Global packaging company Sonoco’s paper-bottom EcoSeal rigid paper container has received Check Locally Recyclable status from standardised labelling system How2Recycle (H2R).

Check Locally label is given to packaging solutions to avoid confusion and allow companies to communicate with customers on how to recycle a package.

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The packaging company noted that Check Locally status complements its plans to develop more sustainable packaging solutions and support its motto ‘Better Packaging. Better Life’.

Sonoco global consumer packaging, display & packaging and protective solutions senior vice-president Rodger Fuller said: “Achieving Check Locally status is a great milestone for our widely used paperboard cans.

“Sonoco is committed to creating more sustainable packaging across the board, and today’s announcement is just one more step in that direction.”

More than 20% of material recovery facilities recognise the H2R label.

According to the company, the EcoSeal paperboard container is produced using recycled content, including bio-based materials. It also complies with responsible fibre-sourcing standards.

The company has added the EcoSeal paperboard container to its EnviroSense sustainable packaging portfolio.

Earlier this month, Sonoco announced the launch of EnviroSense sustainable packaging initiative in an effort to protect the environment.

The initiative covers various packaging materials, including 100%-recycled paperboard cans, rigid plastic packaging with post-consumer recycled content, recyclable mono-material flexible pouches and agricultural fibre-based packaging.

Sonoco said the demand for natural and sustainable products and packaging is growing as quite a few shoppers are becoming ‘increasingly aware of their environmental impact’.

Established in 1899, Sonoco has more than 300 operations in 36 countries with 23,000 employees serving its customers.