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Plastic Packaging Better for Environment than Alternatives Made with Other Materials

A recent life cycle assessment analyzed the energy and climate benefits of alternative plastic materials in contrast to plastic material. The categories included caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers carrier bags, stretch/shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging materials. Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastic Industry Association noted, “Plastic packaging enables the safe and efficient delivery of various products which form part of our daily lives, everything from food to essential health and safety aids. However, many are unaware that plastics carry out these functions while at the same time conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”

 

In Canada, the LCA found that replacing all plastic packaging the non-plastic packaging would:

 

  1. Require nearly 4.4 times as much packaging material by weight. Increasing by nearly 5.5 million tons.
  2. This would also increase energy use by 2.0 times. This was calculated as being equivalent to the amount of oil transported by 18 supertankers
  3. This would result in 2.3 times more global warming potential. This was equated to adding 3.3 million more cars to the road.

 

Engineering in plastic packaging enables innovation and performance – the ability to extend the shelf life of foods and medicines. Plastic packaging viewed from the entire life cycle have more benefits than the snapshot that has been taken in years.

 

The afterlife of plastic is further contributing to sustainability in many ways. The ability to recycle, reuse and repurpose for energy value and converted to liquid oil, electricity and into other fuels.

 

There have been great strides made in the reusability and repurposing of plastic containers. These valuable resources are used to make fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipes, pallets, creates and buckets, decking and other lawn and garden products. The majority of product stemming from recycled plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics such as deli and dairy containers, bakery, vegetable, fruit containers, and plastic film, bags and outer wrap.

 

Plastic enhances our lifestyles, our economy, and the environment.

 

Source: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC and Bag-in-Box at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display an IBC tote liner and bag-in-box at booth# 5 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

 

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 12th through the 13th at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. The Ice Cream Technology Conference focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities.

 

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

 

Bag-in-box will also be on display. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for food applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs.

 

Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh has 25 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows Leigh to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

 

CDF exhibiting flexible packaging for petroleum products at the PPC Spring Meeting

CDF Corporation will exhibit bag-in-box liners and drum and pail products at the Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow.

 

The Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow will be held March 20th to the 22nd at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.

 

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of petroleum manufacturers. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for chemical applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs. CDF Corporation has recently passed the design qualification testing of a combination package; fiberboard box with a plastic bag. CDF’s UN certified bag-in-box will provide the highest levels of protection for transporting hazardous products requiring class II and III packaging.

 

CDF’s drum and pail liners provide outstanding performance in critical lubricant applications. CDF has the industry’s most comprehensive selection of drum and pail liners and accessories. CDF products range from tough, leak-proof, vacuum-formed inserts, to economical, round-bottom liners to the special protection of barrier-film liners. These liners and inserts can be used with many chemical applications, such as adhesives, automotive, coatings, detergent, greases, ink, lubricants, paint, sealants and soap. CDF’s line of drum and pail accessories include EZ-Strainers, dust caps, cover sheets and lids.

 

The How2Recycle Label: Coming to a package near you

With the help of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue has finally created a recycling label that the average consumer will be able to understand. The How2Recycle Label is a straightforward approach to responsible recycling and one that is poised to become a fixture in the plastics packaging world. The program employed a soft launch with brands such as Seventh Generation and Target but also decided to conduct a webinar in order to familiarize consumers with basic features and the program’s importance.

Anne Bedarf, senior manager at GreenBlue, explained that the labels are based on the On-Pack Recycling system, the same program used in the United Kingdom. Companies have the ability to customize each component of their packages using the four available options: Widely Recycled, Limited Recycling/Check Locally, Not Yet Recycled or Store Drop-off. Bedarf added that the How2Recycle Label program does not aim to replace the existing RIC (Resin Identification Code) system but rather, be compatible with it.

GreenBlue has estimated that the How2Recycle Label has been used on more than 100 million packages and is expected to take on several new clients within the near future.

To read more, click on the link below:

http://www.plasticstoday.com/articles/the-how2recycle-label%3A-coming-soon-to-a-package-near-you-140603

Source: Plastics Today

CDF Corporation exhibiting flexible packaging for pails, drums and IBCs and the Smart Pail™ plastic pail replacement system at the International Dairy Show

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail, pail and drum liners and the Air-Assist IBC liner at the International Dairy Show and Process Expo 2013 at booth# 752.

