Pak-Sher introduces the first and only truly sustainable 100% PCR pop-up interfolded deli/bakery sheets.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Pak-Sher on the launch of their newest green innovation, Envirosheets™. Made 100% from post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR), the revolutionary bakery/deli interfolded, FDA approved sheets provide the same benefits as a virgin poly sheet with the added benefit of sustainability. We admire Pak-Sher’s commitment to developing sustainable products and are proud to take part in the process.

KILGORE, Texas, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Pak-Sher announced today the launch of Envirosheets™, a revolutionary new bakery/deli interfolded sheet that is produced using 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled plastic), meets FDA guidelines for direct food contact, and is manufactured and packaged at the Pak-Sher plant in Kilgore, TX.  The only product of its kind in the world,  Envirosheets are 100% made from recycled milk jugs.  Pak-Sher credits their unique film manufacturing process for their ability to create a reliable and inexpensive 100% PCR product.  In fact, this product is less expensive than the wax or paper sheets that are prevalent in the current market. 

“This product will be a game changer”, said Paul Gage, President and CEO of Pak-Sher.   “Finally, supermarkets, delis, bakeries, and convenience stores have a truly green product that will help them achieve their sustainability goals AND can improve their bottom line.  Until now, that was a fantasy in the packaging world, but we’ve turned fantasy into reality!”

Envirosheets provide the same benefits as virgin poly sheets:  moisture barrier, microwavable, easy-grab interfolded packaging, and more cost effective than paper or wax, with the added benefit of sustainability.  Every case of Envirosheets is made from 8 to 19 (depending on sheet size) recycled milk jugs that may have otherwise ended up in our landfills.  Envirosheets are just the first in a line of maximized PCR content products Pak-Sher plans to offer.  They plan to continue to bring more sustainable AND economical products to market in the coming year. 

For More Information about Pak-Sher visit:  www.paksher.com

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Environmentally Responsible Packaging in the Beauty World

Package optimization, corporate policy and cost factors weigh in on efforts to minimize environmental impact while protecting and delivering the product.

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Bioplastics Not Complete Sustainability Solution

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies love to innovate with their packaging. Packaging is, after all, one of the top tools in the marketing playbook, and a great way to differentiate a product from its competitors. Some companies choose to switch materials to shake things up; some do packaging redesigns to achieve the slick look that has shelf appeal.
Heinz introduced its upside-down bottle in 2002 to make pouring Ketchup easier. Soda and drink companies constantly tinker with labels to achieve a new look. The competition to achieve Greener packaging has been one of the top priorities of many CPG companies as they all seek to increase the sustainability of their products. Polling data shows that increasingly more people are searching for environmentally friendly products, and the major companies are racing to meet the demands. One of the most recent developments in sustainable packaging has been the rise of bioplastics as a resin source.
Bioplastics can be a deceiving term and idea. The word “renewable” is often used to describe the value of bioplastics as a sustainable solution. It’s true to an extent; resources such as sugarcane, corn, beets, food processing plant waste and the like can all be used to produce plastic resin. But does “renewable” equate to being sustainable? The truth is that the chemical makeup of resins produced from “renewable” sources is no different from those produced from petrochemicals. Just because a bottle is derived from a plant does not reduce its need to be recycled!
History also teaches us that even though a source can be regrown, that does not necessarily make it a sustainable or pragmatic option. When it was discovered that corn could be used to produce ethanol fuel, it was initially seen as a major victory for renewable energy and a move toward a sustainable energy future. Over time, the expansion of ethanol proved to be the cause of a major worldwide increase in food prices that had a particularly negative effect on developing countries http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/wp/12-02WiseGlobalBiofuels.pdf. Paper comes from a renewable resource but, as we have learned, deforestation has had a devastating effect on many eco systems around the world. As a community moving toward a sustainable future, we must be careful when labeling a “renewable” resource as the sustainable solution and consider all the repercussions.
This isn’t to say that plastics made from “renewable” resources are bad. They are a very positive development and one that should be part of our overall plan to reduce our impact on the environment. What concerns us most is that focus will be taken away from the real issues at hand, if people are led to believe that “renewables” will solve plastics’ negative environmental image.
We believe that “renewables” are a new and important source of recyclable plastics. They must be recycled in the same manner in which all other plastics are recycled today. They will not replace fossil fuel derived plastics just as ethanol has not replaced gasoline for cars. The truth is, there just isn’t enough available economically to use it on a broad scale.
Recycling plastic is still the second most favorable environmental solution, after reuse. Let’s make sure that “renewable” plastics get recycled and that packages produced from it include recycled content.

Envision Plastics’ Recycled Resin Pellets Finds New Use at Duluth Children’s Museum

Envision Plastics’ Recycled Resin Pellets Finds New Use at Duluth Children’s Museum   

Reidsville, N.C.  – January 9, 2013 – Envision Plastics, a pioneer in the post-consumer recycled resins industry, has found a new use for its recycled HDPE resin (high-density polyethylene plastic) pellets. The Duluth Children’s Museum (115 South 29th Avenue West, Duluth, MN) is now using Envision’s pellets in its permanent dinosaur dig site exhibit.

