling is a way for brands to demonstrate their contributions to a lower carbon economy. Amcor has been leading in the packaging industry in lifecycle assessment expertise since pioneering its ASSET™ lifecycle assessment service over 10 years ago. Detailed packaging lifecycle reports provide fact-based criteria to identify lower environmental footprint options, enabling brand owners to make informed packaging decisions. The company conducts over 1,000 packaging assessments for its customers each year.
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Nomination Committee proposes new Chairman in BillerudKorsnäs

The Nomination Committee of BillerudKorsnäs has decided to propose that Jan Svensson shall be elected as Chairman of the Board of BillerudKorsnäs, at the Annual General Meeting that will be held on 5 May 2021. Jan Åström has announced that he is not available for re-election as Chairman of the Board, but as a continued member of the company's Board, and the Nomination Committee will propose that he is elected to this role. Michael M.F. Kaufmann, Chairman of the Nomination Committee commented: “The Nomination Committee is very pleased to propose Jan Svensson as new Chairman. We are convinced that Jan Svensson, with his broad industrial experience as well as excellent strategic and leadership skills, will provide the company with a chairmanship that is right for the company. The Nomination Committee also wants to point out the important contributions by Jan Åström during his term as Chairman of the Board, including his recruitment of a new CEO.”
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Mondi celebrates eight wins at the 2021 WorldStar Packaging awards

The Mondi WorldStar Award winners are: ‘Transit’ category: EnvelopeMailer – by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Bupak, Czech Republic); FloralBox – by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Tire Kutsan, Turkey); SupremeBox – by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Warszawa, Poland); BrakeBooster for aPak AB – by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Ansbach, Germany); BrightBox for aPak AB – by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Ansbach, Germany) ‘Packaging materials & components’ category: Mono-material film for thermoforming for Hütthaler - by Mondi Consumer Flexibles; PerFORMing for REWE Austria – by Mondi Functional Paper and Films ‘Point of sale’ category: OnePiece –by Mondi Corrugated Solutions (Mondi Tire Kutsan, Turkey) Further details on the award-winning packaging innovations at: https://www.mondigroup.com/en/newsroom/press-release/2021/mondi-celebrates-eight-wins-at-the-2021-worldstar-packaging-awards/
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Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Provides Fourth Quarter Business Plan Update

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. provided an update to its fiscal fourth quarter 2020 plan. The company expects: *Net sales to decline in the 5% to 7% range versus plan of down 5% to down 10%, reflecting ongoing digital momentum offset by store closures and capacity restrictions in North America and EMEA. *Gross profit rate to be up at least 130 basis points to last year’s 58.2% versus plan of flat to up slightly, benefiting from reduced depth and breadth of promotions and markdowns relative to plan and to last year. *Operating expense, excluding other operating income, to be down at least 2% from fiscal 2019 adjusted non-GAAP operating expense of $566 million, reflecting savings in store expenses due to closures and the recognition of rent abatements. This compares to plan of up 1% to 2%.
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HoustonPoly Announces Price Increase

Our resin suppliers are implementing their fifth increase for the year of 2020. The reasons for this increase are continued strong demand and the rising cost of feedstock. Subsequently, Houston Poly must increase prices by 6% effective on all orders placed on or after January 18, 2021. Houston Poly reserves the right to limit order quantities for immediate shipment.
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Introducing Astrolite PC 100 Velvet 9 pt.

