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SMART. SUSTAINABLE. SIMPLE. WE ARE PAKTECH

WE'LL HANDLE IT.

 

PakTech designs and manufactures post-consumer recycled packaging handles and automated handle applicators based in Eugene, Oregon. As an established yet innovative packaging leader in the beverage industry for over 25 years, PakTech delivers the highest quality and most sustainable turn-key packaging solutions.

 

PakTech’s commitment to quality is paralleled by their commitment to the environment. They are dedicated to bringing the highest quality to the market, with the least environmental impact. PakTech handles are made with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resin and the handles are 100% recyclable. Their carriers are repurposed from recycled HDPE #2 milk jugs. The PCR production process uses 100% less petroleum, 90% less energy, and emits 78% less greenhouse gases in comparison to virgin plastic production.

 

In 2018, an equivalent of more than 103 million plastic milk jugs were kept out of landfills, repurposed, and reclaimed as the resin that PakTech uses during the manufacturing process to create new packaging handles. In total, they have diverted 235,674,794 milk jugs from entering the waste stream, kept 14,612 tons of plastic out of the landfills and ocean and saved 12.47 acre feet of land from being used as landfill for waste.

 

PakTech handles make your wine cans easy to grab, carry, and remove. The carriers are attractive and feature a minimalistic design, highlighting your carefully created can artwork. While other packaging options wrap and surround your cans, PakTech carriers snap at the top so your brand won’t be covered or obscured. PakTech multi-pack handles offers improved consumer value and sales.

 

Available in more than 30 standard colors and custom color match, PakTech offers enhanced product value with a wide array of eye-catching color options. Your product will pop on the shelf with our color coordinated accent carriers while keeping can tops clean for the consumer. PakTech handles keep can tops clean and ready to open and enjoy.

 

For flexible production requirements, PakTech also offers automated application versatility. You can apply the handles by hand if you’re a startup or have a limited volume requirement. Or you can utilize their automated applicators ranging in speed from 120 cans per minute to over 1500 cans per minute if you have a higher speed operation. PakTech’s packaging solution is turnkey, making them the smart choice for your new, smart canned wine venture.

 

From design to final handle application PakTech’s responsiveness, rapid turn-around time, and comprehensive product offerings separates us from our competition. Tremendous value is what we offer and what we deliver, for our customers, our employees, and to the beverage and food industry.

 

Your Premium Beverage, Our Premium Packaging Handles | PakTech HANDLES are SMART, SUSTAINABLE & SIMPLE


 

 

 

 

PakTech's Recycling Story
PakTech's Recycling Story
PakTech is dedicated to bringing the highest quality packaging solutions to the market with the least environmental impact. PakTech handles are made with 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) resin and are repurposed from recycled milk jugs. In addition, they are 100% recyclable.
PakTech's Sustainability Story
PakTech's Sustainability Story
PakTech is dedicated to protecting our planet and our environment. Transforming recycled plastic into recyclable products animates our mission and sets us aside from our competition. We believe that using 100% post-consumer recycled resin that is also 100% recyclable is part of the solution because
PakTech Can Carrier Applicator - CCA 440plus
PakTech Can Carrier Applicator - CCA 440plus
On-demand Can Carrier application optimized to meet customer’s required output rate.

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MULTI-PAKS IN WINE COUNTRY
26 May, 2020

Why Dear Mom Wine Chose Cans & PakTech


When it comes to packaging wine, Robert Karmin has never been one to take the common path. Informed by his experience as a wholesaler and bar owner, each of his ventures has involved innovations in packaging. First was Coopers Hall, a winery dedicated to keg production—the first of its kind in Oregon. Now Robert’s full attention is on Dear Mom Wine, founded in 2017 with the goal of delivering high-quality Oregon wine in elegant single-serving cans.

 

We spoke to Robert this past week about why they decided to package in cans. “We wanted to do 187 mL cans because they’re really great single serving glasses of wine,” said Robert. “They’re great to take to your house and drink in the back yard, but they’re also great for bars and cafes and music venues.”

 

It’s this respect for the needs of both retail consumers and service industry workers that has informed Dear Mom’s decisions around packaging. Originally their four-packs came in paperboard cartons. This worked fine for retail, but customers in the service industry had a different experience.

