as far as the amount of plastic that would be used
from a weight standpoint. These explorations support
the initiatives that are coming from retailers like Wal-Mart. If you have a product that accommodates and
supports that movement, you will enjoy the fruits of
that movement and enjoy strong business. In most
cases it is also more cost efficient,” said Mr. Scott.
In the quest for sustainability, biodegradable films
are also being explored by players in the wipes packaging industry. “Everybody is looking hard at some of
the biodegradable-type films. I think there will be continued development. I don’t know if they are quite
ready yet,” said Mr. Scott.
He advised the following questions must be
answered before selecting a film: Do these films have
the same moisture vapor transmission rate properties that some of the standard wipes structures have?
Are these films good enough? Will they do what we
need them to do? What’s the shelf life of the product?
Will it house the product for the shelf life that’s
required? What about printability and how well it
runs on the equipment and what types of products it
When it comes to reducing plastic from packaging,
experts caution that there are also many considerations. “The trick is to take as much plastic out as possible without making it so flimsy it’s not functional,”
said HTI’s president Paul Almburg.
Mr. Almburg cautioned that packages need to be
able to withstand and be compatible with the chemical ingredients in wipes, especially cleaning and
household products. “If you have a product that is
thinning in certain spots because of the reduction in
material, you will have product that is leaking,”Mr.
Almburg said, adding, “We have looked into reducing
some of the material. At this time we have not. It doesn’t mean we won’t in the near future. Quality and
superior service is our main concern with our stock
products. We do not want to impact the product by
reducing material if it takes away the quality of the
PCR and Regrinds
In the meantime, HTI is participating in the ecofriendly
movement by working with regrinds and PCR (post