Dow earns SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for new recyclable packaging design with Kashi, Berry Global
- Companies recognized for collaborating to create high-performance, recyclable flexible food packaging for Kashi’s Bear Naked granola products
MIDLAND, Mich. – February 19, 2021 – Dow (NYSE: Dow), Kashi and Berry Global are winners of the 2020 SEAL Environmental Initiative Award for their collaboration to create the first fully recyclable flexible barrier pouch available nationally for Kashi’s Bear Naked brand granola.
The SEAL (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) Awards honored the companies for their teamwork to create the new packaging structure, recyclable at over 18,000 retail locations nationwide as part of the U.S. store drop-off program.
“This award recognizes the hard work of everyone involved at Dow, Berry Global and Kashi who contributed to creating this breakthrough recyclable packaging at a national scale,” said Nestor de Mattos, North America commercial vice president, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP). “This is one of many Dow initiatives to promote sustainability, reduce plastic waste and ensure that plastics find their way back into the supply chain instead of into the environment.”
The recyclable Bear Naked granola packaging is made with Dow’s RETAIN™ polymer modifiers, which compatibilize the barrier EVOH layer with polyethylene to create a film that qualifies for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle® Label. The design also features a high-performance sealant for fast-paced production line speeds that produce hermetically sealed packaging.
Dow helps brand owners and converters bring circularity to new product and packaging designs, working to maintain plastics' critical value from creation to disposal. Consumer demand for sustainability drives new collaborations for Dow with the company’s customers for cost-effective, high-performance recyclable packaging.
“We believe that every plastic package and product should be designed to be recyclable,” said Ashley Leidolf, North America end-use marketing manager, Dow P&SP. “We work closely with our partners to bring new, innovative technologies to market to unlock sustainability opportunities for our customers, brands and end-users.”
Learn more about working with Dow to design for recyclability.
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