Cascades, a provider of eco-friendly recycling, packaging, and hygiene solutions, has won two 2020 CTAQ Food Innovation Awards for its 100% recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard tray. This packaging solution took the honors in both the Packaging and the Technology and Productivity categories.
This Cascades Fresh product was launched in September with the goal of packaging fresh food in an efficient, environmentally friendly way. Its design has been rigorously tested to adapt to automated equipment without impacting their performance. Developed entirely using a circular economy approach and ecodesign principles, the tray is composed of 100% recycled fibers, mostly sourced from post-consumer sources certified “Recycled” under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. In addition, a SurfSHIELD water-based coating protects it from moisture without compromising the recyclability of the cardboard. Unlike traditional containers coated with a thin layer of plastic or other non-recyclable coatings, this food tray is easily recyclable and can be placed in the recycling bin.
Each year, the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ) organizes a competition to honor food industry companies that develop or launch innovative projects. In addition to being a two-time winner of the competition, Cascades’ thermoformed cardboard tray was a finalist at the 2020 Sustainable Packaging Coalition Innovator Awards.
“Our team is honored to be rewarded for its innovation efforts,” says Luc Langevin, president and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group. “We’re proud of our pioneering roots, which are still evident today in our sustainable, value-added solutions. We thank the CTAQ and salute the innovative spirit of all the companies nominated.”