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Any environmental claims made about a product are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC sets standards for truth-in-advertising that should be followed by any company making assertions about the environmental impact of a product. The Green Guide is a great resource for you.
Most chefs know that their food is too good to go into a Styrofoam container. Picture your culinary creations in a container that is visually appealing, high-quality, recyclable, reusable and heat tolerant to 230°. A perfect solution is a polypropylene container from Anchor Packaging. Customers can tear-off the perforated hinged lid and place it under the base where it interlocks in place. Textured offsetting tabs on the base and lid make it easy to open. Clear anti fogging lids and black bases provide your employees with better control over order accuracy and your customers with a better look at your culinary preparation. The reusable container is an excellent reminder of the meal they purchased at your restaurant.
Your best solution is to use a PET container that has anti-fog coating in the lid. Anchor Packaging has a full line of tear away hinged, one piece and two piece containers. They have been designed for refrigerated grab ‘n go salads and other cold foods. The anti-fog coating allows for complete visibility of contents so that both your staff and customer have complete visibility of the contents, helping to increase sales and reduce mistaken identity of the product!
Fold Pak has a full line of recycled, one piece designed, leak resistant, heat lamp tolerant packaging solutions. With an upscale look and image, Fold Pak’s containers require no assembly or lid inventory, reducing storage needs. The wide variety of box sizes will accommodate 10 – 50 wings, sandwiches and chips, salads, pastas and a variety of other menu items. Fold Pak is versatile and a great alternative to Styrofoam take out containers!
Many wing restaurants enjoy using Anchor Packaging’s round Incredibowls for their take out wings. They will save you time and money by eliminating prep steps – the wings go directly in the bowl. The reusable, dishwasher safe container is perfect for large and small quantities of wings. Additionally, they withstand temperatures up to 230ºF, and have better heat retention than foil-wrapped wings in a foam clamshell.
Incredibowls leak resistant design and assortment of sizes will make this your multi-purpose bowl for salads, soups and other side dishes. Leak-resistant vented clear lid and bowl provides secure seal, holds in juices and heat better than wraps, paper cups, and foam clamshells. Incredibowls clear lid helps with order accuracy and product presentation.
The versatility of Anchor Packaging’s Incredibowl is a fantastic option for your soups To-Go. The reusable, dishwasher safe container is perfect for soups of all sizes. They withstand temperatures up to 230ºF and are leak resistant and available in a variety of sizes. Leak-resistant vented clear lid and bowl provides secure seal, holds in liquids and heat better than paper cups. Incredibowls offer excellent order accuracy and product presentation. The clear lid allows employees to be able to see what product is in the bowl before it goes out to the customer.
Anchor Packaging’s 48 oz. Incredibowl is the optimal solution for pho soup containers. With a low profile and wide mouth this bowl is perfect for your customer’s favorite Pho! The bowls withstand temperatures up to 230ºF, are leak resistant and available in a variety of sizes. The vented clear lid and bowl provides a secure seal, holds in liquids and heat better than paper cups. Incredibowls offer excellent order accuracy and product presentation. Because of the clear lid, employees are able to see what product is in the bowl before it goes out to the customer. The have grooved bases to provide stability when stacked in a bag, so no more spilled soup on the way home!
Fold Pak’s food containers are a great solution for meals on the go. They are perfect for boxed lunches when an inside container is needed for a side dish. The small Earth Pails fit perfectly inside the #4 Fold Pak and are great for pasta and potato salads, French fries, fruit or vegetables. The outside box can easily be labeled for a unique branding option and custom printing is also available.
With its rounded base, square top and unique latching system, Fold Pak’s SmartServe carry-out containers are one of a kind. The interior moisture and grease barrier prevents leaking and allows for storage of any type of food-cold, hot, wet or dry. The unique latching system holds food secure and allows steam to vent. They are cost effective, functional and made for many different applications including bakeries, candy stores, delis, salad bars, retail food service, catering and events, just to name a few.
