Getting more out of recycled EPS






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Jeff Timm, Contributing Writer — Packaging Digest, 7/12/2013 12:44:04 PM





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Ban this, ban that…it seems plastics continue to take the brunt of recent activism to eliminate certain types of end-use applications from the planet. Bans seem to gain momentum when there is no viable existing solution that addresses what the advisories are attempting to eliminate. 

One could present a case that many of these bans would not occur if viable solutions existed. For example, the problem that initiated bans on plastic bottles would probably go away if recycle drop-off containers were present everywhere to more easily facilitate their recovery and collection, if the local recycle infrastructure would and could accept all plastic containers, if economically viable markets existed for recycled plastics and if consumers were not totally confused on the simple steps of how and what to recycle. 

Let’s take the real case of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS), commonly referred to as Styrofoam. EPS used in packaging is an engineered solution to solve many packaging transport, safety and protection problems. EPS is a lightweight material, about 95 to 98 percent air, with good insulation properties. It is used in all types of products from drink cups that keep beverages hot or cold to packaging material. Its lightweight properties save fuel during shipping, protect goods from breakage and are low cost.

While the technology for recycling EPS is available, the bulkiness and lightweight nature of this packaging material is a hindrance to the recovery/recycle process. What if this problem could be addressed? Another area that needs to be addressed is that many recyclers and municipalities do not pick up EPS or any plastic except those that have the number 1 (PET) or 2 (HDPE) in the symbol with the chasing arrows on the plastic article. What if this, too, could be eliminated as a deterrent to EPS recovery/recycle?

There is significant demand for recycled EPS materials both in the U.S. and offshore, especially China. However, only a low 71 million pounds of EPS were recycled in 2010. The February 2013 Moore Recycling Associates Inc. Plastic Recycling Collection National Reach Study: 2012 Update found that 31.1 percent of the U.S. population has access to recycling programs for EPS foam foodservice articles and 12.2 percent has access to recycling of EPS packaging shapes. Both of these numbers are low when compared to 94.2 percent for HDPE bottles/jugs and jars with caps and 94.0 percent for PET bottles/jugs and jars with caps. 

Because of this limited access to EPS recycling, some businesses have a difficult time finding recycled EPS materials for their own raw materials. Recycled EPS foam has three potential uses: (1) mostly post-industrial in-house scrap and waste recycle put back into the process to combine with virgin EPS foam and (2) post-consumer recycled EPS to combine with virgin EPS or (3) used for non-EPS applications as an addition in virgin polystyrene and HIPS resin applications. 

Independent research by Wilson Jene Consulting, Pittsburgh, PA, explored finding potential sources of recycled EPS materials for consumption in the U.S. for the third use cited above. The U.S. market for PS resin is significantly larger (roughly a factor of 10 times larger) than the EPS foam market. Surprisingly, sources of recycled EPS are limited. The research found that although many EPS molders collect and use recycled EPS in their processes, the number of recyclers selling these types of materials is somewhat limited and many purchasers of these materials are located overseas. Holly Wilson-Jene says, “Knowing there are many non-foam plastic processors around the country that could utilize recycled EPS as a feedstock, these findings indicate that the demand might in fact be there if more of this material was available.” This sounds like a chicken and egg analogy. Wilson-Jene cites several reasons this material is in such high demand:

Recycled EPS is lower cost compared to virgin PS and is generally a high-quality feedstock with good physical properties. 

Because raw material costs can often represent 50 to 70 percent of the total cost of the manufactured product, the availability of a lower cost feedstock can enable manufacturers to be competitive in specific applications and markets. 

For some competitive markets and applications, the availability of a lower cost feedstock can help keep manufacturing located in the U.S.

So what is preventing this demand from being used? One of the reasons goes back to the earlier mentioned-EPS foam is 95 to 98 percent air. One cannot economically transport bulky foam from location A to location B. Or can one?

