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A Breakdown of Packaging Materials That Are Safe For Reuse

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on October 5, 2018

In plastics packaging, particularly food packaging, a sustainability “selling point” is the reusability of the package. Instead of sending the package straight to the recycling bin, the container can used again as a food storage container extending the life of the packaging container, and resulting in less waste to landfill. While this is true, what isn’t mentioned, however, is that not all plastics are safe to reuse.

Meanwhile, consumers are taking this message to heart. In fact, a ShopSmart survey reports that about half of women reuse or repurpose food packaging as food storage containers, which could present a potential risk for bacterial contamination in containers that are designed for single-use applications. To help you make an more informed decision when it comes to the safety of your food packaging, we’ve provided a breakdown of plastics commonly encountered in the market, and whether or not they are safe to reuse again after the intended use:

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Topics: Food Packaging

What is EVOH and How is it Used in Food Packaging?

Posted by Blake Kingeter on September 7, 2018

In the food packaging industry, using a material composition that extends shelf life is a key component to ensuring the safety of the product and preserving the taste of the food. In addition, using packaging material that prolongs a products shelf life can drastically cut down on waste of perishable products, and creates a longer window for grocery stores to stock product before it reaches the hands of the consumer. A great way to achieve this is by using a packaging material that reduces the amount of oxygen that permeates the plastic, such as EVOH. Continue reading to learn more about this barrier material.

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Topics: Food Packaging, EVOH

Food Packaging Color, Transparency & the Effect on Consumer Perception

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on October 5, 2017

Have you ever been browsing the aisles at the grocery store and decided on an item packaged in a clear container because you could see the food inside? Or maybe you chose one brand over another because the packaging design and colors caught your eye? Shoppers today are presented with an overwhelming amount of choices and brand owners often use packaging design to get their product to stand out over a competing product. 

Several articles and studies have been released recently discussing the correlation between color, transparency and the consumer perceptions when it comes to food packaging. Continue reading to learn more about what these studies say regarding the link between consumer perceptions and packaging design.

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Topics: Food Packaging

Happy 4th of July Weekend from Impact Plastics!

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on June 29, 2017

With the 4th of July holiday just days away most of us probably have plans to attend BBQs, watch fireworks and hit up the beach!  Continue reading to learn about some 4th of July stats!

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Topics: Food Packaging, Foodservice Packaging

5 Benefits You Can See Tomorrow with UltraClear Polypropylene Sheet

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on February 27, 2017

In our recent blog "UltraClear PP - The New Standard for Clarity in Polypropylene Sheet," we talked about how UltraClear PP is changing the way we view clarity in polypropylene sheet. However, UltraClear PP has many benefits beyond aesthetics that make it an excellent material choice. 

Below we have outlined five key benefits that you can start taking advantage of tomorrow by switching to UltraClear PP sheet for your next thermoforming project:

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Topics: ultraclear polypropylene, polypropylene, Food Packaging

Choosing an Extrusion Partner for your Next Food Packaging Project

Posted by Blake Kingeter on February 22, 2017

When a thermoforming company or OEM form fill and seal business brings a new food packing project to market, the process of trialing and sourcing packaging materials and formulations can be a long and complicated. Not only are material performance and functional properties pertinent considerations, but there are also stringent safety and quality requirements that must be met for packaging materials approved food contact applications.

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Topics: Food Packaging, Foodservice Packaging

5 Food Packaging Trends to Watch Out For in 2017

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on December 22, 2016

With the new year fast approaching, most of us have shifted focus and started forecasting and planning for next years projects while looking forward to celebrating the holiday season. But year end presents an opportune time to reflect back on the evolution of the industry, consider changing trends, and think ahead to what is to come. So before jumping ahead to the New Year and leaving 2016 in the dust, we sifted through surveys, articles and customer feedback from the past year to compile a list of 5 key trends in the food and foodservice packaging industry that will continue to influence packaging decisions in 2017.  

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Topics: Food Packaging, Foodservice Packaging

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