Sustainable Packaging

Picture of a woman at a grocery store looking at a food shelf.In 2006, Wal-Mart introduced its Sustainable Packaging Scorecard to push manufacturers and suppliers to use more eco-friendly packaging. In 2008, Amazon launched its Frustration-Free Packaging initiative to help reduce packaging waste as well as customer "wrap rage." Now, Wal-Mart is expanding its sustainable packaging efforts by joining Amazon in the promotion of frustration-free packaging - working to make packaging not only greener, but also easier and safer to open.

Say Goodbye to the Clamshell

Wrap rage is most often associated with the traditional all-plastic clamshell design, which is made to increase tamper resistance and reduce theft, yet is actually the cause of much frustration and many injuries in the United States. Clamshells are difficult to open, and many customers must often use sharp tools in order to finally reach the packaged product. In addition, clamshells are usually made with harmful (and, with the rising cost of oil, expensive) plastic materials such as PVC. By replacing the clamshell with more sustainable, easy-to-open packaging solutions, Wal-Mart and Amazon are helping reduce waste, reduce costs and reduce rage.

Clamshell Packaging Alternatives

For Amazon, finding an alternative to the clamshell is as simple as shipping products in the right-sized recycled corrugated boxes. Packaging for the retail shelf, however, is a little more complicated, since these packages are facing the consumer and must be visually appealing in order to market the product successfully. In addition to corrugated cardboard, clamshell packaging alternatives include blister packaging, which can use recycled PET and recycled paperboard to contain the product. The recycled materials are better for the environment, and the paperboard is easier to open than plastic.

At Heritage Sustainable, we provide a wide range of sustainable packaging solutions. For more information, contact us today!

Picture of a Puma shoebox. The past couple of years for PUMA have been big, with the launch of several sustainable products and initiatives that have put the sportswear and footwear giant on the front page of sustainable industry news. So what's next for PUMA?

According to PUMA CEO Franz Koch, the company is now working on plans for creating shoes, T-shirts and bags that are either compostable or recyclable. These products will help significantly reduce waste and raise environmental awareness.

Here's a recap of what PUMA has been up to:

  • PUMA's Clever Little Bag offers a new way to look at shoe packaging, replacing the traditional shoebox with a reusable bag and helping to dramatically cut down on the use of cardboard.
  • PUMA's Clever Little Shopper was introduced as an alternative to virgin plastic shopping bags, using materials sourced from 100% cornstarch rather than traditional oil-based plastics. The bag can be dissolved in water or composted after use.
  • PUMA's Re-Suede Vegan Sneaker is the company's latest sustainable product, made with 100% recycled materials, including rice husks instead of plastic latex.

 

As a leader in sustainable packaging solutions, the Heritage Pioneer team stays up-to-date on the latest in sustainable news. We enjoy following the new developments introduced by companies worldwide, and sharing these innovations with our customers. Contact us today to learn more about our sustainable packaging products and services that work toward a greener future.

Picture of a plastic bottle on a wooden floor.Today's homeowners are continually looking for ways to make their home sustainable without breaking the bank. From simply switching the type of light bulbs they use, to buying energy-efficient appliances, to recycling and composting - there are many different ways to reduce waste in the home. Even the flooring and carpet can be sustainable.

Carpeting and flooring company Mohawk is the largest recycler of plastic bottles for carpets. Its EverStrand® brand is a family of carpet fibers made from recycled plastic bottles. Each year, Mohawk reclaims 3 billion plastic bottles, which are then recycled into PET chips. The chips are extruded into EverStrand® fiber to make soft, beautiful carpets that last. Homeowners can gain peace of mind knowing that the floor beneath their feet is helping reduce waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill - giving them more reason to continue recycling plastic.

Other sustainable flooring options include silk carpets made out of discarded saris, flooring made out of old wine corks, and even tiles covered with leather from car seat scraps. The need to reduce waste has resulted in innovative ways to reuse old materials rather than toss them, contributing to a cleaner, healthier environment.

At Heritage Pioneer, we are committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions that help businesses and consumers go green while cutting costs. We're excited to learn about new ways in which other companies worldwide are helping pave the way toward a greener future. For more information on sustainable packaging solutions, contact us today!

Picture of an AT&T sign. In a technology-driven market, we rely heavily on our smart phones, lap tops, tablets and MP3 players to get us through the day. For those constantly connected and on-the-go, as well as environmentally aware, AT&T is now offering a battery charger that is made from recycled plastic water bottles.

The Motorola P793 Back-Up Battery Charger is a portable device compatible with all USB devices by major manufacturers. The external housing is made of 25% recycled post-consumer water bottles. So that water bottle that's in your car, or sitting on your desk, or stashed in your tote bag could end up helping add extra juice to your smart phone when you're running low on battery - no matter where you are. In addition, the charger shuts off automatically once your device is fully charged, so no energy is wasted.

By using recycled plastic packaging material, AT&T and Motorola are helping to reduce plastic waste that might otherwise end up in a growing landfill. Not only that, but the more recycled plastic used means less virgin plastic material that must be produced - less toxins going into the air and into the ground, and a cleaner, greener environment as a result.

Heritage Pioneer offers sustainable packaging solutions that help businesses save money while reducing their environmental impact. We're always excited to share new products and innovations involving recycled plastic packaging. For more information on sustainable packaging solutions, contact us today!

Picture of glass jars filled with an assortment of foods.Eden Foods, best known for its organic food products ranging from snack foods to tomato sauces, recently received the Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) "Friends of Glass" award. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate and promote the benefits of using glass materials and recycling glass products. Eden Foods won the award for its organic crushed tomatoes, which are the only tomatoes in the United States packaged in amber glass.

Other products available in amber glass packaging include Eden organic spaghetti sauces and pizza pasta sauces.

Benefits of Glass Packaging

Not only does the amber glass material help protect the flavor and nutrients of the food from light damage, but glass material is a sustainable packaging choice. One hundred percent recyclable and made from pure, sustainable mono-material, glass can be continuously recycled without losing its purity or quality. Glass can be recycled into new glass bottles, or can be made into materials for landscaping, countertops, flooring and more.

In addition to its sustainable benefits, glass is an all-natural material that is a safe alternative to cans and plastic packaging that contain BPA.

Learn more about why glass packaging is becoming more popular.

Heritage Pioneer is committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions that help reduce our customers' environmental impact. Contact us today to learn more.