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National Steak and Poultry Recalls 248,000 Pounds of Beef for E. Coli

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) — National Steak and Poultry has recalled 248,000 pounds of beef products from six states because of a risk of E. coli, U.S. inspectors said.

The inspectors, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said they linked meat from the plant to an outbreak of E. coli in the six states.

National Steak and Poultry, of Owasso, Okla., issued the recall in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Michigan, and Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a release.

The recall included products labeled National Steak and Poultry beef sirloin steak, boneless beef tips, boneless beef sirloin steak, savory sirloin tips, bacon wrapped beef filet, select beef shoulder, marinated tender medallions, Philly steak and boneless beef trimmings.

Each package contained a label marked “EST. 6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection and packaging dates of Oct. 12-14 or Oct. 21.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Posted in Farming & Ranching, Food & Nutrition, Food Consumption, Food Industry, Food Quality & Safety, Human Health & Wellness, Packaging0 Comments

Plastic Bags Recycled into Batteries at Argonne National Laboratory

ARGONNE, Ill., Dec. 22 (UPI) — Plastic bags found in abundance at grocery stores could be recycled into carbon nanotubes, a component in lithium ion batteries, an Illinois scientist said.

Vilas Pol, of Argonne National Laboratory 25-miles southwest of Chicago, developed the process as a way to turn plastic waste into an energy resource, the Southtown Star reported Tuesday.

With cobalt acetate as a catalyst, plastic bags were heated to 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit, which caused the carbon in the plastic to grow as nanotubes on the cobalt particles, Pol said, noting the process could be used on plastic water bottles and plastic cups.

The cobalt acetate, which is relatively expensive, could be recovered when the batteries were recycled, Pol said. Performing the process without cobalt acetate yields carbon spheres that could be used in printer ink.

Yet to be determined is how to collect enough bags to make the project cost efficient, Pol said. Recycling programs find the bags difficult to collect because they often get swept up in air currents, causing a problem for curbside collectors and recycling centers.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Posted in Consumer Products, Consumer Waste, Electronic Waste, Electronics, House & Home, Packaging, Recycling, Recycling & Waste, Science, Space, & Technology0 Comments

More Companies Embrace Concept of 'Zero Waste' and Reducing Garbage

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) — More companies, national parks and even restaurants are embracing the idea of zero waste when it comes to reducing garbage, a U.S. trash expert says.

The zero waste movement means shunning polystyrene foam containers, or other packaging that is not biodegradable, and recycling or composting what you can, said Jon Johnston, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manager who is helping to lead the zero-waste movement.

Companies are embracing the concept more quickly than private citizens because of the cost of disposing of waste, Johnston said.

“Reaching down to my household and yours is the greatest challenge,” he told The New York Times.

Honda has become so good at recycling that eight of its North American plants no longer use trash Dumpsters. At Yellowstone National Park, the soda cups and utensils are made of plant-based plastics that dissolve when heated for more than a few minutes.

“Technology exists, but a lot of education still needs to be done,” Johnston said.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Scientists Create Paper Battery to Power Electronics

UPPSALA, Sweden, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Swedish scientists say they have developed a battery made of cellulose that might become an inexpensive battery of the future.

Research scientist Albert Mihranyan and colleagues at Uppsala University noted scientists have been trying to develop light, ecofriendly inexpensive batteries consisting entirely of non-metal parts. The most promising materials include so-called conductive polymers or “plastic electronics.”

One conductive polymer, polypyrrole, known as PPy, showed promise, but was often regarded as too inefficient for commercial batteries.

But Mihranyan and his colleagues realized that by coating PPy on a large surface area substrate and carefully tailoring the thickness of the coating, both the charging capacity and discharging rates could be drastically improved.

The innovative design of the battery cell was surprisingly simple, they said, yet very elegant since both of the electrodes consist of identical pieces of the composite paper separated by an ordinary filter paper soaked with sodium chloride serving as the electrolyte.

The researchers said their battery recharges faster than conventional rechargeable batteries and appears well-suited for applications involving flexible electronics, such as clothing and packaging.