 

The solution is a process called densification, which can make EPS foam 50 to 90 times denser. Whereas a full 53-ft trailer load of loosely stacked EPS foam usually weighs approximately 2,000 pounds, compacted EPS foam that has been processed through a densifier can be shipped as a regular 40,000 lb full truck load (T/L) shipment.

 

Densification equipment can pay for itself often under two years in two ways:
1. Significant savings from reduced trash collection costs and landfill tipping costs; and
2. Revenue generated from the sale of the densified material and its further conversion for injection molding or extrusion processes. 

The big question remains: How can this demand for recycled EPS be filled? Over the last 20 years or so, significant advances in densification equipment and the installation of many units across the U.S. has occurred. Some units even run on the more accessible 120 volt AC current vs 240 volt current. A list of suppliers can be found at www.packagingdigest.com/densifiers.

Small mobile densification units have been fabricated by enterprising recyclers, utilizing existing smaller EPS densification equipment which is then mounted on a truck and accompanied by a power generation unit. This grass roots approach will gain momentum as densification equipment manufacturers pursue this opportunity and overcome the equipment challenges and support grows for local recycling drives or other types of innovative recycling activity. 

Some municipalities have used grants to install equipment that then generates a revenue stream for that municipality. Densification equipment is needed close to the source “locally” because of the lightweight nature of EPS foam and the high cost of transporting lightweight bulky materials. The densification process can be performed by the company generating the demand or through third party recyclers. The EPS foam recycling infrastructure is the “egg” in the previous analogy and EPS foam demand is the “chicken.” Which comes first?

Brand owners and retailers with significant EPS packaging materials should reconsider the possibilities as they face challenges of developing more sustainable operations and zero waste programs. Gut feelings suggest that consumers would embrace the ability to recycle EPS foam if there were readily available recycle outlets. And with a typical payback of two years or less for equipment, recycling EPS often makes financial sense. 

One way brand owners and retailers can accomplish this is by working together where retail stores are clustered together in a concise geographical area such as a mall complex to recycle waste EPS packaging materials. This could be accomplished by a recycling alliance, which would identify a site location within the area for a densifier operation managed by a recycler or brand owner. A second opportunity is for municipal recycling centers to develop an EPS recycling program using funding through grants and identifying marketplace demand for the recycled materials.

There are possibilities galore if we used our (recycled) resources more efficiently. There is a wave of change occurring in the plastic recycling market place. For example, non-bottle clear rigid plastic containers, plastic films/bags and larger non-packaging plastic parts are being added to recycle streams daily. Maybe now is the time to creatively identify more opportunities where recycled EPS can be added to this changing marketplace.

 

Jeff Timm is a Plastic Packaging & Adhesive Business Development Consultant, specializing in bioplastics and understanding of the cradle-to-cradle value chain to achieve sustainability goals. He is a frequent contributor to plastic and packaging journals as well as the bi-monthly Packaging Blog for www.adhesives.org, the web portal for the Adhesive & Sealant Council (ASC). He can be reached at Timm Consulting jeff@timmconsulting.net, www.linkedin.com/in/jefftimm, www.twitter.com/bioplasticman.

 

Moore Recycling Associates Inc., 707-935-3390
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Wilson Jene Consulting LLC, 412-513-9142
www.wilsonjeneconsulting.com

 

 

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Clariant Installs PET Blowmolding Machine to Support North American Packaging Customers

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is extending its color and special effects’  testing services for packaging sector customers in North America. The acquisition of a new production-scale stretch blow-molding machine and other available services at its ColorWorks Design & Technology Center in West Chicago, Illinois, now make it possible for developers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic containers to evaluate Clariant color and special-effect masterbatches in full-size, three-dimensional bottles instead of flat injection-molded chips. The machine is typical of those used in actual package manufacturing, so designers and brand managers are now able to develop realistic samples for almost immediate evaluation. Clariant also has extrusion blow-molding machines available to produce for mono- and multi-layer containers made of polyolefins.

