Board Converting News, March 8, 2021

DS Smith Introduces Greentote, The First 100% Recyclable Option To Plastic Bags As more states, counties and cities ban plastic bags, Atlanta, Georgia based DS Smith, a leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, is now offering grocery stores and consumers Greentote, the first re- usable, moisture-resistant, modular, 100 percent recyclable container made from renewable resources. The company’s development of the Greentote alternative arrives as stores and supermarkets respond to the pandemic-driven jump in

online fulfilment sales, BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) and third-party grocery deliv- ery services. That potentially has translated into more plastic bags ending up their customers’ homes and eventually landfills, or worse - waterways. Recent surveys have indi- cated that many shoppers say they’d likely continue online buying if items were delivered

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with less packaging or used more sustainable material. They’d also pre- fer items delivered in more recyclable packaging. Greentote offers retail grocery chains and their customers what they’re demanding: an envi- ronmentally friendly, recyclable, reusable and food contact-safe solution for transporting groceries and merchandise. “Greentote is about convenience and sustainability,” said Melanie Galloway, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Innovation for DS Smith North America Packaging. “From staging orders to curbside pick- up or delivery, our sustainable, renewable, fiber-based tote is sturdier than paper, keeps perishable and other grocery items organized and safe, and is reusable.” “Corrugated is the safest medium for transporting goods in our glob- al supply chain, and Greentote takes that confidence one step further by being USDA food-contact safe,” she said. Eighteen states already have enacted legislation to ban plastic bags, and major retailers including Walmart, CVS Health, Albertsons, Dollar General and Dick’s Sporting Goods have joined “The Beyond the Bag Initiative,” a group seeking to reinvent the single-use plastic retail bag. The goal: identify, test and implement viable design solutions and mod- els that more sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag. Made of cardboard and available in two sizes, Greentote can hold more than three times the number of groceries than plastic bags and can interlock with each other, ensuring safety and convenience when transporting. Additionally, Greentote is coated with DS Smith’s propri- etary Greencoat, which revolutionized the wax-coated shipping industry for poultry, produce, and seafood with its sustainable, moisture-resistant capabilities and durability in demanding supply chains. “Boxes in our Greencoat line are designed and manufactured to sur- vive harsh wholesale environments while being fully recyclable,” Gal- loway said. “That means that the grocer who’s packing and stacking a Greentote will appreciate the modular functionality and ease of use. Customers and delivery services will love the ability to create a tidy trunk or backseat without worrying about groceries sliding out of bags and being damaged.”

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March 8, 2021

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