BOUND TO BE BETTER

Eight million tons of plastics end up in our oceans every year.1 By 2050, plastics may outnumber fish in the sea.2 One multinational computer technology company is combating this growing problem by aiming to recover and reuse over 3 million pounds of ocean plastic within the next five year. With Veritiv’s help, the company now has an innovative packaging solution to support this sustainability goal.

 

Challenge

As part of their focus on sustainable packaging, one of the world’s leaders in computers and technology solutions set out to create a new package that would adequately protect its products while eliminating plastics from the packaging design to reduce ocean pollution. 

Veritiv Corp

Veritiv solution

Veritiv developed an innovative packaging solution that mixes 50% ocean-bound plastics (plastics recovered from beaches, waterways and coastal areas) and 50% recycled High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) into a molded tray that is recyclable. Mixing ocean-bound plastics with recycled HDPE met quality and performance requirements for the end solution.

Impact

With this durable, environmentally conscious packaging solution, the computer company has made a significant impact on their sustainability goals and consumer confidence. It is removing plastics from the waste stream and adding them to the circular economy. Plus, their customers will know that the packages arriving at their doorsteps are protecting the products inside and the planet outside. 

 

1 Source: https://www.iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/marine-plastics
2 Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1
 

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