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OCC Adds Recyclable Paper Cups in Fall 2016

Cups Will Reduce Waste, Create Revenue at Costa Mesa Campus
Students arriving at Orange Coast College on the first day of the Fall 2016 semester might notice something a little different about their morning brew.

OCC-reCUPThe College is introducing a new type of paper cup that can be efficiently and profitably recycled in an effort to reduce waste on campus. Traditionally, paper cups in the United States are coated on the inside with polyethylene coating, making them very difficult and expensive to recycle. In the U.S. alone, 58 billion paper coffee cups are destined for the landfill annually.

 

OCC’s new reCups, invented by Smart Planet Technologies of Newport Beach, have a special inside coating that will not only make them easier to recycle, but also will make them profitable to recycle. “This is a great closed-loop system,” says Coast Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Mike Carey. “Now that cups can be made for recycling, there is a market to sell the paper cups we collect.”

 

The reCUPs used by OCC’s food services and catering programs will be collected and baled at the College’s Recycling Center, which remains open while a new center is being built nearby. The revenue generated from selling the cups to a recyclable paper mill will fund a student scholarship.

 

“We’re taking a cost center and generating revenue that we will donate to students,” says Carey.

 

OCC is no stranger to sustainability, and has taken several steps to reduce waste and conserve energy on its 164-acre campus, including installing water bottle filling stations, solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and drought tolerant landscaping. With this new recyclable cup program, the College hopes to serve as an example to other schools.

“We believe our efforts within our College and Recycling Center will provide a blueprint for recycling cups globally,” says Carey.

 

Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation’s top transfer schools. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate degrees and 130 career programs. The college’s 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa.

 

Contact:

Juan Gutierrez, Director, Marketing and Public Relations (714) 432-5725

Mike Carey, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Administrative Services (714) 432-5128


Gel Communications and Smart Planet Technologies partner in designing sustainable packaging using innovative materials.

BURBANK, Calif., July 14,2016–Gel Communciations (Gelcomm) has partnered with Smart Planet Technologies to enhance Gelcomm’s environmental packaging design services for Fortune 100 companies

Gelcomm provides design services to incorporate new innovations in environmental materials that address needs long sought by the market given the limitations of current materials.  Gelcomm has built a cutting-edge approach to design practice embracing the latest materials to advance complete package solutions optimized for environmental gain.  Gelcomm builds partnerships with innovators to develop a broad knowledgebase in materials within Gelcomm, and optimize supply chain availability.

Smart Planet’s EarthBoard is a unique folding carton material comprised of 100% recycled fiber content with a revolutionary coating, “EarthCoating”, providing a bright, white, opaque premium print surface, with barrier performance to moisture and oils, and is fully recyclable and repulpable.  EarthBoard serves the need for premium packaging material from 100% recycled fiber content that is recyclable.  EarthBoard is available in soft touch and glossy finishes.

“We look at the package components and source materials that are recyclable, compostable, recycled and/or carbon-reducing while still maintaining the premium look for the brand image,” said Gelcomm Principal, Patricio Fuentes.  “The materials engineered by Smart Planet are so compelling towards these goals that we knew we could best serve their customers with a partnership with Smart Planet”, said Fuentes.  In addition to environmental packaging design services, Gelcomm provides brand strategy and market research in the space of Consumer Package Goods.

“Gelcomm is providing a valuable service to brand owners looking to achieve improvements in sustainability measures in their packaging,” said Todd Gasparik, Director of Business Development, Smart Planet Technologies. “Our partnership will optimize the opportunities for use of Earthboard in that equation, and give brand owners the best package designs that support their priorities.”

Press Contact
Name: Patricio Fuentes
Company: Gel Communications Inc.
Phone: (818) 551 6891
Email: patricio@gelcomm.com


Smart Planet Technologies Announces Availability of EarthBoard

Newport Beach, CA  – January 22, 2016 Smart Planet Technologies, Inc. announced the market availability of EarthBoard®, containing Hansol Paper’s Hi-Q SC and Hi-Q SI recycled paperboard base stock. EarthBoard is a waterproof, grease proof, bright white sheet designed for consumer and food packaging applications. EarthBoard delivers a brilliant, unique white appearance and high performance barrier properties that optimize performance and cosmetic appeal for many types of consumer folding carton packaging.  EarthBoard is a comprised of EarthCoating®, a mineralized barrier coating, applied to recycled content papers and paperboards.

