HARTSVILLE, South Carolina, May 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sonoco (:SON), one of the world’s leading sustainable packaging companies, today announced favorable results from a recent trial study with Sustana in collaboration with Kellogg’s, offering new opportunities to recycle paper containers.
“Part of creating packaging that is a success in sustainability involves ensuring that its materials are produced and sourced responsibly. Sonoco’s paper containers are made from 100% recycled fiber board, 85% of which is post-consumer recycled content,” said Michael Pratt, Senior Sustainability Specialist at Sonoco.
Through three third-party sorting trials, Sonoco has confirmed that steel-bottomed paper containers can be recycled into the steel stream. The next step was to further increase the recyclability of paper containers in the paper stream. Producing 100% recycled paperboard containing up to 85% post-consumer fiber from bales of mixed paper at all of Sonoco’s U.S. paper mills has already proven successful, but it was still unclear if the paper containers could be further recycled.
By partnering with Sustana, the leading manufacturer of sustainably produced premium recycled fiber and paper, Sonoco validated the idea that paper containers could be processed in the paper stream and transformed into reusable materials.
This Sustana trial confirmed that through the pulping process the fibrous components separate from the non-fibrous components. The remaining fiber can be turned into usable cardboard for new products, creating a circular economy journey.
“By partnering with sustainability-minded companies like Sonoco and moving to a circular economy, brands can provide consumers with sustainable recycled paper products that meet their growing preference for environmentally friendly packaging,” said Renée Yardley, Sustana’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. .
Not only does this discovery allow Sonoco to accept the return of its paper products for recycling, but it also offers the opportunity to close the loop of the sustainable economy, especially through the packaging industry. eating.
“It’s not an easy task, but we believe closing the loop is still worth our time, talent and resources,” said Scott Byrne, associate director of global sustainability for Sonoco. “By validating that paper containers can be processed in the paper stream, we hope to see an increase in recycled fiber. Ultimately, through strategic collaboration, it is more possible than ever to reduce the impact of hard-to-recycle items.
Founded in 1899, Sonoco (:SON) is a global supplier of consumer, industrial, healthcare and protective packaging. With net sales of $5.6 billion in 2021, the company has 22,000 employees working in approximately 300 operations in 32 countries, serving some of the world’s best-known brands in some 85 countries. Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products, services and programs for our customers, employees and communities that support our corporate goal of Better packaging. Better life. The company ranked first in the packaging industry on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies for 2022 and was included in Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third consecutive year. For more information, visit www.sonoco.com.