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New Line of
'Greener' Stretch Films
continues to a shift in the stretch film industry to lighter,
stronger pallet wrap in both hand and machine grade film
Many top manufacturers have indicated that within 3 – 5 years
the 80 gauge will no longer be sold because of current costs
to produce film.
Western Plastics has developed Hybrid80 Plus
stretch films. This RightWeight Solution allows distributors
to move from the (Me Too less 5% 80 gauge) standard pallet film
in their selling efforts.
HYBRiD80 Plus has a high resistance to stretch
for superior load retention and performs as well as an 80-gauge
film. It is sold in a range of 20%+ savings under conventional
80 gauge wrap.
HYBRiD80 Plus The RightWeight Solution helps
distributors develop new business, maintain profit margins and
also to offer their customers something new .
Western Plastics keeps distributors ahead of the curve by developing
and promoting new and innovative films.ms.
Narrow Width EZ-Bander Banding Film
Pallet-tite Handwrap 3" Core
Packaging Expo: zero tolerance for greenwash
Preparing to exhibit for the fifth consecutive
year at Walmart's annual Sustainability
Packaging Expo, packaging suppliers have
become increasingly savvy in conveying their
That's according to Robert Parvis, Sam's
Club manager of House Brands Packaging,
who spoke with GreenerPackage.com, along
with Ronald Sasine, senior director of Packaging,
Private Brands for Walmart Stores, about
the retailer’s upcoming event, scheduled
for April 6-7 at the John Q. Hammons Convention
Center, in Bentonville, AR.
"Their message is becoming more and more
focused," Parvis says. "One of the things
we are really pushing is clear communication,
especially around anything related to sustainability
Sasine agrees, "The packaging suppliers
are learning the language of Walmart, and
they are learning to engage and discuss
packaging with Walmart buyers and merchants
in a way that, in those early years, was
much more difficult for them."
|DuPont Co. backing
drive for global sustainability standards
What criteria makes a package "sustainable"
-- carbon footprint? Recyclability? Source reduction?
Right now the definition depends on the companies
involved. But DuPont Co. is throwing its weight
behind a push to have global sustainability
standards. The company revealed its support
for the standards as part of its 2009 DuPont
Packaging Awards event.
Packaging News Reports
Clorox seeks innovation
as resin prices rise
Clorox Co., a major consumer products maker,
is battling high resin prices on a number
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"Price has become a more critical downstream
business driver, If high prices are sustained,
it can be disruptive to the industry. Companies
will have to choose between cost reduction
and innovation, and that impacts business
Clorox has a lot at stake in the resin game.
The Oakland, Calif.-based firm is a major
buyer of polyethylene and polypropylene
used in its Glad trash bags, bottles for
Clorox bleach and other products. Glad and
Clorox brands are U.S. market share leaders
in their fields.
"Resin is our major raw material component,
so it affects our downstream business,"
Lowrance said. "We have to look for ways
to mitigate price volatility and price increases
and we have to consider if substitute materials
are more economically viable."
In this direction, Clorox has seen results
in its ForceFlex line of Glad trash bags.
The bags, introduced in 2004, use patented
film technology to enhance performance while
using less polyethylene.
Packaging Trade Reporter
Hybrids: Easy on gas
and easy to buy
Demand is up and supplies are tight so customers
can have a hard time finding some hybrid
models on dealer lots. Others are just waiting
Money News Wires
The Hybrid market
Hybrid vehicles are hot. You've probably
heard it can be hard to find them in showrooms.
Some dealers are even getting mark-ups over
the sticker price.
With high demand - means manufacturers are
selling hybrids as fast as they can make
The Reality of Sustainability
Sustainability and sustainable packaging
are the buzzwords that represent today's
number one issue in the flexible packaging
industry. The issue is simple: What can
converters do to improve
product quality and the quality of their
impact on the environment?
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Paper and Packaging News
|Sales Leads For HYBRiD80 Plus
charges by bundling items. Protects shipments.
||Top banding of
pallets. Holds edge protectors/pallet covers
MILLS / TEXTILE INDUSTRIES:
tape. Leaves no residue. Easy to remove.
AND TUBING DISTRIBUTORS:
twine in the bundling of wood, dowels, and pipe.
MOLDINGS / FURNITURE / CABINET MAKERS / LUMBER
twine. Stretch film will not "bite" into the
wood. Leaves no residue.
than tape, strapping and twine.
Can Going Green also
Chances are good that you heard a little
something about going green this year. Marketing
your company's eco-friendly policies was
all the rage in 2008 and has carried over
into 2009. Being green is not only good
for our earth but it is good for business
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With all the attention surrounding this
green movement some companies are concerned
that their marketing efforts emphasizing
their green practices are not going to produce
any return on their investment. And environmentalists
are concerned that this is just another
media induced craze that will have little
effect on the way we treat our earth.
Do these groups have reason to be concerned?
