The type of packaging that businesses choose can be a huge waste driver depending on the materials used to create boxes and other containers. This can not only create a sustainability issue, but it can also cost businesses extra money in waste removal fees. The SeaCa Packaging Plastic division, started in 2014, is looking for ways to solve this problem. In fact, SeaCa feels so strongly about reducing packaging waste that the company has set a long-term goal of eliminating the disposal of waxed fiber cartons in landfills!

As a division of a family owned box business for the last 129 years, SeaCa Packaging has gained first hand knowledge of the packaging needs and wants of farmers and fishermen, including understanding the industry’s desire to find a replacement for wax cascaded boxes. While there have been strides in this endeavor, there is still a lot to be done to address the amount of packaging that goes into landfills. For example, wax box consumption has been reduced by more than 50 percent in the farming and fishing industry, but as a country, 10 billion square feet of waxed boxes are still used annually, contributing 1.4 million tons of waste to landfills. Part of the problem has been that treated paper boxes can only replace some applications of waste removal. When it comes to the most challenging of wet applications, treated papers simply aren’t successful.

For these reasons and to help decrease the amount of waste headed to landfills, SeaCa has focused on developing a brand new, full line of seafood and produce boxes that are 100 percent recyclable, made in the United States, and work in even the most difficult applications. The good news for business owners is that as well as addressing sustainability, in most cases, SeaCa’s boxes are as competitively priced as current non-recyclable wax boxes. This helps business to support green initiatives, while also focusing on keeping their company’s finances in mind.

“This innovative approach on packaging comes from a foundational mantra set forth by old generations of the company that yesterday’s ideas, on today’s issues will put us out of business tomorrow,” said Robert Nist, President of SeaCa. “We believe in the future of this product line, which has propelled us to build a new $25 million plant to service the rising demand and fulfill our mission of providing better packaging for a better world.”

At SeaCa Packaging, sustainability is a core guiding influence of the company’s business model, as it encourages commitment to innovative product designs, as well as process involvement. The company has found that this commitment also helps to establish a responsibility to maintain an ecologically sensitive production environment, supports a bright future for the communities the company is associated with and helps create viable business growth. SeaCa’s corporate goal is to continue to reduce the global environmental impact that standard packaging products cause by eliminating tons of waste in landfills, reducing carbon greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere, reducing shipping weight for both incoming and outbound deliveries to aid in the reduction of fuel costs, and to continue to promote packaging products that are 100% recyclable.

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