Nomacorc and Terracycle partner to further environmental sustainability
ZEBULON, N.C. (January 29, 2009) - Nomacorc, the world’s leading producer of alternative wine closures, announced that it has joined forces with TerraCycle, the eco-friendly company that collects pre- and postconsumer material nationally and “upcycles” it into unique home, office, and school products sold at major North American retailers. Through a joint program, Nomacorc closures collected by TerraCycle nationwide will be collected and upcycled into consumer products.
The products TerraCycle will develop from reprocessed Nomacorc closures will be recyclable and made via low energy consumption means. TerraCycle's upcycled products are currently available in major national retailers including Wal-Mart, OfficeMax, The Home Depot, and Whole Foods. With the early success of TerraCycle's wine closure recycling initiative, large independent beverage retail chains have expressed interest in joining the program.
Nomacorc already recycles all of the excess production materials created at its manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe. The TerraCycle program will collect post-use Nomacorc closures from wineries, restaurants, and consumers.
"Finding a new purpose for used Nomacorc closures through TerraCycle's established and well-respected national recycling program will help further our existing efforts to reduce Nomacorc's environmental impact and carbon footprint," said Malcolm Thompson, vice president of marketing and innovation.
To gather recyclable products, TerraCycle engages with non-profit community organizations, including schools, churches and youth groups. This approach enables TerraCycle to efficiently manage a robust, nationwide collection and recycling program. TerraCycle works with an independent non-profit, Zerofootprint, to offset all carbon emissions related to these programs.
Nomacorc will join other TerraCycle sponsors including Kraft, Frito Lay, and Stonyfield Farm whose support of the TerraCycle program provides a revenue source for worthy organizations in communities across the United States. Nationwide collection of Nomacorc’s synthetic wine closures is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2009.
All Nomacorc products are 100% recyclable with LDPE food packaging.
Nomacorc is the worldwide leader in the growing alternative wine closure category. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint.
Nomacorc products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With more than 400 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium and China, Nomacorc currently produces closures at the rate of more than 2 billion annually. Nomacorc closures are 100% recyclable. For more information, visit nomacorc.com.
TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) represents a new generation of company, putting as much emphasis on its social and environmental impact as its profits. In 2001, college freshman Tom Szaky founded TerraCycle in hopes of building a new, more responsible way of doing business. Since then, TerraCycle has revolutionized the industry by making eco-friendly and affordable products from waste materials.
TerraCycle provides jobs in the inner-city, provides free fundraisers for schools and non-profits and inspires kids nationwide to make a difference locally and globally. Join the TerraCycle eco-revolution by signing up for our free fundraising collection programs where we pay you for packaging like drink pouches, yogurt cups and more. To learn more about joining a TerraCycle brigade, go to www.terracycle.net/brigades.