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Yolanda Simonsis is a 33-year veteran of the packaging and converting industries. She has held past editorial positions with two former publications of Delta Communications and Cahners...more

Europe Faces Plastic Bag Bans

My last blog entry focused on the introduction of both plastic and paper bag bans in Evanston, IL, a nearby suburb of Chicago where I live. My headline then was: “Silly–Another Bag Ban.” Well, today I received a shared press release to the industry from Heike Richter who handles the communication & public relations for IK Industrieverinigung Kunststoffverpackungen, the German Association for Plastic Packagings & Films, announcing that the European Commission appears to be aiming for a ban on plastic carrier bags in Europe. So from Evanston to Europe, we seem to have leapfrogged from local to GLOBAL silliness.

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Silly: Another Bag Ban

Close to my own home, the city officials of nearby Chicago suburb Evanston, IL, (home to Northwestern Univ. Wildcats) have proposed a ban on disposable shopping bags–both plastic and paper. Don’t know about you, but I’m getting weary of all this silly stuff.

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Is BPA Receipt Paper a Hazard to Health?

Doesn’t it seem like the converting industry is under frequent consumer attack for manufacturing one product or another? If it’s not for the evils of plastic bags, then the industry is under attack for packaging in general. Bad plastic bags! Bad packaging!

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Tragedy in Japan

Since March 11, I’ve been alternately sickeningly horrified and addicted to the news about the devastating tragedy that has struck Japan as the world’s third largest economic power. Aftershocks continue to plague the island nation, and media coverage steadily mounts covering the brave efforts of workers trying to stem the release of radiation resulting from the 32-ft tsunami that damaged the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant. As one person, I have been at a loss as to how I can help in some capacity. . . any capacity. Finally, a corporation from our industry–probably one among many–has stepped forth to make a positive impact

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Reported Live at ICE USA!

HELLO CONVERTERS! Your “roving” reporter is in balmy–and sunny–Mickey Town (a.k.a. Orlando, FL) where the first edition of ICE USA, organized by Mack Brooks Exhibitions is being staged.

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Recorded Live at Converters Expo!

On March 3, I visited Converters Expo in Green Bay, WI. It was held at Lambeau Field, home of the Super Bowl XLXV Champions. It was a little scarry to enter Packer territory for this Bear fan, but visiting Converting Influence’s fourth edition of Converters Expo was worth the ride. My husband Bob even came with me to help shoot some video at the show.

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Packer Fans Get a Bye at ICE USA

I live in Chicago, so I’m a Bears fan (duh). Call me naive, but when I received a press release, from Tim Ward (another Chicagoan) of H+A Intl., about ICE USA offering Green Bay Packer fans free entrance to the expo that debuts on April 6-8 in Orlando, I figured it must have left a bad taste in Tim’s mouth to write such a press release. Turns out, Tim’s a Rams fan. Go figure!

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Plastic Trash Becomes Treasure?

Some people, despite imposing the “retiree” label on themselves, just can’t quit. That’s the case of my friend Dave Markgraf, who many of you may remember from his previous affiliations with Pinnacle XL and Enercon Industries. He, like several other retiree friends I keep, stays in contact with me when the muse strikes him. While we often trade personal photos or family updates, Dave keeps up on converting and allied industries as well. This time Dave forwarded me a YouTube link to a plastics recycling process that either is the among the biggest hoaxes I’ve ever seen, or it actually may have some merit. See for yourself!

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Busy Day Judging AIMCAL Competition

Today was a busy one of six judges (including myself) and competition chairman Steven Sedlak of Metallizing Systems Inc., who met today at PFFC’s offices to evaluate entries submitted for the Assn. of Intl. Metallizers, Coaters & Laminators (AIMCAL) metallized or coated product competition.

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Check Your E-Mail for Critical Trends Survey

PFFC needs your response to our annual Critical Trends survey. For that matter, the INDUSTRY needs your response! Please check your e-mail for a message from PFFC with the subject line: PFFC Critical Trends Survey - Courtesy Reminder.

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