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Support Local Restaurants During the Coronavirus Outbreak!

Our local restaurants are in trouble. Many have been ordered to close their doors in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving their financial futures in a precarious position. Unable to dine in, there are still ways you can financially support restaurants and the workers they employ during this difficult period. As restaurants…
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How To Make a Difference In Your Restaurant For The Environment

Source: Sustainability Active Off-premise sustainable packaging is becoming more prevalent in today’s eco-driven society. Consumers demand that restaurants utilize sustainable packaging to match their lifestyles and support their views on environmental stewardship. In fact, studies from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) have shown that ​consumers will even go as far as ​voicing their displeasure…
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Environmental Commentary

It is very important to stay informed of issues. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation from groups and companies with specific agendas. Not everything you read may be accurate or complete. You’ll need to verify information until you are satisfied what is being presented is the truth. We sincerely hope the facts talked…
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Polystyrene and in specific, foamed polystyrene has been under attack at municipalities across the country. Various bans have been proposed or enacted citing reasons such as litter, landfill usage and safety concerns. Many of these claims are based upon falsehoods or misguided information. What we will attempt to do is provide you with facts and…
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Sustainability In Food Packaging

According to the Environmental Protection Association sustainability is based on a simple principle. Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future…
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Biodegradable / Compostable

How can you tell if an item of food packaging is biodegradable or compostable? The only sure fire way is to ask the manufacturer for a third party certification document. That is really the only way you can be sure. This certification should not be one generated by the company itself. It should be from…
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Many products we produce may certainly be used more than once. These containers are great for home use, especially when needing to warm up food items in the microwave. Our Clear Hinged Deli containers are also a favorite item to be re-used in the home. We get many communications from consumers who tell us the…
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Source Reduction

The three R’s of sustainability include Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We have all seen evidence of source reduction with plastic water bottles. They have consistently gotten thinner and lighter. The average P.E.T. water bottle has gone from 18.9 grams to 12.7 grams. That decrease alone saved over 1 billion pounds of P.E.T. resin. Well done…
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Post-Consumer Recycled Content

The Federal Trade Commission defines post-consumer recycled content as materials that have been recovered or diverted from the municipal solid waste stream. A good example is that plastic water bottle you tossed into your curb-side recycle bin. Instead of that item going to a landfill, it goes to a recycling center where it is processed…
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