 

“A lot of my friends who are bartenders and who work counter service at cafes and sandwich shops that serve our wines were just like. “Oh, these beautiful boxes that you’re putting them in, we don’t even use them, we just throw them away right away,”’ Robert said, when asked about the switch to PakTech can carriers. “And they [the paperboard boxes] weren’t cheap to make, and they also took the bartenders more time to unpack, so I think the convenience for service in the on-premise context is great.”

 

There was another advantage to multi-paks that Robert and his partner Jonathan Canter really valued. “We also think, in the retail context when the four-packs are displayed, that any benefit we would have from using a carton in terms of square footage for branding, we felt that now we get the benefit of people seeing our cans.”

 



Packaging efficiency and cost effectiveness were also major factors in their decision to move away from paperboard.

 

“We switched to using PakTech last year because . . . we found that we were primarily, over 50% for sure, in the on-premise venues and that the residual benefit of having the cartons didn’t outweigh the convenience and cost-effectiveness and packaging efficiency that we would be able to get in the snap on four-packs.”


 

The response to Dear Mom Wine in cans and PakTech carriers has been positive. After launching only three years ago in the summer of 2017, their locally-produced Oregon wine is available in 23 states as of early 2020. This story also holds a hopeful note for companies who have considered PakTech before but didn’t find the form factor they were looking for.


“I had been keeping track of PakTech for several years,” said Robert, “and the company initially only had larger diameter four-packs available, and then PakTech released the slimline four-packs and made it possible for us to use the product.”

 

Whether your company is packaging in cansbottles, or another form factor, PakTech has released several new handles over the years to suit different packaging needs. And if you don’t see the size you’re looking for - We can make it. Visit our custom handle form so we can begin a dialog on how PakTech can best serve your needs.

 

When asked for any final thoughts about wine and packaging, Robert was modest. “For different styles of packaging, you know, I’m not a packaging expert!” he said with a laugh. But on the subject of cans, he added a few last thoughts.

 

“I definitely think more cans. The growth in the can market of wine has been huge for the last 2-3 years since we’ve started, the number of brands has grown 10-fold certainly, there are probably a 100 brands of wine being canned that are either doing state or national distribution. I imagine that market will still continue to grow.”

 

For more information on Dear Mom Wine visit their website at DearMomWine.com, or look for them at liquor stores, restaurants, and other retail locations in 23 states and counting. Their four-packs are also available to order direct from their online store. For more information on how PakTech handles can help your winery succeed, contact us today.


How PakTech Can Help You Meet Your Sustainability Goals Today
06 May, 2020

Meet Your Sustainability Goals TODAY with PakTech

"In 2019, the theme [was] sadly ‘not enough’. We are in an unprecedented moment of environmental and human crisis where marginal energy savings or incremental shifts in business are just not enough."

That’s what Jessica Appelgren, vice president of communication at Impossible Foods, said when asked about the theme of corporate sustainability in 2019. With pressing environmental challenges facing the world, there’s an awareness among corporate sustainability leaders that this decade must be different. To avoid a reckoning later, we must take action NOW.

But what action should we take? With so many different challenges, it’s hard to know where to start. Fortunately, PakTech is here to help. Whatever your organization’ sustainability goals, improving your product’s packaging is one of the fastest ways to boost environmental outcomes. Here’s how PakTech handles will help your organization meet its sustainability goals today.


Resource Conservation

A key goal of sustainability is to use as few resources as possible to achieve the same goal, such as water, energy, and raw materials. Classic examples of conservation at home include installing water-efficient shower heads, replacing light bulbs with LEDs, and choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles. Organizations can do all of these and more, but bigger savings lie in product design and packaging.

Made from 100% post-consumer recycled resin, PakTech handles use 90% less energy and 100% less petroleum versus virgin plastic production. When compared to boxboard, PakTech still wins out—boxboard uses 19.5% more water, 81.8% more energy, and causes 475% more mineral and fossil depletion. PakTech multi-packs are the clear choice.

