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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Interstate Container at SERFVC 2016: The Top Three Things Growers & Packers Should Look for in a Sustainable Produce Box

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com 

Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free produce boxes, will share expertise and insights about sustainable packaging at Booth # 437 / 439 during the 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC) at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia from January 7-10. 

Columbia, South Carolina. December 30, 2015 – Shipping over 5 million sustainable boxes every month, Interstate Container will help growers and packers understand the top three things to look for when selecting eco-friendly produce boxes during SERFVC 2016 at Booth #437 / 439.

1-    Fresh Produce Packaging that Saves Money

When looking for a sustainable packaging solution to replace current wax cascaded boxes, growers and packers must select cost-effective alternatives.

Greencoat wax-free corrugated boxes cost less than cascaded wax boxes and enable fresh produce customers to eliminate wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton and instead receive up to $80 per ton of recycling revenue. 

2-    Wax-Free Boxes that Perform

A key requirement for produce boxes is strength and durability in order to effectively ship and protect fresh fruit and vegetables across long and humid transportation routes. Greencoat wax-free boxes offer growers and packers a stronger, eco-friendly alternative to traditional wax-coated boxes - withstanding immense exposure to moisture, rough handling, and cold-to-hot environmental conditions.

Interstate Container teams up with Global Green USA to conduct regular trials on Greencoat boxes each year. Trials continue to demonstrate that Greencoat wax-free boxes are an effective replacement for wax boxes in the fresh produce industry. Interstate Container currently ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes monthly from its facilities in Cambridge, MD and Columbia, SC.

3-    Sustainable Packaging that Meets Market Demands

Keeping up with customer demands and market trends is essential for growers and packers to grow and maintain business. Currently, there is a strong and growing demand from supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains for growers and packers to eliminate wax boxes and switch to wax-free recyclable packaging.  Interstate Container works hand-in-hand with growers and packers to help transition them to wax-free coated corrugated boxes that are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable.

Unrecyclable solid waste generated from paraffin-coated cardboard is presently at a high of 1.45 million tons according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [1]. By recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes, fresh produce customers can save 1,527 million BTUs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

Interested growers and packers can meet with Interstate Container representatives at Booth # 437 / 439 to learn more during the educational conference and trade show which will take place January 7 - 10 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:

Contact Info

Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com

Website: www.interstatecontainer.comwww.greencoat.net


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Interstate Container Exhibits Benefits of Sustainable Produce Boxes at SERFVC 2016

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

During 2016 SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference (SERFVC), Interstate Container will meet with growers, packers and their customers and suppliers at Booth #437 / 439 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA on January 7-10, 2016.

Columbia, South Carolina. December 29, 2015 – Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® wax-free produce boxes, will introduce how to transition – one phase at a time – away from wax boxes at Booth #437 / 439 during SE Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference 2016 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Georgia on January 7-10. Currently, Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million sustainable boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD.        

The Sustainable Packaging Movement


With supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains mandating the transition to wax-free packaging, Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers and packers to shift to wax-free coated corrugated boxes. Corrugated boxes in the U.S. are the most recyclable packaging material, currently at a rate of 90%, with retailers leading the way [1].

Greencoat Benefits Fresh Produce Industry


Greencoat offers growers and packers a water-repellent box that holds up during shipment and is more cost-efficient and recyclable than a wax-cascaded box. Undergoing continuous trials with Global Green USA, Greencoat is a proven replacement for wax boxes in the fresh produce industry.

Previously, fresh produce customers used to pay wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton. With Greencoat, however, national supermarket chains and restaurant chains can eliminate this unnecessary cost, instead generating up to $80 per ton when recycled.  

Eco-Friendly Fresh Produce Supply Chain


By transitioning to Greencoat, fresh produce growers and packers can drastically reduce the current unrecyclable solid waste generated from paraffin-coated cardboard, which stands at a high of 1.45 million tons according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [2].

Greencoat boxes are FBA-certified 100% recyclable and repulpable. Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.


References:

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921
Tel: 410-221-1508 
Email:
Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Photoblog: Interstate Container Promotes Wax-Free Produce Boxes at PMA Fresh Summit 2015

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

During PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit, Interstate Container introduced Greencoat wax-free coated corrugated boxes to growers, packers and buyers of cabbage and other fresh produce at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 24-25. 
 