Finally, a package that bridges the price gap between Styrofoam and Polypropylene! The price conscious, two piece, culinary squares from Anchor Packaging are easy on the budget but still maintain the features and benefits of higher priced take out containers. Culinary Squares are made from 40% renewable mineral additives, reducing the use of petroleum based polypropylene which in turn means greater savings to you. They withstand heat up to 230°F, have clear, anti-fog polypropylene lids. Foods are kept looking fresh which helps increase sales from grab ‘n go displays. Since the food service staff can see the food in the container, errors in restaurant takeout orders are dramatically reduced.
Fold Pak has created a unique box (with or without a single flap lid) that is perfect to showcase your burger and fries. The single piece construction prohibits leakage of sauces and grease and is made from recycled fiberboard. Add your logo and your customers will appreciate your custom burger and remember the novel box too!
Sunlight Sales consultants can help your restaurant deliver a unified, consistent brand experience to your customer throughout every interaction. We have solutions that will help you design touch points that visually communicate your unique story. Sunlight Sales represents several manufacturers that offer custom branded items which include printed napkin bands, take out bags, embossed coffee sleeves, catering trays and utensils, disposable dinnerware, kids placemats and souvenir cups, just to name a few.
Entertained children not only improve the dining experience for families and other patrons, but also lead to repeat business for restaurants and kid-friendly venues. We have an extensive product list of kid and environmentally-friendly items designed to meet all needs and budgets. Because we provide a variety of designs and themes, business owners can offer their youngest patrons something new each visit so they don’t get bored with the same kid menu every time they come in. Kid freindly items likeSolutions cups, place mats and crayons will help increase your per table profits.
Many packaging products assert to have environmentally-friendly benefits such as “biodegradable” and “compostable” materials. There is often a lot of misinformation about what these terms mean, and the difference between them? To fully understand the impacts that packaging materials have on the environment, is it important to educate yourself on the terms used to define and sell these materials.
Biodegradable signifies that the materials have the capacity to break down and return to nature. In order for packaging products or materials to qualify as biodegradable, they must completely break down and decompose into natural elements within a short time after disposal – typically a year or less. Materials that are biodegradable include corrugated cardboard and even some plastics. Most plastics, however, are not biodegradable – meaning they cannot break down easily after disposal and can remain on the planet as waste for decades.
Compostable materials are similar to biodegradable materials, as they are both intended to return to the earth safely. However, compostable materials go one step further by providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down. These materials are added to compost piles, which are designated sites with specific conditions dependent on wind, sunlight, drainage and other factors. While biodegradable materials are designed to break down within landfills, compostable materials require special composting conditions. Compostable materials include starch-based packing peanuts, cutlery and dinnerware made from organic materials, such as palm leaves. Starch based products can be dissolved in water and added to composts for safe disposal.
Recyclable products can be collected and reprocessed often times to produce new items. Commonplace recyclable materials are: paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminum, and electronic waste. Recycling is very important in diverting waste from landfills.
Many simple paper and plastic products are marked with the universal recycling symbol. Many complex electrical products (mobile phones, computers, printers, etc.) contain parts and materials which can be recycled by disassembling the products. Other products such as batteries, paints and fertilizers can be specially processed to reduce the environmental impact of their disposal.
Products that are labeled as ‘compostable’ should pass through an industrial composting facility to fully degrade into organic matter. If your city has a composting facility, place these products in your compost collection bins for disposal. Compostable products will typically degrade in 30-120 days in an industrial composter, depending on the product size and material used.
If your city doesn’t provide industrial composting, you can dispose of compostable products in your backyard or home composter, but they will take longer to degrade.
If you do not have access to a compost facility or a home composter, dispose of the compostable product in your regular garbage container. This option should be your last resort as waste does not easily biodegrade in landfills. Compostables are not recyclable and will contaminate the recycling process.
Currently, the bans on plastic bags vary by city and county in the state of California. There is a referendum on the 2016 ballot that would overturn the statewide ban on single-use plastic carryout bags. If the referendum fails, the bag ban will go into effect for all of California. Please see the links below to some articles on this subject that appeared in Plastics News on November 9, 2015.