Foodservice Operator Case Studies

In addition to helping foodservice operators reduce their environmental impact through the use of our products, we also support their broader sustainability programs. Fun stuff! Below are a few examples of such efforts.

We are proud to support the sustainability efforts of the Seattle Mariners by being the exclusive foodservice packaging provider at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners’ waste diversion story is impressive. They started by focusing on recycling as much as possible, which increased their waste diversion rate from 12% to nearly 40%. When the stadium started composting, it was able to divert to north of 85% of its waste from the landfill.

To help the team better understand its impacts, we provided the Mariners a custom life-cycle assessment report for the foodservice packaging used during the 2013 baseball season. This included the upstream and downstream carbon footprint from raw materials, to manufacturing, to transportation, to end-of-life. Organizations are increasingly interested in knowing and addressing their environmental impacts, beyond their direct operations. We are proud to provide this insight to the Mariners, and any other customer interested in knowing more about their impact on climate change.

Being a neighbor to the University of Colorado, we’ve long been a supporter of their football program. In 2013, we volunteered to support their zero waste tailgating efforts at Franklin Field. By handing out bags for composting and recycling, providing guidance to tailgaters, and collecting waste, we helped raise football fans’ awareness of how to reduce their impact while cheering on the Buffs.

When Boulder-based EVOL Foods went to national distribution via Target stores, they wanted to update the packaging for their frozen burritos and meals. Turning to Eco-Products for the solution, EVOL insisted that sustainability be a high priority when designing the new packaging. Specifically, they wanted their primary packaging to be compostable – a first in their industry.

EVOL had experimented with several materials and shapes in the past, then came to us to create something new that both performed and merchandised well. Working together, our product design team and EVOL explored multiple approaches and finally settled on a bowl made from a mix of bamboo and wheat straw. The bowls are extra durable to hold up well when microwaved, and they have the added benefit of being made from 100% renewable resources.

We are proud to have delivered this milestone in frozen food packaging, and we look forward to being part of EVOL’s continued success.

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