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SEE Unveils Biodegradable Protein Packaging Tray at IPPE 2024, Replacing EPS with Sustainable Solution

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In its ongoing commitment to develop sustainable packaging materials for its customers, global packaging solutions provider SEE (NYSE: SEE) has successfully tested the first biobased, industrial compostable tray for protein packaging that meets the demands of existing food processing equipment.

SEE’s new CRYOVAC® brand compostable overwrap tray is made from biobased, USDA-certified resin derived from renewable wood cellulose, offering a sustainable alternative to traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) trays used in packaging fresh poultry and red meat for consumer purchase.

Setting a new sustainability standard, SEE will introduce the CRYOVAC® brand compostable overwrap tray at the International Product & Processing Expo (IPPE) January 30 – February 1 at booth C31141. IPPE, the world’s largest poultry and egg, meat, and animal food industry event, is held each year in Atlanta.

Proven Strength and Certified Compostable

Developed to offer the same performance as EPS foam trays, SEE’s lightweight tray underwent extensive trials across the food value chain, surviving rigorous manufacturing systems, extreme temperatures, and demanding shipping and distribution environments without compromising its strength.

The tray is certified by BPI as industrial compostable, and the resin used is certified by TÜV Austria as soil and marine biodegradable, ensuring it can be broken down by biological treatment and is degraded by microorganisms naturally existing in the environment.

“SEE is proud to bring to market the first compostable packaging tray designed to run on existing processor production lines,” said Tobias Grasso, SEE’s President of the Americas Region. “The CRYOVAC® brand compostable overwrap tray is a breakthrough innovation, better for the environment than traditional trays and helping our customers meet their sustainability goals.”

Commitment to Sustainability

The CRYOVAC® brand compostable overwrap tray is part of SEE’s broader commitment to sustainability. The company has pledged to design and advance all its packaging solutions to be recyclable or reusable, to incorporate an average of 50% recycled or renewable content into packaging solutions, and to collaborate on recycling technology and infrastructure.

SEE’s Impact Report for FY22 details the company’s sustainability commitments, industry leadership, innovative solutions, and global strategic partnerships. The report highlights SEE’s progress toward its sustainability goals, including diverting waste from landfills and operational reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy, and water intensity.

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