From Green Right Now Reports
Looking to buy greener products? Sometimes what distinguishes an item as green is its packaging.
This is why wine makers are putting their vino into larger containers that come in boxes (with recyclable plastic linings), which saves on shipping costs and landfill space, and why many pizza makers have gone to plain cardboard boxes that no longer use the wax coating that released harmful PBEs when hot.
Here are two new packaging breakthroughs to look for at the grocery:
- Stonyfield Organic Yogurt multipacks now come in a special plant-based plastic called Ingeo™. If you haven’t heard about Ingeo™, you will be soon. It’s derived from plant material and doesn’t use any petroleum. It’s compostable in the right conditions and biodegradable. It’s also recyclable, in instances where it doesn’t contain food residue. In food packaging, however, it still presents a much lower carbon footprint than conventional plastic because of how it’s made. The Stonyfield yogurt packs were made of polystyrene. Making them with Ingeo instead will help the company reduce its carbon footprint by an estimate 1,875 metric tons of CO2 per years — which is equivalent to the annual emissions from 160 houses, according to the company. In terms of oil, the savings represents 4,360 barrels of oil that won’t be needed because of this shift.
- Walmart’s Marketside organic salads, salsas and bagged spinach also are converting to Ingeo™ , which is also used for fresh cut fruits and vegetables. Ingeo-based gift cards also are being sold at Sam’s Club stores. The savings? 25,971 barrels of oil that won’t be needed, according to NatureWorks, which makes Ingeo™. That reduction is estimated to be equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions from a car driven 20.89 million miles.
You can read more about how Ingeo saves greenhouse gas emissions at the NatureWorks website.