As global producers of plastic containers, we have a responsibility from design to disposal to
meet sustainability demands. Our sustainability initiatives are guided by a philosophy of Reduce,
Recycle and Reuse.
Plastipak holds itself accountable to stakeholders to run our operations in an environmentally
friendly manner for current and future generations. We have made that goal an inseparable part
of our business plan.
Plastipak introduces the ultimate eco-friendly
'EcoPreform'. Building on its
unrivalled recycling expertise as well as its BioPET capability, Plastipak sets a new standard in environmentally friendly PET packaging with preforms & bottles consisting of 75% RPET & 25% BioPET. The RPET as well as the BioPET are produced by Plastipak. Learn More about EcoPreforms.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
We have calculated our carbon footprint to help us establish a specific reduction target for the future.
Energy, Water and Waste Reduction Programs
We formalized our energy reduction programs company-wide in 2008. This gives us a wider, more unified and measurable approach to reducing our energy use.
Reducing Electrical Consumption
In 2008, Plastipak’s Energy Team identified electricity as a key area where we could reduce usage. Strategies to help save electricity use and costs were outlined by the team, including a training program for all site managers.
Compressed Air Leaks
Leaks of compressed air comprise as much as 20-30% of the compressor’s output, resulting
in high electricity usage. In 2009 we started a program where we systematically identify and repair compressed air leaks.
Hybridizing Gaylord Containers
The hybrid gaylord container is made with reduced cardboard content, for a longer-lasting, more efficient
storage item. About 90% of the gaylord containers we use are hybrids, saving an estimated 400 trees per year.
Lighter Weight Liners
The thickness of liners on gaylord pallets was reduced significantly, saving 150,000 pounds of plastic!
Recycled, Reused Pallets
About 25% of all our pallets are made from recycled wood and are reused several times. We purchase an
estimated 20,000 reused pallets annually, saving about 200 trees per year. Our commitment to conserving
forests includes developing a program to protect the rainforest in Brazil.
Direct Object Printing™
Plastipak’s Ink to Bottle™ technology eliminates the need for labeling substrates, reducing Plastipak’s
carbon footprint in production, transportation and post-consumer waste. This quick, simple and
eco-efficient technology allows customers to engage consumers with highly customized packaging solutions
designed to communicate the most targeted, consumer-centric messaging to local markets worldwide.
More Energy-Efficient Forklifts
We utilize over 300 forklifts to move hundreds of thousands of products at every site. Our forklifts
are powered by either batteries or propane. Propane provides a more environmentally friendly fuel than
gasoline or diesel.
Lightweighting is the technical process of reducing the weight of plastic bottles, while maintaining functionality,
durability and consumer appeal. This reduces the resin content of the bottle and uses less electricity overall.
1881 Finish Developments
This 1881 Finish Developments program was initiated by the International Society of Beverage Technