Dow Features 100% PE Recyclable Stand Up Pouch at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013

Dow Features 100% PE Recyclable Stand Up Pouch at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013

Dow is proud to once again serve as title sponsor of this year’s The Showcase of Packaging Innovations® at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, where the award winning 100% PE Recyclable Stand Up Pouch from Dow Performance Packaging will be on display.  

The 100% PE Stand Up Pouch is an innovative solution for food packaging that offers a more sustainable proposition of recyclability. Dow’s Performance Packaging business, in partnership with a converter and brand owner, introduced the pouch in Latin America earlier this year and the design has since won several industry awards for its unique qualities.

“The Stand Up Pouch is a game-changing technology that will benefit Dow customers and the entire value chain,” said Nestor de Mattos, group marketing director for Food and Specialty Packaging at Dow. “We are pleased to be once again sponsoring The Showcase of Packaging Innovations pavilion at PACK EXPO, because promoting award-winning packaging design, like the 100% PE Stand Up Pouch, puts a spotlight on ingenuity and helps push the industry forward.” 

In addition to sponsoring the pavilion, Dow will participate in this year’s PACK EXPO with a full program of customer hospitality, informative thought-leader presentations, and the introduction of new technologies and capabilities.

An example of Dow’s commitment to industry collaboration and growth is Dow Performance Packaging’s highly regarded Networks with Answers (NwA) seminar series. The presentations will feature internal and external speakers on topics that are relevant to the industry today and attendance is open to customers, show attendees and other interested parties.  

On Monday, September 23 at 11:00 a.m. PST, Networks with Answers will feature a special presentation on Dow’s newest collaborative capability to accelerate packaging innovation – Pack Studios. Connecting Dow’s global network of industry experts with Dow Performance Packaging’s broad product portfolio, materials science labs and application testing capabilities, Pack Studios provides a collaborative environment to accelerate solutions for better packaging.  Located at Dow’s Texas Operations complex in Freeport, Texas, Pack Studios Freeport is one of four state-of-the-art collaboration centers Dow currently operates across the globe.  

To learn more about the latest innovative products from Dow, customers are invited to visit the Dow Customer Center located next door to the Las Vegas Convention Center in the Renaissance Hotel. Dow’s PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 portfolio will include:

·         100% Polyethylene Stand Up Pouch is manufactured with only one raw material, polyethylene, making it easier to recycle, and it can be used in a variety of markets including beverages, cosmetics, dry and frozen foods, and cleaning products. The Stand Up Pouch is developed from Dow’s patented technology which allows the unique package to “stand up” on store shelves providing companies with greater brand visibility. The award winning Stand Up Pouch will also be on display at the Showcase of Packaging Innovations.

·         LAMAL™ 90-103 Adhesive is a urethane cure alternative to traditional adhesives. LAMAL has been specially formulated for metal adhesion, being alcohol dilutable like existing LAMAL™ products and can be used in a variety of packaging applications including meat, cheese and snack food packaging, coffee pouch laminations and industrial barrier laminations.

·         MOR-FREE™ L82-105/C33 is an solventless, two component aliphatic  polyurethane adhesive that delivers a fast room temperature cure with no need for a hot room. This gives converters energy and space savings, and the adhesive can be used in a variety of flexible food packaging applications including higher temperature applications.  

·         Dow will highlight two products from the ADCOTE™ family. ADCOTE™ L 74-112 is a non-isocyanate curing solvent based adhesive that offers no interference from retained solvents in printed materials and can be used in a variety of packaging applications. ADCOTE™ L 76-185 provides higher running solids, a lower tendency to foam in application, a more stable mixed pot life and offers improved performance for retort applications including delivering improved adhesion to oxide coated barrier films and resistance to the most aggressive foodstuff.

 

Dow Performance Packaging is committed to advancing the plastic packaging sector with the development of innovative materials and technologies that further the performance value of resins, films, and adhesives products used in packaging. With upcoming facility upgrades to support Dow’s laminating adhesives business, to collaborative opportunities that enable packaging innovation through Pack Studios, Dow is the industry’s leading resource for solutions for better packaging. 

 

For more information about Dow please visit Dow Performance Packaging, or visit the Dow Customer Center in the Renaissance Ballroom I and II during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013.

 

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

 

 

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Improve health and waste nothing: The Elemental Essentialz formula






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Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 6/14/2013 1:02:16 PM





 

Theresa HarrisTheresa HarrisTheresa Harris, founder/CEO of Elemental Essentialz, presents her unique sustainability-driven insights Tues., June 18, from 1:00 – 2:45 p.m. as part of the EastPack seminar series. For more information or to register for the conference or the show, visit www.eastpackshow.com.

 

As a chemistry teacher and former developmental specialist, Theresa saw firsthand the increase in developmental delays and disorders. Along with research linking chemicals found in our homes to an increase in various health issues, she felt an obligation to take what she knew and formulate cleaners that were both safe and effective.

