Innovative, Sustainable Packaging

At Sonoco we recognize the critical importance of developing sustainable packaging solutions that will protect and preserve our planet for future generations. We also recognize holistic solutions of any kind require genuine curiosity, focused thought and an exploration of new ideas, materials and processes that can help answer the challenge before us.

And while the end result may take the form of a package, getting there demands a special mindset, a unique perspective, passionate curiosity, and an authentic commitment to truly change the world we live in. This is what has led us to the creation of EnviroSense™ from Sonoco.

Our EnviroSense portfolio crosses a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100-percent recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers.

It goes beyond just a portfolio of packaging, it’s a way of thinking, a sensibility and a philosophy that guides our development of innovative, sustainable packaging.

Delivering versatility in sustainability

What makes EnviroSense™?

Recycled Content

Recycled Content

We manufacture PET clamshells from plastic bottles using up to 100% recycled resin. We are committed to increasing the use of post-consumer recycled resins in our plastic packaging from 19% to 25% by 2025.

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Compostable

Compostable

Sonoco is committed to helping customer and Sonoco-owned facilities achieve significant milestones in landfill diversion. Compostable packaging helps us achieve these goals by keeping waste out of landfills and helping to return nutrients to the soil. 

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Recyclable

Recyclable

Sonoco will ensure that approximately 75% of its global rigid plastic packaging is capable of making the relevant on-package recyclable claim by 2025.

By 2025, Sonoco will increase, by weight, the amount we recycle, or cause to be recycled, from 65% to 85%, relative to the volume of product we put into the global marketplace.

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Reusable

Reusable

At Sonoco, we focus on quality solutions that keep the customer at the forefront of the solution. This mindset allows us to create reusable packaging for everything from temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals to pre-made snack pouches and bags. 

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Reduced Environmental Impact

Reduced Environmental Impact

It's not enough to recycle and use sustainable products. We're also committed to reducing our overall environmental impact.

Sonoco will not utilize resin additives that purport to degrade in landfills or waterways by simply breaking up into smaller pieces. We also ensure all of our production facilities utilizing plastic pellets have systems to prevent environmental discharge of these pellets.

We judge environmental impact using PIQET Life Cycle Assesment tools.

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Responsible Fiber Sourcing

Responsible Fiber Sourcing

From rigid paper containers to our tubes and cores, we have a large portfolio of fiber-based products. We strive to responsibly source this fiber whenever possible. That means we are not involved in unacceptable forestry practices including: 

  • Illegal logging or trade in illegal wood or forest products
  • Violation of traditional and human rights in forestry operations
  • Destruction of high conservation values in forestry operations
  • Signficant conversion of frests to plantation or non-forest use
  • Introduction of genetically modified organisms in forestry operations

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Bio-Based Content

Bio-Based Content

Eco-friendly products, like those made from agricultural fiber, recycled paper, and other plant-based materials like sugarcane by-products, are more likely to be recyclable, repulpable, and biodegradable than their wax or plastic alternatives, all while offering the same functionality.  

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Packaging Optimization

Packaging Optimization

Our optimized packaging solutions include lightweight materials and packaging formats that make the best use of space. We also focus on improving shelf life and protecting against damage in transport so that we can reduce the amount of waste that gets created after your product leaves the packaging facility. All of these innovations allow us to make transportation and delivery more efficient and environmentally conscious, reducing the overall environmental footprint of the supply chain. 

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Introducing Sonoco's EcoSeal™ Paper-Bottom Can

The newest member of our EnviroSense ™ family of sustainable packaging, EcoSeal supplies customers with the strength and performance of Sonoco’s traditional paperboard container, while adding a customizable paper bottom. It also meets "Check Locally" requirements, which is great for your brand and your customers. Offering speed-to-market, with a low capital investment, our EcoSeal container is perfect for short-run initiatives—like holiday promotions, new product trials and small SKU’s.

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Introducing Natrellis™ Sugarcane-based Packaging

One of the first sugarcane-based packaging options for single-serve meals, Natrellis™ represents a sweet new addition to Sonoco’s expanding assortment of EnviroSense™ packaging solutions. Natrellis recycles sugarcane fiber left over from the sugar milling process to form non-bleached, molded fiber trays and bowls for frozen and fresh meals that can be cooked in either microwave or conventional ovens. The Natrellis manufacturing facility in Belle Grade, Florida, is partially run on renewable biomass power from nearby sugar mills and solar energy, making for an extremely efficient and sustainable operation overall.

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