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Smart Plastic Technologies and Munchkin announce exclusive joint development partnership

The multi-year co-development and co-marketing agreement will be the first of its kind in the baby lifestyle market as demand for sustainable products reaches a new high.

CHICAGO, IL (January 26, 2022) - Aligned on the growing importance of environmentally responsible products in the baby and toddler market, Smart Plastic Technologies and Munchkin, Inc. announced today that they have signed an exclusive joint development agreement to create baby lifestyle products using Smart Plastic’s patent-pending ECLIPSE™ technology. This partnership will introduce revolutionary consumer goods to the baby and toddler market, which is estimated to be worth USD 25 billion by 2028.

Jay Tapp, President & COO of Smart Plastic Technologies stated: 

"Plastic waste is a planetary and societal crisis. Munchkin grasps the gravity of our global environmental situation. Our partnership with Munchkin, an influential and respected market and thought leader in semi-durable consumer goods, will directly result in a significant reduction of plastic waste and help reverse the damage that has been done to our environment.”

Steven Dunn, CEO & Founder of Munchkin, added:

“Through our partnership with Smart Plastic, Munchkin is committed to a development process that considers the complete use and lifecycle of our products from ideation to disposal. The goal of our partnership is to make as many Munchkin products as possible disappear after their useful life. With Smart Plastic’s SPTek ECLIPSE™ technology, our products can still be recycled, but if they find their way into landfills or waterways, they fully break down resulting in zero microplastics. Now is the time to act. Our planet, our children, and their children need us to make the change now.”

Approximately 91% of plastic is not recycled and ends up in our forests, oceans, and landfills for generations. Understanding the urgency to create a higher level of awareness and a ‘call to action,’ the partnership between Smart Plastic and Munchkin will lead the way for companies in every aspect of the supply chain. Each organization sees the need to adopt circular economic models for the betterment of our planet and will leverage the expertise on both sides to have the ultimate impact. This strategic partnership contributes to each company’s impactful approaches and commitments to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Tim Murtaugh, CEO & Founder of Smart Plastic Technologies, also commented:

“Our strategic partnership with Munchkin represents another important step in Smart Plastic’s mission to join forces with leading companies on our journey to create a legacy of true global sustainability. We are delighted to have this opportunity to build a strong working relationship with a company that enjoys a global reputation for quality products and brilliant leadership. The adventure continues!”

About Smart Plastic

Founded in 2016, Smart Plastic is revolutionizing the potential of plastic to improve the environment for future generations. Their flagship bio-assimilation technology, SPTek ECLIPSE™, enables polyolefins like polyethylene and polypropylene to completely bio-assimilate at the end of the pre-programmed functional life, resulting in zero microplastics. This represents a key and critical aspect of the company’s commitment to plastic lifecycle management. All Smart Plastic technologies are designed to alter the very nature of plastic for the benefit of both people and the planet. Proudly made in the United States, all Smart Plastic products are 100% recyclable, FDA approved, and purposely designed for the circular and regenerative economies.

About Munchkin

Munchkin, Inc., is based in Los Angeles, California and has provided parents with innovative products for over 30 years. A global leader in children’s feeding & care products, Munchkin has 303 patents to date and has earned more than 180 international product and brand design awards in the past several years alone. As a member of the United Nations Global Compact, Munchkin’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection and animal welfare is reinforced through its numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives and its annually published Sustainability Report. Munchkin products are sold in more than 45 countries around the world and have received over 1 million five-star reviews. Munchkin is on a mission to be the most loved baby lifestyle brand in the world. www.munchkin.com

Media Contact

Alyssa WadeyCommunications Manager, Remote Brandalyssa@remotebrand.com

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Introducing the world's most sustainable plastic products

Join us at Pack Expo 2021 in Las Vegas from September 27-29 to see the power of our SPTek ECLIPSE™ products in person.

We've been working hard for years to develop products that meet market demands while remaining true to our sustainability mission, and we are excited to share a few of these products at Pack Expo 2021. Now's your chance to get up close and personal with these ingenious products! We will be exhibiting the SPTek ECLIPSE™ Stretch Film, Co-Ex Film and Pouch at our booth from September 27-29. Register today and visit us at booth N-16013 to learn all about our SPTek ECLIPSE™ enabled products.