Not according to the data, an estimated
$500 billion is predicted to be spent by
green consumers in 2008.
Go Green - BrandCAST Newsletter
Walmart chief pledges
higher prices for sustainable suppliers
The chief executive of the world's biggest retailer
yesterday promised to favor suppliers providing
high quality and ethically sourced products.
Walmart will launch a major retail-industry
effort to improve social, ethical and environmental
standards in the factories of its suppliers,
CEO and president Lee Scott told a meeting of
"The drive will see the retailer favor - and
in some cases even pay more - for suppliers
that meet our standards and share our commitment
to quality and sustainability".
"Paying more in the short term for quality will
mean paying less in the long term as a company.
Higher quality products will mean better value,
fewer problems, fewer returns and greater trust
with our customers," Scott told the audience.
But the firm will also raise the bar for suppliers
on sustainable sourcing, putting pressure on
them to provide evidence that they are meeting
ethical and quality criteria.
|I'd like to talk a little bit about our
operations also. We've also put in quite a bit
or are in the process of adding capacity in
some of our businesses. In stretch film, by
the end of February, we will be making a product
called Pre-stretch, it's a specialty film, it
completes our product line. It's the only product
that we're missing in that marketplace.
Transcript analysts conference call.
US Stretch Film Producer
'Going Green' . . .
How This Business Trend Affects Industrial Marketers
The concepts of "going green" and promoting
"sustainability" are fueling a global trend
that permeates the business landscape. As industrial
marketers, we can do ourselves a big favor by
taking advantage of the advice offered by both
the environmentalists and the experienced business
professionals who are "going green." Both parties
recommend that we take an approach that involves
educating ourselves (and our co-workers, customers
and, perhaps, the local community) about this
trend and, through this educational process,
we develop or change our perception of "going
green" to be a positive, beneficial experience.
US Packaging News Source
U.S. retailers push
packagers to think "green"
Growing demand from U.S. retailers and manufacturers
for smaller, eco-friendly packages is pushing
box makers and chemical companies to create
compact packaging that is bio-based and recyclable.
I would say that the balance is still probably
weighted more toward cost control," but the
significance of environmental benefits is growing,
said one analyst.
Bulk packaging suppliers
focused on efficiency and environment
Buyers today are looking to their bulk packaging
suppliers to help them better maximize their
supply chain efficiencies, improve cost effectiveness,
and provide more "green" products for use in
their supply chains. Bulk packaging products
in general fall into two categories: rigid bulk
packaging, which includes drums, rigid intermediate
bulk containers (RIBCs), pails, corrugated boxes;
and flexible bulk packaging, which includes
shipping sacks, flexible intermediate bulk containers
(FIBCs), film wrap, strapping and liners.
Walmart announces initial results of Packaging
Results from the
first month of operation show active use of
the scorecard and a strong interest from product
suppliers to make their packaging more sustainable.
The scorecard evaluates the sustainability of
product packaging based on greenhouse gas emissions
related to production, material value, product-to-packaging
ratio, cube utilization, recycled content usage,
innovation, the amount of renewable energy used
to manufacture the packaging, the recovery value
of the raw materials, and emissions related
to transportation of the packaging materials.
Suppliers will receive a score per package relative
to their peers in each category.
P&G to concentrate
on less packaging.
Procter & Gamble threw its weight behind
growing environmental efforts to reduce
excess packaging. The move comes as Walmart,
P&G's largest customer, is pushing its suppliers
to cut packaging by at least 5 per cent.
In Europe, Tesco and other big supermarket
chains have also said they want to cut the
amount of packaging. As it reported quarterly
results, P&G also said it expected to face
increases in commodity and energy costs
in its coming fiscal year.
Walmart goes green BIG TIME
In a move that could have a ripple effect
on the packaging industry, the retail giant
plans to reduce shipping container and product
wrapping costs by 5% by 2013. That could
save $14 billion, and spur packaging changes
elsewhere. Walmart Stores, the world’s largest
retailer, wants its 60,000 suppliers to
find more efficient packaging methods and
to reduce the amount of packaging used,
while making the remaining wrapping and
shipping materials environmentally friendlier.
The company’s packaging move comes more
than two years after consumer packaged goods
companies began to feel pressure from higher
raw materials costs, particularly for the
plastic many of them use for their packaging.
What it means to buyers
Walmart purchasing is working with suppliers
to change packaging systems to reduce use
of plastic films and paper.
Shipping container, wrapping and baling
and bundling plastics will be targeted for
HYBRiD 80 Plus
film improves film usage
Hybrid film also offer a significant cost saving alternative!
Lighter weight rolls
are easier to use and cost less without a loss
in performance. This unique film is working
and strong right off the roll. HYBRiD 80 Plus
eliminates the need to stretch film to get maximum
HYBRiD 80 Plus films
are available on all Handywrap, Ultragrip, and
E-Z Bander products.
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