AVC and the Environment
At AVC, our concerns about the environment have led us to use renewable plastics and greener packaging as the key to protecting the earth for future generations.
Growing consumer, retail, and governmental concern over potentially hazardous packaging materials and rising pollution rates, created an Environmental Packaging Movement that is continually building momentum. The use of PVC plastic in packaging is a hot-button issue that finds itself at the center of this environmental movement. Hazardous chemicals are said to be used and released in this commonly used material as well as there being studies linking PVC to cancer, reproductive damage, immune system damage and asthma.
Reacting to the bad press and potential health problems associated with PVC, many large companies have moved away from PVC. The major retail and club stores have mostly phased out PVC off their shelves. Club stores have already changed the packaging configurations of their own product lines which is now almost PVC-free. Applying this knowledge, AVC advanced to the forefront of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. In an effort to shift the packaging industry from the use of PVC to more eco-friendly materials, AVC implemented the use of sustainable plastics such as clarified Styrene, NatureWorks ® PLA, Bio PET, PET, and PP in its everyday packaging endeavors. AVC knows that everything packaged in PVC can be done with these renewable and more eco-friendly plastics, making AVC the best choice in packaging for a better environment.
PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)
AVC uses two types of PET – PETG and RPET. PET is on Wal-Mart’s preferred materials list.
PETG (Glycol-modified Polyethylene Terephthalate) is fully recyclable and can be R/F and Heat-sealed
RPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) is previously recycled PET plastic. This is one of the best PVC alternatives as it promotes the continued global recycling efforts of PET plastic. RPET can be heat-sealed.
Polypropylene is used in the media and food packaging industries; it is widely accepted by retail and club stores. PP is fully recyclable and is also on Wal-Mart’s preferred materials list.
Clarified Styrene offers the same rigidity and clarity as PVC; also similar in cost. It can be R/F and heat-sealed.
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 recyclable just like petroleum-based PET. Because of its performance characteristics, Bio-PET is well suited in packaging 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.
NatureWorks ® PLA
PLA is a good option for food packaging – once placed in a commercial composting facility it will usually decompose within 40 to 80 days. However, PLA is temperature sensitive and loses its thermoformed shape at temperatures of 115 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
In addition to extensive research and development on environmental packaging designs and materials, AVC has been working with environmental groups, gaining very positive feedback regarding our research and development in the area of environmental packaging. AVC is also a proud member of the Wal-Mart Environmentally Sustainable Packaging Committee.
AVC ships on a daily basis to the big Club Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.
Unlike many packaging companies, at AVC manufacturing costs and production capabilities play a significant role in the design of your packaging requirements to create the most unique and effective product for your packaging budget. AVC has already created solutions for all of your environmental packaging needs
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