ECLIPSE™ Stretch Film

The most sustainable stretch film in the world

Delivering the performance you expect from the highest quality stretch films on the market, our revolutionary SPTek ECLIPSE™ Stretch Film is changing the game. Our stretch film is 100% recyclable and will completely bio-assimilate in marine, terrestrial and landfill environments within 6–24 months, leaving behind zero microplastics.

ECLIPSE™ Co-Ex Films

Multi-purpose films that reduce environmental impactOur truly innovative SPTek ECLIPSE™ co-ex films have been developed to meet today's packaging challenges head-on, making them a vital tool in sustainable flexible packaging design. Like all ECLIPSE™ enabled products, our co-ex films will completely bio-assimilate following their guaranteed lifespan if they evade the recycling system.

ECLIPSE™ Pouch

A sustainable pouch that's truly recyclable

The SPTek ECLIPSE™ Pouch delivers the quality and freshness that you expect from any premium barrier pouch. Unlike other multi-layer pouches on the market, the ECLIPSE™ Pouch is 100% recyclable and will completely bio-assimilate after its tailor-made guaranteed functional life, resulting in zero microplastics.

ECLIPSE™ Straw

A truly sustainable drinking straw

Satisfying all of the quality requirements for hot, cold, foamy and frozen drinks while reducing environmental impact, the SPTek ECLIPSE™ Straw performs in all beverages. Following guaranteed life, this product will completely bio-assimilate within 6-42 months if it evades the recycling system: a critical part of the solution to global plastic waste.

Our team is ready and excited to connect with you. See you at the show!

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We can’t wait to connect with you at PACK EXPO 2021!

We’re elated to be exhibiting in person at PACK EXPO, September 27-29, 2021. Come find us at booth N-16013.

After nearly 17 months of virtual trade shows, we are thrilled to be attending PACK EXPO 2021 in Las Vegas from September 27–29. This show gives us a chance to re-engage with industry members, to exhibit our new products, and to continue the conversation on sustainability.

PACK EXPO 2021 is bringing back face-to-face meetings and live showcases. We will be exhibiting at booth N-16013 and will be booking appointments with members of our team throughout the show. Come meet us in person to learn about the innovations we’ve been cooking up these past two years and to chat all things plastic, circular economy, closed-loop recycling and more!

  • Explore over 1,500 companies across industries like food and beverage, household, personal, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Learn about top advances in packaging and processing, sustainability, packaging materials, automation, robotics, and printing.
  • PACK EXPO focuses on sustainability by highlighting companies innovating in the circular economic packaging space.

If you haven't yet registered for the show, you can do so here.

Stay tuned for additional announcements we’ll be unveiling in the lead up to PACK EXPO by signing up for emails.

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Smart Plastic announces first-ever fully recyclable and compostable plastic straw

The SPTek ECLIPSE™ Straw is the only 100% recyclable plastic straw on the market that will conclusively bio-assimilate, resulting in zero microplastics.

Smart Plastic Technologies has launched the SPTek ECLIPSE™ Straw, an innovative product that will completely bio-assimilate in marine, terrestrial and all landfill environments within 12–42 months, resulting in zero microplastics. The straw, which meets all requirements for hot, cold, foamy and frozen beverages, is produced with SmartPlastic’s patent-pending SPTek ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation technology. In a world’s first, this technology is backed by the C-13 carbon labelling and bio-assimilation test, conducted byLMPE, a respected eco-compatible polymeric materials laboratory located in Lucca, Italy.

"What’s unique about this product is its ability to truly and completely bio-assimilate in all environments - from industrial composting, to marine, terrestrial and anaerobic landfill environments - leaving behind zero microplastics.” stated Jay Tapp, President and COO, Smart Plastic.“In addition, the SPTek ECLIPSE™ Straw is made from 100% recyclable materials. This is where it differs from traditional compostable products, including paper straws, which cannot be recycled. This ensures that no matter where the straw falls at its end of life, it will not be detrimental to our planet or its inhabitants."

