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Airlite Joins the U.S. Plastics Pact

Airlite Plastics is proud to announce that we’ve officially joined the U.S. Plastics Pact alongside more than 127 businesses, government agencies, not-for-profits, and research institutions working to create a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. And with Earth Day being this week, it feels like just the right time to not only announce our new partnership but also reinforce the action we’re taking to help our planet and raise awareness about the urgent need to create a more sustainable future.

“The U.S. Plastics Pact will mobilize system-wide change through support for upstream innovation and a coordinated national strategy. This unified framework will enable members to fast-track progress toward our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals,” says Emily Tipaldo, Executive Director of the U.S. Plastics Pact.


By joining a long list of prominent Activators in the U.S. Plastics Pact, Airlite and other organizations agree to these four action items:


1: Define a list of plastic packaging that is problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate the items on the list by 2025.


2: 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.


3: Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging by 2025.


4: Achieve an average of 30% recycled content or responsibly sourced, bio-based content in plastic packaging by 2025.


At Airlite, we’ve long-been a future-first organization that’s strived for a better, more sustainable future. And now, as an Activator, we’re making an even greater commitment to urgency, transparency, accountability, and progress towards the U.S. Plastics Pact’s four targets each year, using WWF’s ReSource: Plastic Footprint Tracker as a guide. 

“At the core of who we are, we believe that doing everything we can to constantly decrease our environmental footprint is our duty. And for many years, we’ve focused our efforts internally. Running our plants more efficiently, utilizing electric machines, lightweighting where possible, reusing our industrial scrap in other divisions, etc. It’s now time to scale our efforts. Joining the U.S. Plastics Pact allows us the opportunity to share what we’ve learned over the last 77 years, to learn from other activators and pass it all along to our customers.”

— Brad Crosby, President and CEO of Airlite Plastics Co.


About Airlite Plastics Co.

Airlite Plastics is a privately held, family-owned and operated manufacturer of performance packaging. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, and founded in 1946, the Airlite product portfolio has expanded to now consist of in-mold labeled and printed containers and lids for the food industry, drink cups, scoops, insulated shippers, permeable pavers, insulated concrete form (ICF) building blocks, beauty packaging and other custom, plastic products. For more information, please visit


About the U.S. Plastics Pact

The Plastics Pact is a global network of initiatives that brings together all key stakeholders at the national or regional level behind a common vision with a concrete set of ambitious local targets. It builds a unique platform to exchange learnings and best practices across regions to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic – a New Plastics Economy – in which it never becomes waste or pollution. For further information on the U.S. Plastics Pact go to

Trade Shows

Natural Products Expo West: Bigger and Better Than Ever

This March, our team made the annual trip to Anaheim, California, for the 2023 Natural Products Expo West. It’s one of the consumer packaged goods industry’s biggest events, with over 65,000 registered attendees and 3,000 exhibiting companies. It was great to connect with others in the industry, support our partners in attendance, and take in the latest trends. 


Plant-based & better ingredients

Expo West is the event of the year for natural and organic food and beverages; and for those looking to see how the industry is innovating to meet the demands of consumers and our planet.

At every turn are new products with bold, healthy ingredients that don’t sacrifice taste or, in some cases, even add a bit of indulgence, like the just launched “better-for-you” line of frozen yogurt gelatos from Noosa.

Another highlight was watching the growth of plant-based products, like those from our iml packaging partners Daiya, Vevan, Boursin, and brands like Climax, who are using AI to manufacture plant-based cheese that tastes just like the real thing.

 “The energy on the floor this year makes it undeniable. The thousands of new products on display are from an increasingly diverse group of founders and serve a diverse consumer base that cares about ingredients and responsible sourcing.”  

— Carlotta Mast, Senior Vice President at Informa Markets’ New Hope Network



Functional & medicinal foods

This year, we also heard a lot of conversation and excitement about the emergence of functional foods, or foods created and formulated to provide better health benefits.

Consumers want clean, wholesome products with added minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. So it’s not just about healthy ingredients anymore, but what those ingredients do to boost your overall well-being.

And as functional foods have continued to grow, so has the focus on packaging that allows the products to be preserved effectively. 