The International Dairy Show and Process Expo will take place November 3-6, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 industry professionals are anticipated to attend. The International Dairy Show will bring together those interested in packaging, processing, ingredients, marketing, sales, plant operations, product development, safety, sustainability, and technology for an exchange of ideas and to discover innovative solutions for the current market trends. http://www.dairyshow.com/

Representing CDF will be Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging Group General Manager; Joe Wanner, Smart Pail Product Manager; and Leigh Vaughn and Jake Sullivan, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of dairy manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications. The Air-Assist liner for IBC totes is ideal for ice cream variegates and syrups. Air-Assist liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

The Form-Fit IBC liner is used often for liquid egg, milk, malts, syrups, concentrated fruit, flavorings, fructose, sweeteners and pastes. Form-fit IBC liners provide high performance for top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

CDF’s most recent product addition, the Smart Pail is a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products, including fillings, frosting and pastes.

Flexible Packaging Options

The flexible packaging industry has recently encapsulated two of the largest concerns for consumers, to ensure the secure and safe environment and satisfying the need for a greener footprint. In the adhesive and sealant world, transporting product in drums and pail is a necessity although these containers carry many benefits, sustainability efforts remain on the forefront of consumers’ minds. Flexible packaging options add the sustainability wanted while maintaining the value needed in order to keep this high demand industry moving.

One of the challenges faced by adhesive and sealant manufacturers and transporters is the contamination issues that exist when using the steel drum and pail, such contamination makes it difficult to reuse, recondition, or even recycle. The flexible packaging option keeps the drums/pails clean, this eliminates cleaning and refurbishing costs as well as time constraints, the drum/pail is ready for immediate reuse. Flexible packaging option brings ensures product integrity, it preserves the product purity while presenting stronger sustainability advantages.

The flexible packaging materials weigh significantly less than other packaging formats, this reduces costs in resources for transportation, as well as warehouse space being maximized this formulates into less carbon dioxide emissions.

Flexible packaging offers great value and sustainability benefits to consumers, retailers, and manufacturers by reducing waste, energy used, and greenhouse gas emissions. It presents excellent sustainable choice that satisfies the adhesive and sealant industry while providing a greener footprint.

To read more on Liners and Inserts visit www.adhesivemag.com/articles/90997-flexible-options

CDF’s Joe Sullivan speaking at PPC fall meeting

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail and intermediate bulk container liners and flexible packaging, will be presenting “Drum Liners” at the Petroleum Packaging Council 2011 Fall Meeting.

The CDF speech “Drum Liners” will cover benefits of drum liners, markets, various styles and applications, as well as an explanation of thermoforming, blow-molding and heat sealing processes.

Representing CDF will be Joseph Sullivan Jr., President. Joseph has management responsibility for all aspects of CDF Corporation. Prior to being appointed President, Joseph was Director of Operations. As Director of Operations, his core responsibilities included key account management, as well as specifying and procuring all manufacturing equipment throughout the company. In 2008 Joseph was named Co-Manager of Cheer Pack North America. Cheer Pack North America is a partnership between Hosokawa Yoko (Japan), Gualapack (Italy) and CDF Corporation. Joseph is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Flexipack SA/ CDF Europe, a Swiss based subsidiary of CDF Corporation and Quad Pak, AB.

The Petroleum Packaging Council Fall Meeting will be held August 21-23 at the Canyons Grand Summit Resort in Park City, Utah. The Petroleum Packaging Council (PPC) provides technical leadership and education to the petroleum packaging industry, while providing a forum where members can exchange pertinent information for the betterment of the industry and the world we live in. This is done via lectures, seminars, training courses, supplier trade shows and general discussions. www.ppcouncil.org

CDF Corporation expands

CDF Corporation expanded its manufacturing presence in the New England region with the purchase of a 109,000-square foot facility in Plymouth, MA. As part of its expansion, the company also announced that it has entered into a partnership with the Guala Group and Hosokawa Yoko Co., LTD to create Cheer Pack® North America LLC (Cheer Pack NA) to develop and support spouted packaging technology in North America.

“The purchase of this additional building will allow CDF to invest in the future of our existing product lines – Drum & Pail and IBC (Intermediate Bulk Containers) bags and liners and to expand into new product areas such as Cheertainer bag in box products and Cheer Pack spouted pouch products”, stated Joe Sullivan, Jr., President, CDF Corporation.

Located on Armstrong Road in the Plymouth Industrial Park, the facility features office and manufacturing space and will house CDF’s research and development, as well as administrative and engineering teams.

“CDF’s expansion coincides with the formal launch of Cheer Pack North America LLC,” noted Steve Gosling, President, Cheer Pack. “As a partnership, we are on track to ship more than one billion pre-made spouted pouches per year worldwide.”

CDF develops and manufactures high quality liquid packaging products that provide a competitive edge in design, form and function. This most recent market expansion reinforces the company’s commitment to state of the art manufacturing and customer focus in the company’s decision-making and investment strategies

“Our whole reason for being is to create a company to bring best-in-class packaging to industrial customers and to give them a competitive edge,” says Laura Beechwood, Chief Operating Office of CDF. “Because of that, we have to look at solutions that can translate into a win for both our customers and our company.”