 

Additional research led her to the realization that her customers were also concerned with consumption levels and waste production. The rebel in her itched to upset the status quo, and she decided to take on both issues, making it her mission to “Improve Health & Waste Nothing.”

 

Packaging Digest asked her to share insider information on her approach to business and packaging.

 

Q: What was your hobby and how was that propelled into a growing business?
A: Cake Pops (cake on a stick)! Unfortunately my teenage sons and I ate them faster than I could make them, and I realized I needed a hobby that nurtured my creativity, not my waistline. Around the same time I happened upon an article about the dangers of certain chemicals in cleaning products. I was shocked to learn the ingredients in household cleaners did not have to be listed in their entirety. I decided to make homemade cleaners that weren’t dangerous for my family. In doing so, I had three priorities, that they needed to be safe, smell nice and be pretty. 

I started with used wine bottles because they were beautiful and free! As an aside, it turned out that many high school teachers enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day. I was proud of my little sets of cleaners and started sharing them with friends and family. The response was amazing…and here we are!

 

Q: What are the essentials of your “waste nothing” approach?
A:
Our approach is to bridge the gap between knowing what is right and being able to achieve it. Our customers want to consume and waste less. They do not want to negatively impact our planet. Current efforts to help make this happen, including improvements in packaging, are often “invisible” to consumers. That’s not to say those efforts aren’t admirable. The impact of these changes on our planet is positive and significant, but the customer doesn’t get to “feel” they are making their own contribution. By packaging in refillable and reusable glass bottles, we make it easy for our customers to feel good about joining the mission to “Reuse for Zero Waste.”

 

Q: Why has this resonated with retailers and consumers?
A:
Ultimately, we are making it easy for our customers to feel better about how they are treating our planet. Our products are safe, beautiful and, simply by purchasing their first bottles, consumers can “waste nothing.” The ambiguity over how, where or even if our bottles can be recycled is a non-issue and our customers never have to feel guilty about adding another empty household cleaner to our landfills or oceans. For retailers, I think they recognize the priority consumers are now placing on reducing waste. Providing a new and unique solution for their customers is an obvious win-win.

 

Q: What is one piece of advice you can share with consumer packaged goods companies?
A:
I feel funny offering advice to an industry to which I am still so very new, especially since I feel much of our success came about almost accidently. By hard work, yes. But a brilliant and calculated packaging plan, no. 

I’ll explain why I think that’s important. We chose wine bottles because they were pretty and, in the beginning, free. We started allowing our customers to refill them to save money—ours and theirs. Fast forward almost two years…our packaging approach is now considered by many to be sustainable and innovative. Thankfully, these are two good qualities to have these days. 

Looking back, I just wanted to make something that was safe and beautiful and the package was always part of the product. 

My advice would be, when considering a new package, treat it as part of the product, not separate from it, not something to be discarded. Ask yourself, is it safe? Is it beautiful? And will it always be? If the answer is no, I guess I would ask, what can be done to change that? 

 

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Reusable…refillable…remarkable






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Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor — Packaging Digest, 2/1/2013 11:29:00 AM





Jason FosterJason FosterJason Foster, founder/CEO of Replenish, is presenting his ideas for delivering value—as well as sustainability—at our WestPack 2013 seminar series in Anaheim, CA, in mid-February. Packaging Digest asked him for some insight into his thinking.

 

Q: Why is a sustainable product and/or package an advantage in today’s retail marketplace?
A:
It’s increasingly becoming a necessity to get more out of what we already have. From retailers to manufacturers to consumers…everyone is trying to figure that out. Our definition of sustainability is starting to incorporate that thinking. It goes far further than the previous techniques of how to be eco friendly. So how can we get more out of products? We want more quality or more convenience or we want to have the ability to customize. We can design products that have more of these features, more benefits. Retailers are trying to find products to carry that prove to consumers, customers and stakeholders that they are trying to do things in a more thoughtful, more sustainable way. Not just the words, the action. The marketplace is looking for products that can meet these requirements.

 

Q: The refillable bottle for your Replenish cleaning products is durable to withstand years of reuse. How do consumers view the sustainability of a reusable package versus, say, a single-use container that they can recycle?
A:
If you asked people point blank the difference between recycling today and reusing, it’s intrinsic that reusing has some real advantages. Recycling can get a bit confusing for the consumer. Reuse offers extra advantages that recycling can’t: Refill packages can be smaller and lighter and take up less space in their home. People tell you those advantages are why they would prefer this product over another.

 

Q: The title of your presentation is “Delivering value not waste to consumers: How sustainable design can reshape the role of packaging.” What will be your main point?
A:
The main point is revealing the power that design has—and design-inspired thinking has—to deliver more of what consumers need and less of what they don’t. Waste means a lot of different things. The most obvious is trash. But it’s also wasteful in time, resources, money. It’s meant to be a far more encompassing word than just something we throw away. In light of this, there’s a better way to design the products that we use every day to be less wasteful.

 

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