Outlook Group has again won the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) Business Friend of the Environment (BFOE) Award for Sustainability.
This 32nd Annual BFOE award highlights what Wisconsin companies are doing in the areas of sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship.
For this year’s award, Outlook Group focused on printed flexible packaging films.
In response to retailer and consumer demands, the flexible packaging industry has introduced a myriad of recycle-ready, compostable, and biodegradable material structures.
Outlook Group introduces packaging products that will biodegrade in a standard landfill environment and do not require consumers to change their recycling habits, according to the company.
Biodegradable films are engineered to undergo an enzymatic degradation process that is initiated by the heat and pressure that are presented in an anaerobic environment that exists in U.S.-based landfills.
Outlook Group’s “Oil2Soil” films perform the same as all standard flexible packaging materials, but will disappear in 5-6 years.
The enzymatic process breaks down the film into CO2, methane, and water, with many municipal landfills collecting methane to use as an energy source.
Outlook Group has been a 98 percent landfill-free manufacturing facility for more than a decade.