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Atlantic Supplier Sustainability Summit 2021

Atlantic Supplier Sustainability Summit 2021

In May 2021, Atlantic hosted its inaugural Supplier Sustainability Summit.  This event was created to bring our manufacturing and supply partners together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in the packaging supply chain.

This meeting was a chance to talk about the global issue of plastic pollution, a growing problem that’s only getting worse and worse every year.

“We put over 9 million tons of plastic in the oceans every year,  And at the rate we are going, that number will triple by the year 2040.”


But we can start asking the right questions and taking steps to reverse this issue.  As members of the packaging supply chain, we can truly make a difference.

And we., the packaging supply chain, have the greatest opportunity to have the greatest impact.


During the Summit, we had a chance to share our passion for this issue and talk about what we’re doing as a company to start moving in the right direction (see our Sustainability Report for details).  We also brought in guest speakers to address different areas of impact, including planning and strategy, culture and leadership, solar energy, circular packaging, and, arguably most importantly, collaboration.

Collaboration was the central theme of this Summit. Our ability to affect change on the scale that will actually make a difference will take all of us working and moving together.  We are so grateful for all the suppliers who took part in this Summit.  It was incredibly encouraging to have the participation from so many companies who are ready to start making a change.

Learn more about Atlantic’s Sustainability Initiatives here. 

Atlantic’s Zero Waste Campaign

Atlantic’s Zero Waste Campaign

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Happy Earth Day!

As we celebrate our planet and take this day to focus on the energy, enthusiasm, and commitment it takes to create a new plan of action for our environment, Atlantic is excited to announce our Zero Waste Campaign.

Getting to Zero Waste means we’re no longer sending valuable resources to the landfill. Instead we’re reducing the amount of material we’re using, we’re re-using materials, and we’re recycling to generate renewable resources.

Atlantic’s goal is to be certified as a Zero Waste company. This means we’ll have diverted more than 90% of our resources from landfills and into renewable resources.

The Zero Waste Campaign will take all of us working together. This is how we can make a real difference for our environment.

Because every great initiative needs a plan of action, we’re implementing the 3 R’s of waste management.

Step 1.

Reducing is the very first step because it means eliminating unnecessary materials before they enter your facility, your office, or your workspace.

Here are a couple ideas for how we can reduce:

* Stop printing digital files if you don’t need hard copies
* Look for products that use less packaging
* Maintain and repair products so they won’t have to be thrown out and replaced as frequently
* Reduce idling time whenever possible

Step 2.

Reusing is the act of using something more than once instead of throwing it in the trash. Reusing also means repurposing or finding a new use for something instead of throwing it away.

Here are some ideas on what we can reuse:

 * Coffee mugs
 * Water bottles
 * Silverware, plates, and bowls
 * Bags and boxes

Step 3.

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing machine-made materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.

Here’s what we can recycle:

 * Paper
 * Plastic, Glass,  & Aluminum
 * Cardboard & Corrugate
 * Wood
 * Stretch Film

As part of our Zero Waste Campaign and as a member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Atlantic is participating in the Clean4Change global clean up challenge.

We’ll use the Litterati app to join the Clean4Change Member Challenge and use our own challenge code to document all the litter we pick up between Earth Day on April 22nd and World Clean Up Day on September 18th.


Read more about the Clean4Change Campaign here.

And get step-by-step instructions on how to use the Litterati App here.

Atlantic’s Sustainability Summit

Atlantic’s Sustainability Summit

Save the Date!

You’re invited to Atlantic’s Virtual Sustainability Summit. We’ll share our latest initiatives in sustainability and have guest speakers discuss how we can improve and advance in our goals to be more sustainable from the inside out.


What: Atlantic Sustainability Summit
When: May 25, 2021
What Time: 1pm – 3:30pm
Who’s Invited: You are! And everyone in your organization responsible for Sustainability Initiatives.
Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting. We’ll share links and information as the date approaches.

We’re all on this journey together and by collaborating on how we can achieve carbon neutrality and bring more sustainable products to market, we’ll blaze a path to a brighter future.

Atlantic Packaging Joins the Alliance to End Plastic Waste

Atlantic Packaging Joins the Alliance to End Plastic Waste


Atlantic Packaging is proud to announce that they have joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance), a non-profit organization committed to ending plastic waste in the environment. In their capacity as an Alliance member, Atlantic will be collaborating with over 80 member companies, project partners, allies and supporters around the world to address this global issue.

The Alliance’s mission is to develop, accelerate and deploy innovative and impactful solutions, engage communities around the world, and to catalyze investments.

The Alliance’s members represent the full range of the plastic value chain and are united in their drive and vision to end plastic waste in the environment. As a specialist in end-of-line packaging systems and materials as well as converted paperboard and corrugated solutions, Atlantic is connected up and down the supply chain and is well-positioned to help influence change.

“Atlantic Packaging is leading the way through transparency and collaboration across the supply chain to create a sustainable future for our planet,” remarks Atlantic Packaging President, Wes Carter. “By joining the global efforts of the Alliance and committing to sustainability, we believe our industry can have a major impact on global pollution and climate change.

“We look forward to supporting this effort through our work in introducing recyclable and compostable packaging materials, as well as promoting and creating packaging efficiency, optimization and closed recycling systems throughout the supply chain.”

