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Boston-based Arrowfarms has made a commitment to use Kwik Lok’s plant-based Eco-Lok bag closures on its poly bags.

That will cut the amount of petroleum-based plastic used in packaging by the firm, according to a news release.
Yakima-based Kwik Lok introduced the Eco-Lok product earlier this year, and the company said the closure utilizes a resin made from renewable plant-based carbohydrates like corn and potatoes. Eco-Lok closures emit fewer greenhouse gases in production compared to traditional closures and also reduces the amount of petroleum-based plastic used overall, according to the release.

“We are very excited to be one of the first companies to adopt the new Eco-Lok,” Jaina Cipriano of Arrowfarms said in the release. “This is a very important step for us into a more sustainable future.”

Eco-Lok closures are formulated with a plant-based biopolymer called NuPlastiQ that requires up to 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce than standard plastic bag closures, according to the release. At the same time, the closures retain the advantages of being printable, reusable and metal detector compatible.

“We are excited to partner with another long standing, family-owned company that cares as deeply as we do about reducing plastics and supporting sustainability in the industry,” Cipriano said in the release.
In addition to using Eco-Lok closures, Arrowfarms also is using less plastic by reducing the thickness and size of its full wrap onion bags and introducing the option for a NuPlastiQ poly bag.

Kwik Lok, according to the release, aims to reduce its portfolio-wide energy usage by 20% by 2025 and has already saved more than 1 million kilowatts in energy since completing building renovations and operational upgrades in 2015. 

Kwik Lok has also developed Kwik Link, which replaces plastic bags and other packaging to bind produce together using an elastic tie, according to the release. The company also introduced the 912 Laser Printer which eliminates the use of ink, solvents and other waste, according to the release.

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