Plastic is a dynamic and versatile resource that offers convenience, peace of mind, and stability to numerous industries that consumers rely on every day. Shaping a plastic-friendly consumer mindset requires our collective investment in rethinking our systems, improving our plastic handling and continually educating our end users on the benefits of plastic.
End-of-line systems are synonymous with consistent quality and weight for your packaging products, but how do you decide whether to implement a stand-alone or integrated end-of-line solution? Understanding your options, the benefits, and the overall contribution to your production goals will help you assess how flexible automation systems can expedite your end-of-line processes.
In the US, 66% of recyclable packaging is not recycled1. With many environmental claims on retailer shelves, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) developed consumer friendly recycling instructions through the How2Recycle label program. In this shift toward more transparent claims, this program alleviates concerns regarding recycling procedures to better support consumers in their packaging disposal practices and showcases efforts to create group norms for recycling.
The clock starts ticking as soon as a produce item is harvested; and for the profitability of that item, there is little room for supply chain inefficiency. Thankfully, our industry is seeing significant advancements in automation that are contributing to improved operational efficiencies, pack-line productivity and overall cost savings which is a key ingredient in each grower/shipper's competitiveness.
As Americans, we create an enormous amount of trash. The average person produces about 4.4 pounds per day, and most of it is comprised of recyclable items.1 To keep up with the increase in curbside pickup volume, landfills have grown in number. We are hearing more about recycling today amidst industry transitions impacted by sustainability initiatives.