Waste Minimization

Similar to resource conservation, waste minimization is all about getting the most out of resources expended. Here, though, it’s about minimizing that which is thrown away, and maximizing what’s recycled and reused. Take Nestle, which in 2017 achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status for 73% of its factories in the U.S., with a goal of 100% zero waste by 2030. More and more organizations are adopting similar goals.

PakTech handles are not only made from 100% recycled material, they’re 100% recyclable as well. That means the sustainability benefits can be reaped again and again, as long as they’re recycled—which is why PakTech takes it a step further with our recycling program, created to ensure as many PakTech handles as possible are repurposed into items such as composite lumber, flower pots, pipe, park benches, new PakTech handles, and more. Check where your closest recycling partner or drop off location is, or volunteer to become one today.

Reduced Emissions

Lowering or eliminating emissions is another key sustainability goal, and methods can include everything from investing in energy-efficient machines to switching to renewable energy. For instance, PakTech has invested heavily in environmental manufacturing methods such as using hydroelectric machines, LED lights in our warehouse, and regional railcars for our recycled resin supply to cut down on our carbon footprint. While lowering direct emissions such as these is important, upstream emissions must also be considered. Namely, what emissions are we encouraging through the materials we purchase? For example, in our product’s packaging.

PakTech multi-packs emit 78% less greenhouse gasses compared to virgin plastic production. Compared to boxboard, PakTech again comes out on top, as boxboard is 8.1% worse for climate change and depletes the ozone 54.1% faster. PakTech handles can help you lower your emissions and shrink your carbon footprint immediately.

Pollution Prevention

Pollution prevention touches many areas. Less waste and lower emissions both prevent pollution directly, while conserving resources means there’s less material which could potentially end up as pollution. But there’s another key concern in pollution prevention: using materials which are less or non-toxic to the environment.

PakTech carriers are made from HDPE #2 plastic, which is one of the safest plastics in use today. It is food-grade material suitable for storing perishable goods such as milk, with no known health concerns. What’s more, since PakTech utilizes post-consumer recycled material to create its handles, we’re rescuing 100 million gallon-sized jugs from landfills and the ocean every year, further preventing downstream pollution and helping the environment thrive.

Recycled & Recyclable Packaging

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: conservation is all about getting the most out of as few resources as possible, and nowhere is that more evident than with recycling and utilizing recycled products. It’s a way to get value out of the same raw materials two, three, or many times more. The more we recycle and create recyclable products, the more sustainable our economy will be.

Maybe you’re one of the many organizations with the goal of 25% recycled packaging by 2025? Well, PakTech can supply 100% recycled secondary packaging today—delivered in 100% recycled boxes, no less!

No matter your aim, when it comes to meeting your corporate sustainability goals, PakTech is ready to help. Whether it’s conserving resources, minimizing waste, reducing emissions, or preventing pollution, our 100% post-consumer fully recyclable handles can help you achieve your goals today. Contact PakTech to learn more.


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What Are Co-Packers?
27 January, 2020

If your food, beverage, or consumer goods company is considering an expansion into packaged products, or if you have a new product line to bring to market, you may want to consider using a co-packer. But first… 

What Is a Co-Packer?

Co-packers are the contract manufacturers of the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries. They are a form of outsourcing. As contract manufacturers, co-packers manufacture and/or package products under contract with a brand owner as if the goods were manufactured by the brand owner themselves.

Consider a beverage startup. They’ve created a delicious new juice recipe that consumers are crazy about, but the company has nowhere near the production capacity to meet demand, because they’ve been prototyping out of the owner’s garage. They could either build their own production facility—with all the costs and difficulties that entails—or they could work with a facility that’s already up and running. That’s a co-packer. Which brings us to…

What Are the Benefits of Working with a Co-Packer?

As already noted, one of the major benefits of working with a co-packer is they already exist. Co-packers represent fully outfitted manufacturing facilities that are ready to produce or package your product, just as soon as a contract is signed. This represents substantial up-front savings for the brand owner, as you don’t need to secure the capital to pay for a facility, buy equipment, hire and train labor, or obtain the necessary permits.

There are other advantages as well. Co-packers are manufacturing specialists, which means they may have knowledge or advanced skills the brand owner lacks. They’re also wholly focused on production and quality, which allows the brand owner to focus on their own core competencies, such as marketing or sales. This is also true when the brand owner is the manufacturer, and the co-packer is only involved in packaging. A co-packer packages product all the time; they’re experts in it.

