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Sustainability

 In the United States, packaging makes up one-third of municipal solid waste.

While we can’t eliminate packaging all together, we take steps to reduce your print and packaging footprint while at the same time protecting your product and achieving your marketing and merchandising goals. We try to design packaging to Reduce or eliminate waste streams, use materials that Reuse content rather than virgin pulp, select containers that can be Reused, and when possible select materials that can be Recycled. The ARTICO team is constantly researching new “earth friendly” sustainable materials and applying advanced green technologies.

 

Environmentally Conscious Packaging for Whole Foods Market

Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods is making some fabulous food exclusively for Whole Foods Market. They selected ARTICO to design and create their unique packaging for this new pre-prepared foods product line. Once the product is finished cooking, the food is flash chilled and packed in air tight pouches that seal in freshness, color and flavor. These pouches are then packed in boxes made of 100% recycled paperboard. To keep the box from falling apart because of the moisture inherent in the packing and refrigeration process, traditionally you would use a plastic coating to line the inside of the box. Instead, ARTICO designed a packaging solution that was more environmentally friendly. In addition to creating a box with 100% recycled content, ARTICO also selected an innovative product to coat the inside of the box: EarthCoating™ by Smart Planet Technologies.

EarthCoating™ is a mineral-based coating made of calcium carbonate and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). When compared to 100% plastic coating of 0.75 mil, this application

  • Uses from 50% to 70% less plastic by weight
  • Reduces Greenhouse Gases by up to 20%
  • Reduces Energy Use by up to 10%

Using this environmentally conscious option allows Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods to reduce their packaging foot print, and deliver a product that is not only good for your body but also good for the environment.

To learn more about EarthCoating™ and other innovative green packaging options, give us a call to discuss your needs. We can find a solution that works for you.