Atlantic is also committed to helping educate the marketplace about the importance of ending plastic waste, to making recycling and recyclable options available, and to implementing systems that will create a more circular economy.

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“The Alliance is pleased to welcome Atlantic Packaging into our ranks,” said Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. “Their expertise in sustainable packaging solutions and packaging efficiency will be a welcome addition to the Alliance as we try to develop more circular solutions with the aim of ending plastic waste in the environment.”

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View Press Release on PRNewswire here.

Atlantic’s Commitment to Sustainability

Atlantic’s Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is a single word that encompasses complex ideas, actions, and meanings.  It suggests longevity and preservation.  It refers to programs and initiatives.  It applies to the planet earth and the health its resources and all its citizens.

Packaging, particularly single use packaging, has long been targeted as a threat to sustainability and has led consumers, manufacturers, and distributors to seek out ways make packaging more sustainable.

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition defines sustainable packaging as “beneficial, safe & healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle.”  It goes on to detail a sustainable life cycle, from sourcing to usage to recovery.

As a distributor and a privately-owned company, Atlantic Packaging has a privileged position to influence each of these areas, from how we source packaging products for our customers, to how we optimize their use, to devising closed loop systems of recovery.

We’ve learned a lot over the years about what it means to be sustainable in each step of this process. 

What we’ve learned is that, #1, your packaging has to work.  It has to satisfy the basic functions needed to protect your product, convey the intended message, and allow for efficiency in the manufacturing environment.  If your packaging doesn’t work and it causes excess waste due to damaged product, then you have the opposite of sustainability.

Once you have a packaging solution that works for your product, then we can work on optimizing the solution so we’re using the least amount of material possible without sacrificing performance.

From there, we can choose the most sustainable materials available that won’t sacrifice performance or optimization.

We believe that these areas of focus can lead to packaging efficiency and reduced packaging overall. In addition, our ability to create closed loop systems for industrial B2B packaging plastic, such as stretch film, and to reduce leakage in which plastic ends up in consumers’ hands can lead to a more circular economy for plastic.

Get more information about Sustainability at Atlantic, including our Sustainability Report and a video series outlining our approach to sustainable packaging.

Introducing Fishbone Recyclable Can Carrier System

Introducing Fishbone Recyclable Can Carrier System

Wilmington, N.C., December 7, 2020 — Atlantic Packaging announces the launch of a recyclable can carrier system, Fishbone, to replace plastic ring handles. The Fishbone sustainable can carrier is a curbside recyclable, biodegradable, and performance tested product that will eliminate single use plastic from beverage packaging.

Single use plastics are a known threat to our environment, generating millions of tons of unnecessary waste every year that makes its way into our waters and breaks up into microplastics. These microplastics disrupt entire ecosystems and cause great harm to turtles, wildlife, sea birds, and the marine life that ingests them.

Fishbone replaces single use plastics with paper-based can carriers that use significantly less material than full overwrap paperboard cartons. Fishbone carriers are available for standard cans as well as Alumi-Tek bottles in both 4-pack and 6-pack formats and are sealed with a recyclable, compostable water-based barrier coating for moisture resistance. Fishbone can carriers come in a variety of options designed to complement any brand and to communicate the brand’s commitment to sustainability. Custom printing and graphics are also an option for unique branding opportunities on the carrier.

The comprehensive Fishbone system also features semi-automatic and fully automatic equipment engineered specifically to apply the Fishbone carriers to a 6-pack of 12 oz cans and to a 4-pack of either 12 oz or 16 oz cans. The BCF10 tabletop model runs up to 60 cans/minute and is available for a monthly user fee. The BCF40 high-speed model runs up to 240 cans/minute and is available for purchase.

Bringing this system to market has been a collaboration between Fishbone Packaging, the innovators of the Fishbone carrier design, and Atlantic Packaging, the exclusive licensee of Fishbone Packaging. Atlantic will handle all aspects of the customer experience, from product ordering and delivery, to equipment sales and support.

In a time when businesses are facing increasing pressure from environmental groups, consumers, and now governments to eliminate single use plastics, the Fishbone system is readily available for craft brewers and beverage producers who want to make the switch to a sustainable packaging option.

Atlantic Packaging President, Wes Carter, comments: “As an industry, we have to acknowledge that single-use, consumer destined plastic packaging creates environmental pollution that isn’t sustainable for our planet. For these reasons, polyethylene plastic beverage rings have been problematic packaging since their introduction decades ago.

“Atlantic and Fishbone have collaborated to bring the first ever 100% curbside recyclable paperboard beverage carrier to the marketplace. This sustainable Fishbone solution addresses all environmental concerns, and also is highly marketable for our customers. We are proud to introduce this transformative technology to packaging.”

Kevin L’Heureux, Fishbone Packaging Inc. President, and Keith Elliott, Co-Founder, remark: “Fishbone Packaging is thrilled to partner with Atlantic Packaging to bring our innovative, plastic-free packaging products and application technologies to a wider market. We have a long-standing and successful working relationship with Atlantic Packaging and this alliance has been developed to better serve and to grow sustainable, impactful and consumer-friendly packaging with our shared values.”

Fishbone can carriers and application equipment are available for purchase online at



Wes Carter
Atlantic Packaging
806 N. 23rd St.
Wilmington, NC 28405
(800) 722-5841