Attention to detail, as well as the new pack’s 48% reduction in global warming potential versus petroleum-based packages, netted Stonyfield an Environmental Impact award in the FDA-Regulated category of this year’s competition.
Seeking sustainability for case-ready meats and vegetables, fresh food packaging provider Coopbox Italia (www.coopbox.com) of Reggio Emilia, Italy, introduced in 2005 a foam food tray made from polylactic acid resin from NatureWorks (www.natureworksllc.com).
With all the talk about the Wal-Mart Sustainability Scorecard changing
the industry, it is easy to overlook the fact that numerous
organizations have engaged in sustainable efforts for many years. At
these companies, the push for corporate social responsibility and
greater sustainability comes directly from senior management as well as
from employees themselves. Sustainable packaging is the extension of
corporate values at these companies.
The PlantLove™ collection, by Cargo cosmetics, makes women look good on the outside with its 12 sheer and glossy lipsticks and feel good on the inside because they are buying earth-friendly packaging. This approach helps differentiate PlantLove in the competitive cosmetics market. It wins the approval of retailers and the loyalty of customers.
Sustainable packaging received a dramatic boost as BIOTA Brands of America Inc., Telluride, CO, launched its premium spring water in bottles molded of Cargill Dow LLC NatureWorks™ polylactic acid starting in October.
First tested last summer, Il Melograno srl, a produce company in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy, is now packaging its fresh, ready-to-eat salads using films made of corn-based NatureWorks PLA, from Cargill Dow BV in the Netherlands.
Cornstarch, polylactic acid, and limestone are among the renewable resources used by Cadbury Schweppes for thermoformed candy trays, Biorigin for fresh pasta containers, and Wild Oats for a variety of deli containers.
With the August launch of College Farm organic hard candies in East Coast markets, JoEl Inc. of Elizabethtown, NJ, is the first North American candy company to offer confectionery wrapped in NatureWorks™ polylactide (PLA) from Cargill Dow.
Wilkinson Manufacturing Co. is the first North American converter to thermoform containers from corn-based polylactide polymer, or PLA. The converter welcomes the material’s sustainable, renewable characteristics, and its consumer-friendly properties.