Iris Thomas elected to PPC Board of Directors

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, is proud to announce the election of Iris Thomas, Cheertainer bag-in-box Product Manager,  to the Petroleum Packaging Council’s Board of Directors.

Iris was chosen by the Nominating Committee and voted in by the membership at the August 19th Opening Session of the Petroleum Packaging Council Fall Meeting. Her term runs for three years with the option to renew for another three years. As a Director, Mrs. Thomas will meet with the Board of Directors six to seven times a year to supervise, control and direct the affairs of the association; determine the association’s policies within the limits of the bylaws or laws affecting PPC; actively pursue the association’s purposes; and have discretion in the disbursement of the association’s funds. Iris has been an Associate Member of the PPC since 2009 and has served on the Long Range Planning Committee and as Chair of the Packaging Committee.

The Petroleum Packaging Council is an association providing technical leadership and education to the petroleum packaging and blending industry. It is international in scope and includes packaging from the receipt of materials through the manufacturing process and to the end consumer.

For six decades, the Petroleum Packaging Council has served petroleum packaging professionals exclusively as their premiere technical trade association. PPC is committed to the continual improvement of its services to its members and to promoting technical superiority to its industry.

Steps Towards Enhancing the Sustainability of Packaging

Sustainable packaging encompasses multiple initiatives, including producing effective solutions with minimum resources, protecting the product, transport efficiency and effective end of life management.

One caveat, no matter what the company decides to include in its sustainability mix, there will be no greater backlash than the waste of fully-costed products. These are products that have been manufactured and transported to a retailer only to never be purchased due to a variety of reasons, such as a packaging defect or damage – which can endanger the integrity of the product inside. To balance performance and sustainability, product manufacturers should consider the following points:

Reduce Material with Care

For years, the industry has focused on reducing by rightsizing or down gauging material. This approach reduces waste towards the end of the package’s lifecycle and also saves material costs upfront. In some cases, depending on the redesign, it can drive transportation efficiency by reducing overall weight and size permitting greater cube utilization. This results in the reduction of fuel usage and minimizes the CPG’s overall carbon footprint.

However, material reduction should always be done with care to maintain the integrity of the package. The primary function of any package is to protect its contents, and packaging that fails to do so will result in fully-costed waste.

Follow the Industry Guidelines

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has created a protocol for responsible package design. This protocol offers an analytical process for assessing packaging functionality and sustainability and provides an eight stage evaluation process to guide design changes and prevent damage during transport.

Don’t Just Reduce, Reuse

Re-tripping (or reusing) corrugate in transporting product to retailers is another way to improve carbon footprint. Programs exist similar to pallet programs where vendors supply, collect and pool shippers for redistribution.

Test Packaging Re-Designs for Consumer Preference

In considering material reduction, companies need to carefully evaluate new package redesigns. Before making changes, CPGs should bring together their material and equipment suppliers, packaging designers and brand managers to discuss any potential challenges with introducing a new package. This step is crucial to ensure that the new package functions properly on legacy equipment and prevent downtime or waste associated with line stoppages during production.

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Source: Environmental Leader

5 top global packaging trends

These top global packaging trends are opportunities for packaging your product in 2013 and beyond.


Sustainability is still an important topic for consumers globally. Consumers expect manufacturers and retailers to include green characteristics in their products without increasing the price of the product. Consumers have become more skeptical and need help determining if a product’s green claims are true. In sustainability’s new role, consumers look to companies to provide a platform that allows them to make a difference, to do something they might not be able to do on their own.

Authentic, credible, traceable

Packaging is an opportunity to provide information about locale and traceability and re-establish the connection between the consumer and the brand.


Packaging continues to be a very important part of branding. Packaging allows companies to amplify a brand’s essence, connect with a brand’s heritage, pique interest in a trial or purchase, demonstrate brand value and allows consumers to express themselves through choice.

Shoppers manage their budgets

Research shows that shopping behavior has changed in response to the economic situation. More consumers are making “just in time” purchases, with fewer pantry loading. Smaller, easier to carry packs with smaller price points hold potential for Europe, the United States and in many emerging markets. Flexible packaging is poised to play a huge role in Asia for the smaller snacks and bakery items.

Wellness: What shoppers seek

Making it easier for consumers to find what they are looking for is crucial. In the health and wellness category calling out key benefits or ingredients makes it easier for the consumer to find the product they are looking for. Beauty and personal care consumers are focused on beauty enhancing benefits.

Source: Packaging Digest May 2013