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Greener Package award: non-food primary packaging

SoilWrap

Overview

SoilWrap is a new type of plant container which is a compostable and plantable alternative to traditionally used petroleum-based plastic pots. SoilWrap is made from a bio-based material with unique bottomless design which makes it garden plantable.

Motivation for Change

Every year, 350,000,000 pounds of horticultural plastic is used in the U.S., while only 4 percent is actually recycled (Penn State, 2007). While growers and gardeners are well-intentioned to eliminate the plastic waste their activities are creating, no solution has yet materialized. Previous alternatives to solve the problem have used bioplastic materials, but none are plantable. In addition, other alternatives have proven undesirable to consumers once in garden centers due to early container degradation that causes mold or algae growth on the product.

Clean Production

General Converting uses 100% renewable wind energy to print and form SoilWrap.

Effective Recovery

SoilWrap is made from a bio-based material called Mirel, and like nearly all bioplastics and organic matter, is not designed to be recyclable. However, when planted, the material will degrade in the soil in 12 months and 60 days in home or industrial compost. It meets ASTMD6400, EU13432 and ASTMD7081 standards.

Material Health

No BPA is used in SoilWrap production.

Resource & Energy Optimization

Versus the standard 3.5 inch petroleum-based plastic pot, which fits 24,180 pots on a pallet, the assembled SoilWrap fits 58,757 3.5 inch wraps on a pallet; 243% as many, or almost 2 times more SoilWraps than standard pots per pallet. 60 pallets of SoilWrap, truck capacity, would contain 3,525,410 SoilWraps vs.1,450,800 of the same size plastic pot. That results in 243% more SoilWraps per truck, which reduces the number of trucks to less then half.

Categories: Greener Package Award Winner Polymer (Bio-based) General Packaging

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