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Re: Polypropylene LCA & Stonyfield Farms

I, too, questioned Stonyfield Frams on why they made the choice that they did.
In the course of that inquiry (sometime last year), I learned that my county  --
Fairfax County, Virginia -- will not recycle #1 or #2 plastic for yoghurt
containes and margarine containers, even if a resident puts them in the curbside
recycling bins.  The county actually pays a contractor to take them out of the
recycling stream.  The impression they gave me is that they are not alone -- I
think I was told the grade of plastic used in yoghurt and margarine containers
is weaker than that used in milk jugs and laundry bottles, and that recyclers
don't want it.  Wouldn't it be nice to find a way out of this dilemma?

Kathy Davey
U.S. E.P.A.

kkoepsel@arrirs04.uta.edu on 10/27/99 03:27:27 PM

Please respond to kkoepsel@arrirs04.uta.edu

To:   p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject:  Re: Polypropylene LCA & Stonyfield Farms

Andrea is right that Stonyfield Farm was featured in the Waste
Management EPA broadcast a year or so ago. I, unfortunately,
question the wisdom of what they did.

I first came aware of them when I lived in New Hampshire. They
have excellent yogurt. However, I bought their product specifically
(after the taste) because they packaged their product in a no. 2
recyclable package as opposed to the no. 6 plastic of most yogurt

In the film I believed that they switched from 2 to 6 because it took
less material to make the 6's but they are basically no longer
recyclable!!!!!!!!! So now we end up with a huge pile of yogurt cups
in landfills from not only them but everyone else. I still question the
results of this study.

I now buy my yogurt in no. 2 containers from an organic farm that
produces the yogurt (with no sugar, finally) in Wisconsin.


Date sent:          Wed, 27 Oct 1999 13:55:33 -0400
From:               "Andrea Futrell" <Andrea.Futrell@epa.state.oh.us>
To:                 <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Subject:            Re: Polypropylene LCA
Send reply to:      "Andrea Futrell" <Andrea.Futrell@epa.state.oh.us>

> Tim,
> Stonyfield Farm ( if they're not the food processor in question!) has
investigated different kinds of lids for packaging their yogurt.  They were
featured in a WasteWise teleconference in June, 1998.  You can read more about
their packaging at:
> http://www.stonyfield.com/earth/packaging.htm
> For the P2 tech crowd, Stonyfield includes environmental messages on all of
their yogurt lids.  My favorite so far is, "Think more. Use less.  Start now."
with a link to Earth Communications Office web site.
> And they make great yogurt!
> Andrea Futrell
> Ohio EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention
> PO Box 1049
> Columbus, OH  43216-1049
> phone  614-644-2813
> fax  614-644-2807
> andrea.futrell@epa.state.oh.us
> www.epa.state.oh.us/opp
> >>>>>We are doing a study looking at sustainability indicators with the Lowell
> Center for Sustainable Production for a food processing company.
> We are looking for recent LCA-type data on food-grade polypropylene
> containers (e.g. yoghurt cups and margerine containers).
> Does anyone know of documents or persons we should contact?
> Thanks,
> Tim Greiner
> Tim Greiner
> Greiner Environmental
> 47R Englewood Road
> Gloucester, MA   01930
> P: 978-525-2214
> F: 978-525-2247<<<<<

Kirsten M. Koepsel
Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center
7300 Jack Newell Blvd., South
Fort Worth, TX  76118

817-272-5977 (fax)
kkoepsel@arri.uta.edu (e-mail)