For promoting the circular economy and recycling value, the pouch designed a single-material layered baby food pouch.
Gerber Announces Baby Food Industry’s First Single Material Layered Pouch
Gerber, the initial childhood nutrition leader, published a first-of-its-kind, single material layered baby food pouch designed for the prospect of recycling. Jointly developed with Gualapack, the market leader of premade spouted pouches, this is the most advanced initiative in Gerber’s journey to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. It is also a significant milestone in creating a broader market for recycled plastics that are reliable for food.
With Nestle as an establishing member of Materials Recovery for the Future (MRFF), an analysis collaborative committed to performing recycling solutions, Gerber is assisting in expanding curbside recycling for the pouch – and all baby food pouches. MRFF’s pilot program in Pottstown, PA, is now the first leading curbside recycling program in the U.S. to take flexible plastics such as these.
“Producing a single material layered provides higher value for the recycling industry. It promotes the development of more reliable recycling infrastructure,” said Associate Director of Packaging at Gerber, Tony Dzikowicz.
After more than two years of researching and innovating, we were capable of helping create a first-of-its-kind solution for baby food that matches the safety and freshness terms for our little ones.
The baby food business should assist and design a world where babies flourish. And drives like this one help us go beyond nutrition to preserve the planet,” said Gerber President and CEO Bill Partyka. “We’re bound to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, and this pouch is an essential step in encouraging the development of more reliable recycling infrastructure.
Gerber’s sustainability endeavors go beyond packaging, with a center on decreasing energy use, water use, and carbon emissions in its factories. And it is upholding some of the industry’s most robust agricultural standards through its Clean Field Farming™ practices. Gerber is also advancing to expand its USDA Certified Organic product lines.
Say hello to the baby food industry’s first single-material pouch! ♻️ We’re excited to hit this important milestone in our journey to make 100% of packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and create a wider market for food-safe recycled plastics. https://t.co/TlmqaSldi7
— Nestlé US (@NestleUSA) March 5, 2020