With a name like Nature’s Table, we’re constantly looking for better ways to be good stewards to our environment. It’s been a concern of ours-how to deliver a drink product in a container that left a smaller footprint on the earth? It is with great pride that we announce our decision to move from foam to paper cups. We understand that foam, plastic and paper cups go into landfills. Our intent is to present an alternative option that is a compostable and recyclable product.
In our search, we found the ecotainer®. This paper cup uses a process that lowers the “upstream” effect on the environment. ecotainer® is made from fully renewable resources, sustainable wood fiber and plastic coating made from plants.
Not only did Nature’s Table elect to move to a paper cup and soup bowl, we chose a coating that is not made out of petro-chemicals, as used in most coated containers. Ingeo® is the moisture barrier that ecotainer® uses, and is a plant-based polylactic acid (PLA) coating from fully renewable resources. It meets the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) standards for compostability, is certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and the fiber used meets the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) standards. Nature’s Table elected to go with a product that sets the standard when it comes to the “green” movement.
-Made with fully renewable materials
-Meets ASTM standard for compostability
-Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)
-Compostable in most commercial composting facilities
The clear cold drink lids are also made from polylactic acid (PLA) and are compostable. The introduction of these cups, soup bowls and lids in a Nature’s Table near you will take place during the 2nd half of 2011.
About Graphic Packaging International’s ecotainer®
Graphic Packaging’s ecotainer family of products includes hot cups, hot cup lids, Cup Buddy® sleeves, cold cups and soup containers. ecotainer products meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostability and are widely accepted by commercial composting facilities. All ecotainer products are made from renewable resources such as Ingeo biopolymer from NatureWorks LLC, a fully renewable, plant-based material and paperboard made with trees from responsibly managed forests that meet the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) standard