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September 23, 2021

Frito-Lay® Launches Industrially Compostable Bags with Off The Eaten Path® Brand; Advances in Goal to Design 100% of Packaging to be Recyclable, Compostable, Biodegradable or Reusable across Portfolio by 2025

PLANO, TexasSept. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo® and leader in snacking, today introduced an industrially compostable bag for its Off The Eaten Path® brand.

The bags are currently available at Whole Foods Market and select retailers starting this month and are an example of PepsiCo's investments in breakthrough food packaging technology and the overall pep+ transformation. Producing the materials used for these bags creates approximately 60 percent lower GHG emissions than traditional packaging and the technology may be licensed to other companies at no cost to further the use across the consumer-packaged goods industry.  

"Frito-Lay recognizes the important role we play in driving towards a circular economy and reducing packaging waste," said David Allen, vice president of sustainability, Frito-Lay North America. "We are investing in plans to scale circular food packaging that is recyclable, compostable, biodegradable or reusable and sharing that technology to build a more sustainable food system for us all."

Off the Eaten Path® Composting Program

Off The Eaten Path prides itself on being a brand passionate about developing tasty snacks made with real ingredients consumers can feel good about like peas, chickpeas, and black beans that are better for people and for our planet.

As part of our journey on developing snacks better for the planet, Off the Eaten Path is piloting industrially compostable packaging. The packaging, which is primarily made from non-food, plant-based sources, is available on specially marked Off The Eaten Path Chickpea Veggie Crisps or Off The Eaten Path Veggie Crisps.

In order to send the packaging to be composted, consumers are invited to sign up on the TerraCycle program page at https://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/off-the-eaten-path-compost where they are given the choice to either mail in the packaging using the provided prepaid shipping label or locate a local composting drop-off location via the easy-to-use database.

"Since our founding, TerraCycle has made it our mission to 'Eliminate the Idea of Waste' and provide consumers with a simple process to responsibly dispose of the packaging generated from the items they use and consume every day," said Tom Szaky, founder and CEO of TerraCycle. "Through this composting program, consumers can demonstrate their respect for the environment by taking an active role in the end-of-life processing of their favorite brand of chip."

"Everyone can play an important role in bringing positive change for our planet," said Marissa Solis, senior vice president of marketing, Frito-Lay North America. "We see these new, industrially compostable Off The Eaten Path bags as an easy way for consumers to forge a new path forward in creating a world where packaging never becomes waste."

As an added incentive, Off The Eaten Path brand will also donate $1 to Ocean Conservancy for every specially marked industrially compostable bag returned to TerraCycle by May 30, 2022, up to $192,000.

"We are thrilled to team up with Off The Eaten Path with the launch of these new, compostable bags," said Edith Cecchini, Project Director, Corporate Strategy & Policy, Ocean Conservancy. " Packaging design innovations such as this will move us a little closer to a circular economy, and an ocean free of trash."

August 2021

Resin Supply

Resin supply has stabilized.  This is good news.  It has been challenging over the past year to be able to meet our customer's requirements.  We have appreciated your understanding.  Contact Brad or Thomas to place your order.

June 2021

NatureWorks Announces Key Milestones for Global Manufacturing Expansion with New 75kTa Facility for Producing Ingeo Biopolymer in Thailand

Completion of front-end engineering and recent project approval from the Thailand Board of Investment put the new fully integrated manufacturing complex on schedule to open in 2024.

April 27, 2021 PRESS RELEASE

NatureWorks and IMA Announce New Strategic Partnership for the Compostable Coffee Pods Market

Partnership will accelerate the availability of a turn-key solution for K-Cup compatible compostable coffee pods in North America with unmatched performance in converting, assembly, filling, brewing, and taste.

Ingeo Newsletter Volume 14, Issue 5 September 2019

How Commercial Composting Works!

Video by fellow New Plastics Economy participants Novamont, PepsiCo, and Unilever does a really great job of explaining how commercial composting works, the high standards/testing that goes into certifying products as compostable, and how littering is not composting. Take a look!

