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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

Six packaging trends for 2016

A new report called “Global Packaging Trends – A Fast-Forward Look at How the Next Generation of Packaging is Engaging Consumers in 2016” identifies six key trends set to transform the global packaging industry this year.

 

These trends include:

  • Digital revolution: The unique capabilities of digital printing have captured the attention of retailers, brand owners and packaging converters globally by creating opportunities to engage consumers on a local, personal and emotional level.
  • Phenomenal flexibles: While brands will still be looking to pouches to capture consumers’ attention, truly innovative brands will be looking to the next generation of rigid/flexible hybrids.
  • Show me the goods: Clear and concise information about ingredients, functional product attributes, or even convenience and safety must be communicated with total transparency.
  • More than “just” green packaging: Two key initiatives are beginning to resonate: a focus on alternative package material sources, and catering to the 63% of U.S. consumers who’ve stated that reusable and repurposable packaging is a key purchasing driver. Going forward, brands cannot afford to ignore this “ecologically friendly” purchasing driver as they develop their brand positioning and marketing strategies.
  • Size matters: If brand owners are to overcome the growing lack of consumer brand loyalty, they must create and deliver packaging that consumers see as right-sized for themselves, their families, and shifting use occasions.
  • Packaging mobile-ution: Moving forward, as brands clamor for innovative ways to engage and connect with shoppers, the mobile environment will become the new front line in the battle to win consumers’ hearts, minds, and wallets.

 

 

To read the full article, please visit

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/global/six-packaging-trends-2016

 

Source: Packaging World

 

CDF announces patent issuance for EZ-Flo™

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, is pleased to announce a broad utility patent for the EZ-Flo liner has been granted.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted EZ-Flo Technologies US Patent 8,960,502, a utility patent that covers the EZ-Flo liner. Other patents are pending on the dispenser bottle, methods of use, methods of manufacturing, filling the liner and sealing and lidding of the liner. The inventors of the EZ-Flo liner patent are Charles Stehli, Dawn Pansier and Bob De. CDF Corporation is the sole worldwide authorized supplier of the EZ-Flo liner.

The EZ-Flo liner is part of the EZ-Flo packaging/ dispensing system. The EZ-Flo system is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative packaging/dispensing system uses patented 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 EZ-Flo packaging/dispensing system reduces product waste, eliminates cross contamination caused by refilling bottles and reduces trash-steam waste. The sanitary vacuum sealed liners are available in a wide variety of sizes and can be utilized in a squeeze, portion control, spray or pump system – perfect for food industry, chemical, or cosmetic applications.

EZ-Flo voted Top Product at Association for Dressings and Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation’s newest product the “EZ-Flo™ Packaging and Dispensing System” was voted the top product presentation at the Association for Dressings and Sauces Spring meeting.

At the New Products and Services Presentations, CDF Corporation presented 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.

During the ADS 2015 Technical Meeting attendees of the New Products and Services Presentations selected the top products deemed to be the most relevant to the dressings and sauces industry. The products were evaluated based on the following criteria: the product is new to the dressings and sauces industry, the product is innovative and the product is of benefit to the dressings and sauces industry. The information on the top four products has been compiled and is now located on the ADS website http://www.dressings-sauces.org/achievements-new-products-and-services.

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

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/

EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing System

The EZ-Flo Packaging/Dispensing System is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative packaging/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.