For example, more of our partners, like Ithaca Hummus, require packaging options capable of withstanding high pressure processing (HPP). HPP is known to maintain flavor, color, and nutritional value better than traditional forms of pasteurization. An increasingly popular form of pasteurization, HPP protects the product by killing food-borne pathogens with high pressure, instead of heat.


Sustainability drives growth.

Another important topic to everyone at the show was sustainability. And what the trends show us is that companies that are committed to both sustainability and measuring the outcomes of sustainability are growing faster. So beyond it being the right thing to do, sustainable practices are also table stakes for companies looking to grow. Consumers expect them, and by making those investments now, you position yourself for future growth.

For example, we heard several companies proudly promoting themselves as plastic neutral, a distinction achieved when an organization’s plastic footprint is balanced by removing and recovering plastic waste from nature.

It’s essential to see this commitment toward creating a truly circular economy. This is why Airlite joined the U.S. Plastics Pact in 2023, dedicating ourselves to promoting circularity, using post-consumer recycled materials (PCR) whenever possible, and reducing our customer’s dependence on virgin resin.


Airlite Plastics Acquires National Measures® Scoops

We’re excited to announce that Airlite Plastics has acquired National Polymers LLC, their assets, and their proprietary scoop line.

National Polymers have been producing their National Measures® scoops since 2003, along with other custom molding lines for various end markets. And their successful custom injection molding business has been operating since its founding in 1972.

We’re glad to say that as part of Airlite, the National Polymers team will continue to operate from their current location in Lakeville, Minnesota. All current National Polymers team members and leadership, including Operations Manager, Larry Davis, will remain in place and report to Tony Alfieri, Airlite Plastics’ Vice President and General Manager of our Pennsylvania division.

Airlite is excited to welcome the team at National Polymers LLC into the Airlite family. Beyond providing us with another scoop manufacturing location and a great mix of customers, the acquisition is a good culture fit. Like Airlite, they have been committed to providing eco-conscious options for clients, manufacturing scoops that utilize 100% FDA-approved PCR (post-consumer recycled) resin.

National Measures® scoops will greatly complement Airlite’s own MeasureX® scoop product line and will help us continue to strengthen our position as the market leader in the bulk dosage measuring scoops space.

 “As we welcome National Measures® into the Airlite Plastics family, our plan will be to strategically align best practices based on our years of experience at MeasureX® and the years of experience at National Measures. Ultimately, joining these two companies will provide customers with a more robust supply chain solution and enhanced quality and service.”
– Brad Crosby, President & CEO of Airlite Plastics Co.

Trade Shows

Your Guide to Trade Show Season ‘22-’23

Every year our team looks forward to trade show season. Each show is an opportunity to meet new people, see familiar faces, and gain insight on what brands want and need.

Through 2022 and 2023, Airlite is exhibiting from coast to coast at more events than ever before. We’ll be showcasing our extensive portfolio of recyclable food packaging, including our IML (in-mold labeled) containers and lids, HPP packaging, oxygen barrier packaging, and drink cups.

Here is a rundown of some of the shows we’ll be exhibiting at this year and next.


Natural Products Expo East – Booth #2649

Philadelphia, PA — Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022

We’re excited to participate in Natural Products Expo East for the first time this year. This event is designed to connect teams and industry experts, share innovations and build community amongst those in the industry that are committed to a more sustainable future.

Expo East is the perfect forum to learn about current trends in the plant-based food category, particularly with east coast brands, and discuss how IML containers and oxygen barrier packaging complement the segment so well.


Pack Expo International – Booth #22025

Chicago, IL — Oct. 23 – 26, 2022

Chicago is hosting this (typically) biannual event for the first time in 4 years after it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID. At Pack Expo International, exhibitors come from every industry sector that uses packaging (shipping, distribution, or retail) to showcase the latest developments in packaging technology, containers, components, and sustainability.

Produced by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, this conference is always a great event to see the category-specific trends around sustainable food packaging, take in educational sessions, and proudly showcase our portfolio of recyclable food packaging.


