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Evergreen Packaging Launches Fourth Annual Carton 2 Garden Contest

Memphis, TN (October 30, 2017) —

Evergreen Packaging, with support from KidsGardening, today announced the launch of the spring 2018 Carton 2 Garden contest, the nationwide competition that invites students of all ages to repurpose milk and juice cartons in school gardens that teach math, science, arts, environment and sustainability. Now in its fourth year, the Carton 2 Garden contest underscores Evergreen Packaging’s commitment to championing sustainability, STEM-learning and healthy living.

“The Carton 2 Garden contest gives thousands of students across the country the opportunity to not only learn more about gardening, but also teamwork, nutrition, sustainable practices and environmental stewardship,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager at Evergreen Packaging. “We are thrilled to once again partner with KidsGardening, the leaders in the school garden movement, to equip contest entrants with educational materials that instill these important lessons and life skills. Each year the gardens grow more inventive, and we look forward to seeing the innovations that will be created for this year’s contest.”

Schools can compete to win one of several prize packages by repurposing 100 or more empty milk and juice cartons in their existing school gardens or by creating novel school gardens. There are no registration fees to enter the contest. Each garden will be judged for its creativity and incorporation of sustainable practices. Contest categories and prizes include:

  • Grand prize ($5,000)
  • STEM learning specialty prize ($2,500)
  • Sustainability specialty prize ($2,500)
  • Health & Nutrition specialty prize ($2,500)
  • Top elementary school garden, five total ($1,000 each)
  • Top middle or high school garden, five total ($1,000 each)

“The Carton 2 Garden contest helps students unlock their creativity and engage their curiosity in a collaborative, team-based environment,” says KidsGardening Executive Director Emily Shipman. “As students engage with gardening and nature, they develop STEM-based skills and learn about nutrition and sustainable practices. We’re grateful for our continued partnership with Evergreen Packaging to bring these important learning opportunities to students across the country.”

The Carton 2 Garden contest encourages eco-aware consumers to seek sustainable packaging choices like cartons, which are made from a renewable resource. Evergreen Packaging’s FreshHouse™ cartons are recyclable and are more than 70 percent paper, which comes from trees from forests where responsible forestry practices are used and overall growth exceeds harvest. Evergreen Packaging is committed to creating innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for the food and beverage industries. Earlier this year, the company debuted RenewablePlus cartons, which feature sugarcane-based polyethylene and are fully renewable.

The deadline for Carton 2 Garden contest submissions is Monday, April 16, 2018. More information about the contest, including its official rules, may be found at www.carton2garden.com. To view a list of last year’s winners, as well as sharable videos that highlight past participants’ experiences, please click here.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.

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Evergreen Packaging® and KidsGardening Name Winners of Carton 2 Garden™ Contest

Contest Highlights STEM, Sustainability, and Health and Nutrition; Prizes Valued at $22,500

Memphis, TN (May 12, 2017) —

Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions, today announced the winners of the third annual Carton 2 Garden contest. The competition, administered by KidsGardening, gives students across the country a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. This project promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership, and teamwork, along with teaching students about healthy eating and the eco-friendly benefits of cartons. This year’s Carton 2 Garden winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, three $2,500 specialty prizes, and ten $1,000 grade level prizes. The three specialty prize winners are awarded for their efforts in the following areas: STEM, the best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in their project; Sustainability, the best demonstration of sustainable practices in their garden creation; and Health and Nutrition, the best incorporation of lessons on wellness in their project. Overall, the contest awarded prizes valued at $22,500 to 14 winning schools around the country.

