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Sustainable packaging

Thanks for your interest in sustainable packaging.

Many of us are concerned about the environment, and whether we like it or not, all our activities have some form of environmental impact. Our busy lifestyles make eating on the go and take-out part of our everyday lives, and that puts focus on single-use packaging. So what is the most sustainable alternative?

When it comes to packaging, many believe that all plastic is harmful and that compostable alternatives (for example bagasse, molded fiber and plant-based plastics) are more environmentally friendly. However, scientific research shows that post-consumer recycled PET, which we use in our BOTTLEBOX® containers, have a lower carbon footprint and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 60% vs virgin PET, 30% vs plant-based plastics and 90% vs bagasse. We will go deeper into that below, but first you can watch our video:

 

 

What is a BOTTLEBOX® container?

The BOTTLEBOX® is the original takeout/food container made from post-consumer recycled PET beverage bottles. By using recycled bottles, we save billions of bottles from ending up in landfills and oceans and reduce the need for new material. Each container is embossed with the number of bottles it takes to produce it, and best of all, the BOTTLEBOX ® containers can be recycled again after use. See how it is made:

Please recycle!

Recycling is important in contributing to a more sustainable environment. New products can be made of already used material, and it does not end up in landfills and oceans.

But we are not saying that you should recycled all plastic. While some types of plastic are highly recyclable, there are many that are not. To learn how to recycle responsibly, knowing the differences between the 7 different types of plastic is vital. Also, when you put it into the recycling bin, the material should be clean and dry. Check the recycling label on your package and learn more at www.how2recycle.info.

If you’re looking for more information on curbside pickups and other recycling locations, you can find that information at Earth911.com by searching using your zip code. 

 

Some facts about recycled PET and other materials

#1 PET is the most recycled plastic in the world, and research shows that increasing recycled content clearly decreases environmental impacts.  While compostable alternatives are made of renewable resources, and might look and feel more sustainable, they have clear environmental drawbacks such as requiring a lot of water and energy to produce.

Another factor to consider is the end-of-life for different products. While 94% of Americans have access to PET recycling, only 9% have access to composting. That means that a lot of compostable materials actually end up in landfills instead, where they don't break down for a very long time.

Recently, bagasse and molded fiber containers have received criticism for containing PFAS, a cancer-linked chemical that is added for grease and moisture resistance. No alternative solution is available today. Recycled PET goes through a thorough cleaning process and is approved for direct food contact.

 

Life cycle analysis

Not everyone can conduct their own scientific life cycle analysis, but there are good examples to learn from. Pete and Gerry’s for example. They are a leader in the organic egg industry, and they asked experts to conduct life cycle analyses of recycled PET, molded pulp and polystyrene. They came to the conclusion that recycled PET was the superior material in terms of reducing environmental impact, and have since opted to start using recycled PET as an alternative for their packaging. Read their conclusion here