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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 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 exhibits at NWFPA Expo

Form-fit IBC linerCDF, manufacturer of liquid packaging products and solutions that meet customers’ environmental goals, exhibited liners for intermediate bulk containers at the NW Food Manufacturing and Processing Expo Jan 16-19, 2011, Booth#912-918.

The Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo (Expo) is considered the largest regional Food Processing Expo in North America.  The event is held annually in Portland and attracts almost 4,000 food processing industry professionals from across the country.  In addition to featuring over 400 exhibitor booths in the SOLUTIONS Marketplace Exhibit Hall, the event offers industry relevant sessions with industry relevant information featuring high level speakers to encourage a broad based attendance by food processor company personnel.

CDF EZ-Strainer used in agricultural & automotive markets

CDF Corporation, the leading manufacturer of drum, pail, and intermediate bulk container liners and flexible packaging solutions, introduced its EZ-Strainer™ insert for 55-gallon drums and 5-gallon pails into the agricultural and automotive markets.

The newly tested strainer, which allows for more efficient production and reduced customer cost by improving filtering techniques in a time-efficient manner, has been successfully used throughout industry and manufacturing  sectors, but new testing has revealed potential benefits for agricultural and automotive machinery and equipment.

“The EZ-Strainer’s dynamic use fits in all industries and is one of the most innovative products we have developed,” said Vice President of Manufacturing Wayne Morgan. “We are excited about the possibilities of entering new markets; we believe customers throughout the automotive and agricultural markets will be truly impressed.”

The revolutionary EZ-Strainer filters unwanted particles from valuable liquid products.  A patented lip design allows the EZ-Strainer to simply hang from the top of any open-headed 55-gallon drum or 5-gallon pail without the chance of being pulled inside, even with heavy, viscous products.  The EZ-Strainer can be used in those industries mixing liquid products such as inks, paints and urethanes, and for printing purposes.  New testing has targeted the agricultural and automotive markets for use many uses, from filtering maple syrup and other liquid products to filtering oils and fluids for heavy equipment, such as tractors, production machinery, and vehicles.  The EZ-Strainer is currently being used in successful bio-diesel programs around the country.

“We have been continually impressed by the EZ-Strainer,” said President and Founder of Utah Biodiesel Supply Graydon Blair.  “Its durability and ease of use are impressive – it has held up extremely well and we have seen no evidence of tears or other strength defects.”

The EZ-Strainer insert is molded from high molecular weight high-density polyethylene with a center screen that is available in 100 ultra-fine nylon or 200, 400 and 600 multi-element mesh (fine, medium or coarse).  EZ-Strainer inserts are ideal for removing particles from food, paints, coatings, silicone, ink and any other liquid product that needs to be debris free.  The product can be inserted into 55-gallon drums or 5-gallon pails.