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Restaurant Industry Faces Challenges with Plant-Based Packaging Shift

Restaurant Industry Faces Challenges with Plant-Based Packaging Shift

As fast-casual restaurants shift away from single use, petroleum-based utensils and containers, the plant-based products coming to the fore present new opportunities and challenges. We take a closer look at this monumental change in the industry.

biodegradable label

SPC Calls Biodegradability Additives’ Claims ‘Misleading Marketing’

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has taken a stand against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics, which are marketed as enhancing the sustainability of plastic by rendering the material biodegradable. The SPC’s formal position paper follows the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims, including five enforcement … Read more »

pizza boxes

Sustainable Packaging a ‘Long-Term Trend’ in Foodservice Industry

Sustainable packaging remains a long-term overall trend in the foodservice packaging industry, with an increasing focus on compostable packaging, according to the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s 2015 Trends Report. The report, which surveyed companies from the entire foodservice packaging value chain — from raw material suppliers, packaging manufacturers, distributors and operators … Read more »

Target Field compostable cups

Minnesota Twins, Eco-Products Team Up Against Ballpark Waste

In another step to minimize waste generated at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins and Eco-Products have partnered to turn tons of fans’ trash into fertile soil, rather than piling up in area landfills. Eco-Products, is supplying hundreds of thousands of compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws at Target Field. … Read more »

Cardia Biohybrid film

Sustainable Packaging Merger Proposed

Cardia Bioplastics, which manufacturers compostable resins, films, bags and custom finished products, has proposed a merger with Stellar Films Group in a move to create a leading sustainable packaging company, reports Manufacturers’ Monthly. Under the terms of the proposal, Cardia Bioplastics will acquire all of the shares and units issued … Read more »

AkzoNobel, Photanol to Develop Photosynthesis-Based Chemicals

AkzoNobel and Photanol have partnered to create technology that mimics the way plants use photosynthesis with a goal of producing “green” chemical building blocks that will eventually replace raw materials AkzoNobel currently obtains from fossil-based production. AkzoNobel’s chemicals are used by the chemicals, detergent, construction, food, pulp and paper and … Read more »

AkzoNobel Creates Compostable, Recyclable Paper Cup

AkzoNobel Creates Compostable, Recyclable Paper Cup

AkzoNobel says it has created the world’s first fully compostable and recyclable paper cup. The cups use the company’s coatings technology, EvCote Water Barrier 3000, which is made from plant-based oils and recycled PET bottles. The technology allows restaurants to select a more sustainable paper cup for cold drinks, and … Read more »


Södra, James Cropper Develop Compostable Plastic Alternative

Swedish forestry giant Södra and paper and technical fibres manufacturer James Cropper have created a lightweight, biodegradable alternative to plastic. The companies say the sustainable paper product, called DuraPulp, can carry the weight of an adult and be composted within 100 days. Södra and James Cropper are working together to … Read more »

Houston Faces Opposition to One Bin Trash Plan

Houston’s One Bin for All trash plan, touted by the city as the next evolution in recycling, may be facing some opposition by a coalition of groups who do not agree with the program’s proposed environmental value. Houston’s One Bin for All plan would allow Houston residents to place all … Read more »


Sustainable Alternative to Polycoated Cardboard

Cascades has launched a recyclable and compostable packaging product for the food and food service industries. The company says Respak, made from 50 percent recycled fibers, is a sustainable packaging alternative to nonrecyclable polycoated cardboard and it doesn’t compromise on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional polycoated packaging. Respak … Read more »

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