“Our objective in ColorWorks is to help our customers understand the latest color trends and technology so that they can bring exciting new designs to market faster and more cost-effectively,” explains Peter Prusak, head of marketing – Clariant Masterbatches North America. “This new blow-molding capability is yet another example of Clariant’s commitment to continual investment in services and equipment that keep us and our customers at the forefront of the market.”

With the new PET blow-molding machine installed at ColorWorks, package developers can now make their decisions about color and special effects and produce sample containers, all in one facility. There is no need to travel extensively, ship masterbatch samples, or tie up valuable production machines for these evaluations. Color changes are quick and easy so customers usually can complete their work in a day or two and, if necessary, have production quantities of masterbatch delivered to their converters soon after that.”

The Clariant blow-molding machine is custom fitted with a single-cavity mold to produce a 250-ml oval bottle with one flat side. Clariant has adopted this shape as standard throughout its global network. This kind of container is ideal for simulating the look of a wide range of packaging shapes commonly used in personal care, beauty and cosmetics, as well as beverage applications. When it comes to evaluating color, the blown bottles offer many advantages over flat color chips. It is easier to see the effect that light has as it passes through the bottle walls, and how contents within the container affect its appearance.

Making the bottles is a two-stage process, with preforms molded initially in a 66-ton injection-molding machine and then reheated and blown in the stretch blow-molding machine. Both pelletized and liquid masterbatches can be evaluated.

• Continued investment to support key markets
• Helps speed color/effect development for PET bottles
• Ideal for simulating the look of personal care, beauty and cosmetics, and beverage packaging

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Biodegradable Plastics use increased rapidly in Costa Rica

Biodegradable Plastics use increased rapidly in Costa Rica

Central American countries Costa Rica, its small area, but over the years in the use and control of pollution of natural resources into a huge level of environmental protection of American States ranked first. Especially in the last three years, biodegradable plastic products used in Costa Rica is a significant increase.

    Costa Rica 米兰尼奥特 Juarez, Ms. CEO 西尔维娅维 Canada said in an interview recently that the company three years ago, the oxide-type bio-degradable technology into Costa Rica market. Now it seems that despite the biodegradable plastic products in Costa Rica, the plastic products market share of less than 10% but the growth rate is quite rapid.

    西尔维娅维 Ms. Canada said the technology can be oxide-type biodegradable plastic into a complete decomposition of the material can be micro-organisms in order to achieve environmental objectives. She said that although the production cost of biodegradable plastics than ordinary plastic high 5% to 10%, but in the long run, in order to protect the environment a little more money, far better than to put the years can not break down the waste to accumulate in the Earth the better. Consumers increasingly recognized that Costa Rica had the idea, because many consumers are now accustomed to buying can degrade in the environment-friendly plastic containers, packaging bags and bottles.

    According to 米兰尼奥特 Alvarez has released statistics on global production of plastic each year, nearly 220 million tons, of which about 2 million tons of plastic debris is being discharged into rivers and lakes. The company estimates that since 1930, approximately 90% of plastic waste without decomposition, is still left in the earth, polluting the soil, water and air. Some international environmental monitoring agency’s data show that each year about 1 million sea birds die because of plastic ingestion, many sea turtles are also due to mistake floating plastic bags or plastic film as a jellyfish eat and died.

    It is reported that, due to the promotion of biodegradable plastic products fit the global trend of environmental protection. Apart from outside Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala to promote the Central American countries are gradually biodegradable plastic products.

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The Right Containers For Your Tomatoes

The Right Containers For Your Tomatoes

Making use of containers as you plant your favorite fruit? Don’t you know that though we often neglect it, there are containers that would give off better results than the others? Little did you know but the container you use for your plant affects the growing of your plant. Containers are very useful to our growing of homegrown tomatoes. When you do indoor planting, the container holds your plant in a more compact state. An addition to this is that your plant becomes much easier to handle since they have become mobile and easier to transfer from one place to another. You might think that as long as the container can carry soil, you are already set for planting tomatoes in containers. But actually that’s not all there is to know. The kind or the type, the quality, the size and the color are the factors you should think about. The type of planting technique should at one hand be another consideration.

