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PLA Packaging: A Packaging Converter’s Viewpoint

First generation of sealed, stay fresh coffee bags to include PLA renewable resources in its design

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NatureWorks' Polylactic Acid (PLA) Packaging

Burger, who has worked for Fres-Co for more than 16 years, says, "I do not remember a response such as the one I have seen from our launch of the PLA structure.

Newman's Own Organics coffees from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (see main story, Newman's Own Organics coffee bags restructured), the 80-ga PLA replaced 48-ga PET in the substrate. “With the increased PLA thickness, we were able to reduce the thickness of the LLDPE,” Burger points out.

GMCR was its second customer to use the new PLA structure—Jim’s Organic Coffee in 12-oz bags was the first, Burger says. Unlike Newman's Own, Jim's took a slightly more overt stance to promote the environmental aspect, albeit via print on the bag bottom: "This bag is the first generation of sealed, stay fresh coffee bags to include renewable resources in its design."

Says Burger, "I expect many more coffee customers to come online [with PLA] during 2008."

SOURCING: NatureWorks LLC NatureWorks PLA Biodegradable Polymers -- biopolymer used to make everything from packaging and consumer goods to fibers for apparel... www.natureworksllc.com

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