Moving forward, Giro Pack, Inc. is focused on optimizing the plastic used in each package to reduce the possible environmental impact. Greater sustainability reduces waste and CO2 emissions. Giro has already begun offering reduced plastic options of existing packaging formats (as well as new concepts) through its “Standard” and “Light” Programs. The plastic has been reduced up to 20% in some packages. Nate Fudge, West Coast Sales, says: “The demand and request for more sustainable packaging is off the charts throughout the industry. We can offer a variety of solutions ranging from recyclable #2 (HDPE) plastics to 100% compostable packaging. Most of our clients and partners are moving towards reducing the plastic in their packaging, which provides a savings in packaging costs, and satisfies many market initiatives to reduce plastics."
Giro bags are among the “lightest” options available in the market when considering the “Cost to Resistance Ratio” of a package. Within Giro’s Standard Program, 1.8 grams of packaging material can support up to over 2lbs of product. Additional options include labeling technology which prints directly onto the package which eliminates the need of adhesive labels. Mono-product packaging is also available and compatible with existing Giro bagging machinery.
“The topic of 'sustainability' is a complex one and there’s no shortage of offerings everywhere you turn. It makes it difficult when making changes or when designing a new package,” added Giro’s National Sales Manager, Chris Alvarez. He went on to say, “There are pros and cons with all packaging options and materials, ours included; however, packaging serves many necessary functions and especially in produce. We must work together as a supply chain to educate the public and consumers to consider the impacts and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) of various options and alternatives to plastic. Consumers will direct the course of our industry through the choices made. It’s important that they have the information to make the best choices, and to know how to effectively recycle or dispose of a package after it’s served its purpose.”