Archive for March, 2011

PepsiCo’s Eco-Friendly Packaging

Monday, March 28th, 2011

After seeing all the success Coca-Cola has had with their PlantBottle, PepsiCo has stepped up to the plate and has developed eco-friendly packaging for their pop. The green bottle they created is made entirely from fully renewable resources and significantly reduces its carbon footprint. The bottle is made from a combination of some materials you would never think could be put together to make a form of packaging. The raw materials include: switch grass, pine bark, and corn husks. Orange peels, potato peels, and oat hulls are on deck for materials to be used in the future.

This innovation from PepsiCo puts recycling up at a whole new level. The materials they are using to make the packaging are actually byproducts from its food business. So if you never believed that things could be recycled and reused to produce something else, there is now proof. The brilliance behind PepsiCo’s eco bottle is that they have combined biological and chemical processes to create a molecular structure that has the same look and feel of the standard bottle PepsiCo uses. The only difference is that the new bottle is fully recyclable and is made from environmentally friendly materials.

A pilot version of PepsiCo’s new packaging will be available in 2012. If successful, they will move directly into full production.

Eco-Friendly Detergent Packaging

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If you thought you would always see your laundry detergent in plastic packaging, you were wrong. Seventh Generation, maker of non-toxic household and personal care products, has made an eco-friendly advancement in packaging. The have transformed their detergent packaging into a bottle that is made from 100% recycled cardboard and newspaper. The new packaging consists of two parts: the outer shell and a plastic pouch. The outer shell is made from 70% recycled cardboard fibers and 30% newspaper fibers. It is fully recyclable and compostable, using 66% less plastic than the typical detergent bottles. The inside holds a plastic pouch that is also recyclable. The packaging can be easily disassembled for recycling.

This new sustainable packaging will be available throughout the country by the end of this month. Consumers now have an eco-friendly option for how they buy their detergent. It is a choice consumers have never had before. The new detergent packaging also has other benefits than just being eco-friendly. It can be turned into new packaging by being recycled. Seventh Generation produces sustainable packaging to help make a difference by saving natural resources and reducing pollution.

Compostable Packaging

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Watch out Sun Chips, there is another chip manufacturer that is introducing compostable packaging. Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, a Colorado based snack food company, has put on their thinking caps and launched compostable packaging for its All Natural Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. The packaging contains more than 90% renewable material and has the same feel and sound of their standard packaging. When producing this new packaging, Boulder Canyon used a high barrier metalized film that is made from wood pulp. The printing on the chip packaging eliminates the need for spot colors, making this packaging compostable and recyclable.

Consumer interests are climbing in regards to eco-friendly options in packaging. This trend prompted Boulder Canyon to create compostable packaging and meet the needs of their consumers as well and fulfill their company values. They have goals in mind to expand the compostable packaging to other snacks and expand their brand.

Heinz Ketchup is Going Green

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Heinz ketchup is stepping out of their shell and is making a change to their packaging. This will be their first change since 1983 when they began using plastic. The new change Heinz will be making is converting its packaging into the eco-friendly PlantBottle. This new packaging is a recyclable plastic bottle that is made from a combination of petroleum based and plant based materials. This was first introduced by Coca-Cola two years ago and they have announced their partnership with Heinz in hope it will revolutionize the entire food industry. This collaboration between Coco-Cola and Heinz shows how companies can work together and help each other become more eco-friendly.

Heinz Ketchup’s new eco-friendly packaging with be released in the United States this year, with the potential of expanding globally. Over 120 million of the new Heinz ketchup bottles will be released with a label saying “Guess What My Bottle Is Made Of?” They also have goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste, water consumption, and energy usage by at least 20%.