Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. has signed an agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corp., a global supplier of Bio-PET resin (bio-based polyethylene terephthalate), to become the lead company in North America to launch the renewable bioplastic in its rollstock product line. Made partially from bio-based mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) derived from sugarcane-based bioethanol, the Bio-PET is up to 30 percent plant-based. It's also as recyclable as petroleum-based PET.
is a major supplier of Bio-PET resin suitable for use in the automotive,
beverage and apparel industries. The material can be used for sheet extrusion,
thermoforming, blow molding and injection molding.
a new era of sustainability with the growth in plastics made from renewable
feedstocks,” says James Sanfilippo, president and CEO, Clear Lam
Packaging. “We’re pleased to announce
our new relationship with Toyota Tsusho, a proven global leader in the Bio-PET
supply chain. This development expands Clear Lam’s leadership role in sustainable
packaging and its offerings of renewable alternatives to traditional plastics.”
The new Clear
Lam Bio-PET rollstock will be available in December and will run on existing
equipment, including form fill and seal machinery used by food processors as
well as on traditional industrial thermoformers. Clear Lam will incorporate the
plant-based Bio-PET in sheet extrusions that will be sold to consumer packaged
goods companies and manufacturers of industrial goods.
forward to working with Clear Lam and expanding the use of our Bio-Pet resin
sold under the Globio brand name. There are many applications for our products and
rollstock is an important part. Clear Lam has a history of innovation as does
Toyota Tsusho. We see a bright future for
Clear Lam’s products made from Globio Bio-PET resin," says Shu Hisanaga, product manager for Toyota Tsusho.
Because of its
performance characteristics, Bio-PET is well suited for packaging used for
foods, electronics and personal health care products. The material’s strength,
heat resistance, durability and formability make it a suitable replacement for
styrene-based packaging, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and
traditional polyester packaging.
percent of the materials used to produce Bio-PET are plant-based, the remaining
70 percent are made from traditional terephthalic acid (PTA). Toyota Tsusho manufactures its Bio-PET in a
state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
“The advancements being made in bioplastics by
companies like Toyota Tsusho are making the choice between traditional plastics
and their plant-based alternatives easier,” adds Sanfilippo. “As a company that
always strives to bring our customers the next breakthrough in sustainable
design, we’re excited to see how many of the brand leaders we currently work
with will utilize this new material in meeting their sustainability and
For more than a
decade, Clear Lam has invested extensively in research and development to
commercialize new packaging technologies that minimize the impact on the
environment. These efforts include three product lines developed for Clear
Lam’s Project EarthClear program: Flexible and Rigid Packaging made from
renewable raw materials, bioplastics, cellophane and paper (not petroleum-based
feedstocks); Flexible and Rigid Packaging made with recycled plastic or paper;
and Lightweighting Materials to eliminate heavy cans, bottles and jars.
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.