Canadian Packaging

Lawn and garden brand upgrades to bio-based packaging solution


June 30, 2020
by Amcor Flexibles North America

Espoma Organic continues to showcase their commitment to the environment with more sustainable packaging alternatives.

OSHKOSH, Wis. – Espoma Organic, a lawn and garden brand, continues to showcase their commitment to the environment by replacing fossil-fuel-derived polymers in their packaging with more sustainable alternatives.

In response to Espoma Organic’s mission to “develop the finest organic gardening products that work in harmony with nature, grow beautiful gardens and make a greener world for the future,” global packaging company Amcor partnered with the brand to innovate more sustainable packaging and launch a new bio-based polymer package. The polyethylene (PE) film contains 25 percent bio-based material, derived – in this case – from sugar cane.

“Espoma’s values are strongly rooted in responsibility to the environment and sustainability. Using a renewable and sustainable source of plastic allows us to continue our long-standing tradition of industry leading innovation while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Jeremy Brunner, General Manager of Espoma Organic.

Amcor Flexibles Research and Development Senior Director Priscila Troian explains that the choice is both better for the planet and matters to consumers.

“We know consumers increasingly are paying attention to product packaging as they make purchasing decisions,” said Troian. “The use of renewable materials in packaging offers brands a new way to stand out on store shelves while driving down the total carbon footprint of their products.”

Amcor continues to develop and use bio-based materials to reduce reliance on fossil-fuel-derived plastic packaging. Amcor’s bio-based PE solution is recycle ready and may be recycled at store drop off locations when clean and dry. It also delivers similar technical properties and product protection to traditional plastics while lowering carbon emissions.

In addition to packaging lawn and garden products, applications for Amcor’s film include pet care products, wipes, confectionary and more. The bio-based resin is produced from annually renewable sugar-cane feedstock, diminishing dependency on fossil resources and carbon footprint.

Amcor was the first packaging company to commit to developing all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, directly addressing a major environmental issue with capability, scale and reach. To learn more about plant-sourced raw material packaging contact Amcor Flexibles North America at northamericaflexibles@amcor.com.

About Amcor

Amcor is a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home- and personal-care, and other products. Amcor works with leading companies around the world to protect their products and the people who rely on them, differentiate brands, and improve value chains through a range of flexible and rigid packaging, specialty cartons, closures, and services. The company is focused on making packaging that is increasingly light-weighted, recyclable and reusable, and made using a rising amount of recycled content. Around 50,000 Amcor people generate US$13 billion in sales from operations that span about 250 locations in 40-plus countries. NYSE: AMCR; ASX: AMC






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