New Tool: ProSource
Check out our packaging and processing solutions finder, ProSource.

Renewable resources ride a wave of momentum

Tulane University calls its athletic teams the Green Wave, but there’s a green wave that’s building momentum in the packaging community: the increasing use of sustainable packaging made from renewable resources.

Pw 12750 P Ichart

That observation is based on the increasing number of press releases, e-mail, and calls to Packaging World about commercial applications using such “green” packaging materials.

The momentum is also evident in the results of a recent Packworld.com survey (see chart).

Separately, the first meeting of the newly formed Sustainable Packaging Coalition was held June 24-25 in Seattle, WA. Among the end-user packagers were Estée Lauder/Aveda, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Nike, PepsiCo, and host Starbucks Coffee Company. For more information, visit www.sustainablepackaging.org.

Here are some recent applications involving packaging made from renewable resources:

• The use of Cargill Dow’s NatureWorks™ PLA, packaging made from corn, continues to grow. Farm Fresh, a division of SuperValu; EarthFare, a natural foods retailer; and several New York specialty chains are among the most recent retail users of the clear material.

• Organic brownie producer Raw Indulgence, Ltd., Ardsley, NY, and organic soap maker Tikvah, Petaluma, CA, are using NatureFlex™ biodegradable and compostable film made from wood pulp and supplied by Surface Specialties UCB. The film is customized for both companies, incorporating different barrier properties and moisture vapor transmission rates.

• Game packaging for Sony and Toyota’s automative parts packaging uses starch-based Green Cell biodegradable foams from KTM Industries.

• A food company in France is using packing pellets made from starch-based cereal grains from Clextral. —JB

Discover Our Content Hub
Access Packaging World's free educational content library!
Read More
Discover Our Content Hub
New ebook focused on cartoning equipment
Read about the various types of cartoning equipment, how to select the right one, and common pitfalls to avoid. Plus, read equipment advice from CPGs for ultimate cartoning success.
Read More
New ebook focused on cartoning equipment