Posts Tagged ‘recyclable’

Look for Postconsumer

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

earth friendly post consumerPackaging is one of the biggest contributors to waste- up to one third of the nonindustrial waste in developed countries, according to the United States EPA. That is why packaging is a huge concern for consumers in retail. For the people that are interested in environmentally-friendly options here’s the issue: packaging is practically impossible to avoid altogether, so the goal of these consumers will always be to purchase products with packaging that does the least amount of damage. Not only is this good for our environment, but it is an added incentive for companies to strive for sustainable business practices. What we at Sunrise like to offer, and what the EPA recommends is to buy packaged products wrapped in material with a high percentage of recycled content. By doing this, consumers motivate companies to continue the cycle. SO- instead of simply grabbing for the product that makes general Eco-claims and call themselves green, search the labels for “recycled content” or “postconsumer content” and your sustainable efforts are a guarantee.

Blog Source: National Geographic

APR Opposes Degradable Additives

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

recyclable plasticsThe trade association of companies that recycle plastic, also known as The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, opposes the use of degradable additives in currently recyclable bottles, containers, and films. There are serious implications of using said additives on the recyclability of packaging. While it may seem understandable to use an additive that will help the plastic degrade, the concern is the impact of this additive when used in successive applications. Most secondary uses of recycled plastics are intended for long term uses such as carpeting, plastic lumber, and pipe. Such items have an expected life span of 30 years or more, however if the plastics being recycled to make the product have this degradable additive, the polymer molecules will start to break down, vastly decreasing the product’s life span that consumers depend on. The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) is in support of legislation that would require containers with degradable additives to be labeled with the instruction “do not recycle”. The APR have looked for instances and proof of no harm done from the providers of this additive, and do not have the evidence to change their opposition.

Read more at Packworld

Consumers are on board with Green Products

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Green this, green that. As both the manufacturer and consumer all we hear about is providing eco-friendly alternatives for environmentally conscious consumers. But even as the trend is growing, it can still be a struggle for Americans to realize their role in the lifecycle of these products. When asked directly, 9 out of 10 believe it is their responsibility to properly use and dispose of green products. However, we have yet to see the results in action. Only 30% of Americans say that they often use the product in a way that achieves its intended environmental benefit. The majority of respondents in this survey expressed an interest in being educated in the proper way to use and dispose of eco-friendly products, but education isn’t the only barrier they face. One third of consumers admit to not having the resources, and one fifth just simply do not know how to find or use them. Consumers say they understand the environmental terms that companies use as being positive of neutral in terms of their effect on the environment. While the message is understood, many consumers feel overwhelmed by environmental messages because of their lack of education on the subject. Brands that promote environmental awareness already have their foot in the door and consumers on board. The next step is comprehensive environmental marketing, which is what we should expect to see in the future.

Fishing Plastic Waste from the Seas

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

In seas around theUK, fisherman are being sent to collect waste plastic for recycling. The innovative project is supported by Ecover and Closed Loop Recycling. The waste being salvaged will go towards trials of a new type of plastic that uses rHDPE, plantastic, and the waste marine plastic that is collected. Both organizations involved are supporting the Waste Free Oceans initiative by sending an important anti-litter message to consumers to help in the efforts of reducing floating marine debris and highlighting the importance of recycling and the value of used plastic as a resource. Along with supporting these efforts, Ecover has launched it ‘Message in our Bottle’ campaign, along with the use of an entirely new form of fully sustainable and recyclable plastic made from 100% sugarcane and plastic fished from the sea- the use of this plastic will start in 2014.

Source: Packaging Digest

Extended Producer Responsibility

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Extended Producer Responsibility is gaining favor among environmentally conscious brands. For example, Recycling Reinvented recently announced that is has received a pledge of support from New Belgium Brewing Co. a brewery based inFort Collins,CO that produces over 25 varieties of craft beer. The director of sustainability for New Belgium states, “I believe that if the producers were held accountable for the end of life of their packages, more efficient and effective systems would be created to promote landfill diversion.” Going along with one of the company’s core values of “honoring nature at every turn of the business.” Through Extended Producer Responsibility, brand owners and manufacturers will help communities increase access to curbside recycling and recycling away from home for all product packaging. The program is pleased to have this pledge from New Belgium, and recognizes their long standing commitment to environmentally friendly production and packaging practices.

Source: Packaging Digest

Thermoformed Trays: A Reusable Alternative

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The new Sell Stack from Innovative Plastech is an improvement on the conventional corrugated fiberboard packaging for bottles and cans. The thermoformed plastic alternative will improve the sustainability of the product while providing a clear view of the product for the consumer. The Sell Stack is completely customizable and is manufactured to create the correct fit and amount of support on a pallet necessary. The pallet trays provide the perfect combination of quantity per pallet and lad bearing capabilities. Along with proper function, the Sell Stack is a waterproof solution that can be reused up to five times. It is made from a combination of post consumer products and post industrial recycle PET plastic, creating a sustainable alternative to the traditional corrugated fiberboard. The Sell Stack is easy to recycle as they are accepted by any US recycling center or they can be returned directly to Innovative Plastech to be recycled for future trays.

Source: PackWorld

Increase in Carton Recycling

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The Carton Council, which is a group of carton manufacturers committed to reducing the environmental impact of cartons, has increased carton recycling by 128%. Due to their efforts, more than 47.9 million households can now recycle cartons. This is a dramatic change compared to 2009 where recycling access was only at 18%. The Carton Council has found that cartons are a fast-growing packaging solution. They are made of high value material and are very recyclable.

Read more at PackWorld.com

Recycling Program Backed by Coca-Cola

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

On January 28th, Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Coca-Cola Foundation announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Through a $300,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation, the program is designed to expand and support recycling in American communities. 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed since 2010 under this program, reaching 4.3 million people. The end goal is to provide local organizations with recycling bins and increase recycling rates across the country. Grant applications can be found online through March 4, 2013. Eligible recipients include government agencies, civic organizations, schools, nonprofit groups and all colleges and universities will be eligible for a college specific grant.

Building a Culture of Sustainability in the Workplace

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The more aware we become of sustainability and what we can do to lessen our impact on the environment, the more organizations are looking to engage their employees in sustainable efforts in the workplace. There are 5 main steps that are extremely beneficial to ensure compliance and engagement with sustainability practices; permit, educate and engage, act, embed, and evaluate. The first step, permit, is important to establish support and permission from top leaders and management. Second, by educating employees of the newly established practices, they are more likely going to be willing and able to engage in eco-friendly practices. The most common ways to do this is to establish “green teams” among employees, volunteers to ensure compliance, social media, and awards or incentives for contributing to the effort. Next, each employee should have the knowledge and resources to be empowered to take action in the office, in their home, and elsewhere in the community. The fourth step is to embed sustainability efforts into the corporate culture. By doing this, sustainability should be mentioned in or involved in recruitment, operations, employee performance reviews, and product/service development. Finally, evaluate how you are doing. Gauge how all of your efforts are impacting the community and how well it has been integrated into the culture of the workplace. The goal of the 5 aforementioned steps is to really create a sustainable culture in a timely manner and realize the value of these efforts.

Read more at Green Business Times

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