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ScottsMiracle-Gro® and ProAmpac Win 2019 AmeriStar Award

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 2019 AmeriStar Award has been presented to ScottsMiracle-Gro in partnership with packaging leader ProAmpac for their bio-plastic based design of the Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics™ growing media packaging, which made its commercial debut this spring.

The annual AmeriStar award competition is conducted by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP). The two companies were recognized for a “more sustainable” flexible package which is “thoughtfully engineered using the least amount of material required without sacrificing product performance, functionality and package durability.”

“This award has special significance,” said Adam Grose, ProAmpac’s chief commercial officer. “Not only is this one of the oldest and most prestigious packaging design competitions, but this AmeriStar recognition reinforces the success of Collaborative Innovation, an approach in which ProAmpac’s new-product team joins forces with a customer’s development group to accelerate innovation.”

The 27 award winners Flexible Packaging Magazine observes that the “highest award for flexible packaging went to ScottsMiracle-Gro, who partnered with ProAmpac.”

More Sustainable Packaging

The award-winning packaging replaces 25 percent of the traditional oil- or natural gas-based polyethylene resin with a sugarcane-based bio-plastic resin. The cultivation of sugarcane utilizes carbon dioxide (CO2) and releases oxygen (02) to give bioplastic a negative carbon footprint.

“As the category leader, we embrace our responsibility to further enhance the environmental sustainability of our products, ingredients, and raw materials,” said Sara Gordon, vice president, brand marketing for ScottsMiracle-Gro. “With the help of our partner ProAmpac, we optimized the packaging of Miracle-Gro Performance Organics soils and substituted more bio-based materials without compromising product quality and integrity.

“In addition, Miracle-Gro Performance Organics reuses millions of pounds of organic materials annually in the soil product content, further demonstrating our commitment to sustainability,” added Gordon. “By working with communities to recycle green waste into beneficial soil products, ScottsMiracle-Gro keeps it out of local waste streams and returns valuable, often local, nutrients back into the soil. It also makes ScottsMiracle-Gro one of the largest green waste recyclers in the world.”

To learn more about ProAmpac’s ProActive Sustainability™ offerings contact Nathan Klettlinger ( or visit our website at

About ProAmpac

ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company with a comprehensive product offering unparalleled in the industry. We provide creative packaging solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning innovation to a diverse global marketplace. We are guided in our work by four core values that are the basis for our success: Integrity, Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement. Cincinnati-based ProAmpac is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and co-investors.?For more information, visit

Publication date: 15/07/2019

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.