The EarthCoating line of mineralized resins are innovative, high performance coatings.  EarthCoating resins are heat-sealable, engineered for recyclability, FDA compliant for food contact, and provide an excellent print surface.

Mr. Sang-Hun Lee, CEO of Hansol Paper: “Since the declaration of Hansol Environmental Charter in 1993, Hansol Paper has taken the lead in adoption and early settlement of a green management framework.   Consistent with our Vision 2020 master plan, Hansol looks to expand development of eco-friendly product lines.”  Offering EarthCoating, Hansol plans to continue expanding its offering of more eco-friendly solutions including high-performance coated duplex board for their markets.

About Hansol Paper
Hansol Paper is the largest subsidiary of the Hansol Group. The company was spun from the Samsung family in 1991. Having operated for over 50 years, Hansol Paper is Korea’s largest paper manufacturing company with annual revenues over USD 2 billion and total assets of USD 3 billion as of Dec 2013. Hansol Paper has made strategic plant and equipment investments and recently has become one of the top 3 thermal paper manufacturers with a global outreach.

Annually, Hansol Paper is producing approximately 2.3 million tons of Printing & Writing Paper, Duplex Board, Container Board, Specialty Paper, Thermal Paper and specialty technical paper grades.

Hansol Paper has strategically grown to become a leading, global paper manufacturer. Hansol Paper exports more than 50% of its products to world-wide markets. Its mid-term goal is to generate sales revenue of USD 3 billion by 2016 through differentiated, value-added products and services.

About Smart Planet Technologies
Smart Planet Technologies is a packaging technology company with intellectual property focused on advancements in sustainability for the packaging industry. Its innovative technologies are engineered to conserve precious natural resources and provide high quality, environmental alternatives across a wide variety of packaging applications. EarthCoating is a registered trademark of Smart Planet Technologies. For more information, please visit their website at www.SmartPlanetTech.com


Hansol Paper announces license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies

EarthCoating an eco-friendly innovation in Hansol Paper’s coated Duplex Board products

 SEOUL, Korea – Oct. 1, 2015  Hansol Paper announced today it has entered license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies.  Under the agreement, Hansol Paper plans to offer barrier-coated paperboards using EarthCoatingTM technology, a mineralized barrier coating applied to its Duplex Board materials.

The EarthCoating mineralized resins are innovative, high performance coatings, which contain less plastic than traditional low-density polyethylene coatings.  EarthCoating resins are heat-sealable, engineered for recyclability, FDA Compliant for food contact, and provide an excellent print surface.

Mr. Sang-Hun Lee, CEO of Hansol Paper: “Since the declaration of Hansol Environmental Charter in 1993, Hansol Paper has taken the lead in adoption and early settlement of a green management framework.   Consistent with our Vision 2020 master plan, Hansol looks to expand development of eco-friendly product lines.”  Offering EarthCoating, Hansol plans to continue expanding its offering of more eco-friendly solutions including high-performance coated duplex board for their markets.

At a later date, Hansol Paper plans to announce commercial availability of its Duplex Board product lines specific to end-use applications using various formulas of EarthCoating barriers.

About Hansol Paper
Hansol Paper is the largest subsidiary of the Hansol Group. The company was spun from the Samsung family in 1991. Having operated for over 50 years, Hansol Paper is Korea’s largest paper manufacturing company with annual revenues over USD 2 billion and total assets of USD 3 billion as of Dec 2013. Hansol Paper has made strategic plant and equipment investments and recently has become one of the top 3 thermal paper manufacturer’s with a global outreach.

Annually, Hansol Paper is producing approximately 2.3 million tons of Printing & Writing Paper, Duplex Board, Container Board, Specialty Paper, Thermal Paper and specialty technical paper grades.

Hansol Paper has strategically grown to become a leading, global paper manufacturer. Hansol Paper exports more than 50% of its products to world-wide markets. Its mid-term goal is to generate sales revenue of USD 3 billion by 2016 through differentiated, value-added products and services.