The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Grand Prize Winner – Lemon Avenue Elementary School (La Mesa, California) – The grand prize entry was an innovative and ambitious effort to bolster the threatened Monarch butterfly population. Lemon Avenue’s “Saving the Monarchs” project involved recycling, composting, planting, creating an official ‘Monarch Waystation’ on school grounds, conducting community outreach activities, and providing milkweed plants – the butterflies’ source of food – throughout the local community for distribution and planting. By introducing STEM, sustainability, and health educational content through creative hands-on lessons and activities, this inspirational project made a lasting impact on the attitudes and behaviors of participating students, educators and the local community, giving them a new appreciation of the butterflies and the environment as a whole.
  • STEM Winner– Bethel Elementary School (Midland, North Carolina) – Students investigated hydroponic growing systems, which use water instead of soil to grow plants, and devised their own, aptly named “Bethelponics.” Hydroponic gardens are growing in popularity because of their potential to increase water efficiency and ability to grow crops in urban, land-scarce areas. Students were given the opportunity to explore and truly understand the science behind this technology while also nurturing their plants. At the completion of the project, students donated their hydroponically grown lettuce harvest to a local food bank.
  • Sustainability Winner – Coebourn Elementary School (Brookhaven, Pennsylvania) – With a focus on pollinators and a desire to help support declining pollinator populations, students created Mason Bee houses from repurposed milk cartons for their schoolyard and community members. Through their “Save the Pollinators” garden, students learned very important lessons about biodiversity and sustainable practices. Participation in this project allowed students to hone their problem-solving skills on real world issues and gave them the chance to create a tangible product to positively impact their environment and share with their local community.
  • Health and Nutrition Winner – PS 135Q The Bellaire School (Queens Village, New York) – This entry grew out of the students’ desire to send a message of love and peace. For the “Love Grows with Peace” garden, students designed a heart-shaped, carton-based garden and grew wheatgrass to learn more about making healthy food choices. Each step of the students’ journey was carefully incorporated into the curriculum, from using math to design the garden to applying hands-on science learning to carefully tracking the growth while studying germination and experimenting with watering techniques to maximize efficiency. After the project concluded, the students made nutritious wheatgrass smoothies and the remaining cartons of wheatgrass were donated to a local animal shelter for the animals to enjoy. Students not only learned how to take care of themselves through the consumption of healthy foods; the project also grew their confidence and pride benefiting their social and emotional growth.

“Students from across the country learned about sustainability, STEM applications and growing techniques while repurposing cartons in the Carton 2 Garden™ Contest,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “As the contest grows, it’s incredibly rewarding to see students participate in sustainable practices, conservation and community involvement while building their carton garden projects.”

Nearly 170 entries were judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly encouraged. All entries were judged by the education specialists at KidsGardening.

“The Carton 2 Garden™ Contest really brings out the best in students and their educators in terms of creativity, resourcefulness, and community spirit. It is such a pleasure to read through the thoughtful applications submitted to us,” says Emily Shipman, executive director of KidsGardening. “Kudos to Evergreen Packaging for their commitment to supporting the development of the next generation of environmental stewards.”

Ten additional schools were recognized for their carton garden creations, including:

Elementary School Winners (K-5)

  • Bel-Aire Elementary School, Miami, Florida – “STEaM Garden Machine”
  • Guion Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis, Indiana – “Carton2Garden STEM Investigation”
  • Estabrook Learning Community, Ypsilanti, Michigan – “The Estabrook Garden Nook”
  • Jefferson Elementary School, New Ulm, Minnesota – “Fresh Air Garden”
  • Fern Hill Elementary, West Chester, Pennsylvania – “Seeds That Feed”

Middle/High School Winners (6-12)

  • Thomas Starr King Middle School, Los Angeles, California – “High-Speed Compost”
  • Medea Creek Middle School, Oak Park, California – “New Roofs for Composting Worms”
  • Gardiner Area High School, Gardiner, Maine – “Winter Window Garden”
  • Kiski Area High School, Leechburg, Pennsylvania – “Sustainability Lean-To”
  • Spring Mills High School, Martinsburg, West Virginia – “Vermicomposting Feeders”

For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, visit www.carton2garden.com.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


Evergreen Packaging® and KidsGardening.org Name Winners of Carton 2 Garden™ Contest

Contest Highlights STEM, Sustainability, and Community Involvement; Prizes Valued at $22,500

Memphis, TN (May 13, 2016) —

Evergreen Packaging, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of the second annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. The competition gives students across the country a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens.  Along with teaching students about healthy eating and the eco-friendly benefits of cartons, this project promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership, and teamwork. This year’s Carton 2 Garden winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, three $2,500specialty prizes, and ten $1,000 grade level prizes. The three specialty prize winners are awarded for their efforts in the following areas: STEM, the best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in their project; Sustainability, the best demonstration of sustainable practices in their garden creation; and Community Involvement, the best engagement of groups outside the school.  Overall, the contest awarded prizes valued at $22,500 to 14 winning schools around the country.

