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What do Those Recycling Symbols on Plastic Containers Really Mean?

By Good Start Packaging on Jan 25, 2019 11:23:00 AM


While it may seem like a secret code, the symbols present on plastic recyclable items convey what items are made of. Plastic containers like milk jugs and even food wrap contain a code for the resin type. The Society of the Plastics Industry created the resin identification coding system in 1988 as a way to improve identification of resin types in the waste stream, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website. Although many consumers may fail to notice them, businesses and organizations that handle a large volume of disposable containers could greatly benefit from learning about what those recycling symbols mean to ensure they recycle them instead of throwing them in landfills.

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2018 - The Year In Numbers

By Good Start Packaging on Jan 3, 2019 1:01:51 PM

2018 was a banner year for Good Start. Let's take a look at how our year stacked up.

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Why Compostable Take Out Containers Make Sense Even if You Can’t Compost Them

By Ken Jacobus on Nov 26, 2018 9:01:00 AM

We often get questions from restaurant owners about the benefits of using compostable take out containers in cities where there is no commercial compost service for residents or businesses. Recently a restaurant in Oakland (which has a compost service) also wondered what happens if a consumer takes a compostable container and puts it in a city trash can instead of a compost bin.  

We love these questions because it means people are becoming conscious of the massive amounts of food packaging waste we create and agree we need solutions for it.

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What to look for in juice bottles

By Good Start Packaging on Oct 15, 2018 9:36:05 AM

You’ve put care into creating your signature juice line or cold coffee drink. You’ve picked the highest quality ingredients and perfected your recipes through trial and error. Your juices and smoothies are healthy for your customers and for the environment. Use the same attention to detail when shopping for packaging to match. Here’s what to look for to select the right bottling for your delicious creations.

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How to comply with the Boston Plastic Bag Ban

By Good Start Packaging on Sep 21, 2018 8:49:42 AM

On December 14, 2018, a plastic bag ban will go into effect for the City of Boston. The ban was unanimously approved by the city council and Mayor Marty Walsh. Boston joins other nearby communities such as Cambridge and Brookline who already have bag bans in place.

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Two Alternatives to custom printed take-out packaging

By Good Start Packaging on Sep 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Custom printed packaging is an important element for any restaurant's branding and marketing. Its one of the core product lines we offer and we have many customers who count on the quality work our printers provide. For many restaurants, it's cost-effective to buy packaging in the bulk quantities required for most custom print jobs.

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Client Spotlight: Luna Cafe

By Good Start Packaging on Aug 24, 2018 11:54:49 AM

Luna Café is a beautiful breath of fresh air. The idea for the restaurant was born from Sarah Levine’s love of food, and we’re so grateful. Watch our spotlight video to find out why we're enamored with Luna.

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Dunkin' Donuts Phasing Out Styrofoam is an Environment Win

By Ken Jacobus on Feb 18, 2018 6:45:57 PM

The future of the environment looks a little brighter after Dunkin' Donuts announced it is phasing out the use of polystyrene foam cups for its hot beverage products. Dunkin' Donuts said their more than 9,000 U.S. restaurants will shift to Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard certified paper cups by the year 2020. According to Dunkin' Donuts, the corporate shift will remove approximately 1 billion foam coffee cups from the waste system each year, which equates to more than 79 cups-per-minute. 

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