Salazar Packaging, Inc. Introduces Exclusive Line of Recycled and Recyclable Inflatable Air Pillow Void Fill Cushioning

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Globe Guard™ Inflatable Air Pillows are the firm's latest advance in bringing eco-friendly and economical secondary packaging to the industrial market.

Inflatable air pillows are a proven void fill winner in terms of cost, efficiency, cleanliness, and quality. Until now, however, there has been one major drawback -- they are traditionally made with a high percentage of virgin polyethylene plastic resin. Salazar Packaging, Inc., a distributor of packaging materials and equipment with a focus on sustainable packaging, today introduced its exclusive line of air pillow cushioning, Globe Guard™ Inflatable Air Pillows, made from 100% recycled plastic material. Shippers now have an inflatable option that combines price, performance, and environmental responsibility.

"Since introducing our Globe Guard 100% recycled content (PCW) boxes, we have been inundated with requests for an environmentally friendly inflatable product," said company president, Dennis Salazar. "We worked hard and long with our partner, Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. (APS), to develop a 100% recycled material that would meet every performance expectation and run perfectly through their equipment."

APS (http://www.autobag.com), is the packaging industry's leading manufacturer of packaging, bagging, and pouching systems, and is known worldwide as the inventor of Autobag® bagging machines and pre-opened bags. The firm's inflatable systems are highly regarded for their simplicity, reliability, and stout construction. Salazar Packaging will sell Globe Guard air pillows in conjunction with the complete line of APS void fill systems.

Each air pillow is light green and imprinted with the Globe Guard logo and the words, "100% recycled". "The environmental message is quite important," said Salazar. "Today it is critical that your eco message is clear, obvious and consistent to your customer receiving and opening your box. Our Globe Guard void fill and our Globe Guard boxes make it easy for our customers to accomplish those goals."

Inflatable air pillows offer dramatic functional advantages over other void fill materials. Besides having an extremely low unit cost, they reduce inbound and outbound transportation cost and require very little floor storage space, unlike bulky loose fill "peanuts", bubble material, and packaging foams. Salazar observed, "When you add eco-friendly to the mix, Globe Guard™ just might be the perfect void fill."

About Salazar Packaging, Inc.
Headquartered near Chicago, IL, Salazar Packaging is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) specializing in packaging design and development, sustainable packaging products and services, and automation of high volume packaging operations. Its product lines include industrial polyethylene and polypropylene shrinkable and non-shrinkable films, stretch wrap films, box sealing tapes, and corrugated products. The firm sells and services a full line of high-speed equipment to shrink, bag, and seal industrial films of all kinds. It represents leading industry manufacturers including Bemis Clysar® shrink film, Autobag® automatic bagging systems, Rennco® vertical packaging equipment, and its own line of environmentally friendly Globe Guard™ packaging products.

About Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. has been a world leader in designing and manufacturing flexible bag packaging systems for more than 40 years, and is the original inventor of Autobag® bagging machines and pre-opened bags. Today, the firm is the only company manufacturing genuine Autobag brand bags-on-a-roll, SidePouch™ specialty bags, AirPouch™ void-fill bags, and a full line of baggers and bag packaging equipment. Headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, APS is a global packaging supplier, with sales, service, and distribution offices located throughout North America and Europe, and more than 25,000 packaging systems in operation worldwide. With five manufacturing plants, Automated Packaging Systems produces more bags-on-a-roll and bagging systems than all competitors combined.

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