The research is described in the Oct. 14 issue of the journal Nano Letters.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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Plastic Recycling Guide

When it comes to recycling plastic, we all know that it’s a generally good idea, right? No one wants water bottles and extravagent packaging filling up our landfills for thousands of years… but how much about plastics and recycling do you really know?

Our guide contains the following sections…

Accessibility of Plastic Recycling

How are Plastics Recycled?
    –   -Separating Plastics by Type
    –   -Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
    –   -Grinding up Plastic Flakes
    –   -Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
    –   -The Born Again Plastics

Why Are Plastics Numbered for Recycling?
    –   -#1 – PETE, or “Polyethylene Terephthalate” Plastics
    –   -#2 – HDPE, or “High Density Polyethylene” Plastics
    –   -#3 – PVC, V – or “Vinyl” Plastics
    –   -#4 – LDPE, or “Low Density Polyethylene” Plastics
    –   -#5 – PP, or “Polypropylene” Plastics
    –   -#6 – PS, or “Polystyrene” Plastics
    –   -#7 – Other Plastics

Plastic Recycling Facts

Need More Information?

Plastic Recycling Guide

Accessibility of Plastic Recycling

Little more than a decade ago, curbside recycling was not widely available to Americans. While urban areas and watershed communities were more likely to have organized programs, plastic recycling was still very new to the public.

Today, more than 80% of Americans have access to plastic recycling programs. Do not think that curbside bin pickup is your only option, either. Many markets have bottle recycling machines, and in some states, you can get paid to recycle bottlesin the form of refunding your deposit.

According to recent reports, there are more than 1,500 businesses in the Unites States that are operating in the plastic recycling industry. That number continues to rise and has nearly tripled in recent years. Since these companies are so prevalent, many are willing to pick up your recyclable plastics to help defray their costs further down the line.

If you lack curbside recycling programs, search online (the EPA’s web site is a great resource) and write community leaders urging them to get their act together.

How are Plastics Recycled?

Most common household plastics we use on a regular basis are whisked off to recycling centers where they undergo a fairly straightforward process. While the ways in which various types of plastics may differ from one center to another, most follow this format:

  • Separating Plastics by Type
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
  • Grinding up Plastic Flakes
  • Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
  • The Born Again Plastics

1.) Separating Plastics by Type
it all starts with separating the plastic containers according to the resins that they’re made of… We’ll have more on these resins a bit later in the article. Most of this sorting is done mechanically in today’s larger recycling plants.

2.) Cleaning & Disinfecting Plastic Containers
Once separated, plastic containers must be disinfected and thoroughly cleaned. Ever seen what happens when tomato sauce sits in a plastic container too long? The surface of the plastics actually begin to absorb the sauce, causing discoloring and a nasty film.

This is a great example of how bacteria and contaminants can stick to plastic containers – and speaks to the necessity of having them thoroughly cleaned.

3.) Grinding up Plastic Flakes
Since the plastics are now in all shapes and sizes, there needs to be some degree of consistency. This is why recycling plants now chop up and grind plastic containers into very small pieces.

These pieces can now be further cleaned if needed, and ultimately end up getting ready for a very hot transformation…

4.) Melting Plastics Down & Reducing Them to Elements
A large furnace now awaits our plastic materials, and it’s only goal is to get them so hot – that they’re melted into a liquid consistency for seperation. Immediately after they reach this near boiling point, machines begin separating the materials down to the element level and storing them for later use.

5.) The Born Again Plastics
Finally, the plastics we once relied on have become ready to re-enter our lives in the form of new packaging or products. With so many technological advancements in the recycling industries, it’s not uncommon to see your old water bottle re-emerge as a soda bottle, a plastic piece of lawn furniture or even fibers in the very clothes you wear.

Why Are Plastics Numbered for Recycling?

The vast majority of plastic products now feature a number inside of an arrowed triangle. Here is an example of what these codes look like:

Plastic Recycling Resin Codes

Familiar, right? These are called plastic resin codes.

These resin codes are critically important to the recycling process though – which is why it’s so important for recycling centers to properly sort out their materials before beginning the process.