Interstate Container works Hand-In-Hand with growers and their customers - national supermarkets, foodservice distributors, quick service restaurants (QSR) and casual dining restaurant chains – to help transition to Greencoat ‘hybrid’ wax-free boxes, which offer key financial and environmental advantages over wax cascaded boxes and reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

















 

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Greencoat® Wax-Free Cabbage Boxes at PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit: Proven Performance

Interstate Container will introduce Greencoat wax-free corrugated boxes to growers, packers and buyers of cabbage and other fresh produce at Booth #5252 during PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 24-25.

Columbia, South Carolina. October 8, 2015 – Interstate Container will unveil its latest Greencoat ‘hybrid’ wax-free coated cabbage box at PMA’s 2015 Fresh Summit in Atlanta. Greencoat boxes offer key financial and environmental advantages over packaging materials commonly used to pack fresh produce: wax cascaded boxes and reusable plastic crates (RPCs).

Interstate Container’s approach is to work Hand-In-Hand with growers and their customers, who are increasingly mandating a change to sustainable packaging: national supermarkets, foodservice distributors, quick service restaurants (QSR) and casual dining restaurant chains.  

Recently Interstate Container teamed up with national grocer Sav-A-Lot, with 1300 locations, major produce supplier Northhampton Growers, and Global Green. In this trial, Northampton Growers converted all its 50-pound cabbage boxes to Interstate Container’s Greencoat 100% recyclable boxes. More than 75,000 boxes of cabbage were shipped over 750 miles from Northampton Growers’ packing shed in Moultrie, GA to Sav-A-Lot’s distribution center and stores in St. Louis, MO. [1]

Greencoat Wax-Free Boxes vs. Cascaded Wax Boxes

For growers, Greencoat hybrid cabbage boxes are strong and less costly than wax cascaded boxes, offering needed performance and savings to both farmers and packers.

For retailers, foodservice, and restaurant chains, Greencoat not only eliminates the need to pay up to $70/ton to landfill wax boxes but also ensures a steady revenue stream of up to $80/ton from recycling Greencoat with Old Corrugated Containers (OCC).

“Every truckload of cabbage en route to a retailer contains one ton of wax boxes, around 770 boxes,” says Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Sales Manager. “The retailer then has to pay to dispose of – landfill – these wax boxes, that can never be recycled and that never biodegrade.”

Greencoat Wax-Free Boxes vs. RPCs

For growers and packers, Greencoat eliminates RPC tracking, additional charges for RPC damage, and the risk of packing in unhygienic RPCs.  As researchers from the University of California Davis and the University of Guelph found, RPCs are often still contaminated when delivered to produce packers. [2, 3]

For retailers, Greencoat boxes can be knocked down, instead of stored and back-hauled, then recycled for revenue generation.

About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:

Contact Info

Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508


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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Photoblog: Interstate Container Exhibits at Pack Expo 2015

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com


Interstate Container exhibited its custom display solutions and high-graphic moisture-resistant packaging during PACK EXPO 2015, at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 28-30.


During the annual processing and packaging event, Interstate Container met with visitors to discuss corrugated merchandising solutions and pre-printed wax-free sustainable packaging, as well as additional services including design and color management, warehousing and fulfillment, and key account management. An ice-sculpture display demonstrated Greencoat wax-free coated box strength live at Interstate Container booth.










 

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Contact Info 

 
Pete Bugas, Global Director of Greencoat
Interstate Container
903 Woods Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

Tel: 410-221-1508

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Interstate Container at PMA Fresh Summit 2015: How to Transition to Wax-Free Produce Boxes

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com 

Interstate Container is emphasizing its Hand-in-Hand approach to removing wax boxes from the fresh produce supply chain at Booth #5252 during PMA Fresh Summit Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA on October 24-25.

Interstate Container, creator of Greencoat® coated wax-free fresh produce boxes, will meet with growers, packers and their customers at Booth #5252 during PMA Fresh Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from October 23-25.

Working Hand-in-Hand for Sustainable Packaging


Interstate Container works Hand-in-Hand with growers, packers, and their customers - national supermarket chains, foodservice distributors, and restaurant chains - to transition to wax-free coated corrugated boxes in their supply chains. 