Natural Products Expo West – Booth #N-1623

Anaheim, CA — Mar. 8-10, 2023

Expo West is one of our industry’s most prominent events. After a couple of years off due to COVID, we were so excited to be able to attend again in early 2022. It felt good to showcase our new booth and watch our partners in the plant-based food category gain attention. We’re already looking forward to the next one!

The event, considered by many the “Super Bowl” for the natural product’s industry—features over 2,700 exhibitors, educational programming, and the best opportunity to spot emerging innovations and up-and-coming brands making their debut.


We’re looking forward to a full trade show season! If you’d like to speak with us directly prior to a show or want to schedule a time to meet at one of the shows above, please reach out at any time through our Contact Us page at



The Impact of “How2Recycle’s” New Polypropylene Labeling


In July 2022, How2Recycle, the North American recyclability labeling system, announced it was upgrading the eligibility of rigid polypropylene (PP) packaging from “check locally” to “widely recyclable” in the United States. 

This upgrade is a victory for The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition, which launched two years ago to engage stakeholders across the value chain to improve PP recycling. Due to their efforts and the data they’ve provided, they were able to get the labeling upgraded, and distributed $6.7 million in grant money to improve sorting and education. 


Why it’s important.

“Widely recyclable” indicates that at least 60% of Americans can rely on curbside or drop-off recycling. This change in The How2Recycle labeling system helps educate consumers on how they can reliably recycle their rigid polypropylene materials. The previous label designation of “check locally” meant fewer Americans had access.

The new label helps remove confusion, deterrents, and any perceived inconvenience to the consumer and will help to promote and encourage further recycling of recyclable PP food packaging. Because of the new labeling, curbside access to PP recycling is expected to improve for 8% of households. That change could impact 20 million people and increase the amount of recycled PP by approximately 25 million pounds a year. That’s an additional 25 million pounds of post-consumer resin that will be available to packaging manufacturers as a replacement for virgin resin.

“We’re committed to leaning in and taking action in support of the material, to push ourselves and the industry to a more circular future. The precedent we are setting for materials, coalitions, and innovations is exciting and hopeful. We encourage companies to join us as we continue to lean in and push polypropylene recycling to new heights.”
– Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership.


Why we’re excited.

99% of the products Airlite produces are created from polypropylene. That’s why the recent announcement from the How2Recycle® labeling program is such a big win for all of us.

At Airlite, we’re constantly engaged in conversations and efforts to make recycling our products more achievable. For example, our preferred decoration method, IML, or in-mold labeling, is more sustainable than traditional pressure-sensitive labeling. With IML, the label is pre-printed onto a separate, thin layer of polypropylene and molded seamlessly into the container made of the same material, making the IML container and lid a mono-material package. This type of IML packaging, combined with the new How2Recycle status, will result in an easy, one-step, curbside recycling process where the label doesn’t need to be removed from the container.


Why it’s impactful.

The work of The Recycling Partnership’s Polypropylene Recycling Coalition and the change in the How2Recycle® labeling of PP will help increase the amount of available PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic materials that can be reground and used in new products. This is key to fixing supply chain issues, creating a consistent supply of PCRs to meet increased demand, and helping companies meet their 5 and 10-year sustainability commitments to using PCRs in their packaging. 

At Airlite, we incorporate as much recycled PP material in our products as technology will allow. Some of our customers are utilizing PCRs in amounts that make up 25-50% of their packaging. This eliminates the need for virgin resin in 25-50% of the package.

We’re incredibly encouraged to see this nationwide shift in infrastructure to support polypropylene. This is a great step forward in pushing us all closer to a true circular economy.


Click here to learn more about our sustainability practices.



The Basics of PCR Plastics in Sustainable Food Packaging

At Airlite, we’re proud to partner with so many customers who share our vision of a circular economy and believe in the importance of minimizing raw virgin materials in our packaging.

We’re a leading proponent and consumer of post-consumer recycled materials. Any polypropylene product we make can be made using PCR resin.

Not only are they one of the most effective ways to achieve your sustainability goals, but their use also results in packaging that’s just as efficient, effective, and high-quality as those made from virgin resin.

The demand for PCR products continues to grow, but not everyone fully understands the process or the benefits.

Here are some things you need to know:


What exactly is PCR?

