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What’s the Difference Between Biodegradable & Compostable Packaging?

April 10th, 2018 RSS feed icon
3 compostable hinged food containers

Harvest Fiber containers are 100% compostable

Biodegradable and compostable food packaging refer to materials that can break down and decompose in the environment. This is one of the most reliable ways to conserve the Earth’s vitality while offering customers environmentally sustainable products. While these terms are used interchangeably, they do not share the same meaning. This post will help you know the difference between a biodegradable and compostable product and what to check for whenever a company claims that their product is made from organic materials. So, let’s get started!

What Does Biodegradable Mean?

Biodegradation is a process where natural raw materials can be broken down biologically in the environment within a certain amount of time. If a product is made of organic material, it can be broken down without oxygen and then can be turned into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass with the help of microorganisms. While organic materials in fact do biodegrade in landfills, it’s not within an expected timeframe and may take a long time to decompose.

What Does Compostable Mean?compost cycle of a food container

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.

How can you tell if a food packaging item is biodegradable or compostable?

Just because an item is made, or claimed to be made from organic or natural raw materials, does not mean it will biodegrade or compost. Therefore, it is up to the consumer to do their homework. The best way to make sure that a packaging item is biodegradable or compostable is to ask the manufacturer for a third-party certification document. This certification should be generated from an accredited third party such as the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). All of our Harvest Fiber items are third party BPI certified compostable and only apply to professionally managed composting facilities and not your backyard compost pile. To find a composter near you, just visit findacomposter.com.

As a leading manufacturer in environmentally sustainable products, we strive to meet your eco-friendly goals. To learn more about our BPI certified compostable Harvest Fiber products, click here. To request free samples, click here.

You Asked, We Delivered: Introducing the HF270 Jumbo Hinged Utility Container

July 18th, 2017 RSS feed icon

Just when you thought it was big…it gets bigger!

The Harvest Fiber family is expanding as environmentally preferable products continue to modernize. The advent of the new HF270 will make you think even bigger. This Jumbo Hinged Container launches as a key trend to the legacy, taking the product line to new heights for consumers, and here’s why.

our largest takeout food container

Harvest Fiber HF270 Jumbo Container

Recent studies from Euromonitor.com have proven the influence of recycling and environmental awareness, which now revolutionizes the demand for compostable and eco-friendly packaging. Fortunately, this product effortlessly alleviates these concerns due to its ecological resources, while also being recognized as BPI certified compostable. Here at Genpak, we engineer the container from a base fiber called bagasse, a by-product of the sugar industry.

An exclusive snap-it closure system, moisture resistant technology, and stacking rims for multiple to-go meals are vital features that upgrade the HF270’s catering abilities for some of your largest food choices. You’ll be able to eat big and travel light depending on if you want to grab-n-go, dine-in, or preserve it in the fridge. In other words, it redefines versatility.

The HF270 Jumbo Hinged Container currently reigns as the largest hinged container in its family line.

You’ll be able to contain everything in it, but your excitement for it will be out of the box!

For more information on the HF270 Jumbo Hinged Container, we encourage you to watch our video and request a Free Sample.

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Earth Day – April 22, 2017 – What are you doing to help?

March 28th, 2017 RSS feed icon

Earth Day

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22, 2017. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to support environmental issues across the world.

Harvest Fiber bowl with compostable lid

HF836 & HF936 – Harvest Fiber bowl with compostable lid

Not only is Earth Day promoting discussion about climate change and sustainable environments, but it also gets people thinking about how their daily lives can make an impact on our Earth.

At Genpak, we are committed to helping keep Earth viable for as long as possible. We use annually renewable resources to produce our Harvest Fiber items, post-consumer recycled content in our Deli Containers and Supermarket Containers. All of our Smart Set Pro and Oven Ready Containers are 100% recyclable. You can learn more about our sustainability efforts in our Green Room.

The ability for an item to composted and biodegradable is high on everyone’s list of environmentally friendly concerns. Harvest Fiber is 100% BPI certified compostable. It will completely breakdown in 90 days in a commercial compost facility

Check out our video to learn more about Harvest Fiber and Earth Day and request free samples.

hinged food container with lobster

HF270 – Harvest Fiber Super Jumbo Container

We hope you will participate with us this Earth Day to help keep the Earth around for many generations to come. For more information on Earth Day, visit www.earthday.org.

NYC Mayor to increase your food bill

February 14th, 2013 RSS feed icon

cruiser plastic drink cupsI tried to stay away from posting on all the bans our elected officials like to impose upon us, but I can’t ignore this one since it’s happening in Genpak’s home state. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, has decided that not only should he ban large soda’s from you, but he’s now going to impose a ban on the vehicle in which you get your drinks. Not only cups, but your hinged containers, soup cups and anything else produced from foamed polystyrene will be banned if he gets his way.

I’m not sure what it is with politicians, that they like to impose their will upon us? Were they picked on as little kids, stood up on their first date or just need to fuel their massive egocentric appetite to reign supreme? I don’t know. But what I do know is, if he is successful and this thing passes, the results will be:

  • Your bill for whatever you just ordered will go up in price as “green” alternative packaging does not have the same economies of scale as traditional plastics.
  • NYC will trade one type of litter for another. Studies done at municipalities that have banned certain types of plastic in an attempt to reduce litter have found all that has happened is the type of litter has changed from one type of material to another. I’ve no studies to prove this, but knowing a package is “environmentally friendly”, wouldn’t they be even more apt to chuck the hamburger container out the window of their car?
  • The higher cost of alternatives will likely force some food operations to reduce their staff (layoffs) or simply close up shop.
  • The alternative packaging will still go into a landfill where it will stay for years and years.
  • Your taxes will go up. Why? If public schools are forced to move away from their current school tray programs, they’ll be forced to either pay for more expensive trays or buy expensive and costly to run/maintain industrial dishwashers that require a ton of water and chemicals.  Who’s going to flip that bill? Taxpayers are.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say these bans do not work. It is a FAR better solution to let the marketplace decide where this goes simply by the actions of the consumer. Not a politician. If consumers decide they want to eat out of a container that is say, compostable, then so be it. Consumers have never been shy in telling their merchants what they want. After all, it’s their hard earned money that’s being spent and merchants in turn will find a way to get it done. The point is, the marketplace is dictating the terms…not a… well you know.

Please don’t get me wrong here. We fully support the wishes of the marketplace and long ago have offered 100% natural, fully compostable food packaging. In fact, we have many alternative materials that we offer to our customer base that are either compostable, or source reduced. We would just rather let the marketplace decide on the type of packaging used and not a politician.

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