These are the common plastic resin codes we encounter daily:

  • #1 – PETE, or “Polyethylene Terephthalate” Plastics
  • #2 – HDPE, or “High Density Polyethylene” Plastics
  • #3 – PVC, V – or “Vinyl” Plastics
  • #4 – LDPE, or “Low Density Polyethylene” Plastics
  • #5 – PP, or “Polypropylene” Plastics
  • #6 – PS, or “Polystyrene” Plastics
  • #7 – Other Plastics

#1 – PETE, or “polyethylene terephthalate”
PETE is the most common resin code you’re likely to see. It’s used in soda and water bottles and a number of common containers like microwavable cooking trays.

When recycled, these products are normally used for threaded plastic applications like fleece, carrying bags and backpacks, and carpeting. In some cases they may be recycled into other containers, but that’s less common.

#2 – HDPE, or “high density polyethylene”
HDPE is similar to PETE, but found in more rugged containers like those used for detergents, shampoo bottles, quarts of oil and some heavier trash bags.

Because of their rigidity, recycled HDPE can be used in new bottling applications, high density plastic pipes and more recently, synthetic lumber materials.

#3 – PVC, V – or “vinyl”
PVC can be found in the form of piping, the insulation on wires, and some rugged materials like vinyl siding, replacement windows and even medical equipment.

Sadly, PVC is one of the more difficult materials to recycle. While most curbside pickup programs will haul these plastics away for you, many still end up being discarded. Those that are recycled tend to be used in newer plastic lumber facilities.

The dangers in recycling PVC are because the plastic contains a large amount of chlorine. When recycled or remanufactured, it can lead to the release of hihgly dangerous toxins.

#4 – LDPE, or “low density polyethylene”
Durable but flexible, LDPE is used for these applications and many others like plastic shopping bags ,frozen food containers and packages and even in some clothing.

Like vinyl though, recycling LDPE may be difficult. Again, most pickup services will take these plastics away for you now – but in the past that wasn’t the case. For future applications, LDPE can be used in new trash bins, plastic lumber materials and plastic bins used for storage.

#5 – PP, or “polypropylene”
Every time you use a squeezable ketchup bottle, you’re likely using a polypropylene container. Polypropylenes are often used for yogurt containers, maple syrup bottles, condiments, bottle caps and medicine bottles. Since polypropylene has a high melting point, it is often used for containing materials that may be too hot for other forms of plastics.

Commonly recycled, these materials often transform into very durable materials like cafeteria trays, light casing, brushes, lawn maintenance equipment (like rakes and brooms) and bins.

#6 – PS, or “polystyrene”
This is where the vast majority of disposable plates, cups, trays and containers come into play. Often, they’re referred to as “foam plates” because of their light, but rigid form. Styrofoam, a trademarked term, refers to a form of polystyrene.

Often recycled, these materials can be used to later create more foam packaging products and insulation materials.

#7 – Other Plastics
Most #7 plastics aren’t recycled, although they are quite common in our lives. DVDs, ipod and phone cases, store signs, and even plexiglass and bulletproof materials can all be constructed using type 7 plastics.

When accepted for recycling, these materials are usually limited to futures as plastic lumber material or for other, specialty applications.

Plastic Recycling Facts

Available on the EPA’s web site, here are some facts about plastics you should be aware of…

  • In 2007, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics in the MSW stream as containers and packaging, almost 7 million tons as non-durable goods, and about 10 million tons as durable goods.
  • The total amount of plastics in MSW—almost 31 million tons—represented 12.1 percent of total MSW generation in 2007.
  • The amount of plastics generation in MSW has increased from less than 1 percent in 1960 to 12.1 percent in 2007.
  • Plastics are a rapidly growing segment of the MSW stream. The largest category of plastics are found in containers and packaging (e.g., soft drink bottles, lids, shampoo bottles), but they also are found in durable (e.g., appliances, furniture) and non-durable goods (e.g., diapers, trash bags, cups and utensils, medical devices).
  • Plastics also are found in automobiles, but recycling of these materials is counted separately from the MSW recycling rate.

Need More Information?

