MEMPHIS, TN (Oct. 27, 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 KidsGardening.org

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