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When we recycle, we feel good.  But when we think about what may be happening once the recyclables get picked up, we feel a little less sure of what happens next.  When we see a news story about some things we thought were recyclable ending up in landfills or worse in the natural environment, we …

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Last year at this time, we participated in the annual Hudson River RiverKeeper event in early May.  Riverkeeper’s mission is to “protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries and safeguard drinking water of 9 million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.”   The event coordinates clean-up efforts all …

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Clear View Bag has been deemed an essential business during the COVID-19 epidemic by NYS and will remain open to help service our customers in need

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Sustainable material terminology can be confusing.  The terms can take on different meanings depending on the product and/or the context.  The most common terms we run into or relate to the custom materials we print and custom convert are detailed below. Biobased refers to the renewable original source of the material content, as opposed to …

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Our family vacation this year took us to San Francisco and Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Yosemite National Park is 1,169 square miles in size, but most tourists including us visited Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is a 1 mile wide by 7.5 mile long half-pipe of granite rock formations on the sides …

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A summary of my week at the Sustainable Packaging Coalition Spring Event at the beginning of April

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Compostable bags take a different track to Sustainability All organic matter will eventually biodegrade including plastic made from fossil fuels. However, the time-frames organic matter biodegrades varies on an exponential scale. The term biodegradable is essentially meaningless without being tied to a specified time-scale and environment. This is a major reason the term “biodegradable” is …

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Clear View Bag Employee Spotlight Did you know that Clear View Bag (CVB) has 70 employees? Five of the seventy have been employed by CVB for more than 30 years. One in particular just celebrated her 45th anniversary with our company. Betty Kappes has been with Clear View Bag since June 25, 1973. She works on …

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New products in their infancy often use simple packaging.  As the volume grows, the package evolves to better represent the product, aid in selling the product and help in packaging the product.  The progression is typically seen as a move from generic stock bags to custom printed bags to printed rollstock.  The success of the …

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This image shows how the print plates work on the printing press

Print plates are a one time added cost when purchasing custom polybags. Once print plates are made, they can be used over and over again with no added fee (plates do wear over time but typically plates last at least 20+ runs). How are print plate costs determined? Why do some prints with seemingly small …

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Poly resin and crude oil prices share a relationship to one another even though the two are not directly related

5/25/17 Although crude oil is a source of raw materials for making plastics, it is not the major source for plastics manufacturing in the United States. Modifications to natural gas account for more plastics production domestically. That said, a prevailing thought within the plastics world ties resin and crude oil prices to the volatility of …

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6-13-16 A few years ago, we met regularly with the Center of Economic Growth (CEG http://www.ceg.org) here in Albany NY with the purpose of re-setting our mission and vision statements.    Those statements are often long and seemingly in name-only.  We wanted to create a mission and vision statement that was simple,  that would drive our …

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