More than ever, we are reaching for a can of craft cider to complement our sunniest days, and Oregon-based PakTech has the solution handled for bringing along the perfect pack of crisp cider.
The barbeque starts in half an hour and it’s critical that the main course — whether that’s ribs, shellfish, burgers or brats — be paired with the right cider to perfectly please the palate. It’s a challenge you relish, but of course, there are other factors to consider.
You’ll be grilling at the beach tonight, so you certainly don’t want to bring anything you can’t easily pack out again or anything bound in packaging you feel guilty about. You wouldn’t want your packaging to get soggy in the cooler, either. And for just once, wouldn’t it be nice not to have to worry about getting sand in your cans?
Dashing into the grocery store, you spot a dazzling array of beverage choices — there are quad- and six-packs of dozens of craft beers, ciders and even wines. And yet, atop a great many of them, you notice the name, PakTech, engraved on the handles that hold all that deliciousness together.
Increasingly, more and more of the artisans that bring the world its tastiest beverages are choosing PakTech handles to help deliver their drinks to those eager to enjoy them. Customers say the handles are easier to carry and allow for quick portability.
They’re also more hygienic, as a PakTech handle covers the top of each can and helps keep dirt and debris off. Companies love them because they feature an aesthetically pleasing design, one that can be matched by color and adorned with stickers to set their product apart and better promote their brand.
But there’s more to the story of what PakTech has to offer to the world’s emerging and established cideries, breweries, wineries and beyond. Founded in 1991 in Eugene, Oregon, the company has always sought to create packaging solutions that beverage manufacturers can get behind with a commitment to sustainability. That means that a multi-pack held together with a PakTech handle is one that is better for the environment, and that’s something we can all get behind.
After extensive testing, the company opted for a recycled plastic for its handles, a material that would perform and function to meet consumer needs and is environmentally responsible. Last year alone, over 103 million milk jugs found second lives as PakTech handles.
Since 2012, the company has repurposed 338 million recycled milk jugs, which has kept 46 million pounds of plastic out of the waste stream and saved 18 acres of land from being used as landfills. This PCR material also uses 100 percent less petroleum and 90 percent less energy and the process emits 78 percent less greenhouse gases when compared to the production of virgin plastic.
And once the barbeque is over and cider is all gone, these handles are also 100 percent recyclable — there are currently over 150 drop-off stations that accept and recycle PakTech handles nationwide, a number that’s significantly growing since the launch of the company’s own recycling program. When recycled, PakTech handles often see a third life as composite lumber, flower pots, park benches or even another generation of handles.
So when you’re considering packaging options for your craft cider or purchasing cider in the market, remember that, if it’s packaged with PakTech, you’ve made the perfect choice for all of us!