GREEN PACKAGING IN THE BIG EASY: GLOBAL GREEN USA'S COALITION FOR RESOURCE RECOVERY TESTS RECYCLABLE SEAFOOD BOXES

Pilot Conducted in New Orleans

July 22, 2013 (New Orleans, LA) - New Orleans seafood is going green. Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) joined forces this past week with the New Orleans Fish House to test recyclable coated corrugated boxes as methods of transporting locally caught seafood. These innovative boxes, made by CoRR members Cascades Industrial Packaging and Interstate Container, are designed to be recyclable, unlike the paraffin-coated packaging typically used, and also withstand the icy seafood packing process. 

"It may seem unusual to get this excited about cardboard boxes, but we are thrilled to highlight these recyclable products," said Global Green USA's Lily Kelly, interim director of CoRR. "If we were to replace all the unrecyclable packaging used across the country for seafood, produce, poultry and meats, it would be the equivalent of shutting down an entire coal-fired power plant with no loss of energy, and a tremendous gain in savings and revenue for grocers and restaurants."

"From a business perspective, it makes perfect sense," said Eddie Gonzales, Sales Representative at the New Orleans Fish House. "Our customers don't want to bear the costs of landfilling boxes, so recyclable packaging is an added value that we can offer. It's the next step in our evolution."

The pilot began at the New Orleans Fish House, where seafood and ice were placed in the recyclable boxes, palletized, and loaded onto their delivery truck. Representatives from Global Green USA and the packaging companies followed the truck as it made deliveries in the Baton Rouge area, observing the unloading of the seafood at an event venue, a large hotel, and a restaurant. At each location, the recipients of the boxes confirmed that the boxes were performing well, and expressed excitement that they were recyclable. "It will save us time and keep costs and waste down. I love them," said one recipient.

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