April 4, 2024

Strides in Sustainable Packaging

From repurposing ocean-bound plastics to embracing compostable materials, these brands are making significant strides to reduce their packaging footprint.

1. Banyan Botanicals: From Shoreline Trash to Bottles

Revamping its packaging approach, Banyan Botanicals now uses 100% ocean-bound post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles. By repurposing plastics destined for the ocean, the company not only champions environmental conservation but also fosters positive social impacts.

2. Theo Chocolate: Plant-Based, Inside and Out

Theo Chocolate has introduced a plant-based wrapper made from non-GMO sugarcane and FSC-certified paper for their new Filled Chocolate Bars. Industrial compostability certification is the next step they are working towards, but for now, avoiding the introduction of new plastic is a great step forward.

3. BAR-U-EAT: Commercially Compostable Wrappers

BAR-U-Eat achieved a significant sustainability milestone as the first bar in the world to carry BPI Certified Commercially Compostable clear film, adhesive, and inks.

4. Patagonia Provisions: Windowless Packaging

Patagonia Provisions breaks category norms by forgoing the plastic window in pasta packaging, opting instead for a printed “faux window” to showcase their product.

5. Ocean’s Halo: Tray-Free Seaweed Snacks

Ocean’s Halo is making waves in the snack aisle by removing the inner plastic holding tray of their seaweed containers. This will keep at least 15 million pieces of plastic waste out of landfills and oceans every year.

6. Dr. Bronner’s: Plastic-Free Refill Stations

Dr. Bronner’s advances their zero-waste goals with refill kiosks at ‘Jimbo’s Naturally’ grocery in Southern California, allowing consumers to refill any container and eliminating the need for retail packaging.

7. Straus Family Creamery: Returnable Glass Bottles

Straus Family Creamery champions sustainability by using reusable glass bottles for milk and cream products, with over 2.75 million bottles returned annually. Their delicious new organic kefir line continues the tradition of using reusable glass quarts that can be rinsed and returned to retailers, furthering their goal of a circular economy.