For indoor planting, it is best to use the fiberglass or plastic pots. These containers are the ones that I would recommend you because of reasons that would benefit both you and your plant. There are basically two major explanations why this has been the popular choice. The first major reason is for economical purposes. These pots are larger than the others and can carry larger tomato plants. They have larger spaces and your plant’s roots can fully develop in this larger area. The second reason is that the soil in which the tomatoes are planted should remain moist. Plastic and fiberglass pots will keep your plants from drying up even if you expose your tomatoes to the heat they badly needed.

If you are doing hydroponics, the container you can use can either be a cement trough, a glass jar, an earthenware crock, a fiberglass tank or a container made of metal. Those that are made up of metal and concrete should be painted with asphalt emulsion before use. Painting it from the inside shall avoid the toxicity in your plants. For glass containers, you are to consider the opposite side. You need to paint the outer portion with dark color to avoid chemical change as the sunlight hits your container. Another reason why it should be painted with black is that the dark color prevents the possible growth of algae caused by the sun. However, when you do hydroponics, the fiberglass is the best option for a container.

The very thing you need to consider when you grow your tomatoes with the help of containers is that no matter how huge or small your containers are, it should be able to carry the weight of your plant. Often do we neglect it but it is true that the container matters. It is important that you use that which fits your tomato variety and the kind of planting technique that you would like to put into practice. Little may containers be, but they have big contributions on growing the juiciest and tastiest homegrown bests.

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Canisters for the Kitchen – A good way to add storage and fashion to your kitchen counters

Canisters for the Kitchen – A good way to add storage and fashion to your kitchen counters

Canisters for the kitchen can serve a lot more than 1 function. Not only will they permit counter room to be utilised in a additional effective method, but they can also accent the present d?cor and add aesthetic appeal. Homeowners with handful of kitchen cabinets can store staple items in canisters on the counter without having making a mess or fuss. There is a extensive array of options in kitchen canisters to suit each and every individual’s desires and tastes.

Canisters can hold widespread daily goods like coffee and tea, or baking supplies these kinds of as flour and sugar. Some canisters are created for certain foods, like pasta or cookies, though other individuals are more generic in nature and can home virtually anything. Containers can be utilised as a catchall in place of or in addition to the common junk drawer. Figuring out the use of the canister set will enable a single decide on the appropriate shape, size and components it is manufactured of that will finest serve the will need.

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Decorating with canisters for the kitchen is effortless. Some have painted on styles, like roosters, strawberries or flowers, although other folks are reliable in color. Glass containers make it possible for the contents to be seen, so placing foods like tri-colored pasta and rice can add a splash of colour and texture to the d?cor of the place. Wooden containers look fantastic in a region fashion setting, even though metal canisters very best complement a far more contemporary d?cor.

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Century Ultrapack Supplies Disposable Food Packaging Material at Very Competitive Price

Century Ultrapack Supplies Disposable Food Packaging Material at Very Competitive Price

Packaging is very important for sale, storage and shipping of supplies. A major portion of packaging is used for food. Packaging for food is cheap as well as light and can fit any preferred sizes. Apart from these, packaging elongates the storage period of the products. To store solid and liquid food, glass containers are preferred due to their chemical resistance, clarity and durability, whereas for boiled or frozen food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical substances and toiletries plastic are used. For packaging of liquid, metal or plastic containers are used.

Food packaging materials are cheaper, user friendly and safer. Every food packaging manufacturing unit ensures a clean and efficient production environment in the factory for producing food packaging material using latest technology. Products are available in different sizes and shapes catering to food packaging supplies, keeping in mind the needs of customers. Good packaging means lower prices of food, reduce sing the cost of transport, distribution, storage and retailing along with reduce sing the costs associated with food wastage.

