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Biodegradable Sustainable Produce Container alternative to plastic clamshells

Replace plastic clamshells with these sustainable, recyclable, and compostable made-in-the-USA cardboard produce containers. Watch video to learn more or scroll to bottom of page to order! As more growers order these and our volumes go up, our prices go down! Click here for latest prices: PIECE PRICE SHEET or CASE PRICE SHEET. You can also download an informational FLIER.

Compostable produce packaging is in demand!

Biodegradable cherry tomato boxes in Kroger Newport KY grocery store.

Want more business from the growing trend towards sustainability? Or more profit from your produce by introducing it in a better box? Package your produce professionally AND sustainably with this vented container from Sun Sugar Farms. Our Sustainable Produce Container is the perfect replacement for plastic clamshells and can carry all kinds of produce:

Cherry tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, mushrooms, peppers, apricots, cherries, gauva, snap peas, green beans, dates, figs, dates, kiwi, Campari tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, taramind pods, brussel sprouts, etc, etc!

Made from easy to recycle paperboard, these containers are rigid enough to stack high and protect your produce yet they'll biodegrade in a backyard compost. The earth-themed cut-outs allow good visibility from all angles and encourage air in and around the produce. The vents also help to minimize condensation from temperature transitions and preserve the freshness of the product.  Plus, in high volumes, our package can even compete on price with plastic!

If you're an organic farmer or sustainable greenhouse grower, this is the chance to have your package match your product. Be good to the earth and get ahead of the curve with the Sustainable Produce Container.

Professional looking packaging, multi-sided marketing opportunities

Custom printing on recyclable boxes is available for a low minimum of one pallet.

Since the Sustainable Produce Containers ship flat, it's easy to "print" on them with a custom pre-inked stamp (we recommend plus we can provide the template to create it. And if you want to go single or full color printing on at least 10,000, the minimum order is just one pallet of the size that you're interested in. We are committed to replacing plastic! As our volumes go up, our prices will go down. That first million piece order will be good news for all of our growers!

Sustainable Produce Containers Features

  • Professional-looking vented container
  • Alternative to plastic clamshells that most recycling centers will not take
  • Different sizes to hold cherry tomatoes, tomatoes, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, guava, dates, kiwis, mushrooms, microgreens, cherries, cucamelons, etc
  • Reversible material is Kraftpak brown on one side, high wet-strength clay-coated white version (Coated Unbleached Kraft) on the other, recyclable and biodegradable
  • Kraft on both sides is recyclable, biodegradable and compostable
  • PFAS free (polyfluoroalkyl substances are "forever chemicals": coatings that help resist water, oil and heat but contaminate the environment and people)
  • Rigid enough to stack multiple containers or other items on top of the containers, great for CSA deliveries
  • Earth-themed cut out vents allow good visibility from all sides (sun, rain, plants/flowers, wind, moon, heavens, earthworms/dirt)
  • Vents allow airflow, minimizes condensation
  • Fits all master trays
  • Holds up well during temperature transitions from field to refrigerator
  • Hinged lid 
  • Room on top side or lid of most for a sticker or a stamp
  • Most are Kliklok designs that can be machine assembled at the rate of up to 120 containers/minute or by hand.
  • Closing options of quick top lid tuck or anchor lock into slot for a more secure seal
  • Lid can be easily opened like an egg carton to do a more complete visual inspection
  • Competes on price with plastic clamshells for quantities of 2 million or more.
  • Custom printing is available for quantities of 1 pallet and above to eliminate unrecyclable labels.
  • Ship flat and saves space
  • Patent-pending US 62/710,915

Sustainable Produce Containers Benefits

  • Less waste
  • Happier customers
  • A better world

Why the Sustainable Produce Containers?

I developed these eco-friendly containers to hold my sun sugar cherry tomatoes because expensive pulp berry containers lacked lids and plastic clamshells could not be recycled. Although most plastic companies' containers say "100% recyclable", most consumers can’t recycle them since no recycling centers in the USA will take them! 

It's easy for plastic companies to greenwash consumers because water bottles (which are also a #1 PETE) can be recycled. The difference is water bottles are formed by injection molding, they melt at a different temperature, and they do not have strong adhesive labels like produce clamshells do. This makes water bottles recyclable and produce clamshells, well, just trash headed for a landfill.Sustainable Produce Containers can also be made from a 50% Grass Fiber material out of Germany if there is enough demand!

What's the big deal though? It's just a few pieces of plastic! Well, if you took the plastic containers that just strawberries come in, each year, (1.5 BILLION just from Driscolls alone) and lined them up on Interstate 80, you'd have enough clamshells to cover that four lane highway from New York to LA. And back. Or enough clamshells to fill the 2020 Super Bowl stadium. 3 times.

And that's just for strawberries.  Watch the video below from KCET that explains really well the whole plastic recycling problem.

This doesn’t seem fair to repay the earth for its bounty with a chemical cocktail it can do nothing with. So I did something. My Sustainable Produce Containers are easy to recycle, can handle almost all produce, and in high volume can compete with plastic on price. Isn't it time for a change? Tell your grocer or grower you want them to change over, too! For the super hard-core high-volume farmer we could even get a 50% grass fiber paper from Germany. 

Linda Fritz, Owner Sun Sugar Farms

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