Reusable packaging brings sustainability home

Grocery shelves

Brand-name food, household, and personal care products are now widely available in reusable packaging. TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company in partnership with major consumer products companies, is delivering brand-name products to grocers and pharmacies in Washington D.C. and four Northeastern states.[1]

Through pilot studies, almost 300 products are being sold in reusable circular packaging. The varied food, household, and personal care products are available at a grocery chain and a drugstore chain.

Products in reusable packaging

The studies feature popular brands. That popularity makes the packaging of those products more affordable, due to “economy of scale”. It becomes easier to judge the packaging’s practicality and appeal, based on a larger sampling of repurchase rates. While the pilot studies monitor sales and customer response, environmental impact and progress toward zero waste are also being evaluated.[2]

It seems certain that more consumer products companies and retailers will take “smart steps forward” to reusable packaging. What have you seen in your area? If you leave a note on the Contact page, we’ll share your discoveries in an update this summer. Thank you!

Alexa Stone
LEED AP, Sustainable Facility Professional, Envision Sustainability Professional - - Alexa has more than 25 years of experience in sustainable and Smart Cities development. Her strategic planning work has served local, state, and federal government, higher education, and private industry. Alexa founded ecoPreserve in 2009 as a team of 3 and has grown the company to over a dozen of the brightest sustainability and project management professionals in the industry.
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