Every food packaging company has the mission to satisfy market needs for attractive high quality packaging systems. This is achieved by continuous focus on consumer and customer satisfaction, innovation, operational efficiency and human capital development.

Benefits of sophisticated food packaging material are as follows…

• It gives you an aesthetic look to your product, which adds cost to your product.

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• Essential for mass production.

• Easy for serving to end-user.

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An Introduction to Plastic Packaging Symbols

An Introduction to Plastic Packaging Symbols

When issues of global warming and climate change (caused by the increase in greenhouse gases) started haunting people’s consciences, they decided to roll up their sleeves and do something constructive to help save the environment from further degradation. As part of that decision, measures were taken to address the issues that contribute to environmental degradation. Of these, an important decision was to stop the use of plastic.

In the cosmetics industry, environmental consciousness paved the way for an organic revolution. People discarded everything that contained chemicals and adopted natural and organic products instead. They put their foot down on the matter of cosmetic packaging as well. They demanded the use of organic and recyclable packaging materials for cosmetic products.

Plastic Recycling Symbols

Known as resin codes, they were established by The Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), which is the plastics industry trade association, in 1988. All eight-ounce to five-gallon containers were imprinted with a single digit ranging from 1 to 7 surrounded by a triangle of three chasing arrows. All plastic manufacturers were required to follow the uniform coding system that helped people to distinguish between different types of plastics.

Types of Plastic Packaging Symbols

Though the practice of marking plastic containers has been in place for many years, not many people, including very many cosmetics manufacturers and cosmetic packaging manufacturers, are fully aware of what each number represents. Hence, this article is an attempt to make people understand the meaning of each number.

1 – PET (PETE) – PET, which stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, is a clear and tough resin with strong gas and moisture barrier properties. It is used for making soda and medicine containers, food jars, microwavable food trays, water bottles and so on.
2 – HDPE – High Density Polyethylene is used for packaging products with a short shelf life, such as milk and shampoo, and to hold detergents and bleaches for both household and industrial purposes. It is strong with good barrier properties and has good chemical resistance.
3 – PVC (Vinyl) – PVC is Polyvinyl Chloride, and since it is both rigid and flexible it is used for making pipes, frames, railing, wire, cable insulation, medical tubing and so on. It has good chemical resistance and stable electrical properties.
4 – LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene is strong, transparent, and flexible, and is used in applications requiring heat sealing. Its uses include wrapping films, grocery and sandwich bags, hot and cold beverage cups, toys and squeezable bottles.
5 – PP – Polypropylene strong with good chemical resistance and a high melting point. It is used for making food containers, medicine bottles, bottle caps and parts for automotive and consumer products.
6 – PS – PS is Polystyrene, which is popularly known as Styrofoam. It is very popular as it can be rigid or foamed. PS is clear, strong and brittle with a low melting point, and hence it is used in protective packaging, bottles, food packaging and so on. When mixed with rubber it attains toughness and is used for packaging and durable applications. PS mixed with rubber produces high impact polystyrene (HIPS).
7 – OTHER – This refers to packages made with a resin other than the six mentioned above or by mixing any of the aforementioned resins. It is used in reusable water bottles, citrus juice bottles, oven-baking bags, custom packaging and so on.

Of these the most easy to recycle resins are PETE, HDPE, and PS. PVC, LDPE and PP have very low rate of recyclability, while resins marked with number 7 are the hardest to recycle and therefore are seldom recycled.

If customers reject lotion pumps, airless bottles or, for that matter, any product packed in containers with a low rate of recyclability, cosmetic manufacturers and cosmetic packaging manufacturers would take a cue from them and start using easily recyclable resins. This would help us in realizing the dream of a greener future for the next generation.