The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Grand Prize Winner – Champion Theme Middle School (Stone Mountain, Georgia) – The grand prize entry was comprised of multiple mini projects designed to educate students on environmental stewardship. The whole school – students, teachers, custodians, and cafeteria staff – plus community members and families came together to make a difference not only in the school garden but also at the community food pantry garden where the students donated cartons with seeds and created bird feeders.
  • STEM Winner- Kumeyaay Elementary School (San Diego, California) – Students were inspired by California’s ongoing drought conditions to learn how they could grow organic food using as little water as possible. This impressive garden was comprised of multiple sections spread across the campus, including a reading garden, native habitat, relaxation labyrinth, ceremonial rock garden, flower areas, and vegetable beds in which the students raise produce for their cafeteria salad bar. Students learned about photosynthesis, engineering and construction, and budgeting, among other topics, throughout the project.
  • Sustainability Winner – Davis Bilingual Magnet School (Tucson, Arizona) – Students repurposed hundreds of milk cartons to create a greenhouse designed to help them gain a better understanding of their desert environment. They used their imaginations and creativity to explore ways that recycled materials could be used to create art. And when repurposing cartons, all scraps were utilized emphasizing the importance of not wasting anything.
  • Community Involvement Winner – Tamaques Elementary School (Westfield, New Jersey) – This entry grew out of the students’ desire to spread hope and kindness. Students were inspired to create a butterfly garden after learning that butterflies are often used as a symbol to honor children lost in the Holocaust. They researched the flowers and herbs needed to host butterflies and planted them in milk cartons decorated with kind words. The students were further inspired by a visit from a Holocaust survivor who shared her story of hope and kindness.

“This year’s Carton 2 Garden™ Contest offered thousands of students across the country an opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience while developing key insights into their impact on the environment,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “It was incredibly rewarding to see these students learn throughout the process of building their carton gardens – embracing recycling, healthy eating and community involvement as they created their entries.”

Nearly 130 schools across the country submitted entries to be judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly suggested. All entries were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from KidsGardening.org.

“We love working with Evergreen Packaging on the Carton 2 Garden™ Contest because it’s about unleashing kids creativity to be actively involved in learning about science, math, community, gardening and themselves,” said Amanda Slater, interim executive director of KidsGardening.org. “It’s always so difficult to choose a winner as all of the projects are successful, and we salute all of the participants who worked so hard on their creations.”

Ten additional schools were recognized for their carton garden creations, including:

Elementary School Winners (K-5)

  • Chalker Elementary School, Kennesaw, Georgia – “10-Frame Daisies”
  • National Teachers Academy, Chicago, Illinois – “Our Pollinator Problem”
  • PS 32, Brooklyn, New York – “HALO: Helping and Learning Outside”
  • Round Hill Elementary School, Round Hill, Virginia – “Carton Crib and Compost Bin – Home of the Round Hill Wigglers Worm Farm”
  • Wylandville Elementary School, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania – “Carton Kingdom”

Middle/High School Winners (6-12)

  • Crockett Middle School, Hamilton, New Jersey – “Crockett Cruiser”
  • Miriam School, St. Louis, Missouri – “O.C.C.U.I.S. Irrigation System”
  • Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, Great Falls, Montana – “Thyme to Harvest”
  • New Voices Middle School, Brooklyn, New York – “New Voices Green Team”
  • West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, Michigan – “Garden of Hope”

The next Carton 2 Garden contest will take place in spring 2017. For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, visit www.carton2garden.com.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® LAUNCHES NATIONAL GARDENING CONTEST; PROMOTES SUSTAINABILITY, CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS WITH 2016 AWARDS TOTALING MORE THAN $25,000
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Carton 2 Garden™ Program teaches valuable STEM-based lessons and helps to grow school garden programs

