Green Seal, a non-profit organization that sets product environmental standards, and EarthShell Corporation (Nasdaq:ERTH), an innovator of patented, environmentally preferable foodservice packaging, announce today that the EarthShell® hinged-lid sandwich container has been awarded the first Green Seal certification for rigid foodservice packaging.
“We are pleased to award the Green Seal to a high quality product made from a new material that was designed from the beginning with the environment in mind,” says Arthur B. Weissman, president and chief executive officer of Green Seal. “We have worked with EarthShell for over two years to achieve this goal and it is clear that their product is environmentally preferable. We certainly hope other companies will follow suit in developing environmentally preferable products. This innovation can truly benefit both the foodservice packaging industry and our environment.”
Green Seal has developed standards for many environmentally responsible consumer products including paints, appliances, household cleaners, cooling/heating systems and more. The standards strive to reduce air and water pollution, cut the waste of energy and natural resources, slow ozone depletion and the risk of global warming, prevent toxic contamination and protect fish and wildlife and their habitats.
The EarthShell hinged-lid sandwich container meets the Green Seal criteria in all areas. In order to receive this certification, rigorous specific criteria must be met such as the use of recycled and reclaimed materials, packaging and inks must be free of toxic materials, and the product must be compostable in a commercial composting facility. Also, if fiber is used, it must be unbleached or bleached without chlorine-containing compounds. Products must also meet strict performance standards such as grease and water resistance and package strength.
The EarthShell sandwich container is a made from a new-to-the-world composite which consists primarily of inorganics such as abundant limestone and organic materials like renewable starch. The starch is reclaimed from the processing of french fries and potato chips. EarthShell products can be composted in a commercial facility or in a backyard.
“We are proud that our product has been recognized by Green Seal. This organization is critical to protecting the environment by certifying and promoting consumer products that are less harmful to our world,” says Simon K. Hodson, chief executive officer of EarthShell Corporation. “The hinged-lid sandwich container, along with all EarthShell Packaging, requires less total energy to produce than traditional rigid foodservice packaging and is environmentally preferable throughout the entire product life cycle. In addition, EarthShell Packaging performs well and is also competitively priced.”
EarthShell Packaging is considered an environmentally preferable alternative made from new-to-the world composite material, which consists primarily of abundant limestone and starch. It uses less total energy and results in low greenhouse gas emissions when compared to traditional packaging. EarthShell Packaging is strong and provides good insulation. It biodegrades in marine and composting environments, and is recyclable through composting.
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