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Packaging: Internet Resources

A selective list of books, databases, websites, etc. for conducting research in packaging.

Internet Sites for Packaging Information


A Brief History of Packaging

CanCentral (Can Manufacturers Institute)

Clearinghouse for information about the can and the can industry.

Corrugated Packaging

Everything you wanted to know about corrugated.

Foodservice Packaging Institute, Inc.

Trade association for manufacturers, raw material suppliers, machinery suppliers and distributors of foodservice packaging products whose mission is "to promote the sanitation, safety, functional, economic and environmental benefits of foodservice packaging products." Site contains useful information and resources for educators.

Glass Packaging Institute

Information on the glass container industry.

Metal Can Defects Manual

HTML and downloadable PDF manual from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association

Represents the interests of companies involved in the production of light metal containers, closures and components. 

NAPCOR: the National Association for PET Container Resources

Trade association for the PET plastic industry in the United States and Canada. Site contains information related to PET plastic, uses, and recycling.

Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC)

The leading trade association representing the manufacturers of paperboard packaging in the U.S. Website includes information on the industry and the benefits of folding cartons for customers and consumers.

Plastics Foodservice Packaging Group (PFPG, American Chemistry Council)

Formerly the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC). Site dedicated to educating the public about the importance and benefits of polystyrene and plastics food packaging.

Plastics Learning Center (American Chemistry Council)

Includes "Plastics 101," featuring plastic facts, properties, uses, recycling codes, etc., and information on resource conservation and recycling.

The Reusable Industrial Packaging Association (RIPA)

Website includes online standards & specifications, industry statistics, full-text documents, and access to the Association's newsletter, Reusable Packaging.


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