Highland Laboratories uses corn-based
bottles in the United States
Mt. Angel, OR— Oregon-based Highland Laboratories,
a dietary supplement manufacturer with a history of environmentally
sensitive business practices, is the first in the United States
to package supplements in corn-based bottles.
by NatureWorks LLC, the bottles are made from corn-based dextrose
instead of petroleum. Known as NatureWorks PLA, the material is
the world’s first greenhouse-gas neutral polymer. These Earth-friendly
bottles use 68 percent less fossil fuel than petroleum-based plastics.
The technology is finding its way into various packaging forms,
including beverage containers and “to-go” food boxes
at natural food stores. Highland Laboratories is the first dietary
supplement manufacturer to use the innovative material for vitamin
“With less than 40 percent of Americans
recycling, these new bottles are a first step in changing how we
use our precious and diminishing resources,” says Candy Scott,
CEO of Highland Laboratories. “It makes sense for those of
us providing organic and wholesome nutrition – including dietary
supplements – to complete the cycle with Earth-friendly packaging.”
Within two years, Highland Laboratories plans
to bottle all of their 250 supplements in the corn-based bottles.