Evergreen Packaging, a Memphis, Tennessee-based developer of plant-based packaging solutions, announced in March that its new Sentinel Fully Renewable Ice Cream Board has gained its first customer. That customer is Coconut Bliss, a plant-based, dairy-free ice cream producer.
Evergreen’s Sentinel is a paper-based packaging made with a renewable coating derived from sugarcane. The companies say their collaboration represents the first use of plant-based bio resin polyethylene pint cup ice cream packaging.
Sentinel products from Evergreen Packaging come from renewable resources, paper derived from trees from forests where responsible forest practices are used and where overall growth exceeds use. The coating on this Sentinel Ice Cream Board is sugarcane-based polyethylene, making the board fully renewable, since both the paper and the coating come from sources that can be regenerated.
According to Evergreen, Sentinel offers “excellent converting performance, superior strength and outstanding print quality.”
It says no change to existing converting equipment is required for Sentinel.
“As a USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified company, Coconut Bliss is always looking for ways to limit its environmental footprint,” says Kim Gibson Clark, president and CEO of Coconut Bliss, based in Eugene, Oregon. “That’s why we are so excited to introduce this cutting-edge packaging that performs the same way as traditional ice cream packaging but is made with renewable materials. Plus, we love the fact that our plant-based ice cream is served in plant-based packaging.”
“We commend Coconut Bliss on their decision to move to this packaging, extending their commitment to using responsibly sourced and ethically-produced ingredients to their packaging as well as their products,” said Chris Johns, VP of paperboard sales and marketing for Evergreen Packaging. “We know that the use of renewable materials is a value that is central to many of our customers’ brands, and we believe this is the first of many companies who will extend that value by purchasing paperboard such as Sentinel for packaging that is fully renewable and responsibly sourced. We are happy to have the opportunity to work with our customer, Stanpac, and Coconut Bliss on this important launch.”
Sentinel paper and paperboard products are designed to be used in a variety of foodservice and retail food grade packaging applications with varying shelf life needs, including ice cream with its specific controlled environment requirements.