Co-packers can also deliver savings in the form of economies of scale. Co-packers often have several clients, so they may be able to secure raw materials at a discount, either through increased buying power or established relationships. They will also be well versed in any relevant regulations. A co-packer can save you a lot of time and money.

For these reasons, co-packers are often a strong option when launching a new venture, or when expanding the company beyond present capabilities. Limited-time, regional, or test market offerings are also good reasons to utilize a co-packer. As long as you do your due diligence with regards to your short-term and long-term goals, revenue targets, and quality requirements, a co-packer can be an excellent option.

How Does PakTech Help Co-Packers Help You?

The best co-packers, in addition to offering top-notch quality, reliability, and technical expertise, are the ones that offer the most flexibility and variety. Different foods, beverages, and consumer products sell best in different package types and form factors, and a good co-packer will offer a variety of bottle, can, or container sizes, labeling alternatives, and secondary options to best fit each product’s needs.

PakTech supplies its proprietary, injection molded, recycled HPDE handles to many co-packers, along with the automated application equipment necessary for any speed requirement. Talk to your co-packer today to see if they offer PakTech handles, or if you’d like more information, contact us today.

 

Good Partners in Plastic
26 December, 2019

At PakTech, sustainability is a cornerstone of our business. We use 100% post-consumer recycled plastics in our beverage handles, which has allowed us to repurpose over 400 million recycled milk jugs to date. We’re proud of our accomplishments, and are doing more every day—but one company isn’t enough. We need help!

That’s why we love finding other organizations embracing sustainability, environmental stewardship, and eco-friendly manufacturing as foundational aspects of their businesses. More and more often when you look at a new t-shirt, a pair of shoes, or a colorful toy, you may have “seen” that plastic before. Here are other companies making products out of recycled plastic as well.

Green Toys

Anyone who’s set foot inside a toy store or attended a children’s birthday party knows a child’s life is awash in colorful plastic. Toys were a $21.6 billion industry in 2018, and 90 percent of that comes from plastic, according to a plastics trade magazine. Why not make those toys out of recycled plastic?

That’s exactly what Green Toys does. It utilizes 100% post-consumer plastics in all of its toys—primarily milk jugs, though its designers do use other recycled plastics as well (think grocery bags and yogurt cups) to get the products just right. These are all reprocessed and mixed with food-safe, mineral-based coloring to ensure safe, high-quality toys for the kiddos.

Rothy’s

While plastic beverage handles and colorful toys are seemingly obvious opportunities for recycled plastics, what about some . . . sneakier options? Say, flats and sneakers made out of woven recycled plastic?

That’s what Rothy’s is all about. Since 2012 over 41 million plastic water bottles have been repurposed into comfortable, stylish, machine-washable shoes. Add on its commitment to zero waste, humanely harvested wool, carbon-free rubber and biodegradable packaging, and Rothy’s is doing its part to protect the earth with every pair of shoes shipped.

Patagonia

It’s not just new upstarts that are leading the charge on sustainability. Patagonia was founded in 1973, and has been a leader on environmental issues from the beginning. In 1993 it became the first outdoor clothing manufacturer to make recycled polyester from plastic soda bottles.

Today, Patagonia still makes polyester out of used soda bottles, as well as unusable manufacturing waste and worn-out apparel (including its own). It's also funding initiatives to combat pollution around microfibers (which shed from polyester in the wash), develop rapidly biodegradable synthetic fibers, and partner with other organizations making products from recycled products such as Bureo (more on them below). It even donates 1% of its sales to support environmental groups around the globe. Truly, Patagonia is a big company that not only talks the talk, it walks the walk. 

ReFleece

Even for companies committed to the cause, making use of all recyclable plastics can be difficult. Luckily for Patagonia, it has a partner in ReFleece.

