Boulder, Colorado-based Hope Foods has been named a plastic neutral certified product, partnering with rePurpose Global to remove and properly process nature-bound plastic.
rePurpose Global leads plastic recovery initiatives across five countries and three continents. Hope Foods’ participation includes a focus on an impact project in Chennai, India, co-processing multi-layered plastic in order to offset the amount of plastic in use. The partnership begins as a first step in its long-term sustainability goals.
Hope Foods products, including its small-batch organic Hummus and Cashew and Almond dips, require a minimal amount of plastic use to preserve freshness and maintain food safety requirements. The partnership seeks to achieve plastic neutrality through the recovery and ethical processing of as much nature-bound plastic used in the production of containers.
“Plastic neutral means that we recover as much plastic from nature as we use in our products and packaging through our new partnership with rePurpose Global,” said Aubrea Alford, marketing manager. “By purchasing Hope Foods products, consumers can help us recover even more plastic from the environment. For each pack sold, we give back to rePurpose Global.”
Hope Foods’ program participation includes a focus on impact project Neela Sapana in Chennai, India to fund the co-processing of multi-layered plastic that often goes uncollected in India because the material has no commercial value. The project funding enables rePurpose Global to collect the hazardous MLP waste and co-process the waste into cement kilns where energy is recovered from the plastic and the remaining waste is disposed of without harmful emissions.
“By having products certified Plastic Neutral, Hope Foods is not only tackling the plastic waste crisis, but also supporting waste workers’ incomes by attaching value to hard-to-recycle plastics, and providing stable and fairly-paid employment opportunities through local waste management enterprises,” said Aditya Siroya, co-founder and chief impact officer of rePurpose Global.
Hope Foods’ hummus and dips can be found nationwide at many conventional grocers and natural food stores starting at $4.89 per 8-ounce tub.
For more information and a store locator, visit hopefoods.com.