About Smart Planet Technologies
Smart Planet Technologies is a packaging technology company with intellectual property focused on advancements in sustainability for the packaging industry. Its innovative technologies are engineered to conserve precious natural resources and provide high quality, environmental alternatives across a wide variety of packaging applications. EarthCoating is a registered trademark of Smart Planet Technologies. For more information, please visit their website at www.SmartPlanetTech.com


Monadnock Launches New Wet Label Protection Product Using EarthCoating

Monadnock’s Envi Enhanced Barrier (EB) Label with EarthCoating is an enhanced offering for beer and wine brands.

Monadnock Paper Mills, a provider of high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, has released its Envi Enhanced Barrier (EB) Label with EarthCoating. The product is available in a 100% post-consumer-waste fiber, bright white, smooth stock and a virgin fiber, bright white, vellum stock. These drop-in replacements for BOPP (Bi-Oriented Polypropylene) film laminated labels offer improved aesthetics, performance and sustainability for products that are subject to high-moisture conditions, such as white wines and craft beers.
Monadnock entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet Technologies for use of its extruded EarthCoating technology for adhesive beverage labels in North America in December 2014.

“We have expanded our Envi EB)label line offering beverage brands the option of tactile vellum virgin fiber or smooth 100% recycled fiber,” says Tim Boyd, market segment manager at Monadnock. “Both of these high-performance Envi Label Stocks will retain their beauty, integrity and brightness during the converting and bottling process and after hours immersed in an ice bucket.”

With this coating, the high performance labels contain less plastic and adhesive while offering improved opacity, brightness and wet-strength when compared to traditional BOPP film laminated labels.

“Customers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, so the ability for brands to offer labels with less plastic holds enormous appeal,” adds Richard Verney, chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “This innovation aligns well with our plastic-replacement strategy and complements our Envi Portfolio of substrates, which provides brands with sustainable options that do not require a compromise in performance or aesthetics.”

To learn more, visit mpm.com


How2Recycle Label Welcomes Smart Planet Technologies

INNOVATOR IN PACKAGING MATERIALS JOINS OVER 40 MEMBER COMPANIES

Smart Planet Technologies, a packaging technology company with innovations in packaging materials engineered for recyclability, has joined the growing How2Recycle Label program.

Smart Planet Technologies and its clients will use the label on select paperboard packaging made using EarthCoating® technology. EarthCoating is a mineralized resin that functions as a barrier coating for various paperboard packaging types. In addition, Smart Planet Technologies will be an advocate for the How2Recycle program among its clients as well as a partner in industry efforts to increase both understanding of access as well as technical recyclability of all types of paperboard packaging.

“We appreciate Smart Planet’s support to encourage the use of the How2Recycle Label,” says Anne Bedarf, senior manager of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. “As a new SPC and How2Recycle member, Smart Planet Technologies brings additional focus to SPC work in the area of packaging recyclability.”

“Smart Planet Technologies is delighted to partner with GreenBlue and to support the use of the How2Recycle Label in the packaging industry,” says Will Lorenzi, President of Smart Planet Technologies. “It is important to provide package recycling information and instructions to the consumer. It is also important to consider recyclability in the design of the package.”

ABOUT THE HOW2RECYCLE LABEL AND GREENBLUE

The How2Recycle Label is a project of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition®,a membership-based group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions. GreenBlue® is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. For more information follow us on Twitter @How2Recycle or go to our website at How2Recycle.info.

ABOUT SMART PLANET TECHNOLOGIES

Smart Planet Technologies is a packaging technology company with intellectual property focused on advancements in sustainability for the packaging industry. Our innovative technologies are engineered to conserve precious natural resources and provide high quality, environmental alternatives across a wide variety of packaging applications. EarthCoating is a registered trademark of Smart Planet Technologies. For more information, please visit our website at www.SmartPlanetTech.com

CONTACT

GreenBlue
Anne Elsea
Anne.elsea@greenblue.org
434.202.4847

Smart Planet Technologies
Todd Gasparik
Todd@SmartPlanetTech.com
49-610-7063