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

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

“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 “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

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 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, has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit

Evergreen Packaging Names Winners of Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest

MEMPHIS, TENN. (January 6, 2016) -Today, Evergreen Packaging®, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, announced the winners of its sixth Made By Milk™ Carton Construction Contest. Southfield Regional Academic Campus from Southfield, Michigan, won the grand prize of $5,000 for their 16-foot carton sculpture Alligator, made out of 1,345 repurposed milk cartons. The contest theme for Fall 2015 was “Animals” – with entries ranging from a life-sized bronco to a complete underwater diorama. The Southfield students were inspired to build the creation to honor their school mascot and represent the students’ fierce determination to succeed.

Evergreen Packaging® Announces Winners of Employee Sustainability Leadership Awards

MEMPHIS, Tenn., December 2, 2015 Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of its Evergreen Packaging Employee Sustainability Leadership Awards. The contest was open to US-based Evergreen Packaging employees who demonstrate sustainability leadership in their community. Evergreen selected six winning employees; presenting winners with special gifts and a $500 donation to the organization with which the employee is involved.

Evergreen Packaging Receives American Forest & Paper Association 2015 Leadership in Sustainability Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 16, 2015 Evergreen Packaging, a leading manufacturer of gable top beverage cartons in the U.S., today announced the company received the 2015 American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Leadership in Sustainability Award. AF&PA honored Evergreen for their efforts to increase paper recovery through their On-Packaging Recycle Use project. This is the second consecutive year AF&PA has honored Evergreen for its sustainability initiatives.

Evergreen Packaging® Launches National Gardening Contest; Promotes Sustainability, Creativity in Schools with 2016 Awards totaling more than $25,000

MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 14, 2015 – Today Evergreen Packaging, with support from, 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.

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