Sustainable packaging innovators earn kudos: Page 2 of 4

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Sustainable Packaging on April 26, 2018

Breakthrough Process: Envision creates the OceanBound Plastic Bottle for ViTA

How to best fight marine debris? Prevent the plastic from entering waterways from the start. That is the goal behind the OceanBound Plastic Bottle. Envision has organized special collection of plastics within 50 kilometers of a coast line at known at-risk areas for marine debris and then recycles the material. Its first customer, ViTA, is using the 100% of the recycled plastic in bottles for hair care products, disproving the myth that recycled resin is low quality and can only be used in small percentages. Additionally, the resin used in the masterbatch also carries the colorant, a pearlescent hue.

• Colorants and inks were chosen with attention to toxicity;

• Energy use through the production cycle was offset with carbon credits;

• Labels and related adhesives separate easily during recycling;

• Water usage was extremely limited and kept solvent-free so that it could be repurposed as grey water for landscape irrigation;

• The distance between manufacturers and warehousing was calculated and used in a proprietary scoring system to best choose manufacturing partners for the lowest possible carbon emissions.”

“Plastic in our oceans is perhaps the greatest environmental tragedy of our day,” says Sandra Lewis, director of business development, Envision Plastics. “It is an honor and privilege to prove to the world that we can intercept this plastic before it reaches our waterways, recycle it into a high-quality resin and use it in bottles at 100%. We ask others to follow the example set by ViTA in using Envision’s OceanBound Plastic in your products and packages. By creating the demand for this resin, we can keep more plastic from ever reaching the ocean and put it back in the value chain so that it can be used again and again.”

Accepting the awards are Sandra Lewis, director of business development for Envision, and Andrew Hood, chief business development officer for ViTA.

 

NEXT: Winners of the Outcome of a Partnership category

 

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