30 Mar '12, 9am
Starbucks, Stonyfield Paying Their Own Recycling Tabs
, the New Hampshire-based dairy products company, has long partnered with Preserve to churn yogurt cups and #5 plastic containers into items like toothbrushes. Yogurt cups dropped off at Whole Foods can end up as toothbrushes that shoppers can buy at Trader Joe’s. Stonyfield’s quest for zero waste has not been an easy one: while many of its consumers urged the New England company to use HDPE (#2) plastic for its yogurt containers, not all municipalities incorporate #2 plastic yogurt containers into their recycling waste stream. Many of those #5 plastic cups, however, do become “upcycled” through TerraCycle’s Yogurt Brigade recycling program which raises funds for schools.