Interstate Container at SERFVC 2016: Top Three Things Growers & Packers Should Look for in a Sustainable Box
Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free produce boxes, will share insights about sustainable packaging at Booth # 437 / 439 during 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Georgia from January 7-10.
1- Fresh Produce Packaging that Saves Money
When looking for a sustainable packaging solution to replace current wax cascaded boxes, growers and packers must select cost-effective alternatives. Contrary to assumptions, not all wax-free boxes cost more than wax- boxes, case in point Greencoat boxes.
A cost neutral sustainable box will cost almost the same as wax boxes while offering fresh produce customers’ savings of up to $70 per ton on wax disposal fees, as well as revenues of up to $80 per ton from recycling.
2- Wax-Free Boxes that Perform
A key requirement for produce boxes is strength and durability in order to effectively ship and protect fresh fruit and vegetables across long and humid transportation routes. Greencoat wax-free boxes offer growers and packers a stronger, eco-friendly alternative to traditional wax-coated boxes - withstanding immense exposure to moisture, rough handling, and cold-to-hot environmental conditions.
Interstate Container teams up with Global Green USA frequently to conduct regular trials on Greencoat boxes. Trials have demonstrated that the wax-free corrugated box is a strong replacement for wax boxes in the fresh produce industry. Interstate Container currently ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes monthly from its facilities in Cambridge, MA and Columbia, SC.
1- Sustainable Packaging that Follows Market Trends
Keeping up with fresh produce customer demands is essential for growers and packers to maintain business. Currently, supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains demand growers and packers to shift to wax-free recyclable packaging entirely. Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers and packers to help transition them to wax-free coated corrugated boxes that are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable.
Unrecyclable solid waste generated from paraffin-coated cardboard is presently at a high of 1.45 million tons according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) . By recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes, fresh produce customers can save 1,527 million BTUs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.
Interested growers and packers can meet with Interstate Container representatives at Booth # 437 / 439 to learn more during the educational conference and trade show which will take place from January 7 - 10 at Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Georgia.
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.