If you’d like more information on plastics, please see the American Chemistry Council and the Society of the Plastics Industry web sites. You can also comment on this resource below to encourage a healthy social discussion on the various topics surrounding plastics and recycling.

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How To Shop For Green Cleaning Supplies

The push to go green becomes more evident as it begins to take residence on our retail shelves and becomes more and more affordable. Many people are jumping on the bang wagon by using green products in hopes of curbing their toxic emissions, waste disposal, and carbon footprint, which will result in a much healthier environment.

The problem is shopping for eco friendly products that are truly green products and not just conventional retail items with misleading rhetoric or advertising.

These are a few things you can do to ensure your purchase is a green one:

  • Avoid cleaners that contain toxins and corrosives
  • Choose products that have minimal or biodegradable packaging
  • Be sure to check all ingredients listed on the packaging
  • Steer clear of products that contain artificial or synthetic components

Using green products is important and knowing how to purchase them is equally important. These are just a few simple things that will help you become a greener consumer.

Find more information about becoming a greener consumer here.

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T-Mobile Goes Green With Smart Packaging

T-Mobile has begun to drastically cut plastic use by up to 45 percent in it’s pay-as-you-go phone packages. This results in to almost half the original plastic being used in packaging as well as a 40 percent cut in materials transportation.

The packaging is manufactured by Alloyd Brands, a division of Tegrant Corporation. The company specializes in packaging that reduces material use and weight, in addition to reusable packaging.

The new packaging is a paperboard and PET plastic based Natralock® blister card that is easily disassembled with scissors, but very difficult to tear.

Read more about T-Mobile’s newly reduced plastic packaging and their cell phone recycling program.

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hotovoltaics Summit 2009 global effort for alternative energy

Building on the success from the 2008 edition, IntertechPira is pleased to announce the 4th annual Photovoltaics Summit 2009 is set for June 1 – 3, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco, CA, US. Co-Chaired by Dr Jean Posbic, Director of Projects of BP Solar

and Dr Tom Surek, PV Consultant and former PV Program Manager of NREL, this year’s program will provide a versatile examination of the current PV market and offer viable solutions from industry leaders. Derived form real case studies, conference sessions will focus on the latest government initiatives including policy changes and the role of utilities, global market and economic trends, technology updates within the manufacturing and materials sectors, overviews of current solar thermal and concentrated solar power applications and thin film and organic PV technical challenges and end-user perspectives. Also featured in the program includes a complete financial analysis for venture capitalist investment and financing opportunities. With alternative energy on the rise, this conference provides an exclusive platform for anyone interested in learning how the US market is ready to move forward with the times.Conference structure:

During plenary sessions, expert speakers will assess PV market trends, technical developments, and application related advances through presentations, question-and-answer sessions and panel discussions. Keynote presentations will be allocated 30 minutes for the speaker followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. All other presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for the speaker with 5 minutes or questions and discussion. Throughout the conference, there will be a number of networking events including hosted luncheons, breaks and receptions. For the most up-to-date program information visit:

www.photovoltaicssummit.com.Two pre-conference seminars will be held prior to the conference on Monday, June 1.

Upcoming conference:

Following Photovoltaics Summit 2009, we are also pleased to announce the first annual Concentrated Solar Thermal Power 2009 conference and exhibition set for June 4 – 5, 2009 at the Hotel Kabuki. This event will address opportunities and challenges for large scale solar electric generation through concentrated solar power thermal (CST) technologies. CST Power 2009 will bring together the entire energy supply chain ranging from material suppliers to utilities to discuss and debate issues affecting widespread adoption of CSP as a reliable and cost competitive energy source. Topics of discussion will include: assessment of utility scale solar power market and economic conditions (includes investing in solar technologies and federal incentives); technical updates and developments and case studies for implementing CST for large scale power generation. Program development is underway. For more information please visit

www.cstpower-conference.com. A global effort

IntertechPira is pleased to see the launch of the inaugural Photovoltaics Summit Europe as June 2009 becomes PV Month across our conference event platform. Due to take place on June 30 – July 2, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Rome St Peter’s in Rome, Italy, this event will take stock of recent changes in PV markets across the whole of Europe, evaluate markets with in depth expert analysis and consider present and future investment trends. Both a networking event and source of the latest knowledge on the whole array of issues surrounding the photovoltaics supply chain, Photovoltaics Summit Europe will follow our proven event formula, bringing a fresh event to a new audience in Europe. For more information on this event including packaging prices with our US event visit:

www.pvsummiteu.com Members of the press interested in attending, to find out if you qualify for a complimentary press pass, please contact Press Officer Sheri Bonnell at sheri.bonnell@pira-international.com or +1 207 781 9637.

