The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) bestowed a 2012 Sustainability Award on Taghleef Industries LLC, Charleston, South Carolina, for printed, pressure-sensitive tape made from its transparent Nativia NTSS or solid white Nativia NWSS biaxially oriented polylactic acid (PLA) films.
The award was presented Sunday, March 11, 2012, at an Awards Banquet during AIMCAL's annual Management Meeting (March 11-14, 2102, at the Rio Mar Beach Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico). The award recognizes tapes converted by Logo tape Gesellschaft für Selbstklebebänder mbH & Co. KG, Harrislee, Germany. Based on Ingeo PLA resin from NatureWorks LLC, Minnetonka, Minnesota, the bio-based, compostable tapes rely on proprietary coating technology, can carry printed messages, and are particularly well-suited for sealing kraft paper bags and corrugated cases. Unlike conventional nondegradable polypropylene (PP) or polyester tapes, the PLA tapes don't pose a problem for subsequent composting or recycling, exhibit high tensile and bond strengths, and perform in numerous industrial and consumer applications.
The PLA material scores environmental points because it's derived from a renewable source (corn). Compared to PP or polyester counterparts, PLA tape offers a lower carbon footprint, recyclability, compostability, and compatibility with some paper recycling processes where the PLA dissolves into nontoxic lactide.
The judges noted pressure-sensitive tape is a new application for PLA film and liked the fact that it can help end users achieve sustainability goals. The judges also observed converting to PLA tape could be particularly advantageous in applications where conventional tape materials complicate recycling or where packaging is destined for post-consumer composting
The Sustainability Competition recognizes equipment, materials or processes that reduce environmental impact, minimize energy usage or waste, and/or increase recycling. It's part of AIMCAL's larger awards program, which includes Technology of the Year and Vacuum Metallized or Coated Product of the Year competitions.
The judging panel for the Sustainability Awards Competition included Vince DiTrolio, vice president/owner of DiTrolio Flexographic Institute, Broadview, Illinois; Travis Funk, manager packaging innovation, Diageo, Norwalk, Connecticut; Jeffrey T. Weber, research principal, Kraft Foods, Glenview, Illinois; Stan Kopecky, principal, SJK Packaging Associates, Prospect Heights, Illinois; Pat Reynolds, editor-in-chief, Packaging World magazine, Chicago, Illinois; and Yolanda Simonsis, president/editorial director, Paper, Film & Foil Converter, Chicago, Illinois. AIMCAL Awards Committee Chair Randy Apperson, director of Sales & Marketing at Finzer Roller, Des Plaines, Illinois, moderated the judging session, which was hosted by Paper, Film & Foil Converter in conjunction with Packaging World.