“Until now,” explains Jeff Cormier, Interstate Container Sales Manager, “fresh produce customers have had to pay to landfill wax boxes used to transport specific vegetables and fruit. Greencoat is ideally suited for growers and packers looking for a water-repellent box that holds up during shipment but is not as costly or non-recyclable as a wax-cascaded box.”

In May, Interstate Container teamed up with Global Green USA, national retailer Sav-A-Lot, and major cabbage supplier Northampton Growers. In this trial, Northampton Growers converted all of its 50 pound cabbage boxes to Interstate Container’s Greencoat recyclable boxes. More than 75,000 boxes of cabbage were shipped over 750 miles from Northampton Growers’ packing shed in Moultrie, GA to Sav-A-Lot’s distribution center and stores in St. Louis, MO [1].

Benefitting from Greencoat


Fresh produce customers have begun mandating the transition to wax-free packaging. The switch to no-wax boxes not only removes wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton but also generates up to $80 per ton when recycled.  With retailers leading the way, corrugated boxes in the U.S. are the most recyclable packaging material, currently at a rate of 90% [2].

A proven replacement for wax boxes, Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD.
Helping the Environment / Reducing Carbon Footprint

Fresh produce growers and packers, along with meat and seafood processors, generate 1.45 million tons of solid waste from paraffin-coated cardboard, according to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) [3].

By transitioning to Greencoat, growers and packers get the strength and durability of wax boxes without the carbon footprint. Recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE.

About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:

Contact Info


Jeff Cormier, National Sales & Marketing Manager
Interstate Container
128 Crews Drive
Columbia, SC 2921

Tel: 410-221-1508
Email: Jeff.Cormier@interstatecontainer.com
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Interstate Container’s Show-Stopping Merchandising Displays on Exhibit at PACK EXPO 2015

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

Visitors at PACK EXPO 2015 will find a range of display solutions at Interstate Container’s Booth # S-6456 – from promotional packaging produced on the Highcon Euclid II+ digital cutting and creasing machine to custom corrugated merchandising displays and pre-printed pallet base wrap. The show runs from September 28-30 at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Interstate Container works closely with advertising and promotion companies, brand owners, and retailers to evaluate requirements and to deliver the most cost-effective displays and packaging. The manufacturer attends to the entire logistics chain - structural and graphic design, printing, folding, palletizing, and shipping – to reduce costs and to often deliver ahead of deadline.

Diverse capabilities in different locations along the East Coast allow Interstate Container to accommodate small-to-medium runs and corresponding budgets, simple to complex graphic and structural designs, need for digital, direct or pre-print, and short to long lead times. The company also offers warehousing and fulfillment services.

Highcon™ Euclid II+ Digital Cutting & Creasing

Carolina Graphic Services, an Interstate Container sister company, in Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased one of the initial three Highcon Euclid (II+) machines for fully digital cutting and creasing, in North America. Direct-to-pack, the Highcon Euclid prints on folding carton, microflute, converting paper and labels.

Doug McKee, Carolina Graphic Services Founder and Interstate Container General Manager, describes,

“The beauty of the Highcon Euclid II+ is that a company can approach us for a small run or prototype. Literally - in hours - we can have something ready. The customer brings the graphic design, and our creative team develops the structural design. With only this, we can have something to show in relatively no time.”
The Highcon saves customers tooling costs associated with conventional analogue dies. By converting packaging without tooling, the machine provides delicate and unlimited cutting options not previously possible. On demand, it cuts carton and other materials quickly and accurately.

Optical registration ensures precise structure, while optimized cutting algorithms and double speed through-put increase overall speed and faster delivery.
In his Packaging Digest article, High-tech cartons converted with distinction Editor Rick Lingle writes,
Digital cutting technology to replace standard die cutting is another option that packaging material converters can employ to provide brand owners with cartons that possess strong on-shelf presence.” [3]

Merchandising Display Solutions

When companies are looking for creativity from their suppliers, it often stops with the design of the display or packaging. Interstate Container sister company, PSI Packaging Services in Greeneville, Tennessee, won First and Second Place awards for structural design at 2014 CorrPak Awards.

However, McKee explains further, 
“What is creativity? For us, it’s more than our designers offering out-of-the-box graphic and structural designs. It’s when our team searches for creative ways to reduce customer costs. And that’s related to the entire logistics chain. Our team says things like: ‘We can already do this without additional costs” or “We can modify this to work for your display.’ 
It’s this type of creative thinking that affects speed-to-market, which is a major differentiator for us. We’ve gone from concept to finished displays delivered in only 3-4 days.”

