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Building a Circular Economy for Plastics

Consistent with our commitments to global sustainability and innovating environmentally responsible solutions, our businesses continuously evaluate opportunities to improve the environmental impact of their products.

Hi-Cone, a leading supplier of plastic-based multipackaging systems for global beverage and general products industries, is committed to ensuring its products are sustainable, effective and environmentally friendly for both customers and communities. As evidence of this focus, Hi-Cone is committed to transforming 100 percent of its product portfolio to RingCycles™ – a more than 50 percent post-consumer recycled content solution that is expected to eliminate Hi-Cone’s use of more than 25 million pounds of virgin plastic per year. Compared to paperboard six-pack options, RingCycles™ demonstrates sustainable advantages in every impact category*:

  • 73 percent less greenhouse gasses contributed to climate change
  • 90 percent less energy consumed during manufacturing and use
  • 73 percent less water used in manufacturing and use
  • 86 percent less solid waste contributed to landfills

Taking environmental stewardship a step further, by 2025, Hi-Cone is committed to providing a solution that is 100 percent recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.

Beyond product innovation, Hi-Cone is focused on advocating for improved infrastructure and capability for plastic recycling. In close partnership with TerraCycle®, Avangard Innovative and others, Hi-Cone’s RingRecycleMe™ program collects and recycles ring carriers so that plastics do not end up in landfills. Hi-Cone has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, which brings together businesses, government entities, non-governmental organizations, researchers and other stakeholders to ensure that plastics never become waste. Hi-Cone is also a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, a global industry network working with retailers and manufacturers to address key problems, such as plastic waste.


*Analysis performed per 1,000 retail units for the packages described, in this case six-packs of 12 oz. cans. Results provided by Franklin Associates, a Division of Eastern Research Group, Inc.; LCA Study.

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