Dow emphasizes sustainable packaging innovations at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2019, Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business is unveiling a recyclability-focused partnership with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM); spotlighting new trends on the Innovation Stage; and recognizing the winners of the independently-judged 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards at The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, which is sponsored by Dow.

“Sustainability and innovation are at the heart of everything we do,” says Mark Saurin, commercial vice president for Dow’s North America Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. “We’re driving solutions for increased recycling through design in collaboration with our partners across the value chain. During PACK EXPO, we’re sharing new approaches for sustainable packaging that help close the loop and move towards a Circular Economy.”

Collaborating with Mespack to design for recyclability

Dow is announcing a collaboration with Mespack – an OEM of form fill seal equipment – to advance efforts that improve sustainable packaging for convertors and brand owners.

There will be a live demonstration of film running on Mespack’s horizontal form fill seal (HFFS) machine at booth C-4118 at 11:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The HFFS machine is capable of running Dow’s RecycleReady films, which provide a sustainable film design approach for high-performance flexible pouches that can be recycled in the Store Drop-Off program in North America.

After the show, Dow will install the HFFS machine at its Pack Studios location in Freeport, Texas, where Dow and Mespack will continue to collaborate utilizing Dow resins, specialties and adhesives and Mespack pouch making know how to accelerate flexible packaging design for recyclability.

Discussing recyclability and packaging legislation on the Innovation Stage

Four Dow employees are speaking about industry developments and best practices during two educational seminars at PACK EXPO.

  • “Packaging Design for Recyclability – Strategies and Tips” On Monday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 p.m. PST, Dow Marketing Director Holly Dunnill will moderate a panel featuring Kashi Lead Packaging Engineer Shannon Moore, Berry Global’s Senior Technical Director Paul Wolak and Dow End-Use Marketing Manager Ashley Leidolf. The panelists will discuss how to incorporate recyclability into packaging design, sharing key takeaways from their ongoing collaboration that has to date brought a fully recyclable pouch to market for Kashi’s Bear Naked Granola products.
  • “Pending U.S. Legislation and Potential Implications for Plastic Packaging” On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m. PST, Dow Marketing Managers Mandy Craig and Dow North America Sustainability Manager Jennifer Ronk will share insights about pending U.S. packaging legislation, and implications for the packaging industry.

Showcasing packaging innovations from across the value chain

For the 16th consecutive year, Dow is the exclusive sponsor of The Showcase of Packaging Innovations at PACK EXPO. The Showcase features winners of the 2019 Packaging Innovation Awards, and highlights breakthrough advancements in technology, customer experience and responsible packaging.

On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:00 p.m. PST at The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, Dow is honoring the winners through an awards presentation hosted by Dow P&SP North America commercial vice president Mark Saurin.

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