The singular most common sight in a grocery store isn’t the food. Surprisingly, it’s the plastic packaging that wraps the food and the other non-dietary items many supermarket chains sell. Since the 1980s, plastic food packaging has taken over the market. Not only is it used to seal meat and hold potato chips, the [...]
Our country’s increased awareness of how it can be more eco-friendly has resulted in successful recycling programs from the office or home bin all the way onto the ledgers of multi-national corporations, but recycling has significant hidden energy costs and sometimes returns only a small investment. Additionally, with China banning the import of mixed [...]
As consumer demand for sustainable products skyrockets, many companies that have relied on single-use plastic or polystyrene packaging for decades are exploring new agriculture-based alternatives. The advantages are clear: agriculture fiber sourced from crops like switchgrass is strong, renewable and sustainable, and it won’t create pollution in our oceans and fill our landfills. Most [...]
2021 has already been an eventful year for Genera. The company’s agriculture fiber manufacturing facility in Vonore, Tennessee — the largest fully integrated ag-fiber facility in the United States — is operational. With the plant online, we’ve launched production and sales of our Earthable® brand of compostable molded fiber foodservice products and ag-based market [...]
The importance of domestic ag fiber will continue to grow in 2021 and beyond.
Consumers are closely watching how the businesses they patronize adapt and change in order to meet their concerns about how food and other products are packaged. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world produces 300 million tons of plastic a year and 8 million tons ends up in the oceans. [...]