Novolex has announced a strategic investment in Rhode Island-based reusable systems and container brand OZZI. As a part of this investment, Eco-Products, a Novolex business unit, will help accelerate the growth of OZZI.

The OZZI family of products and solutions includes O2GO containers, cups and cutlery; OZZI Drop N’Go Collection Systems; the OZZI Automated Collection Machine; and a Kitchen Collection of racks, baskets and other equipment to support washing, sanitizing, drying and storing returned reusables. The O2GO containers have been third-party tested and are certified to perform for more than 1,000 washes.

Reusables are well-positioned for closed-system foodservice environments where consumer convenience and proximity to dedicated return receptacles optimize product return and reuse. OZZI products and solutions are specifically designed for such closed-system environments, including colleges and universities, corporate campuses, military bases and hospitals where the company has emerged as a leading solution partner at more than 400 campus dining environments.

“We have seen significant growth in market demand for effective reusable solutions,” says Tom Wright, chief executive officer and founder of OZZI. “Over the past 11 years we have developed an industry-leading approach to offering reusable packaging systems at scale, and we are incredibly excited to partner with Novolex and Eco-Products to help accelerate our growth in the years ahead.”

The OZZI solution features an innovative container collection and tracking system. The company’s O2GO containers are equipped with barcode technology that facilitates tracking and are designed to integrate with meal plan systems. The OZZI system works independently and can also be integrated with leading campus meal plan systems including Atrium and CBORD. Earlier this month, OZZI announced a partnership with Atrium, a cloud-based campus card management solution for campus systems that enables OZZI systems to interface with GrubHub, Dining Sidekick by Aramark, Everyday by Sodexo and other similar platforms.

“We view reusable packaging as a critical offering in the range of sustainable packaging choices available to the market,” says Ian Jacobson, president of Eco-Products. “An item’s recyclability, compostability, or reusability hinges on the design decisions and infrastructure that support the product through its full life cycle. We have been impressed by OZZI’s ability to support industry-leading levels of reuse, and are excited to combine their technology with the Zero Waste expertise of the Eco-Products sales organization.”