Earth Renewable Technologies (ERT), a pioneer in renewable packaging solutions based in Brevard, NC, has announced the launch of EarthBottle, plant- and mineral-based packaging made from the company's proprietary EarthMatter formulation that is described as a responsible alternative to petroleum-based plastics.
The product will make its debut at Engredea, the tradeshow for the global food supply market, on March 6 in Anaheim, CA, at booth 214.
"More than ever before, consumers are seeking products that reflect a comprehensive consciousness to the environment, which includes the vessel it's packaged in," explained Owen Schultz, Vice President of New Business Development. "Our product is a versatile plant- and mineral-based solution for brands looking to meet the demands of end users with packaging options that respect our resources and protect our Earth, at a cost that may be comparable to what they are using now."
The base ingredient in EarthMatter is Ingeo PLA from NatureWorks. The use of PLA-based biopolymers for packaging greatly reduces the use of fossil resources and emits fewer greenhouse gases than the use of traditional petroleum-based packaging. ERT adds proprietary plant- and mineral-based natural ingredients to create a modified resin offering improved heat resistance and strength and barrier properties compared with non-modified PLA.
"Our goal is to help companies move toward using renewable resources in their packaging to help preserve our Earth for generations to come," explained Schultz.
The water-vapor and oxygen-transfer rates of EarthBottles make them suitable for a variety of products, including supplement capsules, dietary powders, vitamin tablets, lotions, shampoos, soaps, cold-fill liquid and dry goods. They are free of BPA and phthalates.
All EarthBottles are made using plant-based materials without toxic plasticizers or fossil fuels.