Better Packaging Co’s world first recycled plastic bags

The Better Packaging Co says it has produced the world’s first mailer and poly bags using 100% recycled ocean bound plastic pollution.

03 November 2021

The Packaging Forum member announced through social media, on 2 November, it had developed the innovative bags made entirely from ocean bound plastic.

The company says it’s working with communities in some of world’s poorest and most polluted coastal regions to remove plastic pollution from their beaches and riverways before it reaches the ocean.

The poly bags are also recyclable through the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme, have a 200% carbon offset and are traceable to source, The Better Packaging Co says.

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All Meadow Fresh one and two-litre milk bottles are now made using 30% recycled plastic.

26 October 2021

The company, which is owned by The Packaging Forum member Goodman Fielder and is one of New Zealand’s biggest milk traders, says the move to use recycled content in its bottles is a first for the country.

The bottles will be made using 30% rHDPE, reducing the amount of virgin plastic it uses for its bottles by 250 tonnes a year.

Meadow Fresh says the bottles are also “designing for recycling” as they don’t contain white resin – allowing them to be recycled into new plastic bottles and other food packaging.

The company is working to make all its packaging completely recyclable or reusable, and contain recycled content across its range of dairy products, by 2025 or sooner.

In January 2021 Meadow Fresh announced it’s entire New Zealand operation would move to 100% renewable electricity.