Cascade Engineering, NextLife form alliance to provide sustainable products
Companies to jointly develop and distribute new line of industrial products made from recycled materials.
NextLife, recognized as a sustainability innovator for both products and solutions, has developed a product development partnership with Cascade Engineering , a manufacturer and marketer of plastics solutions, to bring a new portfolio of sustainable products to brands, distributors, and retailers nationwide. The multi-year deal will focus on the development and commercialization of a new line of plastic industrial products, all made in part from post-consumer recycled materials. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The companies' product manufacturing process will involve the diversion from landfills of thousands of tons of plastic waste—including polybags, stretch wrap and hangers—and transforming these items into durable new merchandise for NextLife's customers. The NextLife-branded product line will feature an array of plastic industrial products produced by Cascade Engineering that will initially include waste containers of all shapes and sizes, and corresponding liners, recycling bins, and pallets. The new, competitively priced product line will be available for order beginning in early 2010.
One of the partnership's particular strengths will be its ability to ensure the sustainable attributes of its product line. Cascade's ability to manufacture according to NextLife's strict guidelines for "green" product development was a key factor underlying the formation of the new alliance. These guidelines will include a lifecycle assessment for each and every product manufactured, and the infusion of at least 25% NextLife-certified, post-consumer recycled plastic resin into each design.
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