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Greencoat 100% recyclable and compostable boxes are pre-printed, then coated, to protect goods throughout the cold supply chain and to help customers stand out against competitors in wholesale and retail environments.
Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD. Coating is performed in-line, rather than outsourced to third parties, saving time and resources.
“We’ve developed one of the most important innovations in packaging in recent memory, with the ultimate goal to eliminate wax boxes entirely from the marketplace,” explains Pete Bugas, Global Director of Greencoat at Interstate Container.
“The potential for Greencoat® wax-free coated applications – outside those commonly used for poultry, fresh produce, and seafood – are numerous. We envision, for example, outdoor displays in garden centers that withstand all weather conditions, among other ideas.
Being on the cutting edge of new ideas is exciting. We challenge and welcome companies to work Hand-In-Hand with us to improve their packaging – and the planet.”
According to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), fresh produce, meat and seafood producers alone generate 1.45 million tons of solid waste from paraffin-coated cardboard .
Interstate Container’s team works #Hand-In-Hand with food processors, growers and packers, on one hand, and nation-wide supermarkets, food service distributors, and restaurant chains, on the other, to transition one phase at a time to 100% recyclable and repulpable corrugated packaging.
While heavily used by food processors, Greencoat corrugated board can be developed into a variety of new and innovative water-resistant products for consumer applications.
Greencoat packaging replaces wax boxes, which are still widely used; end users in the supply chain must pay to landfill these wax boxes across the country.
Transitioning to Greencoat boxes not only removes wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton but also generates up to $80 per ton when recycled.