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First 100% recyclable single-material pouch for baby food
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:29.Apr.2020

Gerber has announced a first-of-its-kind, single-material baby food pouch designed for the future of recycling, which is developed in partnership with Gualapack.

 

This is the latest initiative in Gerber's journey to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. It is also an important milestone in creating a wider market for recycled plastics that are safe for food.

 

"Designing with a single material creates greater value for the recycling industry, promoting the development of better recycling infrastructure," said Associate Director of Packaging at Gerber, Tony Dzikowicz.


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The single-material baby food pouch is designed to increase recycling value and promote the circular economy.


With Nestlé as a founding member of Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF), a research collaborative committed to creating recycling solutions, Gerber is helping to expand curbside recycling for the pouch – and all baby food pouches.

 

MRFF's pilot program in Pottstown, PA is now the first curbside recycling program in the U.S. to accept flexible plastics such as these.

 

"We believe the baby food industry should help create a world where babies thrive, and initiatives like this one help us go beyond nutrition to protect the planet," said Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka.

 

The pouch will be available online, for Gerber's Organic Banana Mango Puree beginning in May 2020, with expansion in product offerings to follow.

 

The pouch will be 100% recyclable through Gerber's national recycling program with TerraCycle, a social enterprise on a mission to eliminate the idea of waste.

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