The folks at ReFleece take reclaimed textiles from the outdoor clothing industry, as well as recycled bottles, and then uses them to make their bags, pouches, wallets, and electronic covers. Yes, you heard correctly—cases for your iPad, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy, Kindle, and Kobo crafted entirely from reclaimed Patagonia jackets and made into lightweight, durable, water-and-spill-resistant felt covers. Whether you need to carry art supplies, credit cards, tablet devices, or bottles of wine, ReFleece has you covered.

Bureo

Discarded fishing nets are a huge issue in coastal villages and in marine environments across the world. They directly threaten ocean life—and that’s before they break up in the waves, and continue to plague the ecosystem as microplastics for centuries to come. That’s where Bureo comes in. Backed by Patagonia’s Tin Shed Ventures fund, Bureo collects discarded fishing nets from coastal communities in Chile and transforms them into stylish sunglasses and skateboards that look great, feel great, and help clean up the ocean with every sale.

Bureo even goes further and partners with other companies which make use of its recycled material to make everything from office chairs (Humanscale Smart Ocean) and board games (Jenga Ocean) to water bottle cages (Trek The Bat Cage) and surfboard fins (Futures Alpha). That’s working together for a better world.

Recycling Initiatives from Industry Stalwarts

Patagonia isn’t the only established company making strides in the realm of recyclable plastics. Two major initiatives launched in the last two months show that the beverage and packaging industries are serious about lessening their environmental impact by reducing the use of virgin plastics.

First comes the Every Bottle Back campaign, a recycling initiative launched by The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper, and PepsiCo. Its aim: to educate consumers about their 100% recyclable PET bottles (including the caps), and to make sure every bottle ends up recycled, rather than in oceans, rivers, beaches, or landfills. Together they’ve committed to investing $100 million to improve recycling infrastructure, especially in key regions of the US with the biggest infrastructure gaps, including Texas, Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast. They’re also directing an additional $400 million to environmental nonprofit The Recycling Partnership and circular economy investment firm Closed Loop Partners, and are working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to reduce their plastic footprint.

Then there’s Amcor, who’s launched the “Choose Plastic” initiative to promote the benefits of PET packaging. As with the beverage producers above, Amcor’s PET plastics are safe and “infinitely recyclable,” as well as releasing fewer greenhouse gases and being less resource intensive to transport and distribute. Amcor is also working with organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, The Recycling Partnership, and the Trash Free Seas Alliance to increase recycling rates and reduce plastic waste.

At PakTech we believe in doing our part to protect this planet we all call home. So next time you pick up a pack of craft beverages—a toy, clothes, shoes, or a surfboard—know that you’re also doing your part by choosing products from companies that repurpose waste. Learn more about our products and our recycling program today.



100% Post-Consumer Recycled Handles
19 November, 2019

Drop by booth 521 to learn about PakTech’s 100% post-consumer recycled handles repurposed from milk jugs. Since using PCR, they have repurposed 399 million milk jugs, kept over 55 million lbs. of plastic out of the landfills and waterways and saved 22 acres of land from being used as landfill waste.

Second life PakTech handles are also 100% recyclable. When PakTech handles are recycled, they often see a third life as composite lumber, flower pots, park benches, new PakTech handles and more! You can also learn more about their recently launched Recycling Program.

In addition, you can learn about their Automated Applicators. Their can applicators are suitable for various height and diameter sizes and applies PakTech’s QuadPak and 6Pak Can Carriers.

PakTech offers more than 30 standard colors and custom color match that will perfectly complement your craft can. PakTech handles eliminate the need for secondary packaging and print.

From design to final handle application, PakTech’s responsiveness, rapid turnaround time and big product offerings can add tremendous value and efficiency to the wine industry.

Use our promo code PAK521 to see us at our booth!


PakTech's Recycling Story
15 July, 2019

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Since 2012, they have repurposed 370,719,839 milk jugs into PakTech handles. That has kept over 50 million lbs of plastic out of the landfills and oceans and saved 20 acres of land from being used as landfill waste.

 

Second life PakTech handles are also 100% recyclable. When PakTech handles are recycled, they often see a third life as composite lumber, flower pots, park benches, new PakTech handles and more! 

 
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PakTech’s Recycling Program

 

In efforts to ensure PakTech handles are properly recycled and repurposed they launched their own recycling program late last year.

 

PakTech currently has over 200 recycling drop locations nationwide with a few international locations.

