Cambridge, Maryland. September 11, 2015 - Interstate Container now delivers a high-graphic pre-print solution to companies that ship and store products in a wet environment, simultaneously meeting their needs to differentiate their brands and to transition to sustainable packaging.
Standing Out Against Competitors
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.”
Working Hand-in-Hand with Retailers, Foodservice Distributors & Restaurant Chains
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.
Replacing Wax & EPS Foam
Retailers have played an important role in the current high rate (90%) of corrugated box recovery and old corrugated container recycling . The current consumer demand for sustainable packaging will likely tip a transition away from wax boxes, as well as EPS styrofoam, for foodservice distributors and restaurants as well.
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.
Benefitting from Greencoat
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.
From an environmental point of view, recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE. Compared to landfilling, the cost of 100 Tons of wax boxes is equivalent to energy consumption of 21 million BTUs and emission of 52 tons of MTCO2E and 14 tons of MTCE greenhouse gases.
About Interstate Container
Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.
Pete Bugas, Global Director of Greencoat
903 Woods Road
Cambridge, MD 21613
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com; www.greencoat.net