Rising up meet to consumer demand for more eco-friendly products, the biomass solutions company Genera Energy has procured an investment of more than $118 million to produce compostable food service items from locally grown grasses. The products will provide sustainable alternatives to plastics and polystyrene, including plates, bowls, takeout containers and packaging materials made at its new manufacturing plant in Vonore, Tennessee. The fibers are also used to make cup stock, towels, tissues and other paper products. This will make Genera’s earthable ® fibers the largest solution yet for sustainable food-grade packaging in the U.S., according to the company. At the same time, the group says the investment will help boost the rural economy by working with local farmers and providing 80 new jobs initially. The ag-based pulp itself is grown sustainably, as confirmed by national laboratories and university research. Genera has spent more than a decade developing the most eco-friendly agricultural supply chain possible, says scientist Sam Jackson, vice president of business development, earning them recognition at the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s 54 th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards. “Our company is focused on working with farmers to sustainably produce products that are useful […]

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