Case History Spotlight #742: Sustainable Packaging for Skis

DPS Skis wanted a more sustainable packaging material to reflect their pursuit of sustainable business practices. They reached out to Cortec® for an alternative to the polyethylene (PE) shrink film they used to package pairs of skis. After successfully testing Cortec’s EcoShrink™* in their heat shrink tunnel, they decided to start ordering it with the hopes of promoting ...

NEWS ALERT: Probiotics in the Spotlight at ISSA North America

Our time at ISSA North America, November 14th-16th in Las Vegas, confirmed the importance of probiotics as the specialty focus of Bionetix® International. Throughout the event, Diana Di Marco (Technical Sales Director) and Tonya Decterov (Product Manager) sensed an ever growing interest in “green” alternatives to traditional cleaning chemistries as they welcomed cleaning product distributors, service providers, ...

Case History Spotlight #652: New Rust Preventative for Auto Build-Ahead Program

A third-party packager of all-time buys for a major automaker was looking for a new rust preventative to use on parts packed for up to 10 years of aftermarket storage. A solvent-based rust preventative had been used for decades but was difficult to remove and raised concerns for workers and the environment. To find a ...

NEWS ALERT: VpCI® in the Music World – Corrosion Protection of Musical Instrument Strings

What does Cortec® VpCI® Packaging have to do with music? It could have a lot to do with the musical instrument string supply chain that makes it possible for guitars, violins, pianos, and harps to add a musical dimension to our lives. Uncontrolled Shipping and Storage Conditions Since music is an international language, it is not surprising that musical ...

NEWS ALERT: Are You Ready to Go Biobased with Food Machinery Lubrication?

Lubrication is an important part of everyday maintenance, helping equipment function smoothly and last longer. This is no less true in the food industry, where processing equipment to chop, stir, rotate, or otherwise maneuver foodstuffs is continuously on the move. The special challenge is making sure nothing is used that could potentially contaminate the food ...

PRESS RELEASE: A Biobased Alternative to Traditional Rust Preventative Oils

Do sustainability and good business decisions contradict? Not necessarily. Companies like Cortec® are making it possible to get necessary product functions while primarily using renewable raw materials. When it comes to metal rust preventative oils, EcoLine® 3690 is among the best, competing with some of its own non-renewable counterparts. USDA Certified Biobased Product EcoLine® 3690 is a canola-oil-based rust preventative ...

PRESS RELEASE: Corrosion Protection 101-Biobased Edition

For many years, the Cortec® VpCI®-101 Device has been a go-to for basic corrosion protection of small electronic and electrical compartments or other enclosures of 1 ft³ (28 L) or less. With today’s societal shift to greater environmental consciousness and sustainability, Cortec® is recommending that end users consider switching to EcoDevice®, a biobased version of VpCI®-101 with a higher ...

PRESS RELEASE: How to Prevent Rust in Long-Term Storage and Shipping with BioPad®

  The age-old problem of how to prevent rust on metals is a big concern for manufacturers who must ship metal parts around the world or store them for long periods. While there are many tools and technologies available, one helpful material that Cortec® Corporation has developed is BioPad®, a USDA Certified Biobased Product that is a ...

NEWS ALERT: A Biobased Rust Preventative Solution for Metalworkers

Rust is a common problem on metals. Also common is the use of petroleum-based rust preventatives to protect metals in-process and in storage. Less common is the use of biobased, biodegradable rust preventatives. However, Cortec® is seeking to change that trend by giving metalworkers access to viable biobased technologies such as EcoLine® 3220. Replace Petroleum-Based Products for ...

PRESS RELEASE: Multipurpose, Biobased Grease with Superior Corrosion Protection!

  Offshore platforms and oceangoing vessels have numerous metal-to-metal contact points, including moving parts, wire ropes, bearings, and drill rods. These contact points require lubrication to reduce friction, but also to prevent corrosion in harsh marine environments. To meet these needs in an environmentally responsible manner, we recommend that maintenance crews opt for Cortec® EcoLine® greases instead ...

NEWS ALERT: Prevent Rust and Lubricate Roller Chains at the Same Time!

