Archive for February, 2013

Sustainable Packaging in the Spotlight

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Sustainable Packaging takes the stage as PBS’s In Focus educational program spotlights this growing industrial trend. In this program, Martin Sheen will look at the various ways that companies save money and help the environment by reducing the amount of packaging on their products. Companies that produce anything from electronics components to automobiles, companies are using less packaging material- especially for internal use. These cut companies’ costs and lead to less waste, meaning less garbage ending up in landfills where it will take years to decompose. This show will travel across the United States and profile different companies that have taken the steps to embrace sustainable packaging efforts.

Source: Packaging Digest

Possible Restrictions of Polystyrene Foam Products in NYC

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

News reports have indicated that New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is planning to propose restrictions on the use of polystyrene foam food service products. The end goal for this restriction is to increase recycling rates. In accordance with the Mayor, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Steve Russell states, “We would welcome the opportunity to explore polystyrene foam food service recycling with the City. The technology exists to recycle polystyrene foam foodservice right now.” He goes on to explain howCaliforniais currently making this work with 22% of households in compliance. A lot of people mistakenly believe that these paper cups and plates are being recycled, but there is no commercial recycling of these products happening. Another misconception about paper product waste is that it is rapidly degrading in landfills compared to other products. While the properties of the items may allow for this, the landfills simply are not designed to comply to this process- they actually minimize the breakdown of waste by blocking out the air, water, and sunlight necessary to support the biological process. Implementing recycling efforts of these products may be sufficient to attain Bloomberg’s goal since the technology already exists, eliminating these products may not be the answer. As Russell states, “Polystyrene foam foodservice products make up less than one percent of our nation’s solid waste, according to EPA. They use significantly less energy and water to manufacture than paper alternatives and create significantly less waste by weight and comparable waste by volume.”

For more information about polystyrene foam food service products, visit: http://www.plasticfoodservicefacts.com/

Blog source: Packaging Digest

Thermoformed Trays: A Reusable Alternative

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The new Sell Stack from Innovative Plastech is an improvement on the conventional corrugated fiberboard packaging for bottles and cans. The thermoformed plastic alternative will improve the sustainability of the product while providing a clear view of the product for the consumer. The Sell Stack is completely customizable and is manufactured to create the correct fit and amount of support on a pallet necessary. The pallet trays provide the perfect combination of quantity per pallet and lad bearing capabilities. Along with proper function, the Sell Stack is a waterproof solution that can be reused up to five times. It is made from a combination of post consumer products and post industrial recycle PET plastic, creating a sustainable alternative to the traditional corrugated fiberboard. The Sell Stack is easy to recycle as they are accepted by any US recycling center or they can be returned directly to Innovative Plastech to be recycled for future trays.

Source: PackWorld

Increase in Carton Recycling

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Carton Council, which is a group of carton manufacturers committed to reducing the environmental impact of cartons, has increased carton recycling by 128%. Due to their efforts, more than 47.9 million households can now recycle cartons. This is a dramatic change compared to 2009 where recycling access was only at 18%. The Carton Council has found that cartons are a fast-growing packaging solution. They are made of high value material and are very recyclable.

Read more at PackWorld.com