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Application News Water Inc. Introduces PLA Shrink Labels Printpack Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, USA, is printing and converting Earthfirst ® PLA shrink film labels for Body Glove Water Filtration Systems, manufactured by 3M and distributed by Water, Inc.. The label is part of Water Inc’s commitment to producing sustainable packaging. The Body Glove water filters are the latest addition to the ECO products for eco-friendly consumers. The package was designed to build the product line with as many environmental considerations as possible. Cartridges, tapered in design, make a paper label difficult to fully wrap around the recyclable filter housing, therefore, the printed full sleeve shrink label was the ideal label since it conforms to the shape of each cartridge. Each label covers the entire filter from top to bottom and has a 360-degree image area with room for a complex graphic design that sets it apart from the rest of the water filter industry. The PLA film shrinks quickly requiring less heat. This label allows the consumer to understand what the water filter will do for them and the environment. PLA Desktop Accessories Mako Plastics Ltd., Vaughan, Ontario, Canada noticed a lack of true variety and style in desk top accessories offerings and very little sensitivity to the environment. Up until recently, most manufacturing gave only secondary attention to the eco-market and offered recycled plastic products as a means to lower production costs not to conserve the environment. Thus Mako decided to start creating and manufacturing its own unique line of desk top accessories, now offered under the brand name ‘Carta‘. All Mako Collection Carta products are made of Ingeo PLA material by NatureWorks. Jeff Lloyd, National Sales Manager of Mako Plastics: “Our strategy is to focus 100% of our efforts on the market for eco-friendly manufacturing and product development. By focusing all of our efforts and energy on this particular niche, we expect to quickly develop and maintain a leadership position. We believe that our singular focus will give us significant advantages.“ Mako continues to develop and introduce new Carta products helping consumers make smart choices, work better while enjoying our unique style. 40 bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/09] Vol. 4

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