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How How2Recycle® Began

How2Recycle began in 2008 as a project of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. By 2020, How2Recycle has grown to over 225 brand and retailer members and has issued more than 100,000 design recommendations to members to make their packaging more recyclable.

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Why was How2Recycle created?

How2Recycle was created through an identified need for an accurate, consistent on-package labeling system. In the past, recyclability labeling was too often absent—or when it was present, greenwashing was common. There was no impartial organization that synthesized and interpreted the divergent and diffuse data about recyclability across all materials. Additionally, there was no pragmatic recovery communication tool for the packaging industry to voluntarily leverage as a group.

What does the How2Recycle label mean for HC customers?

Variation in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims make proper recycling a challenge. The How2Recycle label was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information to consumers and businesses in North America so items could be responsibly disposed of safely and efficiently.

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FSC® Recycled 100%

“For over 30 years, HC’s been providing fiber-based solutions to the North American market – helping organizations and communities positively impact their environmental footprint,” says Bob Mayer, President and CEO of The HC Companies. “We are honored that our fiber-based solutions now carry this prestigious designation as we continue to innovate our product line to satisfy the environmental demands of growers, garden centers, big-box stores and of course consumers.”

Any company that wants to add the FSC label to any of the products it makes must first receive chain of custody certification.

This certification proves the company is sourcing materials from recycled and/or controlled sources and is following FSC-defined best practices throughout the production process and supply chain. But it does not mean that all products they produce are comprised of these materials.

Only products that use FSC-certified materials can carry the FSC on-product label. You still need to look for the FSC label on individual products to find out which are FSC-certified and which are not.

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