PCR stands for post-consumer recycled material. In short, this is everything we’re putting in the recycling bin. This means all the cans, plastic bottles, and paper materials that local recycling programs take in.

Recycling facilities can then remove the recycled polypropylene items and sell them off to companies that can process, melt, and grind the material into small pellets. And it’s these pellets that we can then use to create brand new consumer, food-safe packaging without having to rely on virgin resin.

Due to the significant color variation in recycled materials, products made from PCR resin traditionally result in a gray color. This is why most PCR products you see today are black or gray.


Why is PCR important?

Now more than ever, consumers and producers continue to demand more environmental responsibility from each other. It’s important that those committed to recycling see that the effort is worth it and are able to inspire more to do the same.

Normalizing the efforts to create brand new packaging from PCR resin is logical and critical. Increasing PCR use and decreasing the demand for virgin materials will only help us advance the recycling infrastructure in this country and allow us to make an even more significant, positive environmental impact.


What are the benefits of switching to PCR-based packaging?
  • Reduce your environmental impact — Using recycled materials will help you create more sustainable packaging, allow you to minimize waste and emissions, and reduce your overall carbon footprint.
  • Giving consumers what they want — Consumers demand companies adopt more sustainable practices and are often willing to pay more for products that reflect their values.
  • Demonstrating your commitment — Achieving a functioning, thriving circular economy will take PCR trendsetters to show other organizations and consumers that it can work. Being at the leading edge will help raise your organization’s profile and show others the importance you put on sustainability.


What products can be created with PCR?

Airlite is taking steps towards becoming a zero-waste company. All scrap leftover in our manufacturing process is reground to create new products. We’ve long repurposed recycled polypropylene scrap to manufacture other non-food products in our Fox Blocks® and TrueGrid® divisions.

But in the last few years, we’ve seen the development of a process that allows the use of PCR material in FDA-approved, recyclable food packaging. So now we’re finally starting to see more food-based products on the shelves packaged with post-consumer plastic, which is a massive win for the environment and all of us who are committed to bringing the circular economy to reality.

This is just the start for us as we continue to develop new products and partnerships with clients invested in the future of sustainable food packaging.

Trade Shows

Category Trends and IML Packaging at Expo West ‘22

The Airlite Team recently made the trip to Anaheim, California, for the 2022 Natural Products Expo, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event.

It’s the biggest event of the year for the natural products industry and one that, due to Covid, we haven’t been able to attend since 2019. So, it felt great to be back and in-person unveiling our new booth set up, observing trends, and supporting all of our customers in attendance.

The “Oat-based” category continues to grow.

With around 2,700 exhibitors, there was a lot to see and various angles covered. But, our focus this year was primarily on the plant-based food category.

And one topic trending this year was oat-based products. The grain’s adaptability and sustainability have clearly caught the industry’s attention, with consumers finding it a flavorful, nutritionally sound dairy alternative.

Some of our own customers were getting attention for their oat-based products, including Wildbrine’s wildCreamery Oat Butter, Noop’s Oatmilk Pudding, and Miyoko’s Creamery’s Cultured Vegan Butter made with oat milk.

More Airlite customers making waves.

We’ve watched plant-based food trend upwards for several years due to its documented health benefits and improved sustainability. And our list of customers in this space continues to grow as well.

At Expo West 2022, the trend proved here to stay, with 19 of our customers in plant-based categories exhibiting, creating buzz, and leading the way.

Several Airlite customers were even featured, nominated, and/or winners of awards given to the industry’s most innovative and inspiring products:

  • Miyoko’s Creamery won a prestigious NEXTY Award for “Best New Product Supporting a Plant-Based Lifestyle” for their Liquid Vegan Pizza Mozzarella.
  • Field and Farmer’s Ranch Dressing + Dip was nominated for a NEXTY for “Best New Meat & Dairy Alternative.”
  • And Kite Hill and Ithaca Hummus also made some noise, with Kite Hill featured in the New Product Showcase for their new non-dairy Kite Hill Queso, and Ithaca previewing their new Grillo’s Pickles flavor and partnership with Grillo’s. Nothing better than great food in performance packaging, right?

The future is well underway.

The natural and organic industry grew 7.7% to $274 billion in 2021 and is forecasted to surpass $300 billion in sales by 2024 and $400 billion by 2030.

