Automated Packaging Systems Introduces EarthAware™ Environmentally Conscious Bag Film Materials

Nov. 12, 2008

STREETSBORO, OH – November 9, 2008 - Automated Packaging Systems, the world leader in high-reliability packaging systems, has introduced EarthAware™, a new line of bag film materials that are more eco-friendly than other polybag materials. The company’s new Biodegradable Film is a strong, durable polyethylene-based product with a proprietary additive that causes biodegradation in 9 months to five years, depending on exposure conditions. Material performance properties and shelf life remain in tact, as biodegradation only occurs when in contact with other biodegrading material, such as the conditions found in landfills, home and commercial composting. EarthAware Biodegradable Bags are available in clear, opaque, printed, plain, or with an optional green tint for customer awareness.

Additionally, the new EarthAware product line includes a film made entirely from recycled pre-consumer bags and film scrap. This Recycled Film is an opaque material that offers security, strength and excellent printing characteristics. EarthAware Recycled Bags are available in standard gray or optional green tint. Both the Biodegradable and Recycled films come in every size and bag configuration already available for genuine Autobag® bags-on-a-roll and SidePouch™ bags-in-a-box applications. “Automated Packaging Systems is an early adopter in the flexible packaging industry’s response to the demand for sustainable packaging solutions,” says Chris Rempe, Senior Product Manager. “Polyethylene has always been a continually recyclable product. Now, with the addition of our EarthAware biodegradable and recycled bags, our customers have a variety of environmentally friendly packaging options that they can use today,” Rempe added.

About Automated Packaging Systems
Automated Packaging Systems has been designing and manufacturing original Autobag®, SidePouch™ and AirPouch™ systems and products for more than 40 years. With more than 25,000 packaging systems in operation and a national service organization, Automated Packaging has the experience and support to deliver the ultimate in customer satisfaction. The company’s Systems Advantage™ Program combines machines, materials and services to further enhance the value of its packaging solutions.