#8 There are numerous options in food packaging materials, and many major food packagers and retailers often make a choice based on non-scientific information. Clearly Clean Products LLC (Orwigsburg, PA) manufactures easily recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) thermoformed food trays. Too often, “greenwashing” becomes an issue for companies like Clearly Clean when they are trying to help customers choose the right packaging for a given application; the recyclable PET tray offers an excellent alternative for EPS food trays that many recycling facilities won’t accept.
While customers seeking to improve the “eco-friendliness” of their product packaging have flocked to Clearly Clean’s recyclable PET trays, many remain confused because of the dissemination of non-scientific misinformation about plastics that can result in material choices that are actually harmful to the environment.
Biodegradable and compostable plant-based polymers may sound greener than PET, but are they truly biodegradable and compostable?
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