After years of striving to do good for people and the environment, Ocean Mist is taking it to a new level by setting sustainability targets that make their progress measurable. That’s why they are next in our Earth Month series, that highlights the partners who share Markon’s commitment to people and the planet.
After exploring all of the ways that they can make an impact, the Ocean Mist team decided to focus first on packaging. It’s something customers tell them is important – and Ocean Mist agrees. In 2022, they’re performing a deep dive on this complex issue and setting a baseline so they can measure progress.
At the same time, they’re already taking steps to make packaging more recyclable and reduce the use of plastic. Despite the significant challenges of keeping shelves filled and customers stocked during the pandemic, Ocean Mist was able to launch a 100% recyclable carboard clamshell packaging for the organic version of their flagship retail product, artichokes, along with a recyclable handle bag. Even the ink is vegetable based and recyclable, making this a much more environmentally friendly version of the traditional plastic packaging. The company is now evaluating all of its packaging to discover potential improvements in materials and processes.
Packaging and Sustainability Manager Laura Berlanga said, “As the pandemic measures loosen, we see the focus in the industry turn to sustainability. Over time, we hope to make the new cardboard packaging more cost effective and expand it to other products. While this initiative is currently focused on retail, Markon has been very supportive of our efforts, and we look forward to partnering with them on more sustainable packaging for foodservice.”
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