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Abbott's green initiatives

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Redesigned packaging helped Abbott reduce plastic in infant formula containers 15 percent in 2008, and the manufacturer says it has eliminated 2.88 million pounds of packaging annually since 2007. The changes are among the the Abbott Park, Ill., firm's sustainable packaging initiatives, producing results such as the nutrition unit saving 436,000 gallons of gasoline annually transporting lighter polypropylene plastic bottles. Less packaging also means fewer emissions, less waste, lower costs and potentially less shelf space, Abbott said Sept. 16. In the personal care product space, Procter & Gamble has been a market leader in introducing sustainable packaging (1"The Tan Sheet" May 25, 2009)

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