Be Green Packaging has received certification from Western Michigan University through their Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC) Equivalency testing protocol. This certifies that Be Green’s packaging materials will recycle when put into cardboard recycling systems. The testing procedure involved testing 20% of Be Green’s fiber product laminated with PET with 80% old corrugated cardboard (OCC) and then comparing that against 100% OCC.
As a Cradle to Cradle Certified™ company, Be Green Packaging is committed to the entire life cycle of its fiber products. Be Green Packaging knows that its fiber life does not end after the consumer has finished using it. In light of this, Be Green designs and manufacturers our products so that they can in turn, be recycled into biological nutrients through home or commercial composting practices. Now we can certify that our bulrush fiber packaging with or without PET or rPET lamination, can also go into a paper recycle stream as a “technological nutrient”.
Be Green Packaging believes in composting, however, composting has yet to become a mainstream practice. The composting collection systems in most communities are currently lagging behind the innovation of the compostable packaging industry. Meanwhile, the recycling industry is well developed and consumers are better educated as to the process and products that can be put into the recycling stream. Because of this, Be Green decided to submit their packaging to be tested at Western Michigan University’s Pilot Plant to confirm its recyclability.
Be Green Packaging celebrates this confirmation that our food and industrial packaging materials cannot only be recycled into biological nutrients, but can also be used as technical nutrients in the recycling stream.