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The nature of Xela Pack’s products already have made them environmentally sound (the collapsibility, the unbleached kraft material, etc.). How do you continue to evolve products that are already ahead of the game in a lot of ways? Is the recycling program one of the ways?
Anthony Gentile, Director of Art & Marketing, Xela Pack, Inc.: We are continuing to evolve by researching new materials and breakthroughs in material development/production. For instance, we have been offering a material constructed with 100% PCRP for about 10 years now. However, the material was brown (Kraft) and did not appeal to some cosmetic and personal care product companies. This year, we developed a new material that is constructed using 100% PCRP and has a white coating applied at the paper manufacturer, which allows for tighter printing and, thus, appeals more to higher-end companies looking to make a difference environmentally. We have also started offering secondary packaging options that are created with PCRP content rather than virgin paperboard. And we have made sure that our paper suppliers know that we expect them to be compliant with eco-conscious forestry.
We are also making efforts to make our company (not just the products) more environmentally responsible by implementing new recycling protocols, cutting down on production waste, reducing the weight of our trade show exhibits and educating our customers about the many benefits of the Xela Pack (such as reductions in space, shipping materials, fuel for shipping, etc). We are continually looking for new ways to increase our environmental friendliness as far as our products and our company, in general, are concerned.
Continental Packaging added PLA packaging to its range. What products, so far, are available in PLA, and what do foresee as the future of PLA for your company? Will more and more products be available in PLA? Will it become the prevalent material? What were the challenges in going from other materials to PLA? Did the productions lines need to be altered? How was sourcing impacted?