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How Polyethylene Packaging Can Benefit You

Posted by Rob on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | 0 comments

  There are a variety of packaging options on the market. When looking for the best packaging for your product, it can seem overwhelming to try to pick one. Even within the category of plastic packaging, there are a lot of different kinds. One of the most often used is polyethylene packaging; but why is polyethylene packaging a good choice for your product? Polyethylene is a kind of plastic derived from petroleum polymers. It’s one of the most durable types of plastic in existence today. It’s also inexpensive and highly chemically resistant. This means it can survive a variety of environmental hazards. Because of these characteristics, polyethylene packaging is widely considered superior to other packaging materials. This is what makes it so widely used. Packaging That Protects Polyethylene packaging doesn’t allow water vapor to pass through, meaning it can seal easily contaminated products away from dangerous elements. Many kinds of polyethylene packaging can be heat sealed, meaning the material can be wrapped tightly around the product and secured with an airtight seal. Many companies use polyethylene for electronic components because...

Plastic Ingenuity Included on Plastic News Top 100 Thermoformers

Posted by rhelmke on Environment | Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 | 0 comments

Plastic Ingenuity is excited to announce our inclusion in Plastic News magazines’ list of top 100 thermoformers in the country.  The magazine releases this list annually highlighting the top thermoforming companies in the industry. This year, PI was among the top 25 percent of the U.S.’s thermoformers. How the List was Created As the magazine editors and writers compiled their list, they considered thermoformers across the country, examining multiple factors, like thermoforming sales, materials used, number of manufacturing plants, primary end markets and annual resin throughput. Overall, the magazine ranked packaging companies with the largest sales and biggest market output. Our Thoughts At PI, we were very pleased to make the list once again. Plastic News only included industry-leading thermoformers for their list, so making it is quite an honor.  Still, because we are always dedicated to improving upon our thermoforming packaging processes, as well as creating new ones, we were also expecting to be included on this list. In the past year, we have introduced new technology that streamlines the packaging process by removing the need to “hot stamp”...

Packaging Challenges: Innovations in Sustainability

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 | 0 comments

No matter how iconic your product packaging becomes, there’s always room for innovation—especially when it comes to improving sustainability. As leaders in the plastic packaging design industry, we at PI are always researching and experimenting with new ways to make our products more eco-friendly. While we look for viable ways of improving our use of plastic, another notable name with a highly recognizable packaging design is taking its experimenting to a novel—but potentially impractical—extreme. Coke’s “Cool” Product Packaging Coca-Cola has one of the most iconic packaging designs in the world, but this summer, it’s gone—well, almost. The company has launched a new bottle made entirely of ice, shaped in the classic hourglass design with a mold, delivered, and then filled on-site with soda. It hasn’t debuted stateside, but has made a splash on the Colombian beaches where it’s being sold—the bottle itself keeps the drink cold, and when it melts, all that’s left behind is the bracelet-sized rubber sleeve it was wrapped in, branded with the Coca-Cola logo. Is it innovative? Absolutely. But is it sustainable? Coke touts that the...

Packaging Challenges: Encouraging Sustainability

Posted by rhelmke on Environment | Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 | 0 comments

We work with a variety of substrates here at PI, including highly recyclable ones like PET, so we know the value of using sustainable materials. Product packaging made out of recyclable materials reduces waste and ultimately makes plastics better for the environment, but manufacturing with recyclable and repurposed materials is only part of the equation. The United States produces about 250 million tons of trash every year—an average of more than 4 pounds per person per day. According to the EPA, though, only about 35 percent is recycled. In fact, just more than 50 percent of Americans describe themselves as “extremely” or “very” knowledgeable about proper recycling.[1] This means that a large percentage of recyclable plastic packaging ends up in a landfill instead of reaching its full potential. Of course, that doesn’t mean that packaging companies like us shouldn’t focus on sustainability—in fact, it means quite the opposite. Recyclability: Educating and Encouraging Now, Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council are teaming up for the “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign, geared toward providing recycling education for American consumers. The...

Packaging in the News: Recycling Code Arrows to be Phased Out

Posted by rhelmke on Environment | Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 | 0 comments

  ASTM International recently announced that it’s making a change that is both negligibly small and unavoidably huge—a change that could affect literally every plastic manufacturer.  The standards organization has decided to eliminate the three-arrow triangle symbol currently used for the Resin Identification Code (RIC), changing it into a simple, solid triangle. Though the rollout for this new standard promises to be gradual, eventually, all plastic packaging will have to implement the new design. What does it mean for the future of manufacturing? Will the three arrows disappear forever? As we at PI know, a change this big is rarely that simple. Eliminating Confusion… The RIC, which appears on all plastic packaging designs, typically includes a number 1-7 enclosed by the three-arrow triangle. This indicates the type of resin used in the packaging design, which determines processing and potentially recycling. The ASTM determined, however, that the three arrows sign—a symbol commonly associated with recyclability—sends the wrong message. Replacing it with a solid triangle, they say, will eliminate any possible confusion and make it clear that the RIC is strictly for...

Using PET – the benefits of recycled plastic packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Custom Packaging | Thursday, November 8th, 2012 | 0 comments

When taking into account plastic packaging types, it’s important to think about what kind of material you’re using. The proper plastic can serve as a secure and valuable solution for your business needs, but there’s more the right plastic can offer. There are a variety of different plastics types. PET is one of them that is commonly used in food and retail packaging. PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and is mostly used for bottling or materials for food, water or consumer products. Items made out of PET contain a resin identification code with the number “1” marked on them. Whether you have noticed or not, there’s a good chance you either touch or see PET plastics at least once a day. Here are some facts about PET plastics according to the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR): PET is the most widely recycled plastic on earth It can be recycled numerous times Almost every recycling program in the US accept PET materials The Life Cycle Inventory Study reported in 2010 that “for every pound of recycled PET flake used,...

Benefits to Marketing with the Right Packaging

Posted by rhelmke on Environment | Monday, May 21st, 2012 | 0 comments

Leo Burnett, a marketing pioneer, once commented on successful marketing strategies for companies with these insights: “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at.” As businesses strive to innovate and bring new products to hungry customers, the difference between successful launches and failures is likely tucked away somewhere between simple and inviting. Thus, the primal purpose of any marketing team evolves as the company works to brand products that will hopefully bond with customer interests. Entice Customers with a Memorable Package Key to making a product memorable is packaging design. A company like Coca-Cola or Anheuser-Busch exercises great effort to ensure its simple, inviting product is distributed clearly in very controlled packaging. In fact, the brand and logo are so recognizable that images of the package can be displayed on a racecar moving over 200 miles an hour and fans still recognize the advertised product. Packaging solutions for any product should be carefully evaluated as a key success factor for the marketing strategy. Think for instance how the selection of poorly planned packaging material might influence...