July 14, 2017 - Resource Recycling
APR Member Highlight: Plastipak Packaging
Recycling-friendly container labels grab attention
An international packaging producer has won an award for directly printing onto containers, eliminating the need for separate labels, liners and adhesives.
The recycling-friendly technology from Plastipak Packaging recently won a silver DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation, according to a press release. Plastipak’s PET and HDPE recycling affiliate, Dundee, Mich.-based Clean Tech, recycles roughly 250 million pounds per year of post-consumer material, making it one of the largest reclaimers in North America.
Plymouth, Mich.-headquartered Plastipak Packaging calls its technique Direct Object Printing (DOP). It involves applying specially developed inks to the container with an ink-jet printer, after which the inks are cured using low-energy LED lights.
The approach eliminates labels and adhesives that could complicate recycling, and it introduces recycling-friendly inks. In the past, problematic inks would bleed off labels and leave residual colors in bottle scrap.
The direct-printing technique also allows beverage companies to produce a variety of different label designs at reduced cost.
Plastipak Packaging operates more than 45 sites in the U.S., South America and Europe.
Virginia-based nonprofit group GreenBlue also won a silver-level DuPont award for its How2Recycle label, according to a DuPont press release. The label, which more and more brands are adopting, provides clear instructions to consumers on whether and how they should recycle their packaging.
Visit Plastipak's APR Member Profile (listed under company's affiliate, Clean Tech)