In an announcement made this week by PolyOne Corp. (Cleveland, OH), what started out as an eco-friendly packaging option for color and additive concentrates will now become standard, as the company plans to transition to the PlanetPak system.
Replacing traditional fiber drums, which will still be available for an additional fee, the patent-pending PlanetPak system consists of a corrugated package constructed of recycled materials, and a customized wooden pallet, which elevates the container for easy access during moving or shipping. Since the package contains no metal bands or supports, it can be easily recycled, and folds flat to minimize storage space. The pallet can be safely moved with a conventional forklift or an optional custom-designed hand cart, which helps to avoid workplace injuries associated with handling 250-lb drums, such as back strains or crushed toes.
Using the PlanetPack system can reduce disposal fees since drums don’t need to be broken down and put in dumpsters, and can even generate revenue through corrugated linerboard recycling payments.
“We understand that companies are under dual pressures to reduce costs while increasing their commitments towards the environment,” says John Van Hulle, VP and general manager, PolyOne Color & Additives. “We are making it easy for all of our customers to now enjoy the benefits of PlanetPak at no additional cost. We started slowly to make sure customer acceptance was high and to ensure that our plants were ready to support the implementation, and are now ready to make it our standard container.” —[email protected]