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By Kent Larsen

Like Old Clamshell, New Big Mac Container Made by Mormon Firm

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- About 30 years after Jon Huntsman's Huntsman Chemical Corporation manufactured the first McDonald Big Mac Clamshell container, another Mormon-run firm is making a new container for the sandwich. Baltimore, Maryland-based EarthShell Corp., is just weeks away from completing McDonald's validation testing on the new container. But this time, the container isn't likely to be criticized for its effect on the environment.

EarthShell, headed by LDS Church member Simon K. Hodson, designs and manufactures environmentally preferable foodservice packaging. Its new EarthShell Big Mac Sandwich Containers are designed to meet McDonald's now stringent requirements. McDonalds was criticized in the 1980s for the previous, Huntsman-produced clamshell because environmental activists said it did not degrade in landfills.

The new EarthShell container is made from a proprietary composite material primarily composed of limestone and recycled starch. It also includes PCW fiber from recycled school milk cartons and juice boxes. The company claims its material is strong and insulates well, yet biodegrades in marine and composting environments. The packaging also uses less energy to manufacture and results in low greenhouse gas emissions.

The containers are currently in use in 128 McDonalds restaurants and the final validation test batch has been shipped to restaurants in the Chicago area. When the validation tests are complete in about two weeks, McDonalds is expected to greatly expand its use of the produ ct.


EarthShell Sandwich Containers to Enter Final Validation for McDonald's Big Mac
Yahoo! News (Business Wire) 30Oct00 B2


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