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Planet Metrics CIM Software

Earlier this month heralded the formal launch of “Carbon Information Management” (CIM) software from Planet Metrics, a Northern California based company that has been brewing this “web-based, multi-dimensional software that helps organizations to create and deploy innovative sustainability strategies” since early 2007.

Unlike Environmental Health and Sustainability (EH&S) software, such as the enterprise wide solutions offered by market leaders in that space such as ESS, CIM software focuses on helping enterprises assess the total carbon footprint of their products and processes. As such, CIM offers an important analytical tool to help companies move towards clean and sustainable operations that is very distinct from EH&S solutions. Like ESS, Planet Metrics appears to be the furthest along towards delivering a comprehensive solution in their space, although they do get competition from products offered by Carbon View and Clear Standards.

What differentiates Planet Metrics, according to CEO Andy Leventhal, is that the competition focuses on helping companies do carbon accounting and data collection, but they don’t have the ability to model carbon data, performing what-ifs, nor do they have the rich database of stored life cycle analysis (LCA) assessments. Also unique with Planet Metrics is how they have integrated over 4,500 LCA’s with an Economic Input/Output (EIO) model they licensed from Carnegie Mellon. With this continuously updated and expanded LCA/EIO engine, Planet Metrics has added a carbon assessment feature, allowing companies using their software to rapidly estimate the carbon impact of their operations.

As Leventhal emphasized, this tool allows companies to look at virtually every facet of their operation from a carbon impact perspective, from the supply chain and product design to the packaging, logistics and waste streams. “We want to help companies understand that carbon is an aspect of everything they do, letting them see ‘what’s inside what’s inside’ [from a carbon perspective]; how they can innovate with their suppliers to reduce their impact.”

Planet Metrics sees their customer base as the global Fortune 5000 companies. In addition to already working with several undisclosed major clients, they recently performed a carbon impact assessment for the massive Consumer Electronics show recently held in Las Vegas, where over 140,000 people attended from all over the world. “We would like to be recognized as the preeminent provider of software to help companies understand the emissions associated with what they’re making and what they’re moving,” said Leventhal, “we want to be used by sustainability teams, supply chain teams, designers; anyone doing deep investigations of where their carbon is being consumed in a carbon constrained environment.”
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PLANET METRICS RAPID CARBON MODELING APPROACH
The Planet Metrics modeling solution leverages a company’s data in
combination with their CIM database, including life cycle inventories,
Carnegie Mellon’s EIO-LCA data model, governmental statistics, and
other studies to generate a customer-specific emissions profile.
(Source: Planet Metrics)

The connection between carbon consumption and cost efficiency is not one-to-one, although as long as the cost of fossil fuel remains high the correlation is pretty strong. From that perspective, an analytical tool that can enable a company to identify areas where their carbon consumption efficiency can be improved will pay for itself in short order – regardless of the benefits of managing possible externalities relating to carbon emissions. As their website states: “Reduction of fuel or energy consumption will result in savings regardless of the regulatory status of carbon.”

