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Cascades launches recyclable cardboard tray for fresh food packaging


December 4, 2019
By P&PC Staff

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Cascades has launched a recyclable cardboard tray for fresh food packaging. Photo: CascadesCascades has launched a recyclable cardboard tray for fresh food packaging. Photo: Cascades

Cascades has launched a new, fully recyclable cardboard container for fresh food packaging in the North American market, as an alternative to traditional solutions that historically have not had a recyclable interior coating.

The new cardboard tray is certified according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards and, in addition to being recyclable, is made from 100 per cent recycled fibres (mainly from post-consumer sources).

The tray uses a water-based barrier coating that protects it against humidity and helps to preserve the freshness of foods. In a release, the company says this patented coating does not affect the recyclability or compostability of the cardboard, and is a replacement solution for the traditional wax- or plastic-based applications widely used in cardboard food packaging.

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The tray’s resistance to humidity and ability to maintain its rigid form when refrigerated make it a solution for packaging fruits, vegetables and proteins.

“This tray allows tons of fibres to be diverted from landfills,” says Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. “Together with our customers, we strive to make positive efforts to create a circular economy.”

This made-in-Canada packaging solution meets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements.