Precious Sticksters package is renewable.
Lactalis American Group, Inc. is debuting a new packaging
for all varieties of Lactalis’ Precious Sticksters brands and features a
revolutionary new film material made partially from plant-based plastic. The
new, renewable packaging fromClear Lam Packaging, Inc. (www.clearlam.com) is part of Clear Lam’s
Project EarthClear initiative.
The renewable Precious Sticksters package is made at
Lactalis on horizontal form, fill and seal machines. The package, which holds
individually sealed cheese sticks, is made from a lamination of plant-based,
renewable plastic and an outer layer made from traditional petroleum-based
plastic. This new material, which is 50% plant-based, generates up to 35.2%
fewer greenhouse gases and uses up to 36.8% less energy than the conventional
petroleum-based materials it replaces. Lactalis made the packaging change as
part of its corporate sustainability commitment.
The finished bags
perform well under typical distribution conditions and meet all FDA
requirements for food use. It was very important to Lactalis that the finished
materials had a lower carbon footprint and used less energy without losing
production efficiencies or impacting product performance. High-speed sealing
was a critical requirement.
“We achieved that and more with this new packaging,” says
Frederick Bouisset, President and CEO of Lactalis American Group, Inc. “We
believe that by adopting this new packaging, we are promoting a better future
by reducing our energy consumption and environmental impact - a long-term goal
to which we are fully committed.”
Clear Lam’s renewable packaging materials are produced
from plant-based bioplastics derived from Natureworks Ingeo PLA (polylactic
acid) along with ingredients that enhance performance. These materials are part
of the company’s Project EarthClear program and replace petroleum-based
plastics with biobased ingredients developed to reduce the introduction of
fossil carbon into the atmosphere.