Eco-Products gains Greenscreen certification for PFAS-free plant-based packaging

Vanguard, the award-winning line uses a proprietary chemistry to achieve grease resistance without the use of PFAS

Eco-Products has announced that it has earned the coveted GreenScreen Certified in Silver designation for its novel line of compostable plates and containers made from sugarcane.

Called Vanguard, the award-winning line uses a proprietary chemistry to achieve grease resistance without the use of PFAS, a class of materials sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals.” In addition, GreenScreen Certified products do not contain other chemicals of high concern or known regrettable substitutes.

Regrettable substitution occurs when one ingredient is removed only to be replaced by another that could also be problematic. GreenScreen Certified Silver evaluates every chemical used in the Vanguard formulation and attests that the product does not have known chemicals of high concern to human health and the environment.

Eco-Products is the first manufacturer to earn the GreenScreen designation for a foodservice ware product line. The certification was developed by Clean Production Action (CPA) and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).

“We are very excited to earn GreenScreen Silver Certification for our Vanguard line of compostable products,” said Ian Jacobson, President of Eco-Products. “Finding an alternative formula to replace PFAS was our top priority. But we also wanted to ensure our products did not contain other chemicals of high concern or known regrettable substitutes.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first manufacturer to offer an innovative foodservice product with a preferred chemistry,” Jacobson added.
GreenScreen is a globally recognized tool designed to assess and benchmark chemicals based on hazard. Companies, governments and organizations use GreenScreen scores to identify chemicals of concern and select safer alternatives.

“CEH and CPA are excited to launch GreenScreen Certified, and Eco-Products’ Vanguard is the first line of foodservice ware products that are certified. This new safety standard will empower consumers to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families,” said Sue Chiang, Food Program Director at CEH.

All Vanguard products are plant-based, BPI certified as compostable, microwave-friendly, cut-resistant and effective in both hot and cold applications. The initial line includes a variety of plates, bowls and clamshells, with more products to be added soon.

Creating the Vanguard line required extensive testing and supply-chain collaboration. Eco-Products has patents pending on the new formula.
Eco-Products’ work was honored when the Vanguard line earned first place for Innovation in Manufacturing at the 10th bi-annual Foodservice Packaging Awards competition.

“Vanguard once again demonstrates our commitment to our customers and to our planet, and we look forward to continuing to be an industry leader in this space,” Jacobson said.

Eco-Products offers a wide range of plates, cups, utensils and containers made from renewable and post-consumer recycled resources.

Source

Bioplastics MAGAZINE, 2021-11-02.

Supplier

Center for Environmental Health (CEH)
Clean Production Action (CPA)
Eco-Products

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