rate in the U.S.”
problematic plastic use, innovating plastic materials so they can be reused and recycled and keeping plastic out of the environment.
its packaging has direct food contact. The company created options for the R&D team to pursue. One tact was to improve the recyclability and collection of thermoform produce packaging.
to consider the product. “Consumers don’t buy a cereal box. They buy the cereal,” Rowell said. Sonoco asks customers what they are packaging and their goals and then presents the options.
works with customers to improve the package labeling to bring them in line with Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR)-recognized inks, labels and adhesives — ones that have been proven to not contaminate the PET recycling stream.
like sugar beets and corn.
take any plastic to their composting streams, and Sonoco doesn’t want to mislead consumers into thinking they are recycling, when the items end up in the dump.
virgin plastic, which has not been recycled.
material has to be collected, processed and sanitized for safe use. That said, there’s an increased commitment by many brands to use recycled plastic, regardless of the higher costs.
environment, and there’s a big difference. “Remember that most developing countries are not blessed with recycling systems, waste-to-energy facilities and landfills. Much of their waste goes into the environment,” Rowell said.
paperboard, but it uses a lot more fiber and it’s a lot heavier,” she said.