Wood-based Packnatur® nets from Austria on course for success in the US

Wood-based Packnatur® nets from Austria

on course for success in the US
Packnatur® Partner Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. wins U.S. Plastics Pact Sustainable Packaging Innovation Award 2023 with beechwood fibre-based netting for bagged fresh produce from the thinning of FSC® or PEFC certified forests.

The award showcases companies that are eliminating problematic and unnecessary plastic packaging while taking actions to ensure that 100% of plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable in the US by 2025. Vandenberg is recognized as a business making strides to advance sustainable packaging solutions that contribute to a circular economy.

(c) Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the U.S. Plastics Pact and Walmart. This award proves that there is an immediate compostable, plant-based solution that gives everyone in the fresh produce industry the opportunity to reduce their plastic and carbon footprints to help improve the environment,” said Brand Marketing and Sustainability Manager John Paap from Vandenberg in a recent announcement. “There is simply no time to wait, let alone another two years. We know the solution exists today for this particular packaging. It’s time that we as an industry make this switch as part of our collective efforts to tackle the climate crisis.”

“Conventional produce netting is challenging to recycle and has been included on the list of items the U.S. Pact is investigating for our Problematic & Unnecessary Materials list,” commented Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director, U.S. Plastics Pact. “The judges for this year’s panel were impressed by this certified-compostable alternative that can typically run on existing bagging lines and potentially increase the shelf-life of the product. Jac Vandenberg’s circular innovation presents an exciting solution in a challenging space.”

Interview with John Paap from Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.
podcast by Cory Connors, Director of Sustainability at Landsberg Orora

Photos: Jac. Vandenberg, Inc.