Sustainable packaging market to hit $244 billion by 2018

According to a Smithers Para report, consumer demand, advances in material technology and legislation will push sustainable packaging to a $244 billion market by 2018.

The “Future of Sustainable Packaging to 2018” report found awareness among consumers is driving demand for sustainability, particularly packaging that has a smaller environmental footprint.

Sustainability programs are increasingly seen as a source of innovation that can serve as a platform for new product and market development, the report says.

The report also forecasts that downsizing or light-weighting, increased recycling and waste recovery, increased use of recycled content, improvement in packaging and logistical efficiency and increased use of renewable-sourced materials are the five most common trends in sustainable packaging.

The increasing demand for sustainable packaging is particularly evident in countries like China and India. ‘The biggest growth comes from the Asian market,’ says Smithers Pira, forecasting that this will account for 32% of green packaging consumption owing to ‘a growing affluent and health-conscious middle-class population’.

The increased focus on sustainability will continue to be a major trend in the packaging industry, which supports the adoption of materials from renewable sources.

Source: Environmental Leader

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/02/17/sustainable-packaging-market-to-hit-244-billion-by-2018/

CDF exhibits at the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention & Expo

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 be exhibiting at the April ASC Convention, booth# 402.

Representing CDF will be Bag-in-Box Product Manager Iris Thomas and Regional Sales Manager Leigh Vaughn. CDF will display a wide range of flexible packaging solutions at the ASC Expo on April 29. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical chemical applications. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are an ideal solution for small and large volume needs.

CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™, a plastic pail replacement system, and the EZ-Flo™ dispensing system will also be on exhibit at the ASC Expo. The Smart Pail was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The end-user simply peels open the peel reseal label, cuts the tamper evident film and pumps, scoops or pours the contents. The peel-reseal lidding can be open and closed multiple times.

The EZ-Flo Dispensing System is 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.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council Convention and Expo will be held April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 124 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. http://www.ascouncil.org

Smart Pail & EZ-Flo on exhibit at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting in April.

The Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting will be held April 27th to the 29th at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California. The technical meeting includes varied technical sessions that provide know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

Representing CDF will be Joe Wanner, Drum & Pail Product Manager and Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging General Manager. CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™ and the EZ-Flo™, will be on display at the ADS Information Open House on April 28th. The Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system, was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal.

The EZ-Flo Dispensing System is 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.

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. http://www.dressings-sauces.org/

Three ways to improve sustainability metrics while also saving money

If you are interested in increasing your sustainability metrics and lowering your costs without changing the appearance of your packaging keep reading. Below are three idea of how to do just that.

Sustainable Calcium Carbonate Additives

Add a small percentage of calcium carbonate into your plastic packaging. Recently it has been discovered that CC is produced naturally in some bodies of water. The natural formation process has an added benefit of sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere through a photosynthesis process. The cost for the natural CC additives is lower than resin.

Bio-Based Thermoplastics

Some resin manufacturers generate bio-based thermoplastics that come from ethanol made from corn, sugar beets or sugar cane. Bio-based thermoplastics provide a positive impact on CO2 emissions because they are produced from plant based CO2 feedstocks. The price of bio-based thermoplastics is more stable compared to petroleum based equivalents.

Biodegradable/Compostable Packaging

Resin packaging can take months to hundreds of years to decompose in the landfill. One technology to make the packaging compostable is to use a polylactic acid bioplastic; PLA based packaging is usually made from the renewable resource, corn starch. Another technology is to use an oxo-degradable plastic additive. The additives are metal salts that function as a catalyst to speed up the decomposition process. The last technology is using biodegradable plastic additives. When placed in a physically active landfill these additives increase the rate of decomposition.

Source: Packaging Digest

http://www.packagingdigest.com/article/523924-Three_ways_to_improve_sustainability_metrics_while_also_saving_money.php