New packaging is made with EcoPrime resin, a food-grade recycled HDPE.
Vega, a plant-based nutrition company headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, has received a 100-percent-postconsumer-recycled-content certification from SCS Global Services, a third-party certification firm headquartered in Emeryville, California.
Vega’s new packaging, which is used for its nutritional supplements, is made with Envision Plastics’ EcoPrime resin, which the company says is the first food-grade recycled HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic available in the market.
"Vega and Envision are leading their industry by developing new technology for recycling HDPE plastic into food grade packaging material," says Alicia Godlove, SCS materials manager. "We are pleased to have audited their sourcing and manufacturing systems to confirm the accuracy of their 100-percent-recycled-content claim."
Vega launched its sustainable packaging initiative after an internal sustainability audit found that more than 70 percent of its carbon footprint was related to its packaging materials, specifically petroleum-derived virgin HDPE plastic. As part of its "Journey to Zero" initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Vega partnered with Envision Plastics to develop a system for recycling plastic jugs, milk bottles, and other HDPE plastics into a food-grade vessel.
"We are pleased to have been recognized by SCS for the accuracy of our PCR claim," says Charles Chang, founder and president of Vega. "Our commitment to sustainability is at the core of our company. We are proud of the strides we have taken to improve the packaging options, not just for ourselves, but our entire industry."
SCS has been certifying recycled content claims since 1989. The certification audit determined that Vega and Envision's production data and material tracking procedures are maintained and that recycled material was derived from verifiable suppliers.
According to Vega's research, in 2014 its switch from virgin plastic to certified 100-percent-postconsumer-recycled bottles will result in 278 fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions (63 percent less), divert 233 tons of plastic from the waste stream and use 86 percent less energy than virgin plastic.