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Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Poor Sperm Quality

Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Poor Sperm Quality

Plastics Chemical BPA Tied to Poor Sperm Quality

“But industry rep counters that study of Chinese workers isn’t relevant to U.S. consumers”

Men with high amounts of the controversial plastics chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in their urine also tend to have impaired semen quality, a new study of factory workers in China reveals.

The research, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, found high urine levels of BPA to be significantly associated with a drop in sperm concentration, overall sperm count, sperm vitality and sperm motility.

Although prior work with mice and rats had uncovered troubling associations between BPA exposure and damage to the male reproductive system, the current finding is the first drawn from research involving people.

“Compared with men without detectable urine BPA, those with detectable urine BPA had more than three times the risk of lowered sperm concentration and lower sperm vitality, more than four times the risk of a lower sperm count, and more than twice the risk of lower sperm motility,” study lead author Dr. De-Kun Li, a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research in Oakland, Calif., said in a news release from the organization.

BPA was not found, however, to have an impact upon either the shape of sperm or its volume, Li noted.

Li and his colleagues report their observations Oct. 28 in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

BPA is commonly found in industrial settings involved in the manufacturing of a wide array of items including baby bottles, plastic containers, food and beverage container linings, and even dental sealants.

Responding to recent reports, in January the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other U.S. health agencies pledged million toward short- and long-term research aimed at clarifying the health effects of the chemical.

The current report is the third released by Li and his team over the past year. Their first study indicated that exposure to high amounts of BPA in the work environment is linked to a higher risk for impaired sexual function among men, while a second report found evidence that as urine levels of BPA rise, male sexual function dips.

The latest report is based on a five-year study of 218 Chinese factory workers who provided researchers with both urine and semen samples.

Even after accounting for a host of other potentially influential factors, such as smoking and drinking history, chronic disease background, job history, prior exposure to other chemicals and heavy metals, and a prior history of fertility issues, the study authors determined that the association between high BPA urine levels and poor semen quality endured.

Li said his team’s work suggests that BPA appears to have a consistent and potent negative impact on male reproductive health.

What’s more, the research team said their findings could have implications beyond the factory setting.

“Similar dose-response associations were observed among participants with only environmental BPA exposure at levels comparable to men in the general United States population,” Li noted.

But not everyone agreed with that notion.

Steven Hentges is executive director of the Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group with the American Chemistry Council, an industry trade organization based in Arlington, Va. The new findings are “likely to have limited relevance to consumers,” he said.

“This study is a little bit lean on details, but what’s clear is that it wasn’t designed to examine the potential effects of BPA on consumers,” Hentges stressed. “It focused on workers. And from what they report we can be sure that some workers were exposed to extraordinarily high amounts of BPA. Thousands of times higher than the average American,” he added.

“And in fact, in recent years government agencies around the world have examined the science around BPA, and have concluded that low doses are not a risk to human health,” Hentges continued. “The European Food Safety Authority, which is like the FDA in Europe, and whose primary focus with respect to BPA was on reproductive health, released a very comprehensive update on safety issues in September and reaffirmed their previous conclusions that BPA low-dose exposure isn’t a risk to human health.”


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Value of Reusable Packaging Highlighting Container Exchanger

Value of Reusable Packaging Highlighting Container Exchanger

Increasingly manufacturers and distributors are changing entire storage and packaging components to returnable containers. Beyond the public relations benefit of being environmentally conscientious companies, genuine corporate citizenship is frequently sincere and demonstrated through practice.

