of plantable packaging, and uses post-consumer recycled paperboard embedded with seeds for its products.
Additionally, FCO Systems was recognized for its reusable produce shipping container system that utilizes
durable plastic totes to replace single-use cardboard boxes, which are often
waxed and not easily recycled or locally compostable. The company
states that these slash solid waste by 95
percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent versus corrugated
boxes. Another company cutting
cardboard use is Stone Hearth Pizza,
which created a reusable, recyclable
BPA-free to-go pizza box that eliminates 125 pounds of cardboard over
its lifetime when compared to single-use corrugated takeout boxes.
ECOvention also created a 100 percent post-consumer recycled content
pizza box that converts to a smaller
size to store leftovers efficiently.
Other awardees included New
Leaf Paper for pioneering a business
model based on offering only recycled (high post-consumer content)
and FCS-Certified fiber-based packaging materials, Gaia Herbs for converting to a 100 percent PCR cardboard
package and sorghum-based packing
peanuts, and Numi Tea for its 100
percent recycled paperboard (85 percent post-consumer content) tea
boxes with an eco-audit table quantifying environmental benefits, conserving forests and resources, and
educating end-users about the impacts of their choices. According to
the company, this greener packaging redesign saves around $30,000,
5,200 trees and reduces landfill load by 334,560 pounds yearly.
Eliminating the use of virgin plastics is an important step in reducing petroleum use, plus the use of post-consumer plastics supports various recycling efforts by creating a market for recycled goods. Many
companies were recognized for use of recycled plastics including Dr
Bronner’s, Earthbound Farms, Eldorado Springs Water, Method,
NAYA and Naked Juice which have switched to 100 percent recycled-
Numi educates con- sumers about respon- sible packaging on its 100 percent PCW tea boxes.
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