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Cascades launches Respak – an alternative to poly-coated packaging

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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New eco-friendly solution is designed for food and food service industries.

Kingsey Falls, Qué.—Cascades has launched Respak, what it calls the ecological answer to the environmental challenge of poly-coated packaging products.

Designed primarily for the food and food services industries, Respak is recyclable and compostable, without compromising on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional poly-coated packaging.

Well known for its resistance, poly-coated cardboard is widely used around the world, but it is not recyclable. Every minute, as much as two tonnes of poly-coated cardboard are used, enough to cover the Empire State Building three times per hour, or 72 times a day!

To combat this, Cascades is proposing Respak, an ecological alternative that is recyclable, compostable and made from 50 per cent recycled fibers.


In fact, Respak has a unique and revolutionary barrier that repels water, oil and grease just as efficiently as ordinary poly-coated cardboard.

“The development of Respak goes hand in hand with the Company’s values of respect for the environment and innovation that have made Cascades a leader in eco-friendly packaging for 50 years,” explains Marc-André Dépin, president and chief executive officer of Norampac, the Cascades group specializing in packaging solutions. “As the designers and producers of Respak, we are very pleased to be the first to offer the packaging and food industries, as well as consumers, a green alternative that will significantly reduce the impact of food consumption on waste.”

Based on results from a preliminary life cycle assessment, Respak‘s environmental impact is 50 per cent less than that of the poly-coated cardboard currently in use.

Respak complies with the main food safety standards, including those established by the US Food and Drug Administration for packaging that comes in contact with dry, aqueous and fatty foods. Elemental chlorine free (ECF) and FSC-certified, this innovation from Cascades has a bright future on the food packaging market.

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Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibers. The company employs more than 12,000 employees, who work in over 100 production units located in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on.


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