Now that the price of fossil fuel has returned to earth, at least for a while, the correlation between carbon intensity and cost savings may not be as compelling. Imagine a company deciding whether or not to source a product with a high embodied electricity content (a photovotaic panel, for example). If this company is located somewhere in the intermountain region of the U.S., midway between a supplier in California and a supplier in Kentucky, and the price of the product is tied to the cost of electricity in each of those states, then they may find very little connection between carbon intensity and product cost. Electricity in California, worst case using natural gas, creates about 1.3 pounds of CO2 per kilowatt-hour, and costs on average about $0.115 per kilowatt-hour. Electricity if Kentucky, presumably using coal, creates about 2.0 pounds of CO2 per kilowatt-hour, but only costs $0.046 per kilowatt-hour; 50% more CO2 emissions, but less than 50% the cost. (Sources: For CO2/kWh, ref. this DOE page, table 1, “CO2 Emissions for Electricity in the U.S.,” for $/kWh, ref. the Electricity Costs table from CoalEducation.org.) Because of the recent, rather precipitous correction in the price of conventional fuels, the connection between economic factors and environmental sustainability factors is not as strong as when the price of fossil fuel was dramatically higher than it is today.

Nonetheless, adopting and mastering tools such as the CIM software available from Planet Metrics is in the interests of large companies, since increasing regulations regarding carbon intensity and carbon consumption appear to be inevitable. And inevitably the price for fossil fuels will rise again. Perhaps the biggest challenge to using Planet Metrics software is simply the vast and highly subjective nature of both the underlying data and the connecting logic. Accurately assessing the actual life-cycle carbon intensity of an entire supply chain can, ultimately, requires assessing and selectively connecting an infinite amount of often uncertain data. In this regard, CIM software might be compared to other models that attempt to grapple with infinite and uncertain data, from global climate simulations to hedge fund risk analysis tools to the Black-Scholes stock option pricing models. But in all these cases, the futility of achieving perfect accuracy should not deter the user from recognizing the utility of these models along with their limitations, and hopefully obtaining practical results.

Planet Metrics is backed by angel investors as well as the premier venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and to-date has a total equity investment of $2.3 million.

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Eco-Fiber: The Full Package

Most of the trash that accumulates so quickly is made up of packaging. This makes sense when every item at the grocery store, every new piece of equipment and every toy is safely encased in the cardboard boxes we have gotten so accustomed to. The Integrated Waste Management Board states that of all the solid waste that pours into landfills every year, a third is made up of packaging.

Most boxes are made from wax coated wood pulp. Unfortunately, wax boxes are non-recyclable and non-pulpable which means they go straight to the dump after being used. It is also too costly for retailers that do use boxes to separate these non-recyclable boxes from old corrugated containers so everything gets sent to the landfill.

Eco-Fiber, a San Francisco based packaging company, provides a solution. Their packaging is designed to work better than any wax-coated box, and Eco-Fiber’s products are perfectly adequate for use in a refrigerator, freezer, printer, wallet etc. Their homepage explains that “Eco-Fiber Solutions manufactures competitively priced corrugated, water resistant products that are sustainable, repulpable and recyclable. Based on tested and proven packaging technology, all Eco-Fiber designed products perform as well or better than their waxed coated counterparts. These products are suitable for use in field packaging, for refrigerated and/or freezer conditions and for multiple applications where water resistant packaging is required. Further the packaging can be laminated and is printable”

This produce tray from Eco-Fiber resists fluid
migration, has rigid construction, is easily
stackable, and can be recycled.
(Photo: Eco-Fiber Solutions)

One of Eco-Fiber’s specialty packages can even replace the popular Styrofoam cooler. Their Eco-cooler is easily put together without any glue or staples.

The item arrives flat, but once put together, this water resistant cardboard box works as well as any other cooler. In fact, it is quoted for “indefinite use”. Best of all, it is recyclable, repulpable and biodegradable.

Their other products, like the Eco-bond, is also put together without any glue or staples but still allows for some tough jobs: During the 2008 Boston International Sea Food Show, the corrugated boxes were introduced to one of the toughest markets: Fish and protein retailers require heavy-duty, leak proof and hygienic packaging. Eco-Fiber’s box didn’t just hold up to the freshly caught crab, fish, and scallops, but also the masses of ice that were slid into the boxes first. In the associated press release, CEO Robert VonFelden is quoted saying that their new box is “the answer to the increasingly untenable waste-disposal problem facing supermarkets and large retailers…and the cost is comparable and often times less than wax-based packaging. This technology is not tied to petroleum prices as is wax. Waxed corrugates will only continue climb in production and disposal costs.”

Sometimes the best part about a product really is the packaging.

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