Container manufacturer BWay Corp. is promoting what it has been offering all along.
“Sustainability is just something that we do,” said Lisa Merritt, marketing coordinator at the Atlanta-based firm.
BWay makes more than 270 different products from metal, plastic and hybrid materials, all of them recyclable and many of the plastic containers made with up to 30 percent post-consumer resin, Merritt said by phone.
An injection and blow molder, the firm has worked to make containers lightweight without comprising capabilities. Its most innovative and sustainable container is its open-head Eco-Pail, she said.
The 5-gallon pail, for industrial uses, is made from high density polyethylene. It is designed to be recycled without removing any components — its cover uses in-seal molded technology, eliminating the need for a rubber gasket, and has a handle made from recycled resin rather than metal. The pail can contain up to 50 percent post-consumer resin and producing it takes less energy and results in fewer carbon emissions, she said. BWay promoted the Eco-Pail and its other containers at Pack Expo in Chicago.
BWay also employs sustainable practices at its plants, which it says run all-electric equipment, recycle their water and industrial solvents and, over time, have significantly lowered emissions of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants.
Companies need to offer innovative products that use less resources, Merritt said. It just makes business sense: “It's just something you have to do these days.”