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Ziploc® and Recyclebank® Introduce First-of-Its-Kind Initiative to Offset More Than 100 Million Pounds of Waste

RACINE, Wis. Feb. 2, 2011

John Peoples

Corpus Christi, Texas

Ian Yolles

Ziploc® Brand Bags Are Now Recyclable

Ziploc® is making it easier for families to get involved and recycle. Currently, clean and dry Ziploc® Brand Sandwich, Storage and Freezer Bags can be recycled at in-store bins at approximately 18,000 participating retail locations that accept plastic shopping bags for recycling.  Additionally, Ziploc® Brand Containers are made from polypropylene that is recyclable in a limited but growing number of communities via traditional recycling programs.  

Consumers whose communities are not yet serviced by Recyclebank® can still be rewarded for taking positive action. Within the next two months, they will be able to receive Recyclebank rewards points when they pledge to recycle Ziploc® bags and packaging by entering the code from inside specially marked packages of Ziploc® Brand Sandwich and Snack Bags.  

Ziploc® Brand Sustainability Initiatives

The partnership with Recyclebank® is another step in Ziploc® Brand’s ongoing sustainability efforts; it continues to take more strides to minimize the environmental footprint of its products across the entire lifecycle – from the materials sourced, to the energy used during manufacture and transport, to the way the products are disposed.

Other initiatives include:

  • Launching Ziploc® evolve™ bags in 2009, which use 25 percent less plastic than the same size regular Ziploc® Brand Bags and are partially made with wind energy
  • Offering bag and container recyclability
  • Producing containers that can be used multiple times
  • Bay City, Mich.

SC Johnson Sustainability Leadership

SC Johnson has been committed to reducing its environmental footprint for decades and has set specific goals every five years for the last two decades. Currently, the company is working against firm goals to reduce waste and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and utilize alternative renewable energy sources by 2011.  Seventy-five percent of these objectives had already been met by the end of 2009.

About Ziploc® Brand Bags and Containers

$1.09 to $4.59

About SC Johnson

USA $8 billion

About Recyclebank

New York City

(1.) 2009 Goodpurpose; Globescan

(2.) "Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2008" U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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