Packaging and the Environment

Environmental Packaging - Georgette Packaging

We want anybody who uses something made by Georgette Packaging to know where their packaging came from, what it's made of, and how to dispose of it in the most responsible way possible, given their community. I care a lot about this subject; I worked as a sustainability and renewable technologies engineer in England and Northern Ireland prior to starting Georgette. This background has uniquely positioned me to help businesses navigate towards more and more environmentally conscientious packaging choices.

Boxes

Our paperboard boxes are made in Ontario, Canada, using two different materials - kraft or white board. Kraft board is made from 100% recycled board, and is both recyclable and compostable in many municipalities. Pure white board is made using virgin fibre, and does not contain any recycled content. However, the vast majority of municipalities recycle white board easily. They break it down into a pulp, which is then made into new (kraft) boxes. The average box has gone through the recycling process 7 times - kind of like a cat.

Our corrugated boxes are also made from 100% recycled materials, and are completely recyclable. Our rigid boxes are made from a combination of recycled board on the interior, and new material on the exterior. The inks we print with, as well as the glues we use in our packaging are soy and vegetable based. We use only water-based coatings to seal our inks. In fact, if you felt so inclined, you could safely eat any of our boxes! We recommend pairing them with a tall glass of Veuve Clicquot…

Bags and Paper

Our pastry bags are made in Canada, and our handle bags in the US. We strive to manufacture the majority of our packaging within North America, to avoid the high energy usage of long distance transportation. Like our paperboard packaging, we offer our bags in either white or kraft paper, easily recycled by most municipalities. We manufacture our handle bags with twisted paper handles, so that the final product is 100% recyclable. Our wax and tissue paper is also available recyclable or compostable, in either a white or kraft base.

Cold Cups

Our cold cups are majority made in the US, and come in two materials: PET (polyethylene), and Ingeo™ biopolymer. PET is a type of recyclable plastic, and Ingeo™ biopolymer is a compostable, American-grown PLA resin derived from plants. PET cups can be recycled by most municipalities, and compostable cups can be broken down by a city’s municipal compost system.  We offer clear lids in either recyclable (PET) or compostable materials (Ingeo™).

Hot Cups

The majority of our hot cups are made in China. They come in two versions: either ‘regular’ (which are made of board lined with a tiny amount of plastic - these are recyclable in some municipalities), and compostable. We recently introduced kraft hot cups, which are (you guessed it) 100% recycled, and recyclable in some communities. We’re currently working to introduce sugar cane bagasse lids, and we couldn’t be more excited. These natural lids are completely biodegradable - you can throw them into your own garden composting bin to break down!

Moving forward

Our environmental processes aren’t perfect - yet. We’re working to make them better: manufacturing more items in North America to reduce energy consumption, constantly searching for kraft options for all our packaging, and carrying products that can be widely recycled and composted. We’re also searching for more widely compostable and easy to decompose packaging options, such as bagasse lids and containers, and more reusable items. Finally, we’re working to implement carbon offsetting options for our customers, to help reduce the environmental impact of their packaging.

Want to join us in our environmental efforts? Go the extra mile to educate your customers on what your packaging is made of, and how to properly dispose of it. Make recycling and composting bins available, accessible, and identifiable. Encourage your municipality to do recycling and compost pickups for businesses, and call for transparency regarding what really happens to these materials. Question the effectiveness of your local processing programs. Encourage your customers to reduce their use of disposable packaging - and when you do use disposable packaging, make the most of it by branding it so that it has a real purpose in building your business and brand!

Our consultants can help advise you on how to do this - we’re here to support your sustainability efforts. If you have any questions about the environmental aspect of your packaging, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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