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Spring brings greener options in sustainable packaging

Spring brings greener options in sustainable packaging
New sustainable materials cover a range of materials and formats including this dual-ovenable lidding.

On-going introductions and developments from vendors continue to provide brand owners with more and better options for improving the sustainability of their packaging. We present four fresh options in this market, including film, paper, polymer and inks, starting with a greener dual-ovenable lidstock shown above.

LumiLid bio-based, dual-ovenable lidding films are manufactured with Toray Plastics (America), Inc.’s proprietary sustainable resin blends, which are made with more than 50% renewable feedstocks. The new FDA-compliant LumiLid films are designed for frozen, wet and dry food, and dairy applications and can withstand oven temperatures of up to 400°F for 30 minutes. LumiLid films offer another level of assurance for dairy customers in that they are Interstate Milk Shippers (IMS)-certified.

The films are available in clear, white, and metallized formats.

Next: For those who need their packaging hot, a clearer PP offers that along with light-weighting options…

Clear food trays and other packaging made from Milliken’s Millad NX 8000 Ultra Clear polypropylene thermoforming materials enable sustainable benefits. These products give PP a clarity boost that overcomes the traditional milky appearance of PP in thermoforming, thus giving it PET-like clarity for producing meat trays, clamshell containers and lids. It is resistant to chemicals, impacts and heat; it offers microwave and hot-fill capability.

On the sustainability side, data shows improvements in productivity, energy savings, low carbon footprint and cost-efficiency compared to alternative plastics. In one example, PP food trays offer a nearly 18% weight saving versus PET food trays.

Turn the page to a development that offers many happy returns…

V420 and V528 inks developed for Videojet Technologies’ Model 1000 Line of continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers have exceptional adhesion qualities for returnable bottle applications. The inks offer both exceptional adhesion in variable environments and condensing conditions, and the benefit of easy code removal with caustic wash.

The unique chemistry helps ensure rapid drying and exceptional adhesion in high-speed bottling applications. The inks withstand temperature-variable filling conditions as well as hot, humid and wet environments.

A paper substrate just got greener and a whole lot shinier in this next award-winning breakthrough…

These sleeves and cartons of Titleist golf balls that recently earned AIMCAL 2015 Product of the Year recognition announced in March feature a chrome-like reflective surface made possible by Hazen Paper Company’s improved transfer-metallized coating, Enhanced Envirofoil.

What’s especially notable related to the sustainable benefits of the packaging is that Envirofoil is recyclable as paper. The company calculates source reduction of more than 350,000 pounds of aluminum and plastic compared to foil or film laminate. Hazen’s metallizing process is powered by sustainable sources of electricity; vertically integrated production reduces shipping and dramatically cuts process time and cost.

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