Posts Tagged ‘compostable’

Possible Restrictions of Polystyrene Foam Products in NYC

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

News reports have indicated that New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is planning to propose restrictions on the use of polystyrene foam food service products. The end goal for this restriction is to increase recycling rates. In accordance with the Mayor, vice president of plastics at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), Steve Russell states, “We would welcome the opportunity to explore polystyrene foam food service recycling with the City. The technology exists to recycle polystyrene foam foodservice right now.” He goes on to explain howCaliforniais currently making this work with 22% of households in compliance. A lot of people mistakenly believe that these paper cups and plates are being recycled, but there is no commercial recycling of these products happening. Another misconception about paper product waste is that it is rapidly degrading in landfills compared to other products. While the properties of the items may allow for this, the landfills simply are not designed to comply to this process- they actually minimize the breakdown of waste by blocking out the air, water, and sunlight necessary to support the biological process. Implementing recycling efforts of these products may be sufficient to attain Bloomberg’s goal since the technology already exists, eliminating these products may not be the answer. As Russell states, “Polystyrene foam foodservice products make up less than one percent of our nation’s solid waste, according to EPA. They use significantly less energy and water to manufacture than paper alternatives and create significantly less waste by weight and comparable waste by volume.”

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Blog source: Packaging Digest

Recycling Rates Rise Overseas

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

For the first time inEngland, local authorities report a substantial reaction to recycling efforts. Recycling has overtaken the landfill with 10.7 tons of waste recycled, composted or reused compared to the usual 9.6 tons being sent to general waste. Household recycling bins are collected every two weeks. The Runnymede Borough Council of Surrey has seen a tremendous response increasing from 29% to 47% recycling rate. West Oxfordshire District Council’s rate has risen to over 60%.

Source: UK Packaging News

Ecovative “Breaks it Down” with Mushrooms

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The majority of packaging materials are made from polystyrene and other synthetics. These materials are made from petroleum and also use up a lot of energy in the production process. Although many Americans do not take this into consideration, Ecovative Designs is a company that takes this issue quite seriously. Ecovative is currently working to develop a line of environmentally friendly packaging materials. These materials are made from mushrooms and other agricultural byproducts. The company was founded by a pair of engineers. They are not only trying to replace the traditional styrofoam packaging “peanuts” but also home insulation and kitchen counters. Sue Van Hook, Ecovative’s resident mycologist, shows that mushrooms and other fungi that grow in the wild can be adapted to grow into packaging materials. In nature, fungi’s primary role is decomposition. Break down fallen leaves and twigs so they do not overrun the forest. Ecovative is working to capture this natural process. They need less than one square centimeter of organic material to jumpstart this process. Therefore, they clone the material so it can continue to multiply as needed. Ecovative also demonstrates their value to the packaging industry by comparing a piece of plastic trash to their mushroom-based materials. The plastic takes decades to decompose while Ecovative material will vanish in 3-4 months.

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Paper Wine Bottles Get Their Chance in the UK

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Soon, the first paper wine bottle will be released in the UK. That’s right, a paper wine bottle. The carbon footprint of a paper wine bottle is only 10% of a glass wine bottle, hence the appeal.

With the UK poised to run out of space for landfill within seven years, the bottle’s makers claim biodegradable packaging will become a paramount issue for both consumers and manufacturers. The paper wine bottle is compostable and decomposes in weeks. The wine bottles feature a similar bag to that found in wine boxes so the wine can keep longer.

Transportation costs of the paper wine bottle will also be greatly reduced. The paper wine bottle weighs only 55g compared with 500g for a glass wine bottle.

While paper wine bottles sound great in theory, there will be huge challenges. Venturing into the wine market is more adventurous. “How wine looks is incredibly important; it’s such an arcane business,” said Adam Lechmere, news editor at Decanter magazine. “Consumers don’t care so much about whether wine is green or not.”

Stay tuned to see if this form of wine packaging catches on.

Pet Food Company Adopts Innovative, Eco-Friendly Packaging

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Steve’s Real Foodpet food company has adopted a new type of flexible packaging. NVIRO, developed by Eagle Flexible Packaging, is comprised of renewable and compostable materials and printed and laminated with low VOC inks and adhesives. Using materials derived from corn and plant starches, NVIRO packaging can be composted in a municipal composting environment.

Steve’s Real Food is a raw dog food manufacturer. They have committed themselves to holding rigorous environmental standards in regards to packaging. They chose NVIRO flexible packaging because they wanted to be a leader in sustainable packaging. Looking for green packaging can be tricky these days, as so much out there sounds green but ultimately lacks the backing of a misleading marketing message.

The packaging Steve’s Real Food has adopted isn’t just eco-friendly, it’s also quite innovative. They have incorporated a ZIP-PAK Press-to-close solution to make it convenient for their customers to use. The ZIP-PAK is made from the same compostable material as the pouch film.

PepsiCo: Recyclable and Compostable

Monday, May 30th, 2011

PepsiCo is at it once again to fulfill their overall environmental goal of becoming an eco-friendly company. PepsiCo has realized something very important, their beverages are not just packaged in cans and bottles, cups are another way that Pepsi products get distributed. Places like colleges, stadiums, theme parks, and eateries use cups to serve Pepsi beverages. Although cans are fully recyclable and they have created the Plant Bottle, PepsiCo now has another task to tackle.

So how did PepsiCo solve this problem? They realized the need for sustainable beverage packaging and used some innovation and creativity to create 5 different eco-friendly, compostable, and recyclable cups that they will issue to their U.S. food-service customers. They designed 100% recyclable clear plastic cups, compostable paper cups, and wax cups that are made from plant-based materials from sustainably managed forests.

PepsiCo has done a fantastic job at going green and meeting their sustainability goals. They work hard to come up with innovative ways to green their packaging. PepsiCo has taken initiative to realize that consumers want to be more eco-friendly and they want their packaging to be eco-friendly as well. They hope that other companies will realize this and come up with their own ways to be more sustainable companies and produce eco-friendly packaging.

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.

The Eco-Division of Staples

Monday, February 28th, 2011

We all know Staples in the world’s largest office products company, but did you know they also have a business to business division called Staples Advantage? Staples Advantage works with companies to develop customized programs in areas such as specialized pricing and account management. Within Staples Advantage is something called Sustainable Earth. This is a division that offers eco-friendly products that provide safer alternatives for companies and the planet.

Recently, Sustainable Earth has expanded their line with eco-friendly kitchen, break room, paper, and janitorial products. The kitchen line offers compostable products like cutlery, bowls, plates, cups and lids. These products are certified by the Biodegradable Product Institute because the cups and lids, for example are made from corn-based materials and the cutlery is made from sugarcane. The new paper product line features items such as facial tissues and toilet paper that are made from 100% recovered paper fiber and contain a minimum of 40% post consumer content.

Staples Advantage hopes to provide eco-friendly solutions for businesses to help then achieve their sustainability goals. Apart from the eco-friendly products, they also provide recycling services and energy efficient technologies to help companies make a difference and become more eco-friendly.