GoodLeaf Moves to More Sustainable BioPET Packaging
New BioPET clamshells are made with recycled content and plant-based materials
GUELPH, Ont. — GoodLeaf Farms has switched to more environmentally friendly clamshell packaging for its line of microgreens and baby greens.
All GoodLeaf products – Spicy Mustard Medley, Pea Shoots, Micro Asian Blend, Micro Arugula, Micro Radish, Micro Broccoli, Ontario Arugula, Ontario Baby Spinach and Ontario Spring Mix — are now packaged and sold in more sustainable BioPET clamshells, which are similar in look and feel to the APET plastic of its original packaging, but contains more recycled content and plant-based materials.
“Sustainability is an important part of our business at GoodLeaf,” says Jacquie Needham, Accounts Manager with GoodLeaf Farms. “We strive to manage our indoor vertical farms to have a minimal impact on the environment. Moving to more sustainable packaging is another step in that journey.”
GoodLeaf’s farms have a favourable carbon footprint compared to traditional field farming. Water use in GoodLeaf’s vertical farm is 95 per cent less than field farming, and the water that is used is cleaned and re-circulated. There are no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides used in GoodLeaf’s indoor, controlled environment farms, meaning there is no hazardous runoff. The peat used as a growing medium is also recycled and reused in landscaping.
Also, GoodLeaf provides a local source of foods that are typically imported from the Southwestern United States — typically California or Arizona — removing thousands of food kilometres annually and saving the burning of fossil fuels.
BioPET packaging — supplied to GoodLeaf by British Columbia-based Good Natured Products — contains 33 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic and 20 per cent plant-based material, in this case sugar cane. The new GoodLeaf packaging is recyclable, and there are no harmful BPAs or phthalates.
Founded in Vancouver in 2006, Good Natured Products makes earth-friendly products with the latest in plant-based renewable materials, resulting in packaging and containers that are fee of BPAs, phthalates and other chemicals to ensure they are better for our health and the planet.
It now offers more than 400 eco-friendly products and services that are distributed across North America.
About GoodLeaf Farms:
With a passion for delicious, nutrient-rich greens, GoodLeaf was founded in Halifax in 2011. Using an innovative technology and leveraging multi-level vertical farming, GoodLeaf has created a controlled and efficient indoor farm that can grow fresh produce anywhere in the world, 365 day of the year. The system combines innovations in LED lighting with leading edge hydroponic techniques to produce sustainable, safe, pesticide-free, nutrient-dense leafy greens. GoodLeaf has ongoing R&D Programs in collaboration with the University of Guelph, Dalhousie University and Acadia University.