Paper Food Trays Reduce Plastic Waste by 91%

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Graphic Packaging's PaperSeal tray has been selected as the winning solution by New Seasons Market to replace plastic clamshell packaging currently used on the grocer's Partner Brand Fresh Pasta. The PaperSeal tray debuts in April and enables New Seasons to use 91% less plastic in each pack, eliminating 120,000 plastic packs, annually, from entering waste streams.

Available in multiple formats, including modified atmosphere (MAP), vacuum skin (VSP) and non-MAP top-seal trays, PaperSeal can be used to pack fresh & processed meat, chilled & frozen ready meals, cheese, snacks, salad, fruit, etc. According to Graphic Packing, “Since PaperSeal tray’s launch, it has been widely adopted across Europe, Japan and Australia, winning numerous sustainability awards; and has become a go-to-choice for businesses looking to reduce plastic in their packaging, while maintaining freshness."

By switching to PaperSeal trays, New Seasons combines a paperboard tray—produced using renewable fiber sourced from managed forests—with a film that can be easily separated post-use. As they are made from paper, PaperSeal trays offer high levels of recyclability through existing curbside collection programs once the liner is removed, providing a significant reduction in plastic usage & waste.
 

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