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'Green' food packaging resonates with eco-minded consumers

Americans are increasingly concerned about making sustainable and healthy "green" lifestyle choices, especially when it comes to their food. Companies that cater to an educated, socially responsible demographic therefore have the opportunity to gain new consumers and inspire brand loyalty through the use of green packaging. 

Many eco-minded shoppers are particularly concerned about  the waste associated with food packaging, both at the beginning and end of its life cycle. Much paper packaging is made from wood pulp, thus diminishing the world's tree population, while plastic production requires the use of petroleum oil. The sustainability issues continue to mount after a shopper has discarded the packaging rather than recycling it. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), containers and packaging make up more than 23 percent of the material in United States landfills, and a majority of the litter on American beaches and in waterways. 

Reich Paper's AVEO series presents a green packaging solution that addresses environmental concerns on several fronts. Firstly, 90 percent of it consists of crushed sugar cane stalk (also known as Bagasse), left over from the sugar-making process. Typically, this material would be burned or placed in a landfill. The rest of the paper is made from linen and hemp from the textile industry, which would also go in a landfill. AVEO paper is therefore entirely made from sustainable, recycled materials. 

Secondly, the paper itself is acid-free, biodegradable and recyclable, making it an appealing option for consumers who don't want to send their waste to a landfill. It is also free of elemental chlorine and toxic compounds like bisphenol a (BPA), which is found in some plastics. 

Whether you're looking for classic cotton paper or the latest earth-friendly packaging materials, Reich Paper is ready to meet your needs.