Specialty Coffee Retailer

Specialty Coffee Retailer February 2014

Specialty Coffee Retailer is a publication for owners, managers and employees of retail outlets that sell specialty coffee. Its scope includes best sales practices, supplies, business trends and anything else to assist the small coffee retailer.

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February 2014 • www.specialty-coffee.com | 23 A revision in Federal Trade Commission Green Guidelines should lead to less confusion over labeling of green packaging. Many companies are trying to nd ways to reduce the impact of their packaging on the environment. Some are using new materials, while others are reducing the amount of material used. "e FTC has issued revised Green Guidelines to stem the false or misleading claims made by some manufacturers," according to Robert Pocius, president of TekPak Solutions. "Claims must be specic, veriable and available to at least 60 percent of US communities." "ere are fewer than 300 Commercial Composters in the U.S., according to the Biodegradable Products Institute and there are over 33,000 communities," Pocius says. "is means less than 1 percent of communities have a commercial compost. e FTC Green Guide states your claims must be available to at least 60 percent of U.S. communities. erefore, making this claim would be false." "Our single layer products are Recyclable and Omnidegradable," says Pocius. "Omnidegradable materials will decompose in a home-compost or anywhere there are active microbes." According to Pocius, no laminated material (two or more layers ) is recyclable unless it is two layers of the same material--except for PLA, which is not recyclable. TekPak is working on developing an Omnidegradable pod now, he says. "When PLA was introduced it was considered a green product because it could be composted," Pocius adds. "However, it could only be composted in a commercial compost site, and with less than 300 such facilities in the U.S., it seemed unlikely that most of these products would end up being composted." Green Packaging The originals. Branding beverage centers since 1992 BRANDING SOLUTIONS We've invested over twenty years in the development of pumpskins technology so that you get vibrant, durable marketing tools that give your brand the greatest exposure. t: 877 994 4600 pumpskins.com 20-25 packaging SCR0214.indd 23 2/6/2014 12:22:25 PM

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