Sustainable Packaging Initiatives
The EPA defines sustainability as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. There is no question that sustainability efforts have become a part of every day life, whether one realizes it or not. Recycling, reducing, recycled content and sustainable packaging like compostable products that are covered here in the Genpak Green Room are all examples of sustainability programs within our industry, but sustainability is not just confined to the foodservice disposables industry. The automotive industry with its fleet of hybrid vehicles is an excellent example of sustainability in action. The apparel industry, building materials industry, food industry and nearly every other industry that uses natural resources has some sort of sustainability initiative. The EPA has dedicated a very large section of their website to this subject matter that includes every day tips for the average person from the science and technology emerging that promotes sustainability.
For our part, we have many initiatives that would fall under the umbrella of sustainability. Many of those were covered in the other sections, but as a quick review:
Harvest® - sustainable packaging line produced using annually renewable resources and is compostable.
Hinged Deli Containers - produced using 20% post consumer recycled content and is #1 recyclable. They may also be used again in other household applications.
Smart Set Pro - microwave safe containers are produced on average using 20% less material than like containers produced from solid polypropylene.
Flexible Packaging - produced using recycled content including recycled LDPE milk jugs.
For a more detailed description of Genpak programs, please visit the other pages located here in The Green Room.