According to studies, 500 millions plastic straws are used every day throughout the United States alone. And while traditional plastic straws made from polypropylene (PP)are recyclable, they’re often not accepted at recycling centers because their size makes it difficult to properly sort them. Following a guaranteed lifespan of 18 months, the SPTek ECLIPSE™ enabled straws will completely bio-assimilate in as little as 12 months, resulting in nothing but C02, water and biomass.

Smart Plastic is the first company to pass the comprehensive C-13 carbon labelling and bio-assimilation test to determine the technology’s performance in all environments. The SPTek ECLIPSE™ straws are made up of 99% polypropylene (PP) and 1% SPTek ECLIPSE™.

Earlier in 2020 the company launched certified isolation gowns for healthcare heroes that also completely bio-assimilate, leaving behind zero microplastics.

For more information about the SPTek ECLIPSE™ Straw, visit www.changetheplastic.com/eclipse-straw.

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Smart Plastic Announces Partnership with Fairfield on Inspiration Gown™

Smart Plastic Technologies is pleased to announce a preferred partnership with Fairfield Processing Corporation to bring to market the Inspiration Gown™, a sustainably designed isolation gown.

Smart Plastic Technologies is pleased to announce a preferred partnership with Fairfield Processing Corporation to bring to market the Inspiration Gown™, a sustainably designed isolation gown.

For over 80 years, Fairfield has been a trusted supplier of non-wovens and polymers for personal, home and commercial use. Their new industry-changing PPE program ensures that customers, employees, patients and families can obtain the personal protective supplies needed to remain safe and comfortable.

"Working with engineers who specialize in plastics and polymers, we have developed the Inspiration Gown™, a unique PPE solution made from a bio-based material that will bio-assimilate in landfill or marine environments with no long-term environmental impact" said Jordan Young, CEO of Fairfield Processing Corporation.

Enabled with Smart Plastic's SPTek ECLIPSE™ bio-assimilation and SPTek OYSTERLEAN™ bio-based CaCO₃ additives, the Inspiration Gown™ by Fairfield will protect the wearer, significantly reduce carbon impact, and bio-assimilate the same as paper.

The gown material developed by Smart Plastic is a 100% proprietary polyethylene blend that passes AAMI level 1, 2 & 3 tests. With sealed seams, thumb loops, and tear-away removal, the Inspiration Gown™ provides necessary additional protection from dangerous contaminants.

With the capacity to produce millions of gowns per month domestically, the Inspiration Gown™ represents the ability to support and protect the US economy, workforce and the environment.

To inquire about the Inspiration Gown™ by Fairfield, please contact:

PPE Sales
Fairfield Processing Corporation

88 Rose Hill Ave
Danbury, CT 06810

Phone: 203-733-0833
Email: ppesales@fairfieldworld.com
Website: www.fairfieldworld.com/care/

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Bact-Off Uses GARD™ to Protect Customers While Shopping

Enabled with SPTek GARD™, the Bact-Off cart handle provides retailers with a sustainable solution that supports a clean and healthy shopping experience.

The current coronavirus threat has exposed the need for retailers to seek out better ways to serve the health and well being of customers and their families. Shopping carts are identified as one of the most germ contaminated high-touch items, with a bacteria count of up to 73,000 colony forming units (CFU) per square inch and 361 times more bacteria than a bathroom door knob.

Enabled with SPTek GARD™, the Bact-Off cart handle protects customers against this cross-contamination risk with a proven efficacy of up to 99.999% in antimicrobial protection.

GARD™ is designed to defend.

Bact-Off, a global self-care consumer packaged goods company, in partnership with Smart Plastic Technologies, announced today the introduction of a simple, snap on plastic handle infused with the SPTek GARD™ antimicrobial additive. Given global health concerns and the current state of the retail economy, this product provides consumers and retailers with a solution that supports a clean and healthy in-store shopping experience.

