Danimer And Genpak Announce Launch Of Sustainable Foodservice Packaging

by Rudy Sanchez on 11/20/2019 | 2 Minute Read

To address the growing need and consumer demand for more sustainable food packaging, bio-materials manufacturer Danimer Scientific has partnered with food container maker Genpak to launch a new line of eco-friendly packaging for the foodservice market. 

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Named GenZero, the new takeout products come from bio-based materials, including Danimer’s TUV Austria-certified Nodax PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) bioplastic, which the company says is 100% biodegradable in anaerobic soil, freshwater and saltwater environments and is a bio-based material.

Disposable plastic straws have served as a lightning rod for single-serve items, but these takeaway items obviously have even more materials than disposable sucking sticks. In fact, some places have enacted more comprehensive bans on single-use plastic, including all packaging and utensils, such as the California city of Santa Monica, who in 2018 extended their prohibition to include takeout bowls, containers, cups, lid plugs, lids, plates, stirrers, straws, trays, and cutlery. 

“Plastic is a universal material used in countless everyday products, especially in the food and beverage industries, so it’s imperative to broaden the conversation around the type of items we can make with biodegradable materials. That is why we are excited to work with Genpak in creating an entirely new type of eco-friendly food packaging option,” said Stephen Croskrey, CEO, Danimer Scientific.

PHA is produced from cold-pressed canola seed oil. Bacteria consume the oil and through fermentation, creates the base for the substance, which undergoes further processing before getting turned into bioplastic pellets. Just as PHA gets created by bacterial critters, it is also broken down by microorganisms, with an early assist from heat and moisture.

“Innovation is a core foundation of our manufacturing philosophy, and it has driven the development of some of our most durable and sustainable packaging items,” said Kevin Kelly, President of Genpak. “Partnering with Danimer Scientific provides us with cutting-edge material we need to take the next step in our dedication to our purpose statement of advancing innovative packaging to enhance the human experience.’”

For more information, visit GenZero’s website.

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