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FLEXO Magazine : Sustainable Summer 2010
www.flexomag.com SUMMER 2010 Sustainable FLEXO 13 Silver Winner Cryovac Grip & Tear® Bag Easy to Open New Design for Fresh and Processed Meat as well as Cheeses Yields Improved Conve- nience, Safety and Less Wasted Food GRIP & TEAR BAG FROM SEALED AIR'S CRYOVAC FOOD PACKAGING UNIT (U.S.) This anti-fog shrink film for modified atmosphere packag- ing enables film-to-meat contact with reduced pack volume, without discoloring the meat. This maintains eye-appeal lon- ger for fresh meats. The thinner package saves space on the retail display. There is less food waste as the meat product remains appealing the consumer longer. Silver Winner Ethafoam® Transport Packing Foam for Transport Packing Incorporates 65 percent Re- cycle Content while Meeting Performance Requirements ETHAFOAM® HRC PLANK MANUFACTURED BY SEALED AIR AND FABRICATED BY AUSTIN FOAM PLASTICS (U.S.) Closed cell polyethylene foam made from 65 percent recy- cled content is lighter than the material previously considered providing reduced shipping costs while meeting significant performance requirements for protecting electronic compo- nents during transport. Since polyethylene recycled foam resin is not generally available to the market, a closed-loop recovery scheme had to be developed to enable collection, sorting, transporting and reprocessing to support commercial produc- tion. This is an excellent example of responsible sourcing. Silver Winner Cryovac Mirabella® Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Meats Keeps it Fresh-Looking Longer CRYOVAC MIRABELLA® FROM SEALED AIR (ITALY) This anti-fog shrink film for modified atmosphere packag- ing enables film-to-meat contact with reduced pack volume, without discoloring the meat. This maintains eye-appeal lon- ger for fresh meats. The thinner package saves space on the retail display. There is less food waste as the meat product remains appealing the consumer longer. NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: IIF Inside Injection Foaming Process Inside Injection Foaming for Polypropylene Pallets Yield Improved Durability and Sustainability in Replacement of Wood FEMSA (MEXICO) AND SOSA TECH ADVISORS (U.S.) In Mexico there is a lack of sustainable wood production leading to deforestation issues. An innovative new inside in- jection foaming process enables high strength, highly durable plastic to replace wood for industrial pallets. The all-polypro- pylene pallets are entirely recyclable and deliver durability with less material than typically used. They have an expected six year lifetime, versus three years for typical injection poly- propylene pallets or two years for wooden ones. Odorless Barrier Laminate Odorless Barrier Laminate for Cereal Liners Addresses Moisture Issues KELLOGGS AND POSITIVE PACKAGING (INDIA) A common problem for cereal makers is off-gassing of cornflakes and the need for oxygen barrier. Kelloggs solved the problem in the Indian local market where high humidity is an issue through a metalized film laminate with oxygen barrier. Moisture in the pack is pulled into the polypropylene sealant. This solution enabled them to stop importing their previous structure, cutting cost and complex logistics. Finish QuantuMatic The First Fully Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Dis- pensing System FINISH QUANTUMATIC FROM RECKITT BENCKISER This thoughtful design represents technical achievement across its entire system. The concept is a detergent dispens- ing system that automatically releases product for 12 washes without refilling. Keeping all 12 units of refills dry until needed requires that the device and the packaging interact precisely together and that tolerances in packaging production be stretched to the tightest limit. The system also has sustainabil- ity benefits in the PET blister packs are made with 70 percent post-consumer recycle PET. The first fully compostable chips bag, by Frito-Lay.