Now Astrolite PC 100 Velvet is available in a 9 pt. caliper for postal-compliant oversized postcards. The only premium coated 100% recycled sheet made in America, Astrolite PC 100 Velvet is coated on two sides and crafted with only post-consumer waste recycled fiber. Like all Monadnock paper and packaging materials, it is made with responsibly sourced FSC-certified fiber, manufactured carbon neutral (VERs), and made with 100 percent renewable Green-e certified wind powered electricity (RECs) under a third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. “Eco-conscious marketers are seizing opportunities to grow brand presence and drive sales by re-embracing direct-mail tactics in their omnichannel campaigns. They are finding fresh new ways to reach screen-fatigued consumers and prospects,” said Julie Brannen, Director, Sustainability Solutions, Monadnock. “Our Astrolite PC 100 Velvet 9 pt. meets their needs for sustainable, high-quality graphic reproduction in oversized USPS direct mail marketing communications.”
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Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice

New Packaging Facts Booklet Shares the Great Sustainability Story of Paper-based Packaging - The paper-based packaging industry has long been committed to continuous environmental performance improvement and to transparently conveying the environmental impacts of its operations and products. With growing consumer, business and political interest in packaging and its role in the transition to a more sustainable, circular economy, the opportunities to communicate the inherently sustainable benefits of paper-based packaging with straightforward, credible and relatable information are greater than ever before. Paper Packaging – The Natural Choice provides 7 powerful reasons why paper-based packaging is the natural choice for brands, retailers and consumers, and offers a wide range of supporting facts from credible third-party sources. By fostering a better understanding of the industry’s environmental credentials, Two Sides seeks to ensure that paper products, through their myriad uses, remain an essential part of everyday life.
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Tilly’s, Inc. Announces 2020 Holiday Period Net Sales Growth

*Total net sales of $148.7 million increased by 3.3% for the 2020 holiday period compared to $143.9 million for last year’s comparable nine-week holiday period ended January 4, 2020 (the “2019 holiday period”). *Total comparable net sales, including both physical stores and e-commerce, increased by 2.7% for the 2020 holiday period compared to a decrease of 2.0% for the 2019 holiday period. Comparable net sales of Footwear, Womens and Mens increased compared to the 2019 holiday period, partially offset by decreases in Boys, Accessories and Girls. *Comparable net sales in physical stores decreased by 12.4% for the 2020 holiday period compared to a decrease of 2.7% during the 2019 holiday period. Comparable net sales in physical stores decreased in all geographic markets during the 2020 holiday period compared to the 2019 holiday period. Net sales in physical stores represented 69.0% of total net sales for the 2020 holiday period compared to 80.5% of total net sales during the 2019 holiday period. *E-commerce net sales increased by 65.2% for the 2020 holiday period compared to an increase of 1.0% during the 2019 holiday period. E-commerce net sales increased across all 50 states during the 2020 holiday period compared to the 2019 holiday period. E-commerce net sales represented 31.0% of total net sales for the 2020 holiday period compared to 19.5% of total net sales during the 2019 holiday period.
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Crown Van Gelder Nominated for Ijmond Sustanability Award 2021!

On Thursday 11 February 2021, the IJmond Sustainable Award will be presented during the digital kick-off conference of the Upcycle Your Waste project for a circular economy. The IJmond Environment Agency grants this award to companies that consciously opts for sustainability in its business operations and / or product(s). The nominees for this year are BTAC Solutions in IJmuiden, Patina Dakdenkers in Beverwijk and Crown Van Gelder in Velsen-Noord. All three nominees show how logical, important and diverse sustainable entrepreneurship can be. This years theme is pioneering, which all nominees fit well into this category. A jury consisting of an aldermen and the winner of the last sustainability award will decide together who will receive the IJmond Sustainable Award. The winner will be announced during the conference on 11 February 2021.
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Stora Enso’s pellet packaging wins global Worldstar design award

Stora Enso’s design for eco-friendly pellet packaging was awarded with a prestigious Worldstar award. The renewable and recyclable packaging is designed for heavy use in transporting and warehousing of wood pellets for heating. The awarded packaging is a sustainable alternative to the standard plastic bag used in the pellet industry. In the packaging design work, special attention was paid to usability, recyclability and visual appearance. The 12 kg pellet box, which replaces a plastic bag, is easy to bring home from the store thanks to the carrying handle. The packaging is a collaboration between Finnish packaging designer Karoliina Pennanen and the Stora Enso Packaging Automation team.
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