Harvest House has replaced their PET snack vegetable buckets and shakers with rPET packaging. rPET is a plastic that is made from recycled PET. It is 100% recyclable. This step means the Dutch company saves a lot of water. They are also reducing their CO2 emission by 21% per year. That is comparable to almost 50,000km or more than 11 times around the earth.
The spotlight is entirely on packing materials. Harvest House's tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers cannot do without them. The products last longer, and there is less wastage. Conversely, consumers and retailers are demanding less plastic. "Harvest House is taking responsibility to reduce plastic's environmental impact. Our goal is to prevent bringing unnecessary plastic into circulation," says a spokesperson for the organization.
Last year, Harvest House had already replaced their OPS trays with 100% rPET trays. Now they have done the same with their PET buckets and shakers. That will result in a massive annual environmental saving. They will emit 21% less CO2 and use 17% less water.
Last year, Harvest House supplied 8 million PET buckets containing snack veggies. These are now being provided in rPET containers. This is achieving an environmental saving comparable to 34,000 500ml bottles. The reduction in CO2 emissions is equivalent to circumnavigating the world in a car eight times. That is no less than 320,000km.
The now 100% rPET shakers will also help reduce environmental impact. The 1,5 million shakers supplied in 2019 will emit less CO2. The reduction is equal to a car going 3,6 times around the earth. Enough water to fill 19,000 500ml bottles will also be saved.
"Those are impressive figures. The total savings of converting to this rPET packaging corresponds to CO2 emissions of 500,000 km - more than 11 times around the globe," concludes the Harvest House representative.