Innovations in Recycled Packaging

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Environmentally friendly packaging’s, such as those made from recycled content, or by other means that reduce their environmental impact, are gaining ground in the market place.  What exactly are the benefits of recycled and eco-friendly packaging? From an environmental standpoint, they help to avoid depletion of both renewable and non-renewable resources, minimize waste and the use of raw materials, and help to reduce pollution as well as energy consumption.

September 2015

Have you ever been confused about what those chasing arrow symbols on packaging really mean and if certain items are actually recyclable in our area?  If so, clarification may be close at hand. The How2Recycle Label is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. Variations in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims can make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle Label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers. Check out the following link and keep an eye out for the new How2Recycle Label.

http://www.how2recycle.info/

Why are major beverage companies refusing to use a 90% recycled can?

November 7th, 2014

Producing aluminum beverage cans out of recycled scrap, instead of by mining bauxite, saves natural resources, energy, carbon emissions, and lots and lots of money. The global rate for aluminum recycling remains at a steady 70% while in America rates hover at a mere 55%. The low US rate represents enormous amounts of wasted materials and energy. This waste also creates a great opportunity, one that an Atlanta,Georgia based company is hoping to seize. This year Novelis introduced the “evercan” a beverage container made from 90% recycled materials; with hopes of boosting low recycling rates in the US. This goal could easily be achieved with the influence and commitment of a major beverage company. However, none of America’s largest beverage companies have jumped on board with the product. Why are these companies refusing to use a 90% recycled can? Read the article below to learn more.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/oct/30/recycled-aluminum-novelis-ford-cocacola-pepsi-miller-budweiser-beer