Pioneer company increases zero-waste approach towards packaging.
Richmond, BC (May 17, 2019) – As the global zero-waste movement strengthens, Nature’s Path Foods continues to be a leader in sustainable business, committing to making all of its food packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025. The decision will see the company join hundreds of other industry leaders in the New Plastics Economy, a global commitment to create a circular economy for plastic, paving the way for a world where waste does not exist.
“At Nature’s Path we believe in leaving the earth better than we found it and a key part of this mission is reducing our waste and carbon footprint,” said Nature’s Path co-founder and co-CEO Arran Stephens. “We’re proud that already, 97% of all of our packaging by weight is recyclable – but we know we can do better, and we want to do better for people and the planet,” continued Stephens.
As North America’s largest organic breakfast company, Nature’s Path has already achieved significant sustainability goals. It’s the only food manufacturing company with multi-national sites that are all zero-waste certified. The company has also minimized packaging waste overall by decreasing both the amount of plastic and cardboard used for specific products such as Envirobox and ecopacs. Many products are also offered in bulk and stocked in zero-waste grocery stores.
As all Nature’s Path products are certified organic, the company doesn’t use artificial preservatives or additives in its food. This means that the packaging must help to preserve product freshness. “Although we haven’t found a suitable plant-based plastic material that keeps the food fresh over the course of its shelf life, we’ve been testing a variety of alternatives, and we’re working diligently with others in the organic industry to find a solution that uses non-Genetically Modified sources,” said Jyoti Stephens, Vice President of Mission and Strategy at Nature’s Path.
“Our approach to investing in sustainable packaging complements the role of organic by keeping toxic pesticides from our soil, waterways and food,” Jyoti Stephens continued. “Our customers’ values are aligned with ours – we all want packaging that is better for the planet,” Jyoti Stephens continued.
Nature’s Path is proud to join more than 350 businesses, governments, NGOs, universities, and other organizations from around the world to be part of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, spearheaded by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
About Nature’s Path Foods
Nature’s Path Organic Foods, is a family-owned company, producing USDA, Canadian and UK Soils Association Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified breakfast and snack foods sold in grocery and natural food stores in over 50 countries around the world. Committed to the triple bottom line— socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable, Nature’s Path works diligently to support communities and champion the cause of people and planet. Brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch®, Qi’a®, Que Pasa®, Flax Plus®, and EnviroKidz®. Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs hundreds of valued team members at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. Visit http://www.naturespath.com or follow on Twitter @NaturesPath and Instagram @NaturesPathOrganic.