Where can I buy your products?
Greenpack’s Film products can be purchased from Greenpack directly, or from our authorized producers and distributors in specific regions.
Greenpack’s tableware and take-out containers can be purchased from Greenpack directly, or from our authorized distributors in specific regions.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will direct your inquiry to the appropriate sales representative.
Which retailers, restaurants and other businesses currently use your products?
For a list of retailers, restaurants and other businesses currently providing their customers with Greenpack products please see our list of Partners
Are your products customizable? Can you make a product according to my specific needs?
All of our products are completely customizable. Greenpack Film products can be produced in any size, thickness, style, colour and with custom four-colour printing to meet your needs. Greenpack’s Thermoform and Injection molded items are available in a wide range of standard sizes and product designs including tableware and take-out containers. Upon request, Greenpack is also able to produce custom Thermoform and Injection molded products with your companies brand embossed.
For any inquiries about the customizability of our products please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Do Greenpack products cost more than conventional plastics?
Greenpack products do cost more than conventional plastic products to manufacture on a kilogram to kilogram basis; this is an inherent characteristic of bioplastics. However what you’re really paying a premium for is a high-quality environmentally conscious product, think of it as paying a green premium. This being said, our products are one of the most affordable bioplastic options available on the market today. In fact, Greenpack is able to provide its customers with its products at a significantly lower increase or no increase at all over what they are paying for conventional plastic because it has an efficient supply chain and can supply its customers with factory-direct pricing with adequate production volumes. Greenpack also looks for better solutions for its customers that reduce the material costs of its products without sacrificing strength and quality.
Greenpack is constantly improving its production processes and increasing its economies of scale in a continued effort to decrease its cost over the long-term.
What are your products made of?
At Greenpack, we utilize cassava and corn starch as the renewable resource carbon base in our products. This goes into the making of our unique Bioresin which is then blended with polyethylene pellets to produce a new and unique bioplastic material.
Will my allergy to cassava or corn be a concern when using your products?
No, you do not need to be concerned about our products causing an allergic reaction. The proteins which can cause an immune response to these plants begin breaking down at 55oC and are completely destroyed at temperatures surpassing this.
Our products use plant starch which has undergone a number of processing steps such as wet milling, polymerization and extrusion before final processing by the time our final product is distributed. The resulting Bioresin is free of any trace of the initial immunologically reactive allergen.
If you have any further questions regarding allergens, please contact us directly for more information so you can make the most informed decision possible regarding your health and well-being.
Do your Biobased products perform as well as conventional plastics?
Yes, through continuous research and development efforts and Bioresin improvements we’ve been able to create bioplastic products that perform just as well as their fossil fuel counterparts in tensile strength, elongation at break and puncture testing.
Will your products biodegrade if they are not used right away?
No, Greenpack products will not begin to biodegrade if they are not used right away. As long as they are stored in a cool, dark place Greenpack products will retain their structural integrity for years as proper storage prevents the initiation of the biodegradation process.
How do your products extend the shelf life of my produce?
Our products are able to extend your produce shelf life because they allow for water vapor and ethylene gas to permeate through the material. This decreases the amount of excess moisture and ethylene build-up within the bag and results in a correlated decrease in coliform bacteria counts within the packaging environment. This is made possible by the hydrophilic nature of Greenpack material. Traditional plastic is hydrophobic which means it repels water. However, the plant starch base of Greenpack products allows for water to interact with the packaging material and be absorbed, thereby decreasing moisture build-up.
By preventing moisture and gas build-up which would otherwise encourage the premature decomposition of fruits and vegetables, our bags extend product shelf life by up to 60%. In comparison, traditional plastic bags trap both the released moisture and ethylene gas increasing the rate at which your fruits and vegetables spoil.
Are Greenpack products safe to put in the microwave?
Our take-out product line is both microwave-safe and FDA-Approved. The temperature-resistant nature of our products means they can perform at temperatures up 100oC without deformation or product failure.
What does Biobased mean?
A Biobased plastic is a plastic material that is made either completely or partially from a renewable resource. In the case of Greenpack products the carbon basis is cassava and corn starch which has been processed into our unique Bioresin used to produce our products.
What does Biodegradable mean?
Biodegradable plastics are plastics which can be naturally degraded by microorganisms metabolizing and breaking down their structure. To be labeled a Biodegradable plastic, the material must be tested and certified Biodegradable by an accredited ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory. It is important to note that there is not yet an established timeframe in which a plastic must degrade to be certified Biodegradable, but in order to be certified you can be sure the time necessary would be significantly shorter than what is required for the degradation of traditional plastic.
What does compostable mean?
In order for a plastic to be labelled as compostable, it must fully biodegrade in an industrial composting setting within a specified time period, which is 180 days. It also must be able to break down into natural elements that produce usable compost for soil and certified by an accredited laboratory under the ASTM 6400 standard.
What is OXO-Biodegradable?
While often confused with Biodegradable plastics, oxo-Biodegradables are conventional plastics that are mixed with chemical additives that accelerate degradation when in contact with oxygen. Oxo-degradable plastics quickly fragment into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics, but don’t break down at the molecular or polymer level like Biodegradable and compostable plastics. The resulting microplastics are difficult to clean up and are often left in the environment indefinitely causing harmful long-term effects.
What happens when bioplastics are littered?
None of our products are meant to be littered and we advocate for proper end of life disposal of all plastic products. However, if a Greenpack product were to end up in the natural environment it would biodegrade with the presence of water, oxygen and microbial activity. This is a significant advantage over conventional plastics which would not biodegrade in any measurable amount of time and would remain in the natural environment for 100+ years.
The rate of degradation of Greenpack products depends on environmental conditions such as moisture levels, abundance of microbial life and availability of oxygen. The combination of these factors determines how long the product would remain in the environment before reaching complete biodegradation. However, rest assured that no matter the environment Greenpack bags are sure to biodegrade faster than a traditional plastic.
Do bioplastics contaminate recycling systems?
Many cities have passed by-laws stating that bioplastics should not enter the recycling system. These by-laws are passed with the intention of preventing recycling contamination. However, a study at WFBR has shown that mixing up to 10% of a starch based film and up to 10% of a PLA film in a sorted plastic film mixture has no significant negative effect on mechanical properties of the recycled material.
It is important to follow the legislation requirements of your area, however, with such a small amount of plastics making it through the recycling system and the bioplastics market only making up 1% of the plastic industry, the introduction of bioplastics in limited quantities should pose no noticeable effects on the system. Be sure to review legislation in your area to ensure you are following proper disposal practices that are accepted in your region.