Helping to turn the tide on ocean plastic

Plastic Neutral Net Bags

LC Packaging and M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V. have partnered with Plastic Bank to help stem the tide on ocean plastic to secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Onions (and their packaging) against plastic soup

Over the next year LC Packaging and M.B.Nieuwenhuijse B.V. will prevent 50,000 kgs of plastic from entering the ocean, while improving lives in collaboration with Plastic Bank. Positively impacting collector families in vulnerable coastal communities. Collectors receive bonuses for the materials they collect which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance.

Each bag of onions is Certified Plastic Neutral by Plastic Bank, making environmental, social and economic impact. Each bag prevents 56 grams of plastic, or 2.8 single-use plastic bottles from entering the ocean in collaboration with Plastic Bank. Collected plastic is reprocessed for reintroduction into the global supply chain.

The collection and recycling challenge

Because of its effectiveness and efficiency, net bags supplied by LC Packaging protect the onions of M.B.Nieuwenhuijse B.V., maintains product quality, and thus prevents spoilage and food waste.

The nets, however, are made from plastic that is difficult to recycle due to the structure of the material and could therefore negatively impact the environment after use, thus motivating the partnership to work towards limiting the damage. European countries usually have proper systems for collecting and recycling waste.

There is, however, an inadequate waste collection and recycling infrastructure in many African and developing countries where M.B.Nieuwenhuijse B.V. exports its onions. Consequently, used net bags could pollute the environment and even end up as ocean plastic.

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From compliance to purpose: contributing to a world without waste

“LC Packaging is committed to contribute to a world without waste. By 2030, the company aims to have at least 80% of turnover come from packaging that delivers the circular economy", LC Packaging's CEO, Lucas Lammers, explains. Also, for the net bag, LC Packaging is investigating a variety of opportunities to achieve circularity. As the bags today do possibly end up in the environment in developing countries, together with M.B.Nieuwenhuijse B.V. LC Packaging has decided to minimise the impact and neutralise the bags in collaboration with Plastic Bank.

“We are proud to have partnered with LC Packaging to collaborate with Plastic Bank® and reduce the impact our packaging has on the environment and leave the planet in a better state that we currently find it, for future generations to come”, says Koen Nieuwenhuijse, Director of M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V.

About Plastic Bank

Plastic Bank® empowers the regenerative society. We build ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities and reprocess the materials for reintroduction into the global supply chain as Social Plastic®. Collectors receive bonuses for the materials they collect which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance. Plastic Bank’s Alchemy™ blockchain platform secures the entire transaction and provides real-time data visualization – allowing for transparency, traceability, and rapid scalability. Learn more at

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About LC Packaging

LC Packaging is a family-owned company and international manufacturer and distributor of flexible packaging solutions with a headquarters based in the Netherlands. LC Packaging has been active in the packaging industry since 1923 and has its own production facilities for FIBCs (Big Bags) and corrugated board in Europe, Africa and Asia. With a turnover of 204 million euros in 2021 and approx. 1,700 employees in offices, warehouses and production facilities in 16 countries, it is LC Packaging’s goal to contribute to a world without waste. LC Packaging specialises in custom packaging products and packaging from stock to more than 30,000 customers in the industrial and agricultural industry worldwide. In 2021, LC Packaging was awarded an EcoVadis Platinum Medal for the second consecutive year, belonging to the top 1% of all 85,000 companies assessed by EcoVadis. The company is particularly recognised for its efforts in labour practices and human rights, and sustainable procurement practices.

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About M.B.Nieuwenhuijse B.V.

M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V., also known as MARBO®, is a Dutch family company that specialises in sorting, packaging and distributing onions and shallots. These onions and shallots are being sold locally as well as exported to retail, foodservice and wholesale markets around the globe. M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V. is an expert in the field of onions and shallots and aims to be a leading player in this market. Thanks to more than 40 years of experience, the commitment of motivated employees and close cooperation with growers, M.B. Nieuwenhuijse provides its customers with high-quality products, packaged and delivered according to their wishes. From the premises in Oostdijk (NL), around 90,000 tons of onions & shallots are shipped each year, packed in all kinds of packaging. The onions are stored, sorted and packed using the most modern techniques. A new system for the optical sorting of the onions has recently been installed. M.B. Nieuwenhuijse B.V. also invests in sustainable solutions, with the installation of solar panels as a recent example.

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