Canada-based packaging and tissue products producer Cascades has launched a new alternative to polycoated packaging for the food and food services industries called Respak.
Respak is recyclable and compostable and is made from 50% recycled fibres.
It has a unique barrier that efficiently repels water, oil and grease. It complies with the main food safety standards, including those established by the Food and Drug Administration for packaging that comes in contact with dry, aqueous and fatty foods.
Cascades packaging solutions president and chief executive officer Marc-André Dépin said that the company is offering a green alternative to the packaging and food industries, as well as consumers, which will significantly reduce the impact of food consumption on waste.
"The development of Respak goes hand-in-hand with the company's values of respect for the environment and innovation that have made Cascades a leader in eco-friendly packaging for 50 years," Dépin added.
A preliminary lifecycle assessment has revealed that Respak's environmental impact is 50% less compared to that of polycoated cardboard that is in use at present. Polycoated cardboard is used worldwide and is not recyclable.
Cascades has over 100 production units located in North America and Europe.
Image: Cascades' Respak is recyclable and compostable. Photo: courtesy of Cascades inc.