In the current issue of Metalworking Production & Purchasing, manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, discuss the value of reusable packaging.  The feature article is titled, “Employing Reusable Pallets and Containers Can Reduce Costs.”  Cutler asserts that ultimately the profitability drives the decision to move toward reusables. It is precisely how many Canadian Purchasing managers are improving the bottom-line.   Puslinch, Ontario based Numatech Industries Inc. is the leading converter of Corrugated Plastic products in North America. The company has several strategically located conversion facilities, providing corrugated plastic products to our customers. These products include O.E.M component parts, Printed Signs, Displays and Returnable Packaging in the form of corrugated plastic partitions, sleeves and totes. Numatech worked with David Madden, President of ContainerExchanger.com, who acknowledged that, “Initial investment in returnable packaging may cost more that one-time use packaging. However, savings are often quickly realized with returnable packaging because bulk containers, metal bins, and totes are used repeatedly and there are reduced labor costs with reduced or eliminated box assembly.” Additional cost-savings are realized through used reusable packaging including reduced material handling achieved with fewer moves from stackable containers, increased efficiency in floor space usage since plastic and metal containers can stack very high and enhanced quality since there are fewer rejects due to damaged packaging.

Used Plastic Reusable containers provide the most cost-efficient shipping approach possible; corrugated one-way packaging is the least effective and most costly. The quasi-e-Bay model of Container Exchanger positively impacts both the buyer and seller of packaging. The average price per trip for a corrugated one-way package is 54 cents versus a used plastic reusable container at 2 ½ cents.

The per piece packaging costs for used bulk containers and totes can be as low as 5% of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes. Returnable containers provide a way to reduce costs and increase productivity in handling and distribution because the containers can go from processors to distributors to retailers efficiently.

Used pallets can take many different forms. Each pallet may be made from different materials and have different structural properties. There are plastic Export Pallets that are specifically made for the export market. These pallets are made from plastic, and therefore, they meet international shipping guidelines (while wood pallets must be heat treated before they are shipped internationally). Plastic pallets are often more durable than wood pallets, because they are generally all molded in one piece, while wood pallets require nails to hold all the pieces together.

Product handling is reduced with some of these returnable containers because produce is often packed directly into containers where it remains until purchased by the general public. Reduced handling eliminates product damage possibilities.

Container Exchanger (www.containerexchanger.com) is dedicated to the sale and resale of reusable packaging and containers. The firm resells folding bulk containers, metal storage bins, plastic industrial totes, plastic pallets, and used gaylord boxes nationwide. When a company is finished using a returnable packaging fleet, Container Exchanger represents the seller and finds a buyer for the used bulk packaging. Sellers enjoy a high sales price for a better return on investment. Buyers save significantly in comparison to new packaging prices.

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Plastic Cosmetic Jars

Plastic Cosmetic Jars

Now adays Cosmetics are used worldwide as a substance to enhance the appearance or odor of the human body. Most of the people are interested in the packing of all cosmetics. For this purpose many packaging containers are used and one of the most popular is plastic cosmetic jars. plastic cosmetic jars are items made of plastic which has no handle and an opening which is greater than 50% of the diameter of the container. . If you are the professional makeup or cosmetic manufacturer or the home hobbyist you can have any type of the plastic cosmetic jars for your cosmetic. From glass and plastic containers for liquid makeup to powders, you are confident to find what you need.

You can have large preference of cosmetic packaging including a huge variety of sizes and designs of cream jars, lotion bottles and more. Personal care products command a specific modification of packaging and you can find an extensive selection of superior quality cosmetic packaging. Cosmetics can become spoiled or scratched when not stored correctly and creams can often dry up. This will never again be a problem with an appropriate packaging and finishing selection. There are different attractive and product-suitable options in a wide selection of plastic cosmetic jars. Different selection of closure options and assorted items to ensure you have everything you need for the ideal storage and packaging solution.
Sterilizing plastic cosmetic jars

Cosmetic package is the responsibility of the cosmetic care professional. The cosmetic products require a high-quality packaging. The packaging should resist the harmful chemicals. The designs of the cosmetic packages also changes with time to meet the demands of the customers. A great deal of innovation in plastic cosmetic jars is required by the cosmetic manufacturers. The usage of color is considered to be very important in cosmetics packaging. The colors used in the package act in response to the lights and the surface.
Plastic cosmetic jars are recyclable

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