DS Smith introduces Greentote, an alternative to plastic bags for grocery pickup or delivery

With more states, counties and cities banning plastic bags, DS Smith, a sustainable packaging provider, is bringing grocery stores and consumers to Greentote, a reusable, moisture-resistant, modular, 100% recyclable container made from renewable resources.

The company’s development of the Greentote alternative stems from the fact that stores and supermarkets are responding to the pandemic-induced surge in online fulfillment sales, BOPIS (buy online, in-store pick-up) and third-party grocery delivery services. This may have resulted in more plastic bags ending up in their customers’ homes and ultimately in landfills or worse, on waterways.

Recent surveys have shown that many shoppers say they would likely continue to shop online if items were shipped with less packaging or if more sustainable materials were used. You would also prefer items that come in more recyclable packaging. Greentote offers food retail chains and their customers what they demand: an environmentally friendly, recyclable, reusable and food contact safe solution for the transport of food and goods.

“Greentote is about convenience and sustainability,” said Melanie Galloway, vice president of sales, marketing and innovation at DS Smith North America Packaging. “From placing orders to picking them up or delivering on the roadside, our sustainable, renewable fiber-based bag is tougher than paper, keeps perishable and other groceries organized and safe, and is reusable.”

“Corrugated cardboard is the safest medium for moving goods in our global supply chain, and Greentote takes that trust a step further by making it USDA-safe for food contact,” she said.

Eighteen states have already passed plastic bag bans laws, and major retailers like Walmart, CVS Health, Albertsons, Dollar General and Dick’s Sporting Goods have joined the Beyond the Bag Initiative, a group trying to recreate the single-use plastic bag to invent. The goal: to identify, test and implement workable design solutions and models that fulfill the purpose of the current shopping bag in a more sustainable manner.

Greentote is made of cardboard and is available in two sizes. It can hold more than three times as much food as plastic bags and interlock for safety and convenience in transportation. In addition, Greentote is coated with DS Smith’s proprietary Greencoat, which revolutionized the marine wax-coated poultry, produce and seafood industry with its sustainable, moisture-proof properties and durability in demanding supply chains.

“Boxes in our Greencoat line are designed and manufactured to withstand harsh wholesale environments and are fully recyclable,” said Galloway. “That means the grocer who packs and stacks a Greentote will appreciate the modular functionality and ease of use. Customers and delivery services will love the ability to create a neat trunk or back seat without having to worry about groceries slipping out of pockets and being damaged. “

For more informations:
Mindy Myrick
DS Smith
Tel .: +1 410-251-9570
Email: [email protected]
www.dssmith.com

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