Avery Dennison Uses the Science of Thin to Improve Performance and Increase Sustainability
The portfolio consists of clear, white and metalized facestocks on PET liners. In particular, the new semi-conformable Global MDO constructions enhance product shelf appeal and perform without wrinkles or peeling on many squeezable containers while producing 40 percent less solid waste and requiring 37 percent less energy.
“Thin is not simple,” says Tina Hannan, film product line director, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials-North America. “Thinner constructions typically have trade-offs in ooze, dispensing and wet-out. However, with our focus on the Science of Thin, we have created a portfolio that reduces the environmental impact while improving performance.”
The Prime Film Portfolio provides significant improvements in sustainable impact compared to similar films. When compared to the annual production of PE 85 using Avery Dennison GreenPrint, a life cycle assessment tool, Global MDO produces the following environmental benefits:
· 6,943 barrels of oil would be saved
· 1,225 trees would be saved
· 378,792 gallons or 3 households worth of annual water use would be saved
· 14,837,041 kWh or 1,275 households worth of annual electricity use would be saved
· 3,444 tons of CO2 or emissions from 675 cars would be eliminated
· 1,559 tons of solid waste or 690 households worth of annual waste would be saved
These improvements were driven by 31% less material weight and the use of a thinner PET liner. Greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by 22% as well.