News | November 15, 2018

PAC Worldwide Rolls Out Solution To Holiday Packaging Waste

100% Recyclable Material in Manufacturer's PACjacket3™ Automated Packaging System Takes Aim at 6 Million Ton Increase in Household Waste Over the Holidays

Seattle, WA /PRNewswire/ - With between $128 billion and $134 billion in holiday e-commerce transactions forecasted this season,* trash bins will be overflowing with discarded packaging -- much of it non-recyclable. Thanks to the innovative engineering minds at Seattle-headquartered flexible packaging manufacturer PAC Worldwide Corporation, that mountain of material can now be reduced to a molehill.

The company's breakthrough PACjacket3 automated system produces a light-weight, durable bubble mailer with material that is 100% recyclable and conforms to labeling guidelines for the industry's eco-friendly How2Recycle program. No more polystyrene peanuts or nylon-infused bubble-wrap that lie for decades in landfills. Considering that global couriers are expected to deliver more than one billion packages during the holidays -- well over 50 million per day during the peak -- the opportunities to decrease waste at scale are immense.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, municipal solid waste systems handle 25% more waste than normal during the holidays**. PAC Worldwide, along with a customer base that includes some of the biggest brands in online retail, are leading the movement to reduce that number through sustainable packaging solutions.

The PACjacket3 system features a multi-layer blend of co-extruded polyethylene film to form the package exterior. Then, utilizing its uniquely reduced profile, the recyclable material then wraps around package contents through a fully automated single web system. Equipment design features include a right-sizing fiber optic eye sensor, a dual sensor safety system, as well as a pneumatic roll lift and end-of-roll sensor.

While sustainability advocates champion the PACjacket3's 100% recyclable feature, efficiency experts are buzzing about advances in package quality and throughput. The single-web design minimizes the number of heat seals necessary to produce a highly secure finished package. That and other engineering advancements enable this third-generation system to achieve throughput speeds up to 25% faster than previous iterations.

Chief Sales Officer Steve Foster said, "The customer feedback on our PACJacket3 program has been more than impressive. We knew we had a great solution that would provide substantial labor and material cost reduction in addition to offering a more favorable environmental impact than what is currently available. The overwhelming response we have received simply validates that PACJacket3 is a total solution that our customers have been seeking for quite some time."

*source: Deloitte
**source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About PAC Worldwide
Founded in 1975, PAC Worldwide Corporation has been a leader and innovator in development, manufacturing and automation of premium packaging solutions. The privately owned company employs more than 1,200 team members through operations in the U.S., Mexico and Malaysia.

SOURCE: PAC Worldwide

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