Canadian Packaging

Renewable Shrink Film From ConAgra Reduces Environmental Impact

March 20, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

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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