Last year Earthbound Farm became the first national fresh cut-salad company to use 100% post consumer recycled PET plastic packaging.
A year later, America's largest grower of organic produce, Earthbound Farm, has won Silver in the Energy and Sustainability category of the 2010 Edison Best New Product Awards. The award recognized the company for its new 100 percent post consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR PET) plastic clamshell packaging.
Earthbound Farm introduced its PCR PET packaging in July 2009. 100 percent PCR PET materials use significantly less energy and water to produce than virgin plastic and generates far fewer greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste.
According to Earthbound Farm compared to virgin plastic, their switch to 100 percent PCR PET for the clamshell salad packages will save 424,000 million BTUs and 68,307 gallons of water, as well as eliminate 16,191 tons of carbon dioxide and divert 1.3 million pounds of solid waste from landfills each year.
The company also notes the use of PCR PET creates a demand for recycled plastic: plastic that may have otherwise ended up in landfills.