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Giro Pack Inc. is rethinking plastic in terms reducing it, and optimizing its use in each package it manufactures to reduce overall environmental effects.
The company already offers reduced plastic options through its Standard and Light programs, which highlight the recyclability and ratio of product to packaging used (Standard) and lighter/reduced material in packaging (Light).
The company also offers 100% compostable mesh bags and labels.
“The demand and request for more sustainable packaging is off the charts throughout the industry,” Nate Fudge, West Coast sales representative, said in a news release. “ … Most of our clients and partners are moving towards reducing the plastic in their packaging, which provides a savings in packaging costs, and satisfies many market initiatives to reduce plastics.”
Other initiatives include direct printing on packages to reduce use of adhesive labels, and mono-product packaging.
“The topic of ‘sustainability’ is a complex one and there’s no shortage of offerings everywhere you turn,” Chris Alvarez, national sales manager, said in the release. “It makes it difficult when making changes or when designing a new package.”
There are pros and cons with all packaging, Alvarez said, including Giro Pack products. That packaging, however, serves many functions, especially for produce.
“We must work together as a supply chain to educate the public and consumers to consider the impacts and life-cycle assessment of various options and alternatives to plastic,” Alvarez said in the release. “Consumers will direct the course of our industry through the choices made. It’s important that they have the information to make the best choices, and to know how to effectively recycle or dispose of a package after it’s served its purpose.”