Renewable, Plant-Based Plastic
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., developed new, renewable packaging for Lactalis American Group, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y. The new packaging is being produced for all varieties of Lactalis’ Precious Sticksters brands and features a new film material made partially from plant-based plastic. This development is part of Clear Lam’s Project EarthClear initiative.
The renewable Precious Sticksters package is made on horizontal form-fill-seal machines. The package holds individually-sealed cheese sticks inside a lamination of plant-based, renewable plastic, with an outer layer made from traditional petroleum-based plastic. This new material, which is 50% plant-based, generates up to 35.2% fewer greenhouse gases and uses up to 36.8% less energy than the conventional petroleum-based materials. Lactalis made the packaging change as part of its corporate sustainability commitment.
The finished bags perform well under typical distribution conditions and meet all FDA requirements for food use.
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.