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© 2017 Alter Eco

TASTE THE DIFFERENCE

PACKAGING IN ACTION:

FLUFFIER, NUTTIER, LESS BITTER

FROM THE BOLIVIAN ALTIPLANO

FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED

HARVESTED BY HAND

COMPOSTABLE POUCH*

SMALL-SCALE FARMS

There’s only one Royal Heirloom quinoa, and it’s grown on Bolivia’s arid, volcanic Salar De Uyuni salt flat where it has been cultivated for 4,000 years. Revered by ancient Incas as “chisaya mama” or “mother grain,” this nutritious seed is a complete protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Small-scale farmers never use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and follow age-old cultivation methods by raising llamas to organically fertilize their quinoa fields.

 

Our quinoa is sustainably farmed so it deserves the most sustainable packaging possible.

 

*Per ASTM D6400. Will compost safely in a municipal or commercial facility. Not suitable for backyard composting. 

 

 
We believe the impact of our packaging is just as important as the product itself. How could we call ourselves a responsible, sustainable company when much of our packaging was going to landfills to live for hundreds of years?
 
NEW GONE4GOOD QUINOA POUCH LAUNCHED IN JANUARY 2016

Compostable*

Non-Toxic Ink

Made With Birch, Eucalyptus, & Non-GMO Corn

GMO Free

*Per ASTM D6400. Will compost safely in a municipal or commercial facility. Not suitable for backyard composting. 

FLEXIBLE PLASTIC POUCHES ARE NOT RECYCLABLE

17B POUCHES WERE SOLD IN THE U.S. IN 2013¹

32.6M TONS OF PLASTIC HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO LANDFILLS IN THE U.S. SINCE 2012²

WHY WE DON'T WANT PLASTIC POUCHES:

We estimate that ~1,000,000 bags of our Alter Eco quinoa will be sold in 2017. That’s 1,000,000 plastic pouches we can divert from the landfill!

¹2013 study from PCI Films Consulting reviewing trends and developments in the US market for Stand-up pouches

²Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States: Tables and Figures for 2012

 
CREATING SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING:

DEC 2010

Assess the impact of our quinoa, rice & sugar plastic pouches.

1 Year = 1.8 miles of plastic.

JAN 2011

Begin search for compostable pouch materials.

FEB 2012

Relaunch chocolate bars in FSC certified box and non-toxic ink.

OCT 2012

Test a non-petroleum based pouch structure. Unsuccessful.

MAR 2013

First test with a Non-GMO sealant layer.

Launch truffles in wrappers made of plant-based, Non-GMO compostable materials.

OCT 2013

FEB-JUN 2014

Multiple test runs of new pouch layers of various thicknesses. Unsuccessful due to weak side seals.

FALL 2014

The final pouch!…so we thought. Begin production for 2015 launch but pull back due to unexpected structural problem.

FALL 2015

Find the winning compostable structure!

JAN 2016

Launch our Gone4Good™ compostable* pouch!

*Per ASTM D6400. Will compost safely in a municipal or commercial facility. Not suitable for backyard composting.

 

Thanks to our partners Elk Designs, Associated Labels, Innovia, Novamont and BioBag for helping us make this happen! 

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