Berry Global Teams Up with Bhoomi to Launch 100% Sugarcane-Based HDPE Bottle
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – September 21, 2020 – Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY) a is proud to announce that it has partnered with Bhoomi to launch a 100% sugarcane-based bottle for their cold-pressed cane water elixir. This 12-ounce HDPE bottle is produced in Winchester, Virginia by Berry and replaces Bhoomi’s standard PET bottle. The Bhoomi bottle is widely recyclable and is made from I’m Green™ certified material from Braskem. The bottle offers a range of environmental benefits including a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced water use, and the elimination of fossil fuel consumption. The new bio-based bottle was introduced at select Whole Foods Markets in New York and New Jersey in August and will roll out in other stores in Texas, Louisiana, and California.
This is one of the first sugarcane-based bottles to be produced commercially by Berry. The bottle is produced on Berry’s standard manufacturing line in a custom mold. “Sugarcane-based plastic bottles are one of the many sustainable packaging solutions offered by Berry Global and the bottles fit seamlessly into our manufacturing process,” says Josh Edmonson, Business Development Manager, Berry.
As an industry leader in sustainability, Berry Global places a firm focus on creating a positive environmental impact through streamlined operations, continuously engaged partners, and optimized, eco-friendly products.
Bhoomi was accepted into a Packaging Climate Optimization project, a partnership by Climate Collaborative and Trayak, for an independent study to measure the environmental benefits of moving to a 100% plant-based bottle. Lifecycle analysis (LCA) results showed that using this bottle:
- Decreased water consumption reduction by 22.0%
- Reduced fossil fuel consumption by 62.6%
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 89.5% (12 tons CO2 equivalent annually)
Bhoomi, which means “Mother Earth” in Sanskrit, has a mission to revolutionize the relationship with sugarcane in Western culture by promoting its Ayurvedic health benefits, partnering with minority farmers and working for radical positive environmental impact. “By using a 100% sugarcane-based bottle for our water made from sugarcane, we wanted to demonstrate how the same plant could benefit both the planet and people”, says Arpit Bhopalkar, Founder, CEO, Bhoomi.
Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE: BERY), headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, is committed to its mission of ‘Always Advancing to Protect What’s Important,’ and proudly partners with its customers to provide them with value-added protective solutions that are increasingly light-weighted and easier to recycle or reuse. The Company is a leading global supplier of a broad range of innovative rigid, flexible, and nonwoven products used every day within consumer and industrial end markets. Berry, a Fortune 500 company, has approximately 47,000 employees and generated $12.6 billion of pro forma net sales in fiscal year 2019, from operations that span over 290 locations on six continents. For additional information, visit Berry's website at berryglobal.com.