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Cowboy Bath-In-A-Bag wins FPA Silver

Winning a Silver Award for Sustainability Achievement in the 2016 Flexible Packaging Association competition is the Cowboy Bath-In-A-Bag, a flexible package containing 20 large cloths each measuring 2x2 ft and each designed to let outdoors types take a "bath" without needing proximity to a tub or shower.

This 25-count pack of large bathing cloths won FPA Silver award.
This 25-count pack of large bathing cloths won FPA Silver award.

The large, flow-wrap package, supplied by Berry Plastics, incorporates several environmental benefits leading to this sustainability award. The printing was converted to high-definition (HD) flexographic surface printing, which is widely known to have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to rotogravure print due to the process itself, the reduction of ovens/heat, and the amount of ink consumption. The HD surface printing led to a reduction in the overall gauge of the film by eliminating a PET layer.

Additionally, a substantial reduction in high-value, work-in-process waste was achieved by decreasing the number of production passes required to produce the finished product. This production process also granted a deduction in audible noises created when handling the package.

“The Cowboy Bath-In-A-Bag package is a great example of Berry Plastics’ superior printing technologies being utilized to achieve high-quality, differentiating graphics in a single layer of metalized PET, resulting in several environmental and sustainability benefits,” says Michelle Wilson, Berry Plastics’ Vice President of Application Development and Support. “We are honored to accept this award as this further underscores our emphasis on delivering innovative and responsible packaging solutions to our customers to enhance the lives of end consumers.”

Adds Robert Flores, Berry Plastics’ Director of Sustainability, “This award exhibits our belief in pursuing new methods to offer a more sustainable product for our customers through implementing efficient manufacturing processes.”

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