RT | Recyclable™

RT | Recyclable™

RT | Recyclable™

RT | Recyclable™

Rootree is serious about sustainability.

That’s why we're pushing the limits and leading the industry towards a more environmentally conscious future.

Rootree’s latest development is a truly recyclable pouch.

Conventional flexible packaging is typically made from 3 or more layers of material. Since these materials are made from different types of plastics, the pouch is qualified as code #7 recycling, or “other”, and is difficult (read: nearly impossible) to recycle in most municipalities, as it requires separating the fused layers. This results in these packages being hauled off to the landfill.

This is a single-material pouch, with no lamination process.

Rootree has developed a flexible pouch that is recyclable under code #2.

Recent legislative activity shows promise in this product soon being allowed in the blue bin.

For now, some municipalities will continue to include “flexible packaging” or “stand up pouches” in the landfill stream, as they are unable to differentiate these pouches from #7 pouches at a glance.

Our friends in the USA may be able to benefit from a store drop-off program where these packages are picked up by a specialty recycler.

Always check your local waste management guide in order to determine which waste stream is appropriate for a particular item in your location.

Different than conventional packaging - Rootree™ Recyclable.

Recent legislative activity shows promise in this product soon being allowed in the blue bin.

For now, some municipalities will continue to include “flexible packaging” or “stand up pouches” in the landfill stream, as they are unable to differentiate these pouches from #7 pouches at a glance.

Our friends in the USA may be able to benefit from a store drop-off program where these packages are picked up by a specialty recycler.

Always check your local waste management guide in order to determine which waste stream is appropriate for a particular item in your location.

Different than conventional packaging - Rootree™ Recyclable.


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In the process of achieving this recyclable pouch, we have omitted the lamination process. Since there is no finish lamination on these pouches, the natural finish is partway between a matte and a gloss look; let’s call it a semi-gloss! This product is available in either a clear or white structure, either of which can be printed to suit your design needs.

Testing of the ink durability on our recyclable pouches has been very successful, but we recommend customers keep their artwork away from seal lines to avoid any potential ink smudging during the manufacturing process.

Changing the industry, one package at a time.


Recycling

Did you know?

While our recyclable line is code #2 recycling, it can sometimes be missed in waste management facilities looking for styles of plastics (e.g. often, "flexible plastic" is considered a category, despite what each item is coded as.). This is frustrating for consumers and manufacturers alike.

This also showcases the importance of a national waste management facilitator or regulatory body. By determining standards to be used at every waste management facility, we can ensure that recyclable items are truly recycled.

Currently, waste management practices vary by municipalities, with no national standard practices.

Did you know?

While our recyclable line is code #2 recycling, it can sometimes be missed in waste management facilities looking for styles of plastics (e.g. often, "flexible plastic" is considered a category, despite what each item is coded as.). This is frustrating for consumers and manufacturers alike.

This also showcases the importance of a national waste management facilitator or regulatory body. By determining standards to be used at every waste management facility, we can ensure that recyclable items are truly recycled.

Currently, waste management practices vary by municipalities, with no national standard practices.

In the mean time, there are innovative companies that are focussed on recycling the non-recyclable.

Company

Location

24+ countries worldwide

Accepts

Almost anything

What They Do

After collecting through drop-off programs, free collection programs, and corporation-funded programs, they then reuse, upcycle, recycle, and compost accordingly.

Company

Location

Canada, United States

Accepts

Soft, film plastics

What They Do

Through their store drop-off programs, they collect and use film plastics to manufacture composite decking.

Company Location Accepts What They Do

24+ countries worldwide

Almost anything

After collecting through drop-off programs, free collection programs, and corporation-funded programs, they then reuse, upcycle, recycle, and compost accordingly.

Canada

United States

Soft, film plastics

Through their store drop-off programs, they collect and use film plastics to manufacture composite decking.

Recycling

Did you know?

While our recyclable line is code #2 recycling, it can sometimes be missed in waste management facilities looking for styles of plastics (e.g. often, "flexible plastic" is considered a category, despite what each item is coded as.). This is frustrating for consumers and manufacturers alike.

This also showcases the importance of a national waste management facilitator or regulatory body. By determining standards to be used at every waste management facility, we can ensure that recyclable items are truly recycled.

Currently, waste management practices vary by municipalities, with no national standard practices.

Did you know?

While our recyclable line is code #2 recycling, it can sometimes be missed in waste management facilities looking for styles of plastics (e.g. often, "flexible plastic" is considered a category, despite what each item is coded as.). This is frustrating for consumers and manufacturers alike.

This also showcases the importance of a national waste management facilitator or regulatory body. By determining standards to be used at every waste management facility, we can ensure that recyclable items are truly recycled.

Currently, waste management practices vary by municipalities, with no national standard practices.

In the mean time, there are innovative companies that are focussed on recycling the non-recyclable.

Company

Location

24+ countries worldwide

Accepts

Almost anything

What They Do

After collecting through drop-off programs, free collection programs, and corporation-funded programs, they then reuse, upcycle, recycle, and compost accordingly.

Company

Location

Canada, United States

Accepts

Soft, film plastics

What They Do

Through their store drop-off programs, they collect and use film plastics to manufacture composite decking.

Company Location Accepts What They Do

24+ countries worldwide

Almost anything

After collecting through drop-off programs, free collection programs, and corporation-funded programs, they then reuse, upcycle, recycle, and compost accordingly.

Canada

United States

Soft, film plastics

Through their store drop-off programs, they collect and use film plastics to manufacture composite decking.


Looking for other sustainable options? Check out RT | Compostable™

Wondering if flexible packaging is right for you? We discuss it here!