 

Interested in learning more or becoming a recycling partner? Please click below.

PakTech | 1680 Irving Road | Eugene, Oregon | 97402 | 541.461.5000
handlesales@paktech-opi.com | www.paktech-opi.com

© 2019 PakTech. All Rights Reserved.


Smart & Sustainable // Canned Wine HANDLES from PakTech
08 February, 2019

Our Environmental Impact

 

All of us at PakTech are dedicated to protecting our planet and our environment. Transforming recycled plastic into recyclable products animates our mission and sets us aside from our competition. We believe that using 100% post-consumer recycled resin that is also 100% recyclable is part of the solution because it reduces the amount of new plastic that is being manufactured. Handles manufactured with recycled resin are the right product for our clients to use, for consumers to choose, and for our planet. This is full circle sustainability. Low impact, mean, clean, and green. In action and on a massive scale.

 

 

Our Sustainability

 

PakTech handles are repurposed from recycled HDPE #2 milk jugs and similar unpigmented containers. In 2018, an equivalent of more than 103 million plastic milk jugs were kept out of landfills, repurposed, and reclaimed as the resin that PakTech uses during the manufacturing process. In total, we have diverted 338,267,223 milk jugs from entering the waste stream, kept 20,973 tonnes of plastic out of the landfills and ocean and saved 17.90 acre feet of land from being used as landfill for waste.

 

We believe post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) is part of the solution by limiting the amount of new plastic. When our handles are recycled they often see a second life as composite lumber, flower pots, pipe, park benches and the like. Handles manufactured with post-consumer resin are the right product for our clients, for consumers, and for our planet as a whole.

 

The PCR production process uses 100% less petroleum, 90% less energy, and emits 78% less greenhouse gases vs. virgin plastic production.

 

 

PakTech strives for sustainability in all facets of our business. PakTech handles are made with 100% post-consumer material and are repurposed from milk jugs and similar containers. They are in turn 100% recyclable and often repurposed as composite lumber, flower pots, pipe, etc.…

 

 

PakTech continues to be committed to the environment and our communities. We all need to do whatever possible to keep plastics out of our oceans, parks, community and landfill and back into the recycling stream so they can be repurposed. As part of this commitment, we developed our own recycling program. 

 

Title Name Email Phone
Territory Sales Manager Drew Haverland drew.haverland@paktech-opi.com +1.541.743.4040
Territory Sales Manager Mike Seestadt mike.seestadt@paktech-opi.com +1.541.743.4043
Territory Sales Manager Keenan Hoar keenan.hoar@paktech-opi.com +1.541.214.9983
International Sales Manager Nancy Baker nancy.baker@paktech-opi.com +1.541.228.4799
Slim Can Carrier for 8.4oz – 250ml
Simple Innovative Design // Increases consumer happiness Various Colors // Value added shelf appeal Covered Tops // Keeps cans clean & consumers satisfied Easy to Apply // Automatic or manual application Sustainable Solution // Post-Consumer Recycled #2 HDPE, 100% Recyclable Self-Nesting Design // ...
202 Can Carrier for 12oz – 330ml or 16oz – 500ml
Simple Innovative Design // Increases consumer happiness Various Colors // Value added shelf appeal Covered Tops // Keeps cans clean & consumers satisfied Easy to Apply // Automatic or manual application Sustainable Solution // Post-Consumer Recycled #2 HDPE, 100% Recyclable Self-Nesting Design // ...
Slim Can Carrier for 8.4oz – 250ml
Simple Innovative Design // Increases consumer happiness Various Colors // Value added shelf appeal Covered Tops // Keeps cans clean & consumers satisfied Easy to Apply // Automatic or manual application Sustainable Solution // Post-Consumer Recycled #2 HDPE, 100% Recyclable Self-Nesting Design // ...
PakTech 202 Can Carrier for 12oz – 330ml or 16oz – 500ml
Features Simple Innovative Design Increases consumer happiness Various Colors Value added shelf appeal Covered Tops Keeps cans clean & consumers satisfied Easy to Apply Automatic or manual application Sustainable Solution Post-Consumer Recycled #2 HDPE, 100% Recyclable Self-Nesting ...