Paper or plastic? 6 sustainable foodservice packaging options for both: Page 3 of 5

By Rick Lingle in Sustainable Packaging on May 13, 2019


Description Compostable and post-consumer recycled content foodservice packaging, including cups, plates, bowls, clamshells, cutlery, and more. All Eco-Products items are made with renewable resources or post-consumer recycled content, each with their own environmental benefits. Compostable foodservice packaging is made from renewable resources and can help divert waste from landfills because it allows the consumer to put their packaging and food scraps into one bin – the compost bin (where commercial composting infrastructure exists). The use of post-consumer recycled content diverts materials from landfills upstream and uses them to create new products, thereby giving these materials another life. In addition to selling foodservice packaging, Eco-Products also provides marketing and sustainability services to help foodservice operators implement composting and recycling programs, understand their environmental impacts, and incorporate meaningful environmental messaging into their brand.

Two lines of products are available:

  • GreenStripe products are made with renewable resources and most are commercially compostable. This line includes the newly launched Vanguard line of molded fiber products. Vanguard items are designed to meet updated requirements of the Biodegradable Product Institute for compostability certification that will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
  • BlueStripe products are made with post-consumer recycled content, though not all of these materials can be recycled throughout the U.S.

Materials/structure GreenStripe materials include plant-based polylactic acid (PLA), paper, and molded fiber, such as sugarcane. The Vanguard line is made of sugarcane (aka bagasse). The vast majority of GreenStripe products can be composted at commercial composting facilities and returned to soil, instead of the landfill. BlueStripe items are made of post-consumer paper fiber, polystyrene (rPS), or PET plastic (rPET).

When introduced GreenStripe 2007, BlueStripe 2011, Vanguard 2019

Status Vanguard water- and grease-resistant molded fiber plates and containers are microwavable, suitable for hot and cold products, and are made from sugarcane. Vanguard was introduced in April 2019. Marketing manager Sarah Martinez tells Packaging Digest that what distinguishes Vanguard is that it is designed to meet BPI’s forthcoming requirements for compostability. The Eco-Products Vanguard line uses a proprietary alternative to traditional grease resistance additives, that is not based on fluorinated chemistry and is accepted in the FDA Inventory of Effective Food Contact Substance Notifications. All Eco-Products items are permitted for use in food-contact materials, per FDA requirements.

Available in a limited release, the initial Vanguard line includes a 10-inch round plate, a three-compartment 10-inch plate, a 9-inch single-compartment clamshell and a three-compartment 9-inch clamshell. A select group of customers is currently running trials. More products will be added soon, including bowls and other sizes of plates and clamshells.

For more information, visit the Eco-Products website.


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Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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