And according to FAIRR, two in five global food manufacturers already have a team dedicated to developing plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy, and more.

Like many other industries we’ve worked with, it’s one that we embrace and continue to develop meaningful relationships in. So that’s why it was great to be back and a part of the industry’s big event. Not sure we could say it any better than one of the event’s organizers Lacy Gautier:

“The turnout we’ve seen this week is a strong indication that the industry prioritizes face-to-face connection and product discovery. The energy at this show was palpable, and we are really excited to be back in Anaheim with our incredible clients, community, and vendor partners.”

Product Feature

Let’s Reduce Single-Use with the Again! Cup®

For decades, single-use cups have been the norm in quick-service restaurants (QSR), gas stations, and regional coffee houses.

The numbers are pretty staggering, but American’s use approximately 120 Billion disposable, single-use cups a year. And the unfortunate reality is that the paper coffee cups, which make up nearly half of the single-use cups used annually, don’t get recycled.

Reusability is crucial. But while there have been some encouraging developments, the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically slowed down the progress of these efforts. To limit contact and avoid passing on the virus, several national coffee chains reluctantly banned the use of reusable cups in 2020.

Now in 2022, we all have a better understanding of the virus and a renewed urgency to limit dependence on the single-use cup. And at Airlite, we think the Again! Cup® can be a catalyst for collaboration and change.


Refill is the New Recycle

The Again! Cup® is available in both 16oz and 20oz sizes.At Airlite, we’re committed to creating a more sustainable future. The brands we work with are continually implementing new strategies to join us in that effort.

We see the Again! Cup® as an exciting opportunity for companies in the food and beverage industry to take a giant step toward their sustainability goals. Together, through the power of reusability, we can reduce single-use and create a rapid decrease in landfill materials.

Our BPA-Free, injection-molded Again! Cup® can be cleaned, refilled, and distributed for resale over and over again. And because of the ergonomic design and cool-touch ribbing on the outside of the cup, the Again! Cup® eliminates the need for a paper sleeve—reducing waste in landfills and operational costs.


  • Cool-touch ribbing makes it easy and safe to grip. No need for a sleeve!
  • Completely recyclable and reusable.
  • Made from up to 50% post-consumer recycled plastic, reducing the need for virgin resin.
  • Stylish, counter-worthy design leaves a strong brand impression.
  • IML (in-mold labeling) provides a high-end look that can be customized throughout the year based on seasonal promotions and designs.
  • Available in both 16oz and 20oz sizes.
  • Increases consumer involvement in a brand’s sustainability story.



Closing the Loop

We’re encouraged to see some brands begin to resume their refillable cup programs. Along with companies like Loop, who work alongside brands to help implement new circular packaging programs, we’re also seeing prominent brands roll out their own reusable programs and subscription-based refill models.

To create a successful reusable cup program in your stores, you first need a cup that can be washed and used again and again and still look great and feel great in your hand. The injection-molded, in-mold labeled Again! Cup® is just that; a breakthrough opportunity and perfect vessel to build your reusability platform around. And it’s a great way to increase your customer’s involvement in your sustainability story by giving them a branded, counter-worthy cup they want to reuse.

Polypropylene isn’t recyclable at every materials recovery facility around the country due to lack of infrastructure and demand. Help us make a change and take a step toward a true circular economy by utilizing a cup made from post-consumer recycled materials and creating a greater demand for PCR polypropylene.

We believe in the possibility of a zero-waste future and creating functional sustainability through innovation and design. So let’s work together to reduce single-use and make the circular economy a reality.



Airlite Plastics Adds Cosmetic Specialties International to its Portfolio of Performance Packaging

Omaha, Neb. (October 4th, 2021). Airlite Plastics Co. acquired Cosmetic Specialties International, LLC on October 1st, 2021, expanding its industry presence into cosmetic packaging products.

Cosmetic Specialties International (CSI), a privately held company located in Oxnard, CA, has been serving the cosmetics industry since 1978. CSI is a leading U.S. manufacturer of injection molded jars, caps, liners and closures made from both traditional plastics and recycled resins. Additionally, CSI provides end-to-end packaging services such as product design, tooling development, and in-house decorating.

