Is 100% recyclable flexible packaging possible?

According to the Flexible Packaging Association, flexible packaging accounts for 18% of the $145 billion American packaging market. Currently there is no closed loop system to handle recycling flexible packaging constructed of multi-layer high-barrier films. Recycling multi-layered flexible packaging involves more steps than recycling traditional packaging; each layer must be separated, analyzed, identified and recycled individually.

Some manufacturers are implementing the cradle to cradle concept by using eco-friendly material that biodegrades, biodegradable bio-based plastics or techno-friendly materials that can be recycled without being altered.

Currently the best solution for multi-layered packaging waste is pyrolysis, as there is no adequate solution to recycle plastic components into other plastic materials. Pyrolysis is a thermochemical decomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen (or any halogen). It involves the simultaneous change of chemical composition and physical phase, and is irreversible. Research still needs to be done to develop a way to convert the carbon liquid fuel into an energy source.

Source: Packaging Digest

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Packaging professionals still struggle with setting ‘sustainable’ strategies

The circular economy and the packaging industry. Circular economy  an industrial economy that is restorative by intention. The focus is aimed at the reliance on renewable energy, minimizing, tracks, and eliminating the use of toxic chemicals. Circular economy focus is on design with careful insight into biological nutrients and a high-quality product. How does this model resonate with the packaging industry? While the packaging industry is looking towards a more eco-efficiency philosophy, but not necessarily in the long term. Packaging Digest surveyed members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, who were more likely to have heard about circular efficiency than non-members. However, a large percentage were still unfamiliar with the concept. More were familiar with the eco-efficiency rather than the circular efficiency. More so, many were unfamiliar with what practice their company employed.

Source: Packaging Digest

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CDF chosen to present New Product at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will be presenting “EZ-Flo™ Packaging and Dispensing System” at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Spring meeting.

The Association for Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting will be held May 3rd through the 5th at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. The technical meeting includes varied technical sessions that provide know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

CDF has been selected to present at the New Products and Services Presentations, which is a portion of the Technical Meeting, held on Monday, May 4 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Eleven companies will be giving presentations on a new product or service offered to the food industry. Individuals involved in research and development, quality assurance, operations, technical sales, marketing and other fields will be present.

At the New Products and Services Presentations, CDF Corporation will present their newest product, the EZ-Flo Dispensing System, an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.

Representing CDF will be Mark Sinn, Product Manager for the EZ-Flo Packaging and Dispensing System. Mark is responsible for the global development and growth of the EZ-Flo product line. His current business goal is to increase market awareness of the product benefits. Mark is currently working with many industry leaders in the food market.

The Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and suppliers of raw materials, packaging and equipment to this segment of the food industry. Its purpose is to serve the best interests of industry members, its customers, and consumers of its products through a governing body of a 16-member Board of Directors and eight working committees.