Memphis, TN (Nov. 4, 2015) —

Today Evergreen Packaging, with support from KidsGardening.org, announces the launch of the second annual Carton 2 Garden contest, a nation-wide competition inviting K-12 students to repurpose milk and juice cartons to build creative gardens or enhance their schools’ existing garden. The Carton 2 Garden Program promotes hands-on teaching, with opportunities for building important problem solving and life skills, and awards more than $25,000 in prizes to schools across the country. This initiative underscores Evergreen Packaging’s on-going commitment to raise awareness about the importance of eco-friendly packaging.

“After a successful inaugural year, the Carton 2 Garden Program is back to serve as an important resource, facilitating hands-on learning about gardening, creativity, sustainability and healthy living in classrooms across the country,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager at Evergreen Packaging. “Last year we were very pleased to see how schools used the contest to achieve important educational and life skill goals: promoting STEM-based learning, community involvement and sustainable living practices. This year we’ve honed the program to better support schools working to excel in these key areas. We’re excited to see what these creative teachers and students will achieve.”

Carton 2 Garden Program participating teachers like Mike Soskil from spring 2015 national winner Wallenpaupack Elementary was impressed with the merits of the contest, saying, “Learning about gardening, recycling and sustainability – what the students have been working on through Carton 2 Garden – allows these children to build the skills they need to solve the world’s problems in the future.”

The contest promotes good nutritional habits among school children, while also emphasizing the importance of sustainable packaging – last year’s contestants reused more than 50,000 cartons in their entries. Visit www.carton2garden.com for additional details and official contest rules. A list of last year’s winners can be found here, and past participants’ experiences are highlighted in a new, shareable video.

“In the inaugural year of the Carton 2 Garden Contest, students and educators really got engaged with the benefits of utilizing cartons in school gardens,” said Jennifer Tedeschi, executive director at KidsGardening.org. “We’re looking forward to building onto the fantastic success of year one. With the added specialty areas of STEM, sustainability and community involvement, we know year two will bring even more creative projects.”

Schools from across the United States can compete to win prize packages, valued up to $5,000, by repurposing empty milk and juice cartons in their school gardens, which will be judged based on creativity and sustainability. One grand prize winner ($5,000); three specialty prize winners ($2,500), one each for STEM learning, Community Involvement and Sustainable Practices; five elementary school winners ($1,000) and five middle or high school winners ($1,000) will be chosen. National Gardening Association gift cards will also be awarded to the first 100 schools to enter. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2016.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® AND KIDSGARDENING.ORG NAME WINNERS OF CARTON 2 GARDENTM CONTEST

Four schools nationwide will receive $2,500 for their carton garden creations

Memphis TN (May 22, 2015) —

Evergreen Packaging, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of its inaugural Carton 2 Garden™ contest. Carton 2 Garden is a nationwide competition that gives students hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk or juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly suggested. Teams also had to submit up to 10 photos of their creation process.The national winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Cordova Middle School (Memphis, Tennessee) – Students built a replica of a paddleboat on the Mississippi River and learned about preventing pollution throughout the process.
  • College Career & Technology Academy (Pharr, Texas) – Housed in a former Walmart store, these students had to build their garden indoors, which presented a unique set of challenges such as creating a sustainable garden with minimum landscaping capabilities.
  • Wallenpaupack South Elementary School (Newfoundland, Pennsylvania) – To build their garden and learn more about sustainable gardening practices, students organized a Skype session with growers in Kenya who provided insight on farming and gardening methods. They also donated their tomato plants to a local church food pantry.
  • Vanderlyn Elementary School (Dunwoody, Georgia) – The contest inspired students to partner with a local nature center dedicated to saving Monarch butterflies to build a pollinator garden illustrating the life cycle of a butterfly.

