Packaging News Alert: Self-Serving Data Endangers Legitimacy and Use of 40% PCW Content Legislation.

The Rise of Self-Serving Data: A Growing Problem in The Packaging Industry.

Self-serving data refers to claims or “guarantees” issued by best parties, such as paper mills that are selling paper; converting mills that are selling packaging; and governments that are supporting or subsidizing commerce for export. Each of these official bodies can issue documents/letters asserting the 40% PCW content of shopping bags, as an example, which when tested by “third-party” accredited labs in the USA yields different or inconclusive results.

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LATEST PACKAGING ALERT: THE 40% PCW DEBATE IN THE NEWS

40% Post Consumer Waste Content

FACTS ABOUT 40% POST-CONSUMER-WASTE CONTENT (PCW)

In our ongoing research and follow-up with paper mills, we have found that supporting the 40% Post-Consumer Waste (PCW) requirement with integrity is much more difficult than what seemed possible at first glance. Many paper sources/mills claim to produce paper with recycled content, but when third-party testing is utilized one finds contradictions, distorted data —much confusion.

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