Tyson Foods debuts the first 100 percent recyclable stand-up pouch
Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 10/21/2013 6:26:48 PM
Package recyclability is a major driving factor affecting purchasing decisions by both product manufacturers and their customers. Not only does product packaging account for a significant space in landfills, but many of the current disposal methods contribute to air and water pollution.
These factors have fueled a heightened awareness for advancements in sustainable packaging. Film suppliers and packaging engineers are becoming more innovative in the materials they select and the production methods they use for packaging, and the carbon footprint they leave.
Advancements in technology are making recycling easier for consumers, waste processing plants and salvage facilities.
Tyson Foods sells consumer products and food service goods worldwide including in Mexico, where the brand has a robust product line available to consumers in grocery stores, club stores and convenience stores.
Tyson Mexico's current freezer packaging for chicken is made with a blend of polyethylene (PE) and PET. Frozen food packaging has typically demanded multi-material films to meet specialized requirements including high-tear strength, puncture resistance, cold-temperature tolerance and barrier properties, while still delivering eye-catching graphics. Unfortunately, resin blends containing these materials are less likely to be recovered in the recycling stream.
Tyson Mexico received help and expertise from Printpack, a converter of flexible and specialty packaging, and the Latin American Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics team, to create a more sustainable frozen chicken package. Together, they developed the first 100 percent PE stand-up pouch with a PE reclosable zipper. Dow's ability to establish a film formula suitable for freezer conditions in a 100-percent PE format laid the groundwork to develop the stand-up pouch structure.
Using only PE, this structure demonstrated performance equivalent to that of multi-material films. The new stand-up pouch is a completely recyclable package making it a better option for the environment.
Printpack, Dow and Tyson Mexico collaborated to develop, qualify and commercialize the new frozen chicken stand-up pouch, which launched in Mexico in May 2013.
Stand-up pouches are a consumer-friendly form of packaging that can be used in a variety of markets. Pouches give creative retailers more flexibility and new opportunities to display products in customized racks or innovative pallet displays. This form of packaging also offers consumers convenience as they are usually fitted with reclosable zippers, or some other form of open/close fitment.
An added benefit of the stand-up pouch is that it can reduce the amount of packaging material used by replacing the outdated bag-in-box format. A decrease in material also means less weight to transport and less volume to store, making significant cuts in energy consumption. With the development of Dow's 100 percent PE film resin, which can withstand the challenges of freezer storage and is also completely recyclable, the stand-up pouch can be a better choice for many markets.
sal pellingra - 2013-6-11 17:47:13 GMT
I am writing to you today in response to your article from October 21, 2013, Tyson Foods debuts the first 100 percent recyclable stand-up pouch. In this article you state that Printpack, Dow and Tyson developed, qualified and commercialized a recyclable PE structure for the frozen food industry in May 2013.
PolyCello has had a recyclable PE stand-up pouch in the frozen food market since 2008.
First showcased at PackExpo International 2008 in Chicago, SmartPack™ has become a staple for our frozen food customers. Since that time we produced over 21 million packages that can be diverted from landfills.
In 2011, the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA) awarded PolyCello the Sustainability Excellence Award for SmartPack™.
I also notice in the comments section of your article that Sal Pellingra, the Director of Innovation at Ampac, has also pointed out that they produce a recyclable pouch.
The real winner in this situation is the consumer, who has an increased choice in green packaging.
Amanda MacLeod, Communications and Promotions Coordinator - PolyCello
Amanda MacLeod - 2013-29-10 19:43:16 GMT
I love your magazine and use it with my students at the University of Cincinnati where I teach packaging also. You are always on top of technology and accurate. Except in this article.
Ampac introduced the first recyclable pouch two years ago. See the article in your magazine below.
Not only that, Ampac partnered with GreenBlue's Sustainable Packaging Coalition How2Recycle Label for the No. 2 Pouch to help promote in-store recycling of the package.
And we won an FPA award for our second commercial application. Well before the Tyson pouch.
Ampac has spent a lot of resources developing our No. 2 Pouch and No. 4 Pouch (both are trademarked). Just wanted you to have the facts.
Sal Pellingra, Director of Innovation, Ampac
Sal Pellingra - 2013-24-10 16:44:21 GMT
Nick Reed - 2013-24-10 05:13:22 GMT
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