“Encouraging students to learn more about eco-friendly practices is one of the reasons we are committed to programs such as Carton 2 Garden,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “Each entry highlights connections between sustainability and recycling, and it was amazing to see the different approaches applied by each school team. Not only did the contest provide important teachable moments, it also inspired students to find new uses for everyday objects.”Nearly 150 schools across the country submitted entries to be judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Schools were also encouraged to include a video or slideshow depicting their creation process from beginning to end. These videos were used to qualify entries to win national prizes. All entries were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from KidsGardening.org.

“Carton 2 Garden was created to provide an incentive for children to learn valuable lessons about recycling and reusing everyday products,” said Jennifer Tedeschi, Chief Operating Officer at KidsGardening.org. “Seeing their enthusiasm and the benefits of school gardens in action really reinforces this contest as an important educational tool.”

Sixteen additional schools were recognized at the regional level for their carton garden creations, including:

Elementary School Winners (K-5)

  • Madison Elementary, Mesa, Arizona – “The ‘Green’ Tractor”
  • Windermere Elementary School, Windermere, Florida – “Keep on Track, Grow and Thrive”
  • Mustang Creek Elementary School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “Hobbiton Garden”
  • Pi Academy, Erie, Pennsylvania – “Milk Carton Rain Barrel”
  • Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy, Altadena, California – “Bee Sustainable”
  • Osborne Elementary School, Sewickley, Pennsylvania – “Milk Carton Bird Bath”
  • Idlewild Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee – “Walking in ‘Moo’mphis”
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, Wisconsin – “Lincoln’s Buzz Inn”

Middle/High School Winners (6-12)

  • Noxon Public School, Noxon, Montana – “Well and Healthy”
  • Trafalgar Middle School, Cape Coral, Florida – “Trafalgar Middle Garden Club”
  • Timber Academy High School, College Station, Texas – “Garden of Milk and Honey”
  • Humboldt High School, St. Paul, Minnesota – “Mid Evil Explosion”
  • Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School, Long Beach, California – “Windmill Tower”
  • Crockett Middle School, Hamilton, New Jersey – “USS Crockett”
  • Avon Lenox School, Memphis, Tennessee – “Shout Out Memphis – Gardening with a Purpose”
  • Riverside Middle School, Watertown, Wisconsin – “RMS Vertical Gardens”

The next Carton 2 Garden contest will take place in spring 2016. For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, visit www.carton2garden.com.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® TEAMS UP WITH KIDSGARDENING.ORG TO LAUNCH NATIONAL SCHOOL GARDENING COMPETITION

Students repurpose cartons in their gardens while learning a valuable lesson in sustainability

Memphis, TN (Oct. 24, 2014) —

Today Evergreen Packaging, with support from KidsGardening.org, announces the launch of Carton 2 Garden, a nation-wide competition that gives students a hands-on experience in repurposing empty cartons to build or enhance their school garden. “Partnering with KidsGardening.org as our gardening expert allows us to encourage students to learn about gardens as a means to promote healthy diets, while also teaching them the importance of eco-friendly packaging,” said Katie Lewis, marketing manager at Evergreen Packaging. “Students can use recycled cartons from home and school, which also reinforces eco-friendly practices.”

Schools from across the United States can compete to win prize packages, valued up to $2,500, by repurposing their empty milk and juice cartons in their school gardens, which will be judged based on creativity and sustainability. Four national winners and 16 regional winners will be chosen. The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2015. The contest promotes good nutritional habits among school children while also emphasizing the positive environmental impact of sustainable packaging. Visit www.carton2garden.com for additional details and official contest rules.

“Incorporating milk cartons into school gardens not only equips students with an economical and easy-to-come by resource for improving their gardens, but also gives them a valuable lesson in reusing and recycling.” said Jennifer Tedeschi, Chief Operations Officer at KidsGardening.org. “The partnership with Evergreen Packaging was a natural fit, and we look forward to seeing how students creatively use cartons in their garden projects.”

This initiative underscores Evergreen Packaging’s on-going commitment to raise awareness about the importance of eco-friendly packaging. More than 70 percent of every carton is made from paper, which comes from a renewable resource—trees. Additionally, cartons protect the product inside from UV rays to help keep contents fresh, and are recyclable for more than 50 percent of households across the country, where facilities exist.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.