Dianne Vanover Recognized For Creating National Paperboard Packaging Week

Dianne Vanover accepts an award for starting National Paperboard Packaging Week from the president of Thoro Packaging Jan Steiner.

Jan. 8, 2011 - On December 22, 2010, Dianne Vanover, marketing coordinator of Thoro Packaging in Corona, California, was honored for her idea and her effort in instituting National Paperboard Packaging Week. Jan Steiner, president of Thoro Packaging, presented Vanover with the award and read a letter of congratulations from the Paperboard Packaging Council's (PPC) president Ben Markens, at a luncheon held to celebrate Diane's contribution to the paperboard packaging industry.

In 2007, Vanover conceived of the idea to create a nationally recognized week for paperboard packaging. After discussing the idea with PPC staff, she submitted her idea to Chase’s Calendar of Events — the most comprehensive reference guide available on special events, holidays, and festivals — and was accepted. This led to developing TICCIT (pronounced “ticket,” an acronym for “Trees Into Cartons, Cartons Into Trees”), an outreach and educational program for fourth through sixth graders.

Through TICCIT, PPC members partner with local elementary schools to make a presentation to students about the benefits of recycling, how paper is made, and why trees are important to the earth’s lifecycle. TICCIT is held during National Paperboard Packaging Week. This year it will take place from April 18–22, 2011.

“I was both surprised and honored to receive this recognition,” Dianne Vanover remarked. “I’m thrilled that so many companies and schools have taken part in this event. The existence of National Paperboard Packaging Week and the popularity of TICCIT are both evidence that the general public is truly concerned about the environment. And through these programs, they are able to discover the renewability and sustainability of paperboard packaging.”

Over the past three years, numerous PPC member companies have participated in the TICCIT program with hundreds of students and together have planted more than 8,200 saplings across the United States. For more information about TICCIT, or how your company can get involved, visit www.ppcnet.org/ticcit.

Now in its 82nd year, PPC is the leading industry association serving suppliers and converters of all forms of paperboard packaging.

SOURCE: Paperboard Packaging Council