As part of an ongoing commitment to sustainability, Sayreville-based food packaging company Sabert Corp. plans to eliminate all intentionally added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its portfolio by the end of 2023.
In a Jan. 23 press release, the company said its entire line of food packaging products – including all future items and customer-specific product designs – will be completely free of PFAS, which are potentially harmful substances known as “forever chemicals” because they never break down in the environment and have been linked to numerous health issues, including immune system suppression and increased cancer risk.
As a recognized industry leader for PFAS-free product solutions, Sabert’s molded fiber and paper product portfolio now boasts more than 85 items made without intentionally added PFAS, thanks to its efforts in recent years to innovate and develop new, eco-friendly offerings.
That lineup includes 40-plus biodegradable products that provide a range of moisture and oil resistance to meet a variety of applications and serve as compliant packaging options in cities and states that have – or will soon – enacted regulations prohibiting PFAS in food service packaging, Sabert said.
Christopher Howell, Sabert’s director of product management, said, “Sabert’s focus on sustainability, product performance and product safety have been core to our business since the very beginning. And as leaders in our industry, we know we have a responsibility to our customers and to consumers to design and manufacture the very best packaging products we can.”
He went on to say, “By committing to removing all intentionally added PFAS from our products, we are helping our customers increase their own sustainability efforts by developing products designed with today and tomorrow in mind.”
To help meet its latest goal, Sabert is looking to the company’s newest manufacturing facility in Greenville, Texas, which is exclusively developing PFAS-free packaging.
After officially opening last year, the 30,000-square-foot plant will enable Sabert to reach customers more quickly by reducing transportation times and, in turn, the environmental impact of shipping and transport, the company said.