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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
www.flexomag.com summer 2010 Sustainable FLEXO 11 taining proper temperature for the duration of transport—a cause of product loss that cost the pharmaceutical industry $3 billion in 2009. The new GREENBOXTM reusable thermal man- agement system employs a total system approach to assuring that products will arrive at their destination uncompromised. GREENBOXTM is powered by PureTempTM, Entropy ’TMs renew- able based, non-toxic phase-change technology, which keeps contents at the right temperature for more than 120 hours. The Thermal-LokTM panels have insulating values 10 times that of expanded polystyrene (EPS). The system components are reusable, and the end of life, the outer shell and Thermal- LokTM panels are ground for reuse in new systems. Diamond Winner exal Corp. light Weight “Coil to Can” New Technology for Aluminum Bottles Makes Them a New Mainstream Packaging Option exAl CorP. And AlCoA riGid PACkAGinG (u.s.) Bottled beverage marketers are being continually chal- lenged to improve their environmental footprint. Exal Corp. ’TMs new “Coil to Can” (C2C) aluminum bottle manufacturing technology features recyclable aluminum alloy and allows marketers to consider aluminum bottles for large scale bever- age applications for the first time. This hybrid process marries the speed and light weighting of standard beverage can manufacturing with proprietary shaping technology, to create highly stylized bottle design options. C2C aluminum bottles use less material and are manufactured at faster speeds to enable a 40 percent weight reduction at a cost comparable to PET and/or glass. Gold Winner PlantbottleTM PET Plastic Beverage Bottles Made Partially From Plants THe CoCA ColA Co. (u.s., CAnAdA, denmArk, JAPAn, And brAzil) Monoethylene glycol from sugar cane replaces petroleum- based PET feedstock. In support of its zero waste strategy for packaging materials, Coca-Cola is using a PET resin sourced from up to 30 percent plant-based renewable material. The new PlantBottle packaging, which has been launched in Denmark, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Brazil can be recycled with other PET bottles in the existing PET recy- cling infrastructure. It is the first plastic beverage bottle from renewable sources that can be recycled along with other PET bottles in the existing recycling infrastructure. The new bottle technology leverages the key environmental advantages of traditional PET, which include maintaining car- bonation, resource efficiency and high recycling value, while reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. Gold Winner Fresh step scoop 42lb Flexible Package New Design cuts Packaging by 80 percent and Achieves Cost/Waste Reduction Across the Supply Chain FresH sTeP CAT liTTer From Clorox (u.s.) Replacing a polypropylene pail for cat litter with a flexible bag for its heaviest products enabled Clorox to cut packaging materials by nearly 80 percent while offering sustainability and cost reduction across its supply chain, from inbound freight, packaging materials and finished goods storage and warehousing. The innovative design maintains consumer ease of use features for handling, pouring, resealing and stor- age equal to the pail it replaced. Gold Winner seamless bags Packaging and Machinery Redesign Cuts Pack Material Warehousing by 80 percent, Reduces Materials by 25 percent and Maintains Brand Appeal AlWAys Feminine ProduCTs - ProCTer & GAmble (u.s. And GermAny) In a new approach for this product category, P&G rede- signed machinery as well as packaging to enable a switch from wicketed polyethylene bags for its Always feminine prod- ucts to continuous flow wrapping technology that reduced the use of polyethylene by 25 percent and created an 80 percent reduction in pack material warehouse space needed. The new approach enables better pallet fit due to the tighter pack- age and reduced energy usage in transportation and pack material manufacture. The resulting new package design is more attractive to consumers. Gold Winner ez FusionTM Anti-Counterfeiting Solution for Ethical Pharmaceuti- cals Users deGill inTernATionAl CorP. (TAiWAn) Counterfeiting of ethical pharmaceuticals is a tremendous problem, particularly in some parts of the world. The innova- tive tamper-evident design of new EZ Fusion two-in-one vial enables consumers to easily determine authenticity of the product. It also takes the guesswork out of mixing drugs, so there is less waste. There is less chance of contamination and it provides a cost-effective solution versus traditional glass vials. Gold Winner World’s First Fully Compostable Chip bag The World’s First Fully Compostable Snack Bag FriTo-lAy norTH AmeriCA, A diVision oF PePsiCo (u.s.) Packaging is one of the most visible interactions consumers have with our brands. Frito-Lay overcame significant technical hurdles to develop packaging that reduces the environmental impact of its Sunchips® brand. To achieve compostability of the three-part packaging structure while providing maximum product protection, Frito-Lay switched to polylactic acid (PLA) for the outer bag, along with a compostable adhesive and FLXO_Sustainable_Summer10_v2.indd 11 7/13/10 4:55 PM