Cortec’s strong environmental concern is demonstrated in the design and manufacturing of products that protect materials of all kinds from environmental degradation. Cortec® seeks continued development of processes and products that are useful, non-hazardous to the environment, and recyclable whenever possible. A strong emphasis on producing recyclable products made from sustainable resources has been and will be our future policy.
VpCI® Papers—The Natural Biobased Option
VpCI® paper products serve as an excellent option for sustainable anti-corrosion packaging. Made from neutral/natural kraft paper (a natural plant-based resource), they are coated with a water-based VpCI® coating and easy to recycle in most cases. In addition, Cortec® has gone the distance to develop moisture barrier papers that offer water vapor barrier properties competitive with wax coated and polyethylene coated materials, but with the advantage of being readily repulpable and recyclable.
VpCI® Films and Bags –A Leader in Recyclability and Resource Stewardship
Cortec® Corporation manufactures recyclable VpCI® films that are used across the globe to protect metal parts and equipment from corrosion during storage and shipping. Cortec’s VpCI® film has already had a large impact on making corrosion protection more environmentally friendly by reducing the need for traditional hazardous and cumbersome rust preventatives. Cortec’s film is fully recyclable, which allows Cortec® to incorporate recycled VpCI® film back into the manufacture of new films, while still achieving good quality VpCI® performance.
Cortec® reprocesses VpCI® film scrap and incorporates the “repro” back into the virgin film at up to 20 percent, a level at which Cortec® can ensure quality of the new product. Cortec® has expanded its film reprocessing program to allow customers to send their used VpCI® film back to Cortec®, creating a win-win-win situation for customers, Cortec®, and the environment. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for disposal, customers can now send used VpCI® bags and films to Cortec®, who pays shipping and gives customer credit in exchange for the benefit of having an additional source of repro. Both customer and manufacturer demonstrate environmental responsibility and reduce their carbon footprint in the process. The program will save tens of thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of pounds of plastic annually.
Commercially Compostable Film
In addition to anti-corrosion film and paper products, Cortec® produces a broad range of commercially compostable films. These include two BPI certified commercially compostable films (BPI #890974)—Eco Film and Eco Works—for use in today’s growing number of organic waste collection programs. In an effort to meet the growing interest in alternatives to traditional plastic packaging, Cortec® has also pursued ambitious R&D to develop shrink wrapping and stretch wrapping films designed to be commercially compostable per ASTM D6400.*
*These products are intended to be composted in a commercial composting facility operated in accordance with best management practices. Check locally to see if such a facility exists in your community and if they will accept these products. Not suitable for backyard composting.