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Product Spotlight – March

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March. Now here’s a green month if I ever saw one. Of course there is March Madness where I typically loose around 50 green backs in the office pool. St. Patrick’s Day is good for several pints of my favorite green lager. And let’s not forget that Dr. Seuss was born in the month of March. What’s green about that? Hello, Green Eggs and Ham! One other thing is that Uranus was discovered in March. No there’s nothing green about that. I just wanted to type Uranus (insert your own crude joke here).

Now that you are thinking green (those of you still on Uranus can come back to us now) let’s talk about our Deli containers. Crystal clear yes, but green non the less. I read somewhere that people like bullet points, so instead of a paragraph of info, here’s the bullet point version:

  • Made from APET which is #1 curbside recyclable
  • Made using up to 50% post consumer recycled content
  • And now is endorsed by the Green Restaurant Association

That’s right, our deli line is now endorsed by the GRA! If you know the GRA you’ll know they only endorse products that meet there very strictGRA Endorsed logo standards and guidelines. Restaurants and food service operator can earn up to two points from the GRA by utilizing our Hinged Deli Containers. This will get them two points closer to becoming a Certified Green Restaurant. Also, I’m happy to report that our Clear Hinged Deli food containers are the only clear hinged products that currently carry their endorsement.

The other great features of this line are:

  • Patented 360° seal
  • Patented hinged closure
  • Freezer safe
  • Works with automated fill & seal equipment

deli containersHeard enough? If not, just shoot us a note and ask for some samples so you may give it your own test. I’m confident you’ll like what you see.

Why buy products made from PCR?

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The Federal Trade Commission defines recycled content materials as those that have been recovered or diverted from the solid waste stream. Recycled content can be broken into two categories. Post consumer and pre-consumer, which may also be referred to as post industrial. Post consumer content, as its name implies, are materials that have been used by consumers. Examples are clear plastic water and soda bottles made from P.E.T. that carry the #1 recycle symbol. Post industrial is scrap that is generated during the normal manufacturing process that is recycled back into its raw material state and used again.

At Genpak, we began producing our clear Hinged Deli products using post consumer recycled (PCR) content back in early 2007. Since then we have expanded that program to include all of our clear APET products. post consumer recycled content containers

The EPA states “There’s more to recycling than setting out your recyclables at the curb. In order to make recycling economically feasible, we must buy recycled products and packaging. When we buy recycled products, we create an economic incentive for recyclable materials to be collected, manufactured and marketed as new products. Buying recycled products has both economic and environmental benefits. Purchasing products made from or packaged in recycled materials saves resources for future generations.”

For our part, just in 2009 we used nearly 14 million pounds of post consumer resin for our APET products. To put that into perspective, it is the equivalent of diverting nearly 280 million water bottles from landfills! Breaking it down even further to a customer level, you can say that for every 200 cases of our very popular AD16 purchased, you have helped us divert 17,600 bottles that were destined for a landfill. Not only are our Deli containers made with up to 50% post consumer recycled content, but they are also still #1 recyclable! It’s a win-win.

For more information or to request samples just drop us a line and we’ll get you everything you need to know.