All About Plastics
Our development team is continually developing innovative products that help preserve and protect foods better and for longer periods of time. To that end, many of our products incorporate plastic into their construction, adhering to strict FDA food safety packaging regulations.
In addition to offering exceptional performance attributes, plastic aids in our sustainability efforts, helping us to achieve the following:
- Reduce Energy: Because of their light weight, plastic products require less energy to transport than heavier packaging products.
- Reuse: Plastic products are highly durable, and many types of plastic products may be sanitized and reused for multiple applications.
- Recycle: Many types of plastic products may be recycled and used in the manufacture of new products. According to Earth911.com, the amount of plastic bottles recycled in the United States has increased every year since 1990. In 2007, more than 325 million pounds of wide-mouth plastic containers were recovered for recycling.
Safety and Reliability
Additional information about plastics and their role in residential and commercial environments can be found at the following:
- American Chemistry Council – Consumer Safety
- The Plastics Industry Trade Association – A Few Fast Facts on... Plastic and the Economy
- The Plastics Industry Trade Association – About Plastics
- PlasticsMythBuster.org (separates fact from fiction regarding plastics)
We use polystyrene in many of our foam products, a preferred foodservice packaging material, owing to its sturdiness and low cost. Since 1958, it has been regulated and approved by the FDA as a safe food-contact packaging material.
According to a recent study, polystyrene consumes significantly less energy and water in production than comparable paper-based alternatives, primarily due to its lower weight.
Additional details about polystyrene can be found at the following:
- American Chemistry Council – Take a Closer Look at Today's Polystyrene Packaging
- Plastic Foodservice Facts (polystyrene attributes and facts)
- Earth 911 (Earth911 is a guide to local resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, pollution prevention and how to help protect the environment)
Litter and the Environment
Taking Action: For an example of the negative environmental impact of litter and one organization’s efforts to reduce littering, we recommend viewing the Keep America Beautiful website.
With its network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, KAB is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations committed to building sustainable communities. Working with state recycling organizations and millions of volunteers, KAB encourages citizens to take action in their communities by engaging in conduct that minimizes their impact on the environment.
Individual Choice: Research reveals that litter is the result of personal behavior, a destructive pattern that attracts more litter. By contrast, clean and vibrant communities discourage littering and enhance a community's quality of life.
To learn more about polystyrene foam products and their contribution to litter, see this report, prepared by Environmental Resources Planning, LLC.
Land: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), or garbage, is anything thrown away from our homes, schools, hospitals, and businesses. It includes every conceivable item, such as product packaging, grass clippings, furniture, clothing, bottles, food scraps, newspapers, appliances, paint, and batteries, to name a few. For facts and figures about MSW in the United States, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.
Sea: For an example of one organization’s efforts to rid plastic from the world’s oceans, see the Marine Debris Solutions website.
All About Resin Codes
Since 1988, and in an effort to assist recycling initiatives, the Resin Identification Code (RIC) system has been used to provide manufacturers a consistent system to identify the resin content of containers commonly found in the waste system.
We include RICs on all of our plastic products, providing our end-users and recyclers with the necessary information to properly sort and recycle our products. To learn more about resin codes, visit the Plastics Industry Trade Association website.
Additional information about plastics can be found at the following websites: