US – As fall approaches, sustainable packaging leader DS Smith has launched a new solution to collect the season’s changing leaves with GreenChute, a 100% curbside recyclable and reusable corrugated yard waste bag filler.

As part of the company’s mission to provide customers with environmentally friendly and fully recyclable products, DS Smith uses its trademark Greencoat technology to create GreenChute – making yard cleanup easier, plastic free and more sustainable than ever, all season long.

GreenChute resists moisture to help easily collect yard debris, including leaves, branches, grass and other waste.

The cardboard lawn funnel holds the user’s lawn bag open and in place to easily rake leaves and lawn clippings into a pile and place them through GreenChute into the bag for disposal.

The cardboard structure includes a printed QR code that, when scanned, shares the assembly and usage instructions for consumers.

GreenChute is also an easy recyclable solution as consumers demand a reduction of plastic waste.

According to ‘2022 Q1 Pulse Highlights, Socio Cultural Trends’ survey, data shows that 96% of US consumers said they try to live sustainable lifestyles at least some of the time.

Additionally, a reported 32% globally deem dealing with the amount of waste we generate is a top three environmental issue.

As residents make use of compostable yard waste bags, they can now use a product to collect leaves that will not remain in the landfill for decades – addressing both of these polled concerns.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our organization, including designing new innovative products that address problem plastics,” said Melanie Galloway, DS Smith’s Vice President of sales, marketing and innovation.

“GreenChute is an easy sustainable choice that is fully recyclable and effective – all qualities that DS Smith not only takes great pride in but believes are essential for a better future.

“As consumers make a choice to use fully compostable yard waste bags, they should also have an accompanying plastic-free, earth-friendly tool to clean up their yard.”

The company’s Greencoat technology is a wax-free, 100% recyclable coated alternative to wax-coated boxes that provide a safe and leak-proof barrier while also moving away from fossil-fuel-based materials in favor of fiber-based.

The development of Greencoat has enabled over 530,000 tons of corrugated packaging to be recycled instead of landfilled and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by nearly one million metric tons over an eight-year period.

GreenChute is just one example of DS Smith solutions that aim to remove one billion pieces of problem plastics from supermarkets and online retailers by 2025 through its Now and Next Sustainability Strategy.

Earlier in 2022, the company reported strong progress against its plastic placement target, replacing over 313 million pieces of problem plastics for retailers with recyclable fiber-based alternatives in the last two years.

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