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November 9, 2008 | TIMES WIRE SERVICES
One of the worst things about getting a new gadget or toy is trying to free it from the hard plastic casing. To reduce those battles, Amazon.com Inc. said it was working with manufacturers to make the products it sells easier to open and more environmentally friendly. Initially, the online retailer is altering the packaging in the U.S. for 19 top-selling products from manufacturers including Mattel Inc., Microsoft Corp. and flash memory card maker Transcend Information Inc. The online retailer said that it is looking at eliminating plastic "clamshell" cases and plastic-covered wire ties that hold items in place.
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BUSINESS
April 9, 2014 | By Jessica Wohl
CHICAGO - Wal-Mart is trying to make organic food more accessible to its budget-conscious shoppers. The retailer is making a bigger bet on the fast-growing category, teaming with Wild Oats to sell organic packaged food priced in line with conventional foods and at least 25% cheaper than other organic brands it currently carries. The effort by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer and the largest single seller of food in the United States, could have a ripple effect in the grocery industry.
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NEWS
April 21, 1995 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
What do consumers want in a package? That question and others were asked in a poll published last year in Packaging Magazine, which has now merged with Packaging Digest. The poll has been conducted annually since 1985, says Mary Ann Falkman, executive editor of Packaging Digest. Here are some of the 1994 findings: * About 85% of the nearly 700 respondents said recycling used packaging is extremely important or somewhat important. About 75% said they recycle, up from 70% in 1991.
TRAVEL
April 7, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: A reader writes that she and her husband are retired, older than 70 and want to travel. They can leave at a moment's notice, so they want to know whether they can take advantage of last-minute deals and, if so, where. (For security reasons, we are not using their names, which are unusual and could make them a target of thieves.) Answer: Travel industry providers have trained us to expect to pay a premium for last-minute travel, except when it's to their benefit, such as moving unsold inventory that will otherwise go unused.
FOOD
December 22, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Homemade food makes a wonderful gift this time of year, but so often carefully made delicious treats are piled unceremoniously onto paper plates, wrapped haphazardly in tinfoil or carelessly tossed into plastic bags. It may be the thought that counts, but packaging matters too. With so many easy and inexpensive ways to wrap food gifts, there is no excuse not to create an attractive presentation. Discount and craft stores are great sources for inexpensive containers and low-cost embellishments.
BUSINESS
June 8, 2011 | By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
Environmentalists have launched a global campaign against Mattel Inc., the world's largest toy company, as part of a decade-long effort to force multinational corporations to purge their operations of any links to rain forest destruction. On Tuesday, Greenpeace activists in turquoise vests rappelled down the face of the company's 15-story headquarters in El Segundo and hung a giant banner depicting a frowning Ken doll with the message: "Barbie: it's over. I don't date girls that are into deforestation.
NEWS
February 2, 1990 | ROSE-MARIE TURK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sebastian International did more than sing the praises of its latest cuts and colors early this week at the Hairdressers' Guild show in Long Beach. Executives of the Woodland Hills hair-care and cosmetics company put employees in issue-oriented T-shirts ("Protect the Planet, Protect the Species"), introduced biodegradable packaging and sealed its commitment to the Rainforest Foundation with a $50,000 check and a promise of $200,000 more by the end of the year.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Coca-Cola Co. redesigned its 20-ounce soda bottles to cut the amount of plastic by 5% after being criticized for using too much packaging. The new contour bottles also have shorter caps that are easier to open and an embossed Coca-Cola logo similar to the ones on glass bottles, the Atlanta-based company said. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter Wednesday proposed a citywide ban on foam packaging used by the food industry, and the elimination of at least half of other non-biodegradable food packing materials. Saying the lack of landfills in the city has created crisis conditions, Galanter pushed for a one-year voluntary reduction on the use of polystyrene foam used to insulate food. Under the terms of Galanter's motion, a mandatory ban on the material would follow the voluntary reduction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989
Plastic grocery bags in recent years have become standard at most markets. Sometimes the bagger will ask "plastic or paper?" but, if they don't, the likelihood is that you'll be lugging groceries home in plastic sacks. San Diego-based Big Bear Markets is trying to change this. In recent weeks the 30-store chain has started encouraging the use of paper bags once again. Plastic is still available, but paper is pushed. Paper containers also have replaced plastic foam in Big Bear delicatessens, and the stores are sprinkled with signs trying to educate customers on such things as buying pump sprays rather than aerosol.
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- As Congress weighs imposing sanctions on Russia in response to military action in Crimea, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday the House would vote "soon" on an aid package for Ukraine. Money for Ukraine's embattled government would come in the form of a loan, Republican officials said, tapping into already funded accounts so approval would be easier in the fiscally conservative House. The Senate is working on its own measures to respond to the crisis in the former Soviet republic.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will ask Congress to approve $1 billion in loan guarantees and other assistance to help stabilize the new, pro-Western government in Ukraine, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Tuesday. The loans will be part of a larger international aid package coordinated by the U.S. and European allies, and distributed largely through the International Monetary Fund. The money is needed to close a gaping budget hole left when the Ukraine opposition deposed President Viktor Yanukovich and rejected a loan package from Moscow.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West and Jay Z's collaborative relationship has already yielded plenty of hits, a critically heralded joint album and a blockbuster tour. Now the two hip-hop heavyweights are aligning their business endeavors. West's design and content house Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay's Roc Nation, the companies announced in a joint statement on Monday. The partnership will focus on West's international recording brand and his touring ventures. Donda, named after West's late mother, was launched in 2009 when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton for a footwear collection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday to free up the state's water supplies and aid residents who face hardship because of the drought, according to a release from his office. More than $687 million will go to drought relief, money that will fund housing and food for workers directly affected by the drought and projects aimed at more efficiently capturing water, the release said. “Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” Brown said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - A $687.4-million emergency drought relief package is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after easily clearing the Legislature on Thursday. Brown and legislative leaders unveiled the proposal last week to free up the state's water supplies and aid residents who face hardship due to the drought. "Today we provide significant relief," state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said in a floor speech. "This is a lot of money and will help thousands of California families dealing with the drought.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The City Council approved a new ordinance this month making it a crime to put hate literature, targeted at any group, in food packages. There have been no reported incidents of hate literature being placed in food packages in Agoura Hills, but there have been several incidents in other areas of Los Angeles County.
BUSINESS
December 18, 1997 | Bloomberg News
PepsiCo Inc. is beginning to ship its flagship cola in new blue packaging to stores as it prepares to celebrate the beverage's 100th anniversary next year. Pepsi hopes the new look will help it close the gap between its products and those of rival Coca-Cola Co. Coke holds 43.1% of the U.S. soft-drink market, while Pepsi has 31%. The last time Pepsi changed its packaging was in 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A suspicious package at Terminal 3 at Los Angles International Airport turned out to be a piece of unattended luggage, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday night. Passengers at the lower level of the terminal were evacuated after the report came in shortly before 6 p.m. "Very few passengers" were in the terminal, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded to the incident.  Castles said nearly all the lanes at the airport remained opened while police investigated the report.
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