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Lightweight and Compostable Packaging for the Military

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Technical Report

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U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center Natick United States

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The projects goal was to demonstrate and validate environmentally friendly Meal, Ready-to-Eat MRE coated corrugated fiberboard ration containers to replace the current solid fiberboard used by the Army. The intent was to provide alternative high performing materials to reduce the amount of waste in the field. Materials and design of the containers were developed with a SERDP project and demonstrated and validated with this ESTCP project. The new containers were fabricated at a corrugator using a polymeric coated paper for water resistance and wet strength. The rations were then assembled at AmeriQual Packaging, one of the ration assemblers, producing pallet loads of MRE rations to test. Control containers of solid fiberboard were also fabricated and assembled at the same time, so they could be used as a comparison to the new container for demonstrationvalidation testing.

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  • Containers and Packaging
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Containers and Packaging
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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