Eco-Products Launches Compostable Lids
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by Megan Brown on 04/20/2009
Biodegradable cups exist but Eco-Products is the first to offer compostable lids.
As a leader in biodegradable and compostable food packaging, Eco-Products has been developing products that offer more sutainable choices to its customers. Its latest addition is a hot cup lid that when composted, will breakdown within 90 to 120 days in a commercial compost facility. It is made from Ingeo biopolymer from NatureWorks, LLC and has been submitted to the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) for certification.
Packaging is, of course, an important component of corporate responsibility. Eco-Products has also made sustainable choices at a corporate level. Last year it chose to purchase carbon offsets in the form of verified emission reductions (VERs) to balance out a portion of the carbon emissions produced from shipping its products. The carbon offsets guarantee that emissions are prevented from entering the atmosphere through support of an independently verified carbon reduction project. An example of a common project includes capturing and destroying methane at a landfill (a greenhouse has 21 times more harmful to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide).
Other businesses in this industry are taking responsibility for the environment too. Solo Cup Company has announced a partnership with Keep America Beautiful and White Wave has completed a redesign of its international Delight coffee creamer container which will save the atmosphere carbon pollution and the company over $1 million annually, says Brandweek.
Eco-Products also has a company blog that this month is honoring and highlighting daily individuals that are environmental stewards. Go to their website, to learn more.
Every small green innovation counts. At the University of Washington for instance, which has about 42,000 students, the school estimates that 5,000 cups and nearly as many lids are thrown away each day. Behavioral changes such as making a buying decision based on a product's green attributes takes longer. Thanks to companies like Eco-products, they are helping get greener products in the marketplace and providing better options for environmentally responsible businesses and consumers. ~ Megan
Megan Brown is the Client Relations Manager at Renewable Choice.