Single-Face Base Wrap for Pallet Display Promotion

Interstate Container (DBA Creative Color Display) in New Castle, Pennsylvania manufactures award-winning pre-print base wrap. In packagePRINTING’s 2014 Excellence Awards, the manufacturer won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for High Print Quality.
“Corrugated base wrap,” explains Scott Sallah of Interstate Southern Packaging, “is an economical way to advertise popular consumer product brands, such as beer and other beverages, for example, that are shipped and displayed on pallets in big box stores, rather than paying for custom POP displays.”
Interstate Container manufactures this product under one roof - including design, pre-printing, corrugating, winding and packaging. With small flute size, the single face pallet wrap fits more rolls on a truck, reducing freight and storage costs. Because it lays flat and forms around sharp corners without tearing or cutting, base wrap is easy to place in the retail environment.  Further, its 2/3 recycled material content also makes it environmentally-friendly.


About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

Interstate Container’s reach spans across the Eastern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.


References:
[1] http://www.highcon.net/ 
[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McmYrUwz9Is 
[3] Lingle, R. (2015, February 02). High-tech cartons converted with distinction. Retrieved from Packaging Digest : http://www.packagingdigest.com/cartons/high-tech-converted-cartons-converted-with-distinction150202
[4] http://news.interstateresources.com/2014/09/interstate-container-new-castle-wins.html
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Interstate Container Supplies Wax-Free Cabbage Boxes to Northampton Growers in Global Green USA / National Retailer Pilot

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com

As part of the pilot test launched by Global Green USA with a prominent national grocer, Interstate Container contributed Greencoat no-wax, 100% recyclable corrugated boxes to the trials.

Read full release from Global Green USA:

CABBAGE JUST GOT GREENER

Turning Waste Into Assets: Global Green USA Works with National Grocer and Key Supplier to Save Money and Reduce GHG Emissions


September 15, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) —Global Green USA, in conjunction with a national grocer with over 1300 location and members of its national Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), coordinated a pilot that led to the conversion of all cabbage packing at major produce supplier Northampton Growers to 100% recyclable packaging for cabbage. As a result, the 125,000 boxes used during this upcoming cabbage season that would have been made of unrecyclable wax-coated corrugated cardboard will instead be packed in recyclable boxes, saving thousands of dollars for each location and reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to planting over 15,000 trees.

“If all unrecyclable corrugated packaging were replaced with recyclable alternatives, and recycled, the greenhouse gas emissions reduction would be equivalent to shutting down an entire coal-fired power plant with no energy loss, and grocers and restaurants across the country could save $200 million,” said Lily Kelly, Global Green’s Senior Program Associate and the project coordinator. “Northampton Growers and their grocer customer are setting the standard by making recyclable packaging a priority for produce, and we are proud to have helped them make this important change.”

“We are thrilled that this recyclable packaging is performing so well,” said Calvert Cullen, President of Northampton Growers. “This switchover means that our customers will be receiving 75,000 recyclable cabbage boxes that they can bale and sell with the regular corrugated cardboard, which will save them thousands of dollars. We are glad that Global Green initiated this project, which is a key step toward helping all our customers reduce waste and save money.” 

The initial pilot project tracked recyclable, water-resistant Greencoat® packaging made by CoRR member Interstate Container from its packing in Moultrie, Georgia to its successful delivery to St. Louis, Missouri, a journey of over 750 miles. The boxes and their contents arrived intact, leading the grower to eventually ship all their cabbage in recyclable, water resistant boxes.

The Greencoat® boxes, which are provided by Interstate Container, are made from recycled material, and are recyclable in accordance with the Fibre Box Association’s recyclability and repulpability protocol for wax-alternative coatings. “Many farms in the Southeast US and elsewhere have already switched over to recyclable packaging, including our Greencoat® boxes, but many more are still using unrecyclable wax-coated boxes to ship food from the farm to the grocery store,” said Jeff Cormier, National Sales Manager for Interstate Container.  “We are delighted that Global Green created this opportunity to help grocers save money by bringing recyclable produce packaging to grocers across the country and one of their major suppliers, and show how strong and cost-effective these boxes can be.” 