What if you could prevent rust at the same time you lubricate roller chains and similar moving parts? EcoLine® Bearing, Chain, and Roller Lube makes that possible over and above standard lubricants by including corrosion inhibitors in the mix! What Is a Dual Rust Preventative Lubricant? EcoLine® Bearing, Chain, and Roller Lube is a ready-to-use rust preventative lubricant, formulated with ...

NEWS ALERT: Pursuing a ‘Circular Economy’ with Cortec® Recyclable Barrier Papers

In today’s world of abundance and exploding e-commerce, there seems to be more packaging waste than ever. At the same time, there is a greater concern about how human activities are impacting the environment. Recycling is mainstream, but when it comes to recyclable barrier paper, the options are more limited. Historically, barrier papers have used ...

PRESS RELEASE: Tips for Making the Most of Eco Works® Certified Compostable Films & Bags

A strong environmental commitment has led Cortec® Corporation to develop products such as Eco Works® 10 and Eco Works® 45, certified commercially compostable films with 10% and 45% biobased content, respectively. Eco Works® 10 and 45 are ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ certified by TÜV Austria and meet the EN 13432 standard (equivalent to ASTM D6400) for disposal in a commercial composting environment. ...

NEWS ALERT: BioCorr® HP: Convenient Rust Prevention for Automakers and Their Suppliers!

What if the auto industry had a biobased rust preventative that could go on almost any auto part at any stage in the manufacturing process without requiring removal later? Cortec® brings the exciting possibilities of such a formulation within reach in its newest generation of BioCorr® HP, which combines the best of earlier BioCorr® formulations into one convenient corrosion ...

PRESS RELEASE: BioPad®: The Convenient Biobased Packaging Solution for Metals Protection

It is sometimes difficult for metal manufacturers to balance their goal of corrosion protection with their desire to use a worker-friendly product made from renewable resources. BioPad® makes it easy to do so with a USDA Certified Biobased Product that can be used in process, in storage, or in shipment. Corrosion Protection from a Biobased Product BioPad® is ...

NEWS ALERT: Looking for a ‘Greener’ Alternative to Shrink Wrap? Try EcoShrink™!

Today’s environmental perspective is forcing us to reexamine our approach to packaging. Is there a way to reduce the amount of plastic waste we are generating, especially when it comes to plastic pollution? EcoShrink™ is one of the products that is offering answers to these questions. As a certified commercially compostable shrink wrap, it can be ...

PRESS RELEASE: How and Why to Start an Organics Recycling Program with Eco Film®

At the beginning of 2021, Cortec® Corporation, a manufacturer of corrosion inhibitors in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, started its own in-house organics recycling program. The unique aspect of this program was its use of commercially compostable Eco Film® bin liners produced at the company’s Cortec® Advanced Films extrusion facility in Cambridge, Minnesota. Thus, Cortec® became a regular user of its own products ...

CASE HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: Case History #742: Commercially Compostable Shrink Film for Packaging Skis

DPS Skis was shrink wrapping its specialty skis in polyethylene (PE) film but wanted a more sustainable packaging alternative. The company is known for prioritizing sustainable business practices wherever possible and reached out to Cortec® in 2020 for a sample of EcoShrink™ commercially compostable film.* After thoroughly testing EcoShrink™ in their heat shrink tunnel, they decided to place ...

PRESS RELEASE: Take One Step Closer to the ‘Circular Economy’ with Commercially Compostable VCI Film

November 18, 2022   More than 20 years ago, Cortec® developed and patented biodegradable VCI film. Today, that legacy lives on in the latest version of Eco-Corr Film®, a certified commercially compostable film wrap for metals packaging. With Eco-Corr Film®, manufacturers can take one step closer to the “circular economy” while still meeting corrosion protection packaging ...

PRESS RELEASE: Time for Another Look at the Newest Version of BioCorr® Biobased Rust Preventative!

Traditional rust preventatives present two major challenges. One is the issue of environmental and worker hazards from using hazardous mineral oils and flammable solvents. The other is the lack of cleanliness and workability involved in applying and removing greasy rust preventatives. Ready to meet this need is BioCorr® HP, the newest generation of Cortec® Corporation’s game-changing biobased, dry-film ...