“We are incredibly excited for the future with CSI,” said Brad Crosby, Airlite President & CEO. “The addition of CSI allows us to add new product lines to our performance packaging division while expanding our geographic footprint. The team in Oxnard shares our core values of over serving the customer through the development of quality, innovative products.”

CSI will continue to operate out of their current location in Oxnard with the local leadership, led by Chris Gedwed, remaining in place.


About Airlite Plastics Co.:
Airlite Plastics is a privately held, family owned and operated manufacturer of performance packaging. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska and founded in 1946, the Airlite product portfolio has expanded to consist of in-mold labeled and printed containers and lids for the food industry, drink cups, Measurex® scoops, polystyrene & KODIAKOTTON® insulated shippers, TRUEGRID® permeable pavers, Fox Blocks® insulated concrete form (ICF) building blocks, and other custom plastic products.

Product Feature

Introducing Airlite’s Microwaveable Sleeveless Tray

Innovation is part of the fabric of Airlite. We’re vigilant about it. If there’s a way to improve the efficiency, sustainability, and quality of what we do — we do it and pass those benefits on to our customers. The new Microwavable Sleeveless Tray (MST) from Airlite is just the latest proof of that.

Looking at the existing packaging landscape of microwaveable ready-to-eat foods, it was clear where we could help simplify and streamline. More often than not, we see these plastic tray products packaged inside of a secondary, branded paperboard sleeve.

But the truth is, with our advanced IML packaging (in-mold labeled), the sleeve is unnecessary, a hassle, and a waste.

Our solution? Skip the sleeve.


The paper sleeve over the tray adds an unneeded extra step to the packaging process. The Microwavable Sleeveless Tray (MST) removes the secondary paperboard wrapping component entirely, resulting in significant operational savings for our customers.

In addition, the shape of the product doesn’t present any unique challenges to the filling and sealing sides of the process. Our engineers have worked to ensure its design fits existing industry-standard carrier pockets and fillers. But of course, if your team requires any consultation, Airlite’s field engineering team will come to you directly to ensure it works in your facilities.

High Impact Design

We understand the aesthetic role the paperboard sleeve has played for microwavable containers. However, the high-impact graphics produced on the MST virtually eliminate the purpose of the paperboard sleeve.

IML packaging, now one of the most popular and premium packaging options available, produces rich, vivid, scratch-resistant graphics on the container and lid. IML decoration makes an impression and stands out in an aisle full of paperboard wrapped trays.

The MST is also infinitely reusable due to its durability, re-closable lid, and cool-touch handles that allow for safe handling out of the microwave. And with high-impact branded graphics that never peel off, a repurposed container and lid become a long-lasting billboard in the end user’s kitchen—even after a dozen trips through the dishwasher.


It’s obvious, even at first glance, that the paperboard sleeve is a waste of raw paper materials. Airlite, like many of our customers, is committed to reducing our environmental footprint and creating sustainable food packaging. By using the MST, our customers will save millions of trees and significantly reduce their carbon footprint.

Also, the MST’s re-closable lid makes it highly reusable. Consumers can heat mashed potatoes, refrigerate unused portions without tin foil or cellophane, and later reheat the product in the same container. And when the product is gone, they’ll have a dishwasher-safe, microwaveable container that remains easy to repurpose in the kitchen or around the home.

All of our containers, including the MST, are 100% recyclable. But we’re proud to announce the MST can also be made using up to 50% post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR). We’ve long recycled and reused post-consumer polypropylene scrap to manufacture other non-food products, BUT only recently have we developed a product and process that allows for PCRs to be used in FDA approved recyclable food packaging.

This is big news. Now, we only need to rely on virgin resin for half of the product, with the rest coming from polypropylene that has already gone through the recycling stream.

We hear consumer needs. We want to make the world better. We fully believe in a circular economy. And for Airlite and our customers, the MST is an important step toward creating sustainable food packaging that supports that vision.

Let’s Connect

Contact us today if you’re interested in learning more about how the Microwavable Sleeveless Tray can help you save on operational costs, make an impact on the store shelf, and further help your company reduce its effect on the environment.