Sterno Products has pledged to go greener with a commitment to reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint associated with keeping food hot.
The initiative, which the portable food warming specialist announced at the NRA Show, will see the introduction of redesigned chafing fuel cans that use less steel, cardboard and non-renewable resources to reduce Sterno’s environmental impact from landfill waste to greenhouse gas emissions.
Craig Carnes, president of Sterno Products, said: “Over the past decade we’ve achieved a number of firsts as a company on the environmental front that we’re proud of – from first to having USDA Biopreferred Ethanol to UL Validated for Clean Emissions. But we don’t want to stop there. As a leader in the industry, we are investing in additional steps to reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining the quality and performance of Sterno chafing fuels.”
Through examination of its wider supply chain, Sterno has been able to make an impact on its material sourcing and selection by re-engineering and enhancing its chafing fuels to create a more efficient packaging design, which reduces waste, and limits the number of trucks on the road.
Optimizing the size of its chafing fuel cans to use 10% less steel represents a saving in steel equivalent to 2,500 SUVs annually.
The team has also reduced the consumption of non-renewable resources, by a full 10%, by optimizing the size of the wick and reformulating the fuel blend.
The new gel cans have also allowed for packaging to be redesigned, requiring 7% less cardboard. That equates to 350 trees saved annually, according to the Californian company.
Sterno’s packaging is being made from Sustainable Forestry Initiative materials, a certification standard that is based on principles that promote sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and species at risk.