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Hershey: New candy wrappers will save nearly 2,000 trees

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 28 2014 03:10:09 PM CDT
Hershey's Miniatures

Hershey Co.

HERSHEY, Pa. -

The Hershey Co. says it is saving a small forest each year with its new packaging design for Hershey's Miniatures.

The new wrappers, which hit store shelves this week, have bolder graphic designs on the well-known miniature bars of Hershey's Milk Chocolate and Special Dark, Krackel and Mr. Goodbar, but they're also 0.050 grams lighter than the old wrappers.

That sounds minuscule but Hershey spokeswoman Laura Renaud said it will equate to 271,800 pounds of wrappers saved over the course of a year -- enough paper to fill 11 tractor trailers. Renaud said that amounts to nearly 2,000 trees.

The aluminum saved in the new wrappers also saves enough electricity to power 56 homes for a full year.