Acme Bread Makes an Environmental Statement with Every Bag

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By switching to Excellent Packaging’s sustainable, recycled 40-percent post-consumer waste paper packaging for its breads, famous artisan baker saves water, trees, air pollution and electricity.

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Acme Bread has a reputation for respecting the environment, and had been asking for this solution for years. Any food business that uses large quantities of paper packaging should consider this approach.

Excellent Packaging & Supply, an innovator and distributor of sustainable, biodegradable, nature-based packaging for foodservice and other applications, is helping Acme Bread of Berkeley, Calif. make a bold environmental statement by enabling the famed bakery to switch to 40 percent post-consumer waste paper bread bags for all in-store retail packaging of its artisan breads. Acme Bread is the first major wholesale bakery to use recycled paper in this way, but the decision was an easy one since it will have a major environmental impact through reducing the energy, water and feedstock needed to make paper.

The Department of Energy states that a ton of paper made from recycled fibers conserves 7,000 gallons of water, up to 31 trees, 4,000 KWh of electricity and up to 60 pounds of air pollutants (not including carbon dioxide). Since Acme uses hundreds of thousands of paper bags every year, the annual savings resulting from switching to recycled paper are impressive: 70,000 gallons of water, 310 trees, 40,000 KWh of electricity, and 600 pounds of air pollutants.

The new post-consumer waste paper bread bags are FDA-approved and perform as well as the bags they are replacing. Excellent Packaging & Supply strives to bring innovation to the foodservice industry by offering a wide range of products that have a real and positive environmental effect, and that give its foodservice customers new ways to differentiate their offerings. The company offers an extensive choice of FDA-approved, post-consumer waste paper bags suitable for direct food contact in foodservice applications.

“We are committed to reducing air pollution so we were really impressed by the significant savings of water, trees and electricity gained by moving to this new paper,” said Doug Volkmer partner at Acme Bread. “The new recycled paper works just like the old virgin paper bags we used to use — there is no downside to using this product.”

Steven Levine of Excellent Packaging & Supply, believes Acme’s move will set an example that other bakeries will want to follow: “When I discovered paper with such a high post-consumer waste paper content—that was for the first time FDA-approved for food contact—I knew that Acme Bread would want to evaluate it. They have a reputation for respecting the environment, and had been asking for this solution for years. Any food business that uses large quantities of paper packaging should consider this approach.”

About Excellent Packaging & Supply
Excellent Packaging & Supply (http://www.excellentpackaging.com) is a wholesale distribution company that specializes in nature-based packaging for foodservice and other applications. The company’s range of environmentally sustainable packaging includes compostable, biodegradable and recyclable product lines, as well as traditional packaging solutions. Excellent Packaging & Supply brings decades of experience to assist its customers with mid-level management and inventory-control services, product development, sourcing, quality control, and price negotiation. The company also markets sustainable foodservice packaging solutions for business, restaurant and home on its BioMass Packaging® store: biomasspackagingstore.com. Follow us on Facebook (BioMassPackaging) and Twitter (@BioMassPackage).

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