Waltham, MA – Recycline®, an environment-friendly consumer products company, and Stonyfield Farm®, the world’s largest producer of organic yogurt, have announced an impressive milestone. Their innovative partnership has led to the recycling of more than 1 million Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups into new, Recycline Preserve® brand products. These companies share a commitment to educating consumers about healthy product choices and preserving the environment.
Recycline uses only recycled plastics to manufacture the handles of its Preserve brand products, which include toothbrushes, tongue cleaners and razors. And since Stonyfield Farm uses polypropylene (#5) plastic for most of its yogurt cup material, the recycling partnership with Recycline is a natural fit. And, as there are a lot of toothbrushes made in the US every year, it makes sense to use recycled plastics. The American Dental Association recommends replacing toothbrushes at least 4 times per year.
Recycline’s Preserve brand includes the number one selling toothbrush line in the natural product marketplace. Recently, they introduced the Preserve Razor Recyclable, the first environment-friendly alternative to the disposable razor, a product category that contributes an estimated 2 million pounds of virgin plastics to U.S. landfills every year.
All of the handles of Recycline’s products are made from 100% recycled plastics – at least 65% of which are recycled Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups. And the recycling story doesn’t end there as the handles are also completely recyclable through community recycling programs that accept #5 plastics or by using Recycline’s unique postage-paid recycling mailer. All returned Preserve products and packaging are then recycled into plastic lumber which is used to make picnic tables, decks, boardwalks and other durable products.
“Energy and resources must first be consumed to produce the new plastic which is used in so many consumer products on the market today,” says Eric Hudson, president and founder of Recycline. "That is why it is important to educate consumers about products that are designed from the start to be environmentally responsible, that use recycled materials and are recyclable, and to encourage companies when they design and develop products to consider the use of recycled materials, recyclability, and efficient recycling systems,” he adds.
Stonyfield Farm offers a complete line of delicious, all-natural and Certified Organic yogurts, frozen yogurts and ice cream. The company donates 10% of its profits to environmental causes and through recycling initiatives has kept over 10 million pounds of waste out of landfills and incinerators. As a result, Stonyfield Farm is widely known as a national leader in socially and environmentally sound business practices.
"Stonyfield Farm has been educating consumers on key environmental issues and motivating them to take action for over 20 years," says Gary Hirshberg, president and CEO of Stonyfield Farm. "We are always willing to partner with like-minded companies such as Recycline that offer consumers products that promote good health, in this case good dental health, and who also show their support for environmental preservation. This project demonstrates what companies can do to take responsibility for their products, from design to disposal," he adds.
In 1996, Eric Hudson founded Recycline to provide high-quality recycled products to consumers in response to the growth in recycling and the evolution of environmental concern. The company’s mission is to help consumers conserve – to develop products with improved function that are also responsible to the Earth. The Preserve brand’s key message is “Preserve Your Health, Preserve The Earth.”
Both Recycline and Stonyfield Farm cater to the estimated 63 million consumers in the US who consider the environment when making purchasing decisions and to the retailers that sell natural products to these consumers. Their products are available nationwide in thousands of natural health food stores such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats as well as regional supermarket chains.
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