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Chemical Compatibility and Package Material

Posted by Hedwin on March 6, 2018

When choosing a container for any substance, compatibility of the contents with the material forming the container is crucial. Testing is necessary to ensure safe transportation and storage. Hazardous materials (corrosive, flammable, etc.) bear a legal responsibility for chemical compatibility.

A popular material for packaging based on wide general compatibility is polyethylene. It has exceptional chemical resistance as well as mechanical strength. Laboratory results and a long history of field experience indicate acceptability of many liquid chemicals for use with polyethylene packaging.  There are many published listings which show general compatibility of common chemicals with polyethylene and other resins.  ThermoFisher Scientific provides a particularly thorough listing.  Testing is still always recommended.

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Topics: Cubitainer, Packaging Solutions, environmentally-friendly packaging, eco-friendly packaging, chemical packaging

What Does It Take to Qualify as UN Packaging?

Posted by Hedwin on December 7, 2017

“UN packaging” refers to packaging that adheres to standards set by the United Nations to govern the methods by which dangerous materials can be safely transported throughout the world. Most countries conform to these regulations. Other terms may also be used to reference packages adhering to this standard, such as “dangerous goods packaging,” “hazmat packaging,” or “UN-approved” or “UN-certified packaging.” These critical guidelines ensure that materials are packaged and shipped according to all necessary safety and efficiency standards.

UN guidelines are met through a series of tests performed by a third party at an accredited facility and according to the accepted relevant standards, such as ISO 16104:2003 and ASTM D4919 – 03(2008). The UN regulation also requires a similar standard accreditation at the manufacturing facility.

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Topics: Cubitainer, Packaging Solutions, environmentally-friendly packaging, eco-friendly packaging

5 Easy Tips for More Efficient Plastic Recycling

Posted by Hedwin on October 6, 2017

Allowing for great versatility across a wide range of applications, the use of plastic goods has skyrocketed over the past 50 years. In fact, more than 300 million tons of plastic goods are produced and circulated throughout the world each year. Luckily, most forms of plastic can be recycled, and in the United States alone, there are nearly 2,000 organizations dedicated to reclaiming post-consumer plastics. Over 80% of Americans have reasonable access to a recycling program, and various efforts are underway to increase this number.

A highly energy-efficient process, plastic recycling can turn used plastics into ready-to-use materials using 88% less energy than is required to create new plastics from oil and gas. A wide range of eco-friendly products can be made from these recycled plastics, from residential housing insulation to protective gear for police officers and firefighters.

Although Americans recycle over 2.4 billion pounds of plastic every year, it still makes up about 13% of the total waste stream. To help ensure your consumer recycling efforts are as effective as possible, we’ve outlined five easy tips to keep in mind throughout your day-to-day routines.

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Topics: Packaging Solutions, environmentally-friendly packaging, eco-friendly packaging, plastic recycling tips

Hedwin to Showcase at 3 Trade Shows this September

Posted by Hedwin on August 17, 2017

The team at Hedwin is excited to announce that we’ll be heading to Las Vegas this September to participate in three different industry trade shows — ISSA/INTERCLEAN®, PACK EXPO, and SupplySide West.  

We are partnering all month with our colleagues across Zacros America to bring you the widest variety of packaging options, highlighting film products such as our FLOWPACK® pouches and Z-TAINER gusseted bag-in-box, alongside our flagship CUBITAINER® flexible package.

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Topics: Cubitainer, Packaging Solutions, environmentally-friendly packaging, eco-friendly packaging, trade show

3 Industries Leveraging Eco-Friendly Packaging

Posted by Hedwin on July 17, 2017

Finding environmentally-friendly packaging solutions can be difficult if you don’t know where to start or what exactly to look for to meet the needs of your specific application.

Pairing with an experienced manufacturer specializing in eco-friendly, sustainable packaging options will help ensure you get the highest-quality products at the best possible price.

At Hedwin, we offer several environmentally-friendly packaging options for a wide range of industries and applications.

Below, we’ll explore how three very different companies make use of Hedwin packaging.

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Topics: Cubitainer, Packaging Solutions, environmentally-friendly packaging, eco-friendly packaging