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August 2006


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.

Developed 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 bottles.

“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.

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