Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.
In the foodservice industry, operators and consumers are looking for a sustainable, green alternative by making use of the materials around us. With hopes produce healthier outcomes for the future, Here are the following ways that you can make sustainable. Several markets within the industry are looking for a food packaging product that blends the day-to-day convenience of food packaging with the sustainability needed to implement environmental change. One of those changes involves emphasis on waste management in the 3R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle. At Genpak, we proudly promote sustainability in five ways:
1 | Composting
Compostable refers to a natural process where organic waste materials decompose into a substance called compost. This substance is full of rich nutrients that can be used as soil conditioner. The process involves closely controlled heat, moisture levels, and carbon dioxide which accelerates the composting process. Genpak’s compostable material is known as bagasse. It is a renewable, fast-growing resource that breaks down the best in professionally managed compost facilities.
2 | Source Reduction
We firmly believe source reduction should be practiced. But, unlike our competitors, we don’t just lightweight products for the sake of light weighting. We do not believe our customers want to sacrifice functionality for a lighter and cheaper part. We therefore achieve source reduction via other means such as product design and R&D work. Smart Set Pro is a source reduced product made of Genpak’s exclusive textured, polypropylene material. Not only is the product stellar in its performance, it is also made 24% lighter without any compromise to product functionality.
3 | Recycling
Recycling is one of the most common ways to conserve the enviroment. We implement that responsibility through the use of curbside recyclable products. Our clear packaging solutions make all the difference as they are made of PET plastic and up to 30% post-consumer recycled content. Our polypropylene products like Clover, ProView, and Smart Set Pro are also curbside recyclable. So not only can they be enjoyed at your favorite establishment, or on-the-go, once finished they can be thrown in your backyard recycling bin and will be accepted by recycling facilities.
4 | Reuse
Reuse is an essential way to minimize the amount of waste affecting our world today. Genpak’s mirowavable, dual ovenable, and deli, containers can be reused for storing items and are washable.
5| Post-Consumer Recycled Content
Genpak was one of the first companies back in 2007, to start utilizing post-consumer content in the production of our clear P.E.T. products. On average we use over 10.5 million pounds of post-consumer material per year.
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