Sustainable Packaging

A new restaurant called Horns recently opened in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The focus of the restaurant is on fresh, local and sustainable food, as well as overall sustainable operations.

In addition to serving foods made with fresh ingredients from farms 75 to 100 miles away, and listing those farms in the restaurant so diners know where their food is coming from, Horns also has eco-friendly practices in place that help create a more sustainable environment. The fryer oil is donated for biodiesel instead of getting thrown out. The food waste is composted and sent to a local farm. Instead of using plastic cutlery and takeout containers, Horns food is sent out with SpudWare, a biomaterial made from potatoes. And in place of plastic bottles is recyclable glass.

In addition, there is also chalkboard on the wall that displays the definitions of such sustainable terms as "compost," "biofuel," "organic foods," "grass-fed" and "sustainable engineering." By serving sustainable food, using sustainable materials and defining sustainable terms, Horns is doing its part to raise environmental awareness and help feed its community better food.

At Heritage Pioneer, we are committed to staying up-to-date on the latest in sustainable news. We are continually amazed by how businesses, organizations and people across the globe are taking action to provide more sustainable options for living. Pioneer offers a wide range of sustainable packaging solutions. To learn more, contact us today!

Picture of planet earth in an eco friendly box.The Life Box is an innovative, eco-friendly corrugated packaging solution that not only stores and protects products during shipments, but once used, it can help grow new life.

Designed and developed by Paul Stamets, the Life Box uses the corrugated cardboard to grow communities of plants and fungi, which can be later planted back into the earth. In each Life Box, there are hundreds of tree seeds and fungi located within the corrugation of the cardboard, with 10 different noninvasive species of trees that have been approved within the continental United States. Once the items of the box have been removed, the box is soaked, chilled and planted. Within two weeks, baby trees will start to grow, and the plants can remain in the Life Box for a year until it is replanted outside.

Types of Life Boxes include mailers of various sizes, ideal for books and other print media. Deep, shoe-box style mailers are large and sturdy - ideal for shipping bulky or fragile items, with room for padding.

The Life Box offers a truly sustainable packaging solution, with the ability to give back to the environment once it has been used to package products. The Heritage Sustainable team is always excited to learn about packaging innovations that are good for the product and good for the earth. Contact us today to learn more about our sustainable packaging solutions.

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Sustainable packaging efforts by big-name companies.At Heritage Pioneer, we're always happy to hear about how big-name companies and brands are taking action to provide more sustainable packaging options to their customers. Home décor and furniture store Crate and Barrel is among those companies. Crate and Barrel is known for its simple black and white packaging, and in the past five years, the company has improved its shopping bags, boxes and other packaging products to be more environmentally responsible.

Now, Crate and Barrel's shopping bags are made with FSC-certified 100% post-consumer recycled paper, with its bold logo printed using eco-friendly, water-based inks. In addition, the tissue paper found inside the shopping bags, used to further protect the products, is also 100% recyclable and made with 70% post-consumer waste. Crate and Barrel boxes, once made with white bleached board, are also made with eco-friendly renewable fibers containing post-consumer recyclable materials.

The company has also stopped using petroleum-based foam packing peanuts as cushioning materials. Foam materials are difficult to recycle and potentially toxic to the environment once thrown into landfills. Instead, Crate and Barrel now uses biodegradable, 100% recyclable paper to protect its products, as well as air pads that are made of 98% air and 2% recyclable plastic.

We appreciate Crate and Barrel's continuing efforts to use sustainable packaging as a way to help reduce waste and make the environment cleaner and healthier. Contact us today for more information on Heritage Pioneer's sustainable packaging solutions.

Picture of a wrist watch.Sprout is a company that has been in the watch-making business for more than 50 years, but only recently started thinking about ways to make a more eco-friendly watch. Using sustainable materials that range from corn resin to bamboo, as well as packaging its products in recycled fibers, Sprout's watches are truly making a difference in the effort to reduce waste and be kinder to the environment.

Among the many materials that Sprout uses to create its watches are corn resin, Tyvek® and bamboo. The use of corn resin as a renewable resource helps reduce the need for oil-based plastics. Corn resin is as strong as traditional virgin plastic materials, yet is 99% biodegradable. Tyvek® is a strong, tear-resistant material that can be safely incinerated or recycled after use. Bamboo is an extremely eco-friendly material that can be used in anything from packaging to clothing. Its ability to grow back quickly after harvesting makes it a very renewable, accessible resource.

In addition to crafting the watches using sustainable materials, Sprout also packages its watches in packaging made from 80% post-consumer fibers. The packaging can be safely recycled after use.

As a leading provider of sustainable packaging solutions, the team at Heritage Pioneer is always eager to share innovative ways in which companies, organizations and people are working to reduce waste. Contact us today for more information on our packaging services.

Picture of multi-colored iPhone cases.For anyone toting around the latest iPhone, the proper protective case is crucial for avoiding scratched or shattered screens. Miniwiz, a sustainable energy development company, introduces the Re-Case: an iPhone case made out of 100% trash.

The Materials

The Re-Case is made out of rice farming by-products, such as discarded rice husks, combined with post-consumer thermoplastics. While plastic materials can often degrade during the recycling process, making them weaker than virgin materials, the rice husks actually work to make the plastic ingredients stronger. The result is a new material called Polliber, and is a highly durable material that effectively protects iPhones from damage.

The Benefits

The use of agricultural waste as a renewable resource helps reduce the need and production of oil-based plastics, which in turn reduces costs and waste. Providing iPhone users with sustainable options also helps raise awareness and promotes the use of renewable resources and alternatives to virgin plastic materials.

At Heritage Pioneer, we applaud the recent innovations in today's technology, plastic and packaging industries. We provide a wide range of sustainable packaging materials and solutions. Contact us today to learn more.