PepsiCo notes:  PepsiCo is working to make our packaging 100% recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable by 2025. So, what is compostable packaging? How is it composted? And why is it good for the environment? This short video gives an overview of the environmental benefits of compostable packaging, the labeling and certification systems, and proper disposal practices. This video was created in collaboration by PepsiCo, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, Novamont, Seattle Public Utilities, Amsa, NFL, and Unilever.

 
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Fresh Healthy Snacks, Good for you and Good for our Earth with NEW 100% Compostable Bags

Press Release­ December 18th, 2018

LET IT ROLL

Ontario packaging films producer keeps growing its share of global business with cutting-edge technologies and unwavering commitment to impeccable quality control ...

Made from APTRA® breathable microporous film, Provent 10,000 clothing does the job

 APTRA protects hospital workers against H1N1 and other body fluid, blood and viral threats 

14. Sep 2021

LG Chem, ADM partner on PLA project

LG Chem and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in the US, one of the world's four major grain processing companies, will set up a joint factory for the purpose of commercialising corn-based bioplastics.

LG Chem announced that it had signed a Heads of Agreement (HOA) for the establishment of a Lactic Acid (LA) and Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) joint venture on September 13th (local time) at the ADM headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, in the presence of executives from both companies, including ADM CEO Juan Luciano and Hak Cheol Shin, CEO of LG Chem.

The two companies will sign the definitive agreement in the first quarter of next year and plan to complete construction of the PLA production plant with an annual capacity of 75,000 tons and LA production plant for this purpose in the U.S. by 2025.

LG Chem is the first Korean company to build a PLA plant in the US with integrated production from raw materials to end products.

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He also added, “We will continue to actively seek out new ways to contribute to carbon-neutral growth as a leader for sustainability.”

www.lgchem.com

BI-AX Introduces our European Representative

Thomas Stehl, SIP Solutions Sales and Distribution

23 April 2021

Total Corbion PLA Enters Engineering Stage For New 100 KTpa PLA Plant In Grandpuits, France

Total Corbion PLA, a 50/50 joint venture between Total and Corbion, confirms that it has kicked off the front-end engineering design stage for its new 100,000 tons per annum Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) plant in Grandpuits, France. The plant, due to be operational in 2024, will be the first of its kind in Europe. It would make Total Corbion PLA the global market leader in PLA, firmly positioned to cater for the rapidly growing demand for Luminy® PLA resins.
3 May 2021 By David Silverberg,Technology of Business reporter BBC 

Food giants respond to worries over packaging

 

When Rebecca Prince-Ruiz recalls how her eco-friendly movement Plastic Free July has progressed over the years, she can't help but smile. What began in 2011 as 40 people committing to going plastic-free one month a year has gained momentum to 326 million people pledging to adopt this practice today.

"I've seen that uptick in interest every year," says Ms Prince-Ruiz, who is based in Perth, Australia, and author of Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters.

Axel Barrett April 2019

Bioplastics News

What is the difference between biodegradable - compostable and oxo-degradable???

Emily Chung · CBC News · Posted: Mar 11, 2020 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 11

Compostable plastics often go to landfill. Here's one venue that gets them composted

Ottawa's National Arts Centre and its composter show careful sourcing, testing, training are key

Chinese plastics makers are switching to biodegradable materials as Beijing stresses on pollution-free economic progress

Ryan Swift  

Published: 6:30am, 23 Mar, 2019

NatureWorks Announces 100 Percent Third-Party Certified Sustainable Feedstock by 2020

February 14, 2019

BOPP Processor Focuses on Specialties

At one time, BI-AX International produced millions of pounds of BOPP film a year for a wide range of commodity products. But it has since transitioned toward higher-value niche products for medical and packaging. 

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From Corn To Plastics And Back Video

 Evlon is a crystal clear, compostable packaging film, manufactured from NatureWorks PLA. NatureWorks is derived from plants, widely accessible, renewable natural resources. Evlon film can be used in many packaging applications.

 

 

Hospital Workers' Clothing Inadequate to Protect Against H1N1 and Other Body Fluid, Blood and Viral Threats, According to Kappler, Inc.

Made From APTRA® Breathable Microporous Film, Provent 10,000 Clothing Does the Job, but Education Is Required to Establish Higher Standards for Front-Line Healthcare Workers