With so many people striving to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, it still amazes me that so many restaurants and stores still use plastic, paper, Styrofoam and other non-green packaging. One company, Be Green Packaging, is making huge strides in changing the way consumer and food packaging products are made.
Originating in California, Be Green Packaging, is leading the industry in designing, manufacturing and distributing Cradle to Cradle™ certified, tree-free, compostable packaging for the food and consumer packaging industries.
Those of you who shop at Whole Foods Markets have most likely seen the ‘Utility Trays’ found in the deli and used to hold the meats and seafood. And if you are not a Whole Foods shopper, maybe you have seen the packaging found on the Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor. These are all packaging products made by Be Green Packaging.
Be Green Packaging Products
Be Green Packaging’s products are made using only all-natural, plant fiber blends. There are no trees used in the making of their products, instead they come from non-food plants such as cat tails, bamboo and bagasse. These plants are used both for their sustainability and for the fact that they are not part of the world’s food supply. In fact, some of the fibers they use are actually recycled waste from the food industry such as left over sugar cane pulp (bagasse).
Be Green Packaging’s products are all 100% compostable, biodegradable and recycleable. In fact all of their consumer packaging products can actually be turned into biological and technical nutrients upon disposal. And their food packaging products are not only safe for the planet, they are safe for humans too, containing none of the harmful chemicals or toxins often found in other packaging. They are even GMO-free.
My Review of Be Green Packaging Biodegradable Food Packaging Products
I was sent several samples of their biodegradable food packaging products, and have found many uses for them right in my home. The texture of the products reminds me of a sturdy, thick, recycled paper. I have used them for both carrying food to other places, as well as for serving food for storage of leftovers. I have experimented with them using all types of food, both hot and cold, dry and wet.
As far as hot foods went, the containers did a great job keeping the food warm for a reasonable amount of time, and did not get too hot to the touch even when handled directly out of the microwave. Likewise, cold foods were kept cool, and the ones I used to store portions of meat and in the freezer worked great without any cracking or food freezing to the surface. Sauces and gravies did not soak through any of the plates, bowls or containers at all. I was also sent different types of lids for the containers, and they all fit snugly and securely. I found the containers, plates, bowls and trays to be quite sturdy and durable, not bending or breaking even when loaded with heavy food.
As you can see from the pictures, their products all have a light brown color. This is because no dyes are used in production, this is the natural color of the plant fibers once processed. The containers are completely compostable, biodegradable and recyleable, and can safely be put in the oven, microwave or freezer. Even the clear lids are made from a 100% PET plastic that is completely recyclable and freezer-safe.
Be Green Packaging Eco-Friendly Manufacturing Processes
On top of using only natural materials to make their packaging products, Be Green Packaging also uses only eco-friendly production and manufacturing processes. They were the first packaging company to achieve Cradle to Cradle certification, which signifies their strict adherance to the requirements for sustainability and environmental friendliness of both the products they make and the production facilities.
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