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JAN 2016: Changed from bag-in-box packaging to resealable bag packaging for MorningStar Farms®

Weight reduction is the most impactful way to make packaging more sustainable because it has multiple impacts across the supply chain (1), reducing energy, resource usage, and greenhouse gas emissions as follows:

COMPARED WITH OUR PREVIOUS PACKAGING, OUR FLEXIBLE BAGS OFFER BETTER FREEZER MANAGEMENT AND RE-SEALABLE FOOD STORAGE TO HELP PREVENT FOOD WASTE

Plus, this change reduced MorningStar Farms® product and display case packaging material weight by an average of 38% less than previous packaging.

Research shows that material weight reduction is an effective way to help decrease environmental impacts of packaging, especially when comparing flexible packaging with bag-in-box packaging. That’s because less weight often results in lower energy use, natural resource consumption and carbon footprint along the journey of the package.(1,2,3)

JOURNEY OF PACKAGE

RAW MATERIALS

PRODUCTION

TRANSPORTATION

WASTE TO LANDFILL

There can be less environmental impact for reduced-weight packaging at the Waste to Landfill stage even if the lower weight package is not recyclable, because, unfortunately, only 34% of Americans recycle.(4) Of course, beyond reducing material weight in our packaging, if we could also ensure recyclability at the end of the package journey, we could secure even greater environmental benefits.


Sources:

1) http://www.esparama.lt/documents/10157/490675/Environmental_Kliaugaite.pdf/6c27e07c-93cb-4889-a8ba-02ef293bf409

2) EPA Source Reduction mention at http://www.ift.org/knowledge-center/read-ift-publications/science-reports/scientific-status-summaries/editorial/food-packaging-and-its-environmental-impact.aspx

3) Page 7 of https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-08/documents/reducing_wasted_food_pkg_tool.pdf

4) https://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-sustainable-materials-management-facts-and-figures



FUTURE: Continuously work towards more sustainable packaging through partnering with industry groups and packaging manufacturers.

As we look to the future, MorningStar Farms® is committed to using even more sustainable packaging. But we are partnering with organizations like the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to stay on the cutting edge of discovery for more Earth-friendly and consumer-preferred packaging solutions like this. We are partnering with organizations like the Sustainable Packaging Coalition to stay on the cutting edge of discovery for more Earth-friendly and consumer-preferred packaging solutions like resealable, recyclable bags that work for our veggie foods.

Let's take this journey towards more sustainable packaging together.

Do you have questions or suggestions about our packaging? We'd love to talk with you.

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