Wood Dale, Illinois-based D&W Fine Pack has announced a multimillion-dollar investment in sustainability technology at its manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
This new extrusion technology, slated to debut in January, is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and gives the company the capability to make food packaging products from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET, incorporating a broader range of plastic flake and saving energy in manufacturing.
This process creates FDA food grade PET sheet from plastics that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill. This technology has achieved a global scale of acceptance, with international certifications from FDA, EFSA, Anvisa, Invima and Senasa.
“We are excited to expand our capability to run up to 100 percent recycled material, with flexibility between post-consumer and post-industrial waste PET that conforms with FDA requirements,” said Gary Rehwinkel, CEO and president of D&W Fine Pack.
“The new infrastructure that we are implementing to support this initiative will allow us to streamline the process, become more efficient and save energy. On average, the expectation is an energy savings of 29 percent versus conventional technology.”
PET, or Polyethylene terephthalate, is a clear, strong, lightweight plastic that is widely recycled.
EFSA is the The European Food Safety Authority, Anvisa is the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, Invima is the Colombia National Food and Drug Surveillance Institute and Senasa is The National Food Safety and Quality Service of Argentina.
D&W Fine Pack provides a range of single-use containers, tableware, cutlery, straws and meal kits, promoting eco-friendly packaging using renewable resources.
For more information, visit dwfinepack.com.