Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods is making some fabulous food exclusively for Whole Foods Market. They selected ARTICO to design and create their unique packaging for this new pre-prepared foods product line. Once the product is finished cooking, the food is flash chilled and packed in air tight pouches that seal in freshness, color and flavor. These pouches are then packed in boxes made of 100% recycled paperboard. To keep the box from falling apart because of the moisture inherent in the packing and refrigeration process, traditionally you would use a plastic coating to line the inside of the box. Instead, ARTICO designed a packaging solution that was more environmentally friendly. In addition to creating a box with 100% recycled content, ARTICO also selected an innovative product to coat the inside of the box: EarthCoating™ by Smart Planet Technologies.
EarthCoating™ is a mineral-based coating made of calcium carbonate and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). When compared to 100% plastic coating of 0.75 mil, this application
- Uses from 50% to 70% less plastic by weight
- Reduces Greenhouse Gases by up to 20%
- Reduces Energy Use by up to 10%
Using this environmentally conscious option allows Fra’Mani Handcrafted Foods to reduce their packaging foot print, and deliver a product that is not only good for your body but also good for the environment.
To learn more about Artico and how EarthCoating is being used to support their customers sustainable packaging initiatives, click the following link: http://www.artico-usa.com/resources/sustainability.php
To learn more about EarthCoating™ and other innovative green packaging options, contact Artico or Smart Planet Technologies to discuss your needs. We can find a solution that works for you.
Spicers Paper Signs License Agreement with Smart Planet Technologies to Distribute EarthBoard and EarthCoating
Spicers Paper, North America, has signed a license agreement with Smart Planet Technologies to distribute EarthBoard® and EarthCoating™ throughout North America.
About Spicers Paper, North America
Spicers Paper, North America, is part of PaperlinX, the world’s leading international fine paper distributor. Spicers Paper, North America, has over 400 employees, across 12 Regions, including Denver CO, Honolulu HI, Kansas City MO, Las Vegas NV, Santa Fe Springs CA, St. Paul MN, Phoenix AZ, Portland OR, San Francisco CA, Seattle WA, St. Louis MO and Salt Lake City UT, where they serve thousands of customers everyday. Spicers strong product offering and sheeting/slitting capabilities gives customers products and services they can depend on and a wide selection to choose from.
About Smart Planet Technologies
Smart Planet Technologies is a materials R&D company focused on innovative packaging materials for the packaging industry. Through innovation, their technologies are focused on conservation of precious natural resources and providing high quality, environmental alternatives to a wide variety of rigid, flexible and corrugated packaging applications.
For more information, contact:
Manager, Custom Sheeting & Graphic Packaging
Spicers Paper, Inc.
12310 E. Slauson Ave. | Santa Fe Springs, CA | 90670
Mobile (415) 994-8085 | E-Mail: Tim.Resser@spicers.com
UNISOURCE SIGNS LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH SMART PLANET TECHNOLOGIES
Company Will Distribute EarthBoard And EarthCoating Lines Of Greener Packaging Solutions In North America
NORCROSS, GA (December 15, 2010) – Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading distributors of paper, packaging, and facility supplies throughout North America, has signed an agreement to distribute the “EarthBoard” and “EarthCoating” lines of environmentally-driven packaging solutions throughout North America. Their products are based upon the research and intellectual property of Smart Planet Technologies, Inc. The broad based availability of these innovative solutions will assist companies to affordably achieve their packaging sustainability targets.
”Our partnership with Smart Planet Technologies will enable us to expand our offering with sustainable products across many of our customer segments,” said Ed Farley, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications for Unisource.
“With the distribution and design reach of Unisource, consumer product companies across North America now have new packaging solutions available to achieve sustainability goals that may have been elusive with existing technology. Unisource leads the marketplace in providing greener solutions for its customers and our planet,” said Will Lorenzi, President of Smart Planet Technologies, Inc.
EarthBoard’s natural mineral content can greatly improve whiteness, printability and performance of recycled fiberboards. EarthCoating reduces the use of plastic contaminants often found in folding carton and corrugated boxes that require barrier properties such as food packaging. Less use of plastic in coatings leads to better recyclability of fiberboard packaging.
About Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
Unisource Worldwide, Inc., (www.unisourceworldwide.com) is a leading independent marketer and distributor of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging systems and facility supplies and equipment in North America. Headquartered in Norcross, Ga., Unisource is one of the largest private companies in the United States and offers the most comprehensive suite of products and services in the industry. With more than 5,000 Team Members – including sales, customer service and technical support specialists; approximately 85 distribution centers; and a fleet of “Big Red” trucks – Unisource can deliver what your business needs when and where you want it – locally, regionally and nationally.
About Smart Planet Technologies, Inc.
Smart Planet Technologies is a materials R&D company focused on sustainability for the packaging industry. Through innovation, their technologies are focused to conserve precious natural resources and provide high quality, environmental alternatives to a wide variety of rigid, flexible and corrugated packaging applications.
For more information contact:
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
Unisource Worldwide, Inc.
Business Development Manager
Smart Planet Technologies
Packaging World Magazine has written an article about Hugo Naturals and the use of EarthBoard for their folding carton packaging. The story has earned top billing and can be found on the cover of the magazine.
Check Out EarthBoard coverage on page 27 of the printed PFFC magazine and page 29 of the online PFFC viewer:
“Eco-Friendly Carton Barrier” – Packaging World Magazine