New Eco-Packaging Sends Strong Message to Consumers
“Help us change the world.” That is a message that more and more companies are sharing as they turn to eco-friendly, “green” packaging and shun wasteful non-biodegradable options.
The reasoning behind these changes coincides with the public’s desire to do good and technology innovations that have created new packaging concepts.
Utilizing efficient packaging that cuts weight without losing strength or degrading design is no longer the future – it is the present.
As non-biodegradable waste overflows our landfills, companies that produce everything from sneakers to toothpaste to computers are adopting product packaging that is both creative and environmentally friendly.
One of the packaging innovation leaders is Amazon, which has instituted a five-year plan to liberate products from hermetically-sealed clamshell cases and plastic-coated steel-wire ties.
Stonyfield Farm, which sells 200 million of its YoBaby and YoKids individual, four-ounce yogurt cups recently switched from polystyrene to PLA, a corn-based polyactic acid container.
Dell Computer is experimenting with bio-based bamboo and mushrooms as possible packaging materials. And Tom’s of Maine is testing a new PLA made from potato starch.
Meanwhile, Puma® claims to have saved over one million liters of fossil fuel each year by substituting a reusable bag for the traditional shoebox.
Such eco-innovation is now a corporate imperative that also provides exceptional goodwill to every company, foodservice operator and organization willing to adopt these important practices.
Recently Sugar Foods reconfigured the classic sugar and zero-calorie sweetener packs with its highly innovative ecoSticks. The ecoStick sweeteners offer the same great taste of your favorite zero-calorie sweetener – minus the GMOs and excess fillers – in elegant space-saving packets. They are better for our planet since they use 46% less paper, while providing the same sweetener ingredient as the retail brands.
As part of its move towards enhanced sustainability, Sugar Foods teamed with the National Parks Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, through promotional efforts and donations. Both Sugar Foods and the National Park Foundation share the selfless goal of preserving trees, one of America’s most valued treasures. Recognizing Sugar Foods green message, the Grand Canyon recently added ecoSticks to its foodservice operations.
The ecological effect of ecoSticks vs. traditional sweetener packets is quite impactful: In one year, Sugar Foods would save over 27 million pounds of corn, five million pounds of paper, one million pounds of cardboard and 3,800 gas-guzzling truckloads. Every time an ecoStick sweetener is enjoyed in your favorite beverage, it helps ensure future generations can experience America’s beautiful national parks for years to come.
Help us change the world for the better one table at a time.