Sustainable Packaging Roundup: Novelis, Mars, Monadnock

Novelis evercan

by | May 3, 2013

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Novelis evercanNovelis has announced the commercial availability of what it says is the industry’s first independently certified, high-recycled content aluminum designed specifically for the beverage can market. With a minimum of 90 percent recycled aluminum, the Novelis evercan aluminum beverage can body sheet (pictured) allows beverage companies to deliver soft drinks, beer and other beverages in a low-carbon footprint consumer package, the company says.

Novelis evercan aluminum sheet has been certified for high-recycled content by SCS Global Services. The company is initially offering aluminum can body sheet guaranteed to contain at least 90 percent recycled content. When combined with the can end made of a different alloy during the can making process, the evercan will enable beverage companies to market their beverages in standard 12-ounce aluminum cans certified as made from a minimum of 70 percent recycled content, Novelis says.

The company says its efforts to increase the recycling of beverage cans is a key component of its plan to increase the recycled content of its products across its global operations to 80 percent by 2020.

Mars Africa has cut the carbon footprint of its Royco brand instant dry soup powder packaging 25 percent by replacing a paper/foil lamination with a non-foil lamination that includes a coextrusion of polyethylene polymers with high-barrier additives, Packaging World reports. Afripack and Mondi Extrusion Coatings designed the packaging material.

Printing and packaging papers manufacturer Monadnock Paper Mills has developed an environmentally friendly uncoated label designed specifically for craft beers. Monadnock Envi Label is made from 100 percent FSC-certified, post consumer waste fibers. The company says it withstands the rigors of challenging print images, bottling lines and cold, wet coolers.

The Reusable Packaging Association is accepting submissions for its second annual excellence in reusable packaging award, designed to recognize companies that have developed, supported or implemented reusable packaging in a business-to-business supply chain. An independent panel will judge companies based on the quantifiable environmental and economic benefits of their reusable packaging products and services. The deadline for submissions in Aug. 21. Last year, Herman Miller won the award for its reusable packaging initiative that saved the company $46,000 annually in material and labor.


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