Birch Tree fortifies plastic pollution reduction efforts

posted April 13, 2021 at 01:13 pm
by  Manila Standard Digital
Dairy brand Birch Tree has been recognized as a 'Plastic Neutral Brand' by the Plastic Credit Exchange (PCX), cementing its commitment to reducing plastic pollution.

Birch Tree fortifies plastic pollution reduction efforts

As a certified plastic neutral brand, Birch Tree has balanced the plastic it uses in its packaging by recovering an equal amount of plastic waste. The process also reduces plastic waste flow into landfills and oceans.

"Environmental stewardship is a top priority for Birch Tree. We know that change takes time, but we are willing to rise to the challenge of making our packaging and processes as environmentally friendly as possible," said Greg Banzon, chief operating officer of Birch Tree manufacturer Century Pacific Food Inc., one of the country’s leading food and beverage companies.

The Plastic Neutral Certification involved third-party auditors that allowed PCX to verify Birch Tree's plastic footprint and offsets.

Accounting firm Isla Lipana & Co verified that Birch Tree's annualized plastic footprint from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 has been recovered and processed on behalf of the company.

Birch Tree also received Plastic Credits to offset the equivalent volume of plastic waste from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020.

Birch Tree's commitment to achieving plastic neutrality led to a partnership with PCX, the world’s first global, non-profit, fully integrated plastic offset platform.

PCX offers a seamless, traceable, and effective solution to offsetting post-consumer plastics responsibly to ensure they do not wind up in nature. PCX redirects plastic waste to the safest, most environmentally preferred end destination using only processes that comply with international industry best practices.

Birch Tree also supports PCX's "Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash" program, which allows sari-sari store owners to earn cash from collected post-consumer plastic waste.    

The Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash program also increases income opportunities for sari-sari store owners, most of whom are women. This aligns with Birch Tree's goal to enhance Filipino micro-entrepreneurs' lives.

Birch Tree fortifies plastic pollution reduction efforts

"We have resolved to consider various options that allow us to have an impact now. Through the Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash program, we not only provide people an avenue to monetize plastic waste but also educate young generations about the benefits of recycling and co-processing," Banzon said.

"By building a strong network of women micro-entrepreneurs, who can be catalysts for sustainability in their respective communities, we hope to achieve the ultimate goal of having no plastic waste in nature," he added.

Topics: Birch Tree , 'Plastic Neutral Brand' , Plastic Credit Exchange , "Aling Tindera Waste-to-Cash" program
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