Funding for the dig site matrix was provided by the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.  It is an area where visitors can uncover fossil casts, which are permanently attached to the dig site structure, and experience what it is like to be a paleontologist uncovering dinosaur bones. Once a week, the museum holds a “Friday Fossil Frenzy” where several real fossils are mixed in with the permanent fossils that can then be found, identified and taken home as souvenirs. 

Envision Plastics uses PRISMA™, their custom color match technology that can distinguish and sort up to 40 million shades of colored post-consumer recycled plastic to create the pellets used in the exhibit. The pellets are produced from curbside collected HDPE  bottles branded with the number “2” recycling symbol.  The plastic is cleaned without the use of chemicals through a process that also removes any volatiles that may have been absorbed along the way so the pellets are safe for children.

“We used light tan, grey and brown pellets in the exhibit since it is sand-like in terms of its look and is dust-free which is important as far as creating a safe environment for our visitors,” said Rich Jaworski, Vice President of Operations, Programs and Collections at the museum.  “The variety of color pellets available through Envision Plastics provided us the flexibility to achieve a look that would be natural and blend in with the rock of the structure already in place.”

In addition to being part of the exhibit, the museum plans to use the pellets to educate visitors about the recycling process that allows Envision Plastics to take post-consumer recycled plastic from curb-side bins to a  children’s museum exhibit safely.  Typically, companies use Envision’s pellets to make packaging for frozen foods, milk, juice, personal care products, vitamins and nutritional supplements.

“We are always happy to find new uses for our recycled resin,” said Envision Plastics Chief Operating Officer Scott Booth.  “Being part of a museum exhibit that teaches children about the past allows us to help educate them about the future and what a difference recycling one bottle can make.  We hope to connect with other companies who are looking to partner with Envision Plastics in new ways to educate about recycling, reduce their products’ carbon footprint or  achieve a sustainability goal.”

About Envision Plastics

Envision Plastics has been a pioneer in the post consumer recycled resins (HDPE) industry for over a decade.  As leaders in the next generation of recycling processes, Envision is the creator of a proprietary process called EcoPrime™ which produces the only FDA approved, food-grade recycled HDPE resin on the market that meets exacting sustainability standards for packaging.  Envision is also home to the exclusive color sorting process called Prisma™, which is capable of recognizing 40 million shades of color saving clients time, money and resources while reducing waste. Known for their expertise in plastics recycling production and design, Envision provides consulting services to assist clients in optimizing their production while minimizing materials. With locations in California and North Carolina, distribution across the country is cost-effective and convenient for clients. For more information about Envision Plastics, visit www.envisionplastics.com.

About Duluth Children’s Museum

Founded in 1930, the Duluth Children’s Museum is the fifth oldest children’s museum in the country. The Museum is committed to serving all children in the Duluth region, providing them a healthy, safe place to use their imagination, explore new ideas, develop social skills and learn through play. For more information about the Duluth Children’s Museum, visit www.duluthchildrensmuseum.org.

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Which Definition Of Sustainability Matches Your Business?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately on whether Sustainability refers to keeping your business going or integrating green practices in your processes. Actually, it’s both, but let’s define these a little more.

Sustainability from a Business Perspective

All businesses want to sustain profitability as long as possible by either growing revenue, reducing expenses or preferably both. Having these principles embedded in the corporate culture and practices usually ensures longevity, thus a sustainable business.

Sustainability from a Green Perspective

Most people want organizations to operate in as green a manner as possible to save natural resources, consume less energy and, in general, leave the planet a better place than when they started. Here sustainability refers to using resources in a responsible manner that neither destroys nor contaminates the earth, yet provides an environment that supports life.

Sustainability from a Green Business Perspective

So, how can both definitions apply? If a company truly examines its business processes to reduce resource and energy usage, they will automatically reduce expenses. If they use natural processes as much as possible, they will not have to clean up after themselves as much, again reducing operating expenses. An example, using renewable energy methods has no pollution, so no clean-up of emissions.

 

Sometimes these practices have higher upfront costs, but the payback takes into account the savings in energy reduction and those savings can be applied towards the repayment of the capital expenditure. And once the capital expenditure is paid, the energy savings continue forever, with some minimal maintenance costs.

How Does This Apply To Plastics Recycling?

Plastic recycling promotes sustainability in the following ways:

      Reusing a resource already produced

      It takes less energy for a user of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic to produce their product than to produce the product from virgin plastic (see previous blog on this at https://envisionplastics.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/what-takes-less-energy-to-produce-the-more-times-you-reuse-it/)

      It keeps plastics from going to the landfill, where they would sit forever and ever, with no use to anyone and possibly producing emissions harmful to the environment.

      It creates jobs (see previous blog post on this at https://envisionplastics.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/what-creates-more-jobs-burning-burying-or-recycling-trash/).

      Because recycling does not capture enough in its current infrastructure, the supply is less than the current demand, so this is a growing revenue industry.

 

How does your business stack up on the green business sustainability definition? 

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Need more information? Envision Plastics Vice President, Tamsin Ettefagh will be happy to discuss your comments or concerns in greater depth. Contact her at 336/342-4749 Ext 225.