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Sustainable options for polymers come in several forms

The polymer industry has faced criticism through the years for its questionable impact on the environment. With consumer products and packaging applications relying on plastics, getting rid of the material is not an option. The industry has heard the call from consumers and regulators to develop sustainable options for polymers with lower carbon footprints and enhanced disposable options.Now, innovative technology and research are transforming products and replacing harmful materials with sustainable solutions, resulting in biodegradable plastics.What are biodegradable plastics?They are crea

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Food & Beverage Packaging Trends

The global packaging market is currently an $800 billion/year business, and will hit $1 trillion by 2020. Much of that business is in the food and beverage packaging industry. A study by DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers and Packaging World magazine that surveyed 500 industry professionals working for consumer goods manufacturers and converters, revealed some interesting findings. While sustainability seems to be in the forefront of almost every Brand Owner’s strategy, the study found that sustainability concerns ranked behind cost and food safety and security as driving t

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PET Enhances Your Sustainability Efforts

PET (Polyethylene Terephtalate) is one of the most commonly used polymers in packaging, including food packaging (peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressing) and beverage (soft drink, water, beer) bottles, and consumer packaging of all types. It’s also the most recycled plastic in America, according to information from www.petresin.org, and displays the #1 in the chasing arrows recycling symbol. Because of that fact, there’s a big demand for recycled PET (RPET), which has been in short supply over the past few years. RPET is in high demand particularly for thermoforming applications, due

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When recyclable Is not recyclable

Semantics is everything – especially when you’re talking about recyclable products. The word “recyclable” can trip up a manufacturer if they’re not careful. Take the recent case of the Wisconsin company, Renew Plastics, whose plastic lumber products didn’t meet the FTC’s Green Guide for recyclable. The FTC’s investigation found a problem with the company’s claim that its Evolve products are made from 90 percent or more recycled content, when it contained “at most 58 percent.” Another product’s promotional materials claimed that they are made from “mostly” post-consu

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Go green (or blue) with PLA

Polylactic Acid (PLA) has been around for more than a decade. Formulated from corn starch in the U.S. (tapioca root in Asia and sugar cane in other parts of the world), PLA has gained some ground in the “green” packaging market.  PLA was designed for and is used to thermoform food containers such as deli containers for take-out food and drinking cups.NatureWorks LLC, which began as a Cargill research project in 1989, is today the largest producer of PLA in North America. Their newest product, Ingeo, is made from wheat, sugar beets, sugar cane and corn. Their products are compostable, but

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Common ground for polymer sustainability regulations

Transparent communication in the sustainability of products is important for manufacturers, consumers and the government. With consumer demand for sustainable products and government regulations increasing, polymer experts are determined to design solutions to meet standards such as ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6866. Attaining these esteemed standards proves a commitment to the environment and increases credibility for companies.Whether the biodegradable plastics are created from a commonly used resin or an innovative modern technology, a standard provides regulations for everyone to understand. There

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