Greens, vegetables, seafood, and meats are often transported in paraffin-coated cardboard, generating 1.47 million tons of solid waste that must be sent to landfills or burned. Old corrugated cardboard is the most widely recovered packaging material in the country (91% recovered, according to the US EPA). If coated corrugated cardboard for produce were designed for recyclability, it could be collected and recovered in nearly every community in the US.






ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN USA

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities -- such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey -- that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen.

Lily Kelly | Senior Program Associate
GLOBAL GREEN, USA
645 Harrison St, #200
San Francisco, CA 94107
tel: 415-697-0399
cel: 646-942-7968
www.thecorr.org



About Interstate Container


Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

Interstate Container to Highlight Greencoat® High-Graphic Moisture Resistant Packaging at Pack Expo 2015

Interstate Resources News homepage: http://news.interstateresources.com 

Greencoat pre-printed wax-free boxes, a game changer for companies interested in achieving high-quality branding with sustainable water resistance, will be on display at Booth # S-6456 at Pack Expo 2015 from September 28-30 at Las Vegas Convention Center.

Cambridge, Maryland. September 11, 2015 - Interstate Container now delivers a high-graphic pre-print solution to companies that ship and store products in a wet environment, simultaneously meeting their needs to differentiate their brands and to transition to sustainable packaging.


Standing Out Against Competitors

Greencoat 100% recyclable and compostable boxes are pre-printed, then coated, to protect goods throughout the cold supply chain and to help customers stand out against competitors in wholesale and retail environments.

Interstate Container produces and ships over 5 million Greencoat boxes every month from plants in Columbia, SC and Cambridge, MD. Coating is performed in-line, rather than outsourced to third parties, saving time and resources.
“We’ve developed one of the most important innovations in packaging in recent memory, with the ultimate goal to eliminate wax boxes entirely from the marketplace,” explains Pete Bugas, Global Director of Greencoat at Interstate Container
“The potential for Greencoat® wax-free coated applications – outside those commonly used for poultry, fresh produce, and seafood – are numerous. We envision, for example, outdoor displays in garden centers that withstand all weather conditions, among other ideas.   
Being on the cutting edge of new ideas is exciting. We challenge and welcome companies to work Hand-In-Hand with us to improve their packaging – and the planet.” 

Working Hand-in-Hand with Retailers, Foodservice Distributors & Restaurant Chains

According to Global Green USA Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR), fresh produce, meat and seafood producers alone generate 1.45 million tons of solid waste from paraffin-coated cardboard [1].

Interstate Container’s team works #Hand-In-Hand with food processors, growers and packers, on one hand, and nation-wide supermarkets, food service distributors, and restaurant chains, on the other, to transition one phase at a time to 100% recyclable and repulpable corrugated packaging. 

While heavily used by food processors, Greencoat corrugated board can be developed into a variety of new and innovative water-resistant products for consumer applications.


Replacing Wax & EPS Foam

Retailers have played an important role in the current high rate (90%) of corrugated box recovery and old corrugated container recycling [2]. The current consumer demand for sustainable packaging will likely tip a transition away from wax boxes, as well as EPS styrofoam, for foodservice distributors and restaurants as well. 

Greencoat packaging replaces wax boxes, which are still widely used;  end users in the supply chain must pay to landfill these wax boxes across the country.


Benefitting from Greencoat

Transitioning to Greencoat boxes not only removes wax disposal fees of up to $70 per ton but also generates up to $80 per ton when recycled.

From an environmental point of view, recycling 100 tons of Greencoat boxes saves 1,527 million BTUs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 312 tons of MTCO2E and 85 tons of MTCE. Compared to landfilling, the cost of 100 Tons of wax boxes is equivalent to energy consumption of 21 million BTUs and emission of 52 tons of MTCO2E and 14 tons of MTCE greenhouse gases.


About Interstate Container

Interstate Container combines local presence with global experience as a division of Interstate Resources, Inc., employing over 1500 people in the US, and a member of the multinational INDEVCO Group. The company’s reach spans the Eastern and Southern US with 12 manufacturing plants and 7 warehouses located in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, East and South regions.

References:
Interstate Container
903 Woods Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

Tel: 410-221-1508
Website: www.interstatecontainer.com; www.greencoat.net

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