Lactalis American Group has launched its Precious Sticksters cheese varieties in renewable packaging developed by US flexible packaging maker Clear Lam Packaging, under Lactalis' corporate sustainability programme Project EarthClear.
According to Clear Lam, the packaging, which holds individually sealed cheese sticks, is made from a lamination of plant-based and renewable plastic, while its outer layer has been designed with traditional petroleum-based plastic.
Lactalis American Group president and CEO Frederick Bouisset said that by adopting the new packaging, the company is promoting a better future by reducing its energy consumption and environmental impact.
Clear Lam said that 50% of the material is plant-based, which uses up to 36.8% less energy compared to conventional petroleum-based materials and generates up to 35.2% fewer greenhouse gases.
The finished materials have a lower carbon footprint and, without losing production efficiencies or impacting product performance, they use less energy.
Clear Lam's renewable packaging materials are produced from plant-based bioplastics derived from Natureworks Ingeo polylactic acid (PLA) along with performance enhancing ingredients.
The materials also replace petroleum-based plastics with bio-based ingredients, which have been developed to reduce the fossil carbon introduction into the atmosphere.
The bio-based layer used in the film is produced from pellets and additives, and later on the film is shipped to a Lactalis production facility where its cheese products are packaged.
The finished bags meet all FDA requirements for food use and perform well under typical distribution conditions.
Caption: Lactalis' Precious Sticksters packaging is made from a lamination of plant-based and renewable plastic. Photo: Clear Lam Packaging