ConAgra Foods, Inc. one of North America’s leading food companies, has recently announced that it is the first company to utilize a new shrink film that contains more than 50 percent post-industrial recycled material, reducing landfill waste, greenhouse gases, and energy consumption.
The new technology is a recycled polylactic acid (PLA). The new shrink film will be used for tamper evident seals on ConAgra Foods’ table spreads—Fleischmann’s, Blue Bonnet and Parkay—and for printed shrink labels for multi-packs of the company’s Reddi-Wip whipped topping and PAM cooking spray.
The new material has several advantages over traditional shrink films:
The new technology was developed in partnership with plastic suppliers, Bluepack, and NatureWorks LLC. The company’s conversion to the new material will divert more than 350,000 pounds of non-renewable polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and more than 50,000 pounds of polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) from the company’s raw material stream annually.
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