The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognized a new Mactac® pressure-sensitive adhesive innovation for the association’s highest recyclability standard. The recognized adhesive – PUREfloat™ – is a permanent acrylic emulsion adhesive intended for polyester (PET) bottle labeling applications. It was designed specifically for applications where labels applied to PET containers can be washed off cleanly to allow the container to be recycled. “Meeting APR standards is a significant step for Mactac in demonstrating our company's commitment to the environmental impact and recyclability of our products,” says Kim Hensley, Senior Marketing Manager, Mactac Performance Adhesives.
Eco-Products® announced today its award-winning new line of molded fiber plates and containers – once in limited release – is now available to all customers nationwide.
The groundbreaking new line – called VanguardTM – is made from sugarcane and uses proprietary compounds to achieve grease resistance without the use of conventional chemistry, known as PFAS.
“Vanguard demonstrates our deep commitment to providing new choices for those seeking grease-resistant packaging,” said Sarah Martinez, Senior Marketing Director for Eco-Products. “Our goal is to stay at the cutting edge of innovation, and the Vanguard line keeps us right there. It’s another outstanding option for our customers.”
The Vanguard line meets the new requirements of the Biodegradable Product Institute (BPI) for compostability certification that went into effect this year, making it an industry first for this product category. That earned Vanguard the first-place award for Innovation in Manufacturing in the 10th bi-annual Foodservice Packaging Awards competition, sponsored by QSR magazine and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI).
The Vanguard line was introduced last year in limited release. Since then, Eco-Products has expanded production and can now make it available to all.
The entire Vanguard line is microwave-friendly, grease- and cut-resistant and effective in both hot and cold applications. The initial line includes a variety of plates, bowls and clamshells, with more products to be added soon.
Creating the Vanguard line required extensive testing and supply chain collaboration. Eco-Products has patents pending on the new formula, which uses FDA-approved, proprietary compounds to achieve grease resistance.