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    As the second largest employer in Union City and the largest flexible packaging manufacturer on the West Coast, Emerald Packaging proudly embraces responsible leadership. The company has many innovative sustainable initiatives and frequently introduces innovative tools and practices to the industry. In 2006, Emerald Packing created the first compostable plastic package in the produce industry using plant-based, bio-degradable (PLA) film. In 2012, they initiated advances in “field to fork” food product traceability with their packaging.

  • Success Stories   

    StopWaste commissioned this independent field test to determine the feasibility of using reusable plastic containers for shipping and displaying produce in grocery stores. The case study presents lessons learned during the 19-week test conducted at two Andronico's supermarkets and two Food Maxx wholesale grocery outlets.

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  • Reusable Packaging Case Study: Tesla Motors & Veritable Vegetable

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    Tesla Motors, Inc. (Fremont, CA) has replaced cardboard boxes with reusable racks to transport windshields for the Model S sedan. Veritable Vegetable (San Francisco, CA) has switched from disposable plastic stretch wrap to reusable pallet wrap. Each dealing with unique transport packaging challenges, these leading companies show how Reusables have streamlined operations, lowered cost and improved environmental performance.

  • Peerless Coffee on the Stopwaste Partnership

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    StopWaste teams up with Peerless Coffee to reduce waste and save Peerless over $110,000 a year. StopWaste's free technical assistance and grant funding helped the company implement several waste reduction projects.

  • Intro to Reusable Packaging

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    Learn how reusables can help your organization reduce solid waste and GHG emissions, while reducing disposal costs and improving worker safety.

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    Reusables 101 outlines the basics of reusable transport packaging: what it is, how it works, and why the switch makes sense for many businesses.

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    ANG used a StopWaste grant to purchase reusable plastic pallets that prevent 37 tons of waste and save $46,000 a year. 

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    Tesla Motors designs and manufactures electric vehicles. At their plant in Fremont they build the Model S, an all electric sedan that seats up to 7 people and was Motor Trend’s 2013 Car of the Year. The car company worked closely with StopWaste’s Use Reusables program to switch to reusable windshield racks, a project that eliminates about 100 tons of cardboard waste a year.

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    VF Outdoor, a division of VF Corp. that focuses on outdoor and athletic apparel, recently moved three of its leading brands, JanSport, lucy and The North Face, to a new headquarters in Alameda.  While moving more than 470 employees, the company avoided using an estimated 11,000 cardboard boxes needed for the move by renting reusable moving crates instead.

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    Ghirardelli Chocolate Company replaced cardboard boxes with a fleet of reusable totes for internal distribution of its chocolate products. Besides preventing 350 tons of soiled cardboard waste each year, this eliminates the purchasing cost for cardboard boxes as well as disposal fees, and even reduces chocolate breakage.

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