Eco-Products is the first food service to achieve the coveted designation for its Vanguard line of compostable cups, plates and containers
Rock, CO (RestaurantNews.com) Eco-Products® today announced that it has achieved the coveted GreenScreen Certified ™ Silver designation for its revolutionary line of compostable plates and containers made from sugar cane.
Called Vanguard ™, the award-winning line uses proprietary chemistry to achieve resistance to grease without the use of PFAS, a class of materials sometimes referred to as “chemicals forever”. In addition, GreenScreen Certified products do not contain other chemicals of great concern or known unfortunate substitutes.
An unfortunate substitution occurs when an ingredient is removed only to be replaced with another which could also be problematic. GreenScreen Certified Silver assesses each chemical used in the Vanguard formulation and certifies that the product does not contain any known chemicals of great concern to human health and the environment.
Eco-Products is the first manufacturer to achieve the GreenScreen designation for a line of catering products. The certification was developed by Clean Production Action (CPA) and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).
“We are very pleased to achieve GreenScreen Silver certification for our line of Vanguard compostable products,” said Ian Jacobson, President of Eco-Products. “Finding an alternative formula to replace PFAS was our top priority. But we also wanted to make sure that our products did not contain other chemicals of great concern or known unfortunate substitutes.
“We are incredibly proud to be the first manufacturer to offer an innovative restoration product with preferable chemistry,” added Jacobson.
GreenScreen is a globally recognized tool designed to assess and compare chemicals based on hazard. Businesses, governments and organizations use GreenScreen scores to identify chemicals of concern and select safer alternatives.
“CEH and CPA are delighted to launch GreenScreen certification, and Vanguard from Eco-Products is the first line of catering products to be certified. This new safety standard will allow consumers to make healthier decisions for themselves and their families, ”said Sue Chiang, Director of Food Program at CEH.
All Vanguard products are plant based, BPI certified as compostable, microwave safe, cut resistant and effective in hot and cold applications. The initial line includes a variety of plates, bowls and shells, with more products to be added soon.
Creating the Vanguard line required extensive testing and supply chain collaboration. Eco-Products has patents pending on the new formula.
Eco-Products’ work was honored when the Vanguard line won first place for manufacturing innovation at the 10th biennial Foodservice Packaging Awards competition.
“Vanguard once again demonstrates our commitment to our customers and our planet, and we look forward to continuing to be an industry leader in this area,” said Jacobson.
Eco-Products offers a wide range of plates, cups, utensils and containers made from renewable and post-consumer recycled resources. To learn more about the Vanguard range, visit www.ecoproducts.com/Vanguard.
About eco-products, PBC
Eco-Products®, a Novolex® brand and B Corp certified, is a leading supplier of catering packaging made from renewable and recycled resources. Eco-Products delivers packaging with real environmental benefits, works with customers to improve composting and recycling, and works with the entire industry to change the way businesses and consumers view and manage waste. With the goal of Zero Waste as part of the company’s mission, Eco-Products uses business as a force for good. Visit www.ecoproducts.com for more information.