Drive down almost any street in America and you’re bound to see them— brown shipping boxes (many made by Georgia-Pacific). They’re stacked up in apartment complex offices; slung on front porches and lining the back doors of many businesses. Ecommerce demand has tended to be more seasonal because of holiday shopping, but the last several years the seasonality has flattened somewhat as online purchasing has become more common throughout the rest of the year. The pandemic is also having an impact on demand. In fact, COVID-19 has created approximately a 30-40 percent increase in demand for boxes, as many are ordering online to decrease in-person shopping trips. Unlike the grocery store, there is no “paper or plastic” option in your online cart. These days, almost everyone gets a box (or a shipping envelope) and those home deliveries are expected to continue. Georgia-Pacific has 40 operations in the U.S. dedicated to making brown paper (called containerboard) and converting that paper into boxes of all kinds. Watch this 1-minute video for some behind the scenes “How It’s Made” footage.
Evergreen Packaging®, a global leader in liquid and food-grade packaging board, today unveiled Sentinel™ Barrier Cupstock, a new retail packaging offering in the company’s Sentinel™ line of fiber-based products. Sentinel™ Barrier Cupstock is designed as a sustainable alternative to existing foil-lined paper cups and polypropylene cups. Potential end uses for Sentinel Barrier Cupstock include barrier cups to hold cereal, cookies, candy and other snacks.
“As demand for sustainable packaging continues to rise, we’re committed to innovating our product lines to introduce new, cost-effective options to the food service and retail packaging industries,” said Chris Johns, Vice President of Paperboard Sales at Evergreen Packaging. “Our new Sentinel™ Barrier Cupstock leverages our deep barrier technology expertise to provide customers with a high performance, sustainable packaging option for the retail food cup market.”
Evergreen Packaging is focused on developing innovative fiber-based products to meet the business goals of customers and sustainability preferences of consumers. Sentinel Barrier Cupstock is a sustainable packaging option because it’s made with renewable materials and renewable energy. Over 80% of the Sentinel Barrier Cupstock is paper from trees that come from forests where responsible forestry practices are used, and over 50% of the renewable energy used in the manufacturing process comes from biomass. This new product in the Sentinel™ line, which includes a Fully Renewable Cupstock and Ice Cream Board, reflects Evergreen Packaging’s continued commitment to the use of renewable resources.
Sentinel™ Barrier Cupstock is available in a board caliper of .012 – .020 inches and is designed to meet a range of category-specific oxygen and moisture barrier requirements. It’s suitable for direct converting applications, offers outstanding print quality performance, and provides a high-level barrier to protect product freshness and extend shelf-life.
Evergreen’s line of Sentinel™ paper and paperboard products are designed to be used in a range of food service and retail food packaging applications and are customizable to meet converter and brand owners’ barrier and shelf-life needs. The products can be converted into a variety of formats including cups, trays, plates, ovenable board, cartons, flexible packaging and box liners as well as a wide range of other formats.