Markon First Crop Strawberry Packaging
Markon Cooperative is introducing the first of its new line of packaging meant to move the produce industry away from plastic, beginning with strawberry cartons. Markon approached several strawberry suppliers with the cardboard clamshell idea, working with them as well as Sambrailo, the clamshell manufacturer, to overcome challenges, resulting in a new 2-pound clamshell for our Markon First Crop Strawberries. The conversion stems from Markon’s initiative to reduce the amount of plastic in its supply chain as well as increase recyclability. By converting the two-pound plastic MFC strawberry clamshells to cardboard, with plans in the works for the one-pound containers as well, nearly 30 tons of plastic will be saved annually from going into landfills or oceans.
Nearly 300 million tons of plastic are manufactured each year—and less than 20 percent is recycled, while 8 million tons end up in the world’s oceans. And now that China is no longer taking the West’s plastic waste as part of the country’s National Sword policy banning plastic waste, much more of it is ending up in landfills and oceans.
• Plastic will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
• Approximately 40 percent of all plastic produced is used in packaging (National Geographic)
• Restaurants recycle 25 percent of glass, plastic, or cans as opposed to 65 percent of cardboard (Foodservice Packaging Institute)
Markon and its member companies will continue to work on comprehensive sustainability, as well as set and meet goals that are specific, measurable, and verifiable to positively impact the planet. The Cooperative will continue to review its portfolio and work with suppliers to prioritize future opportunities to reduce, reuse, and increase recyclability moving forward.
Because Markon’s members span the North American continent and account for more than $27 billion in annual sales, it has significant power to make changes throughout the food chain. This is a bold move that will open the dialogue about reducing plastic across the supply chain, from field to fork.
All of Markon's Ready-Set-Serve, Markon First Crop, and Markon Essentials products are gluten- and GMO-free.
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