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Cascades launches Ultratill

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

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A new generation of mushroom containers from Cascades is a lighter environmental footprint.

Kingsey Falls, Que.—Cascades has launched Ultratill, the innovative, next generation of mushroom containers boasting a lighter environmental footprint.

Available to mushroom growers and packers across North America, Ultratill is made of low- density PET (known as low-density Polyethylene terephthalate or LDPET or LDPETE) that contains 80 percent recycled post-consumer material.

Lighter than comparable containers commonly found on the market, Ultratill provides enhanced environmental performance, demonstrating a 62 percent reduction in the CO2 emissions produced during its life cycle compared to traditional mushroom containers made of HIPS (high impact polystyrene).

Although lighter, Ultratill is a container that fully corresponds to user expectations because of its strength and appearance.


Packages utilizing Ultratill are easily identified by the Cascades logo under the container.

“Developing a container made with LDPETE, which is light and includes recycled material, is proof of Cascades’ leadership position when it comes to caring for the environment, innovating and paying attention to our clients’ concerns regarding the economic and environmental viability of our products,” states Cascades Specialty Products Group president and chief operating officer Luc Langevin.

He continues, “We are proud to offer Ultratill, an innovative mushroom container that allows our clients to reduce their environmental footprint.”

This new Ultratill line is the result of Cascades’ investment in improved manufacturing processes that require less raw materials, therefore diminishing the environmental footprint of the end product throughout its life cycle.

The use of recycled material is another major factor in Ultratill’s great environmental performance. PETE/PET, more commonly referred to as No. 1 plastic, is recycled across Canada and primarily used in the production of single use water bottles.

Over and above its environmental advantages, Ultratill’s inferior weight can lead to lower costs with respect to the various stewardship programs for municipal solid waste recovery and processing services.

Ultratill is currently available in three sizes. Various other formats will become available over the next 12 months.

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.

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