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Eco-Friendly Food and Beverage Packaging Becoming Ever-More Advanced

Research shows that consumers prefer environmentally friendly packaging, and the food and beverage industry has responded by offering sustainable solutions that have altered the look of product lines. While sustainable packaging has been available for a few years now, the newest technologies and materials reflect how manufacturers are getting innovative with their eco-efforts. A recent Perception...

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In DOE's Better Buildings Challenge, Greenwood Energy Pays It Forward for an Energy-Efficient Future

Last December, the U.S. Department of Energy and President Obama created the Better Buildings Challenge. The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks chief executive officers, university presidents and state and local leaders to make a commitment to energy efficiency. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the DOE is casting a spotlight on leaders that have...

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Worth a Look: Is the American Dream Still Possible?

Plus: Made in America Popularity, Top Engineering Schools, An Underwater Lab, World's Lightest Material, Post-Merger Integration and Designer Enzymes. -  Sometimes the Internet seems like it's gotten too big. To help navigate this sea of information, Industry Market Trends' weekly Worth a Look feature spotlights some of the more interesting, informative and amusing resources that might have...

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Apple's Green Flip-Flop and the Dilemma Between Product Innovation and Sustainability

Apple's abrupt withdrawal from an important environmental standard and then its just-as-abrupt reinstatement highlights the power of the sustainability movement. At the same time, it points to the dilemma companies face in trying to harmonize product innovation and manufacturability with environmental concerns. Apple raised many eyebrows recently when EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental...

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Industrial Output Climbs in Second Quarter

Despite signs of a general slowdown in the U.S. factory sector, industrial production increased in June and for the second quarter as whole, indicating continued resilience in business performance, particularly in manufacturing. Industrial production in the United States edged up 0.4 percent in June, following a 0.2 percent decline in May, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve today. The latest...

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Zero-Waste Manufacturing Propelled by Bottom-Line Benefits, Resource Tightness

When it comes to going green, you hear the word zero a lot. Zero net energy. Zero emissions. Zero waste. Expect to hear more about the latter, and for good reason: The world's landfills are bursting at the seams, and the problem is only expected to get worse. Once upon a time, we bought goods with the expectation that they would last; cars, appliances, televisions and telephones were prized for...

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For Supply Chains, Green Is Good -- If It Makes Business Sense

Too often, when commentators pontificate about green business, they unduly emphasize the first word at the expense of the second. Sustainable food is food first: It must be edible and tasty or it doesn't matter how sustainable it is. Responsble development is development: It must provide comfortable, safe and appealing living space for people. And green business is business. It must be...

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Light Friday: What the Colors You Wear Say about You

Plus: Job Applications that Stand Out, Unusual Reasons for Quitting and a Rube Goldberg Machine of Rube Goldberg Machines. Unusual Reasons for Quitting There are many reasons for parting ways with an employer. Of course, some are more understandable than others. A recent OfficeTeam survey revealed the strangest reasons job-seekers have given for quitting. According to the staffing service firm's...

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Machine Tech Demand Surges in May

Manufacturing technology orders increased in most major regions in May, with overall demand for machine tools and related equipment rising on a month-to-month and year-over-year basis. The combined value of machine tools and related equipment consumption by United States manufacturers rose to $473.92 million in May, up 14.5 percent from April, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders...

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