FAQs

General FAQs

Do consumers care about sustainability in packaging?

Unequivocally, the answer is yes. Research shows that 56% of Americans say they want sustainable options for the product packaging they purchase. And 62% of women would choose a product that is more environmentally conscious.

Is interested in sustainable packaging growing?

In a survey of Consolidated Container Company customers, 64% believed that consumers will prefer recycled or bio-based resin packaging in the next few years.

EcoPrime FAQs

What can EcoPrime® be used for?

EcoPrime® can be used in a variety of applications ranging from film in flexible packaging, to blow molded plastic containers, to injection molded containers and parts. EcoPrime® is considered a safe substitute for conventional HDPE plastic in many packaging applications, including: Dairy products, dry foods, condiments, and other products Dry and aqueous personal and beauty care applications where food grade material is required or simply desired due to its exceptional cleanliness Vitamins and medicine.

Can EcoPrime® be recycled again?

Yes, EcoPrime® HDPE can be recycled through similar channels and processes as virgin resin. Use of EcoPrime® in HDPE containers does not prevent those containers from carrying the #2 recycling categorization.

What is the source of EcoPrime® resin?

EcoPrime® is produced from post-consumer recycled HDPE (#2) bottles, such as milk and water jugs collected curbside across the United States. Envision purchases bales of natural HDPE bottles from waste haulers and community materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and sorts them further so that the feedstock is primarily food grade bottles that originally packaged milk, water, juice, and other food and beverage products.

What are the FDA’s criteria for a recycled resin to be used in food contact applications?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition website has published guidance documents for the use of recycled plastic in food packaging. They require that the “recycled material is of suitable purity for its intended use and will meet all existing specifications for virgin material.” Since 1998, EcoPrime® has been proven to meet these standards and has received a No Objection Letter (NOL) from the FDA. (FDA NOL #52, Jan. 16, 1998, reaffirmed 2015.)

Where can I obtain a copy of Envision’s No Objection Letter from the FDA for EcoPrime®?

The letter can be obtained from the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition website under Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging. It is letter number 52. Or you can simply contact us at info@envisionplastics.com and we’ll be happy to provide a copy.

OceanBound Plastic FAQs

What is the At-Risk Zone?

Envision defines the At-Risk Zone as the area within 50km of a coast line. The area determined to be the great risk of generating land based marine debris based on scientist research.1 We focus our collection efforts in At-Risk Zones that lack formal community based waste collection

Can OceanBound Plastic be recycled again?

Yes! The source material for OceanBound Plastic is HDPE at risk of polluting the ocean. Because, OceanBound Plastic is HDPE, it can be recycled in the same channels and processes as any other HDPE product. Products made with OceanBound Plastic are just as recyclable as products made with PCR or virgin resin.

How is OceanBound Plastic different from other recycled plastic?

A majority of recycled plastic used in everyday items comes from plastic collected at your curb by professional waste management companies. This plastic is then sorted and further processed into various products and packaging. Envision’s OceanBound Plastic however, is sourced from areas lacking such professional collection efforts as a result there is a high likelihood that the plastic in these at-risk zones will enter the ocean. Envision works with their Qualified Partners to professionalize the collection stream, collect this plastic, and manufacture
it into usable products.

Is the OceanBound Plastic source material traceable?

Yes! Envision works with Qualified Partners directly at the source, but it is up to the brand to inform the consumer about the journey the plastic takes before becoming an end product.

What is a qualified partner?

Qualified Partners must satisfy several criteria before they can be considered a supplier for OceanBound Plastic source material. The most important criteria is the Envision Verification Process, a regular recertification process that includes completing our proprietary scorecard and on-site inspections.