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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

Flexible packaging on exhibit 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 form-fit IBC tote liners at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 8th through the 9th in St. Petersburg, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. It is the only meeting that focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities. The Ice Cream Technology Conference encourages an open exchange among participants and experts on the technical and practical processing issues in the frozen dessert industry. The conference features networking opportunities and product tasting, including the annual Innovative Ice Cream Flavor Competition.

Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh is responsible for growth of flexible packaging products for industrial containers. Leigh has 23 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 offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy customer’s environmental needs. Formfit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. 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.

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.

CDF intermediate bulk container liners ideal for food grade applications

CDF Corporation offers a full assortment of pillow and form-fit IBC liners for the dairy industry.

Pillow-shaped liners are excellent general use liners for intermediate bulk containers. Used in containers from 100 to 330 gallons, pillow liners offer versatility and value. Pillow liners are typically constructed with two or three plies of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and a barrier film when used for aseptic and oxygen-barrier applications. When filled, these tote liners form the shape of a pillow. Pillow liners are designed for both viscous and non-viscous food applications.

Form-fit liners offer IBC fillers and end-users an alternative to pillow liners. Form-fit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners allow easier filling in square or rectangular intermediate bulk containers and 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. Form-fit liners are designed for liquids and solids.

Intermediate bulk container liners offer many benefits over drums and rigid bottle & cage IBC totes. Freight costs for filled IBC liners in totes are 25% less than drums because the cube shape allows more volume per pallet. Users can also lower freight costs by pairing liners with knock down bins that collapse and are stackable; drums and rigid totes are not collapsible and stackable. Drums and rigid IBCs must be rinsed to be reused, whereas liners keep intermediate bulk containers clean, eliminating container cleaning costs, resulting in immediate reuse of the container. Product purity is essential to maintaining food quality; food grade liners preserve and protect food products. Wide options of filling and dispensing components are also available for liners, which can be customized to meet each end user’s needs.

To learn more about CDF’s IBC product line go to https://www.cdf1.com/cdf-blog/category/intermediate-bulk-container/.

CDF exhibits at Expo Pack Mexico

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions at Expo Pack Mexico, Booth#4616.

 Expo Pack Mexico 2011 will be held June 21st to the 24th at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Mexico. Expo Pack Mexico 2011 will showcase the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. Expo Pack Mexico offers direct access to the packaging and processing industries in Latin America attracting buyers from throughout the region. 22,000 customers/buyers from over 20 countries will attend Expo Pack Mexico 2011.

Packaging professionals from all major Mexican States attend the event, such as Mexico City, Estado de Mexico, Puebla, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Morelos, Veracruz and Nuevo Leon. Delegations from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras also attend. Attendees include packaging and processing professionals from a wide range of industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, graphic arts, medical, chemical and automotive.

 CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, bag in box, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications. Read more