The ECO+ benefits of DSM’s Arnitel Eco for M&Q’s pan liners comprise: reduction of carbon footprint by 65%, improvement of food-life, significant reduction of food waste, lower cleaning costs (detergents, energy and labor).
M&Q Packaging Corporation has selected Arnitel Eco, for the production of PanSaver ECO, a range of high-temperature ovenable pan liners. PanSaver pan liners are used in food preparation, cooking and holding, to prevent food from "baking-on" and "burning-on" to the pot or pan surface. PanSaver can also be used for cold storage.
According to Michael Schmal, President at M&Q Packaging Corporation, PanSaver ECO is a true ECO+ bio-based alternative to conventional panliners: “Our current range of conventional pan liners already has a number of key benefits, the new PanSaver ECO panliners are extremely durable and environmentally friendly, able to withstand temperatures up to 400F (204°C). These liners not only help to improve food quality and yield, they also prevent food from baking or burning to the pot or pan, thus saving cooking and clean-up time, and leaving no food residue or waste.”
For the production of PanSaver ECO, M&Q Packaging Corporation selected Arnitel Eco, a partly bio-based, high performance thermoplastic copolyester (TPC) from DSM. Arnitel Eco is the latest addition to the Arnitel family. Arnitel copolyester elastomers combine the strength and processing characteristics of engineering plastics with the performance of thermoset elastomers.
First introduced in 2010, Arnitel Eco is designed to last a long lifetime under extreme conditions, making it highly suited for food related applications, as well as for use in automotive interior and exterior, applications in sports and leisure, furniture, consumer electronics and alternative energy.
Paul Habets, Global Segment Manager for DSM Engineering Plastics, says: “There is a clear customer need for bio-based engineering plastics which combine performance with a reduced carbon footprint. Life Cycle Assessment calculations of Arnitel Eco show a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, cradle-to-gate, of up to 50% versus oil based thermoplastic copolyester elastomers.” Mr. Habets concludes: “In addition to its lower carbon footprint, Arnitel Eco adds value thanks to its unique performance.”