Discovering Exciting New Uses for ‘Green’ Film Technology

May 26, 2022 What if using a commercially compostable film could help you not only eliminate the use of potentially polluting plastic wrap, but also give you better results? That is what one boutique industry discovered when running a trial of Cortec® Eco Works® 10 Film as part of its manufacturing process. Eco Works® 10 not only aligned with ...

PRESS RELEASE: Cortec® Corporation Unveils the Second Generation of Eco Film® for Backyard Composting!

What if consumers could just throw a plastic bag onto their backyard compost heap when they were done using it? Cortec® is offering a new film formulation that can allow plastic bag users to do so. A longtime leader in “green” film technologies, Cortec® is seeking to forge yet another path toward greater environmental responsibility with the ...

PRESS RELEASE: Introducing World’s First Certified, Compostable, Eco-Corr® Patented Films and Bags powered by Nano-VpCI®!

EcoCortec® is very excited to receive industrial composability certification of it’s Eco-Corr® Film. Eco-Corr® is the first biodegradable and compostable packaging film that provides contact, barrier, and vapor-phase corrosion inhibition. EcoCortec® received the ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ certificate from TÜV Austria. This certifies that Eco-Corr, biodegradable, VpCI® film, conforms to the criteria for industrial composability under ...

NEWS ALERT: Cortec® Participates in AURI Panel on Renewable Materials

Cortec® was honored to be represented at the fourth annual “New Uses Forum 2022” hosted by AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute) in partnership with Compeer Financial and Georgetown University’s Rural Opportunity Initiative, March 23rd-24th in Brooklyn Center, MN. The event is sponsored by the MN Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, among others, ...

PRESS RELEASE: EcoAir® Biobased Outdoor Coating: New Addition to Cortec® Sustainable Corrosion Solutions!

Cortec® is pleased to announce the release of EcoAir® Biobased Outdoor Coating powered by Nano VpCI®. Since its inception, Cortec® Corporation has been looking for ways to make corrosion prevention more environmentally responsible. Sometimes this takes place in giant steps. Other times it is done by baby steps, such as replacing a petroleum-based chemical with a biobased ingredient ...

PRESS RELEASE: Need Corrosion Protection + Recyclable Moisture Barrier? Go Plastic-Free with EcoShield® VpCI®-144!

Sometimes, VCI papers need an extra barrier against moisture. Normally, this would be provided through the use of a polyethylene coating. Unfortunately, the use of this plastic-based moisture barrier creates an environmental problem as the resulting paper cannot be recycled through normal channels. Once again, Cortec® overcomes this challenge with its EcoShield® VpCI®-144 Barrier Paper that combines ...

PRESS RELEASE: Say Goodbye to Plastic Coated Moisture Barrier Paper!

Moisture barrier paper is a must-have for the packaging industry. Unfortunately, polyethylene (PE) or wax coatings are the traditional means of sealing porous paper to slow the transmission of water vapor. The resulting product presents an environmental problem because it cannot be recycled through normal channels. A fully repulpable barrier material is the answer for ...

PRESS RELEASE: World’s First Biodegradable, Patent Pending, EcoWrap® Stretch Film, Received TUV Austria’s OK Compost Certificate!

Cortec® Corporation is very excited to receive industrial compostability certification of it’s Eco Wrap® stretch film! Cortec® received the ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ certificate from TÜV Austria on November 24th. This certifies that Eco Wrap® conforms to the criteria for industrial compostability under EN 13432 (European equivalent of ASTM D6400). Eco Wrap® is world’s first compostable ...

NEWS ALERT: Add a Fresh Outlook to Your Environmental Packaging Image with EcoShrink™!

Can shrink wrap be all that exciting? We invite you to explore that possibility with EcoShrink™, one of our newest environmentally responsible packaging technologies! Traditionally, there have been three basic options for disposing shrink wrap: 1) Throw it on the ground (not recommended), 2) Throw it in the trash, or 3) Send it for recycling. ...