  • A few key features of the Bact-Off shopping cart handle:
  • Safeguard customer health with antimicrobial protection
  • Enhance consumer confidence during in-store visits
  • Combat dangerous, illness causing germs
  • FDA approved and extensively tested
  • Sustainable, recyclable design
  • Made in the USA

Bact-Off’s design works with shopping carts currently in use at leading retail locations, defending against daily germ cross-contamination from the moment you enter the store.

SPTek GARD™ antimicrobial is added during the Bact-Off cart handle film production process, making it highly effective against MRSA, Salmonella, Listeria, E coli, and dozens of other dangerous organisms.

To learn more about GARD™ and our entire catalog of sustainable polymer additives and products, contact us today.

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Smart Plastic Announces Plans to Build Testing and Production Facilities in Wheeling, Illinois

Smart Plastic is pleased to announce their decision to construct a product testing lab plus full production facility in Wheeling, Illinois.

Smart Plastic Technologies, LLC, is a specialist in the development, production and marketing of unique additives for use in polymers which provide biodegradation, antimicrobial, antifungal, production tracing, film thickness reduction and an oxygen scavenger designed to extend the shelf life of food products.

Smart Plastic Technologies announced their decision to construct a product testing lab plus full production facility in Wheeling, Illinois. The new facilities will be located in a building recently acquired by a principal of Smart Plastic.

“Smart Plastic Technologies is very pleased to be able to announce our plans to develop both a product testing facility and production operation. The lab will allow us to test our new formulations as we continue to lead the market in the development of true state-of-the-art additive technologies plus provide active technical customer support.” said Tim Murtaugh, CEO of Smart Plastic. “Also, in response to the exponential growth we are experiencing as the market discovers the unmatched sophistication of our technologies, we will be developing expandable production capabilities on-site to allow us to control every element of the quality of our products and the reliability of our services. The future of Smart Plastic is full of opportunity”.

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Smart Plastic Technologies Announces Strategic Distribution Agreement With GearedforGreen

Smart Plastic is please to announce the signing of a strategic distribution agreement with GearedforGreen.

Smart Plastic Technologies, LLC, is a specialist in the development, production and marketing of unique additives for use in polymers which provide biodegradation, antimicrobial, antifungal, production tracing, film thickness reduction and an oxygen scavenger designed to extend the shelf life of food products.

Smart Plastic Technologies announced the signing of a strategic distribution agreement with GearedforGreen which will provide market representation of Smart Plastic products in the continental United States.

GearedforGreen is a sustainability company specializing in plastics. They connect circular eco supply chains™ that help USA manufacturers and industry operate more sustainably from inside-out. The Company’s stated focus is, “working with our supply chain partners, we provide 360 degrees of sustainability to help businesses & organizations operate more sustainably from inside-out, to improve top line, bottom line, and brand value.”

“Smart Plastic Technologies is pleased to have this opportunity to partner with a Company that has a dynamic strategy to implement circular economy strategies into the U.S. plastics industry. After many months of cooperative planning, both companies are positioned to demonstrate how Smart Plastic products can have a profoundly positive impact on the implementation of a true circular economy model” said Tim Murtaugh, CEO of Smart Plastic.

For information of GearedforGreen visit www.gearedforgreen.com

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Smart Plastic Exhibiting at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019

Smart Plastic announces that it will be exhibiting at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019, a premier event for packaging innovation with over 2,000 exhibitors.

This year, Smart Plastic will be exhibiting at Pack Expo in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit the event’s website at packexpolasvegas.com!

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Marubeni Specialty Chemicals Global Distribution Agreement

This agreement appoints Marubeni Specialty Chemicals (MSCI) as a global distributor for all of Smart Plastic’s products.

Smart Plastic Technologies is pleased to announce that a strategic partnership agreement has been finalized with Marubeni Specialty Chemicals. This agreement appoints Marubeni Specialty Chemicals (MSCI) as a global distributor for all of Smart Plastic’s products.

For further information about Marubeni please contact:

Geronimo Santana, Asst. General Manager

Marubeni Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
10 Bank Street, Suite 740
White Plains, NY 10606
Phone: 914.428.5528
Website: www.marubenisci.com

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