Fill your void – get your fill with fill
By Canadian Packaging StaffGeneral biodegradable Biodegradable Products Institute BPI compostable DIN CERTCO Fabrication Sustainability Fillers Sealed Air Vincotte
Sealed Air offers biodegradable and compostable loose fill packaging solution.
Sealed Air, a global leader in food safety and security has announced that its PakNatural loose fill solution—an innovative protective packaging product made from non-food, renewable materials—has been certified as biodegradable and compostable by three independent international organizations.
In addition to its sustainable properties, PakNatural loose fill provides superior protection, produces less dust, has greater inherent strength over starch-based loose fill packaging and provides superior anti-static performance over expanded polystyrene products.
Many operations already designed for loose fill packaging can easily switch to PakNatural loose fill without making changes to their current packaging process.
“At Sealed Air, we believe that maximizing sustainability means finding efficient packaging solutions that address the entire product life cycle to meet the needs of our customers,” says Sealed Air sales development manager Mark Bourke. “Previously, we didn’t offer loose fill packaging because the environmental and performance positioning did not fit with our company’s vision.
“With PakNatural loose fill, we have developed a loose fill solution that offers sustainability and performance benefits at competitive price, giving our customers another option to meet their protective packaging needs.”
The product received Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)-certification under the organization’s American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) ASTM D6400 test for compostability.
German certification organization DIN CERTCO, has certified PakNatural loose fill as “compostable material” licensed to incorporate the organization’s “compostable” logo in product labeling.
Also, Belgium-based independent testing and research organization Vincotte has certified the product to incorporate its “OK Compost” logo in labeling, signifying compliance with the organization’s standards for compostability.
“PakNatural loose fill is another example of our SmartLife commitment to sustainability through efficient packaging solutions that provide product protection while reducing costs and environmental impact through the entire supply chain,” Sealed Air vice-president of sustainability Ron Cotterman. “We also are committed to helping our customers make informed decisions about sustainability and our products by combining third party certification, life cycle modeling tools and performance verification.”
To learn more about Sealed Air’s PakNatural loose fill, call 1-800-648-9093 or visit www.PakNatural.com.
About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is widely recognized through its brands such as Bubble Wrap cushioning, Cryovac brand food packaging solutions and Diversey brand cleaning and hygiene solutions. The company generated revenue of $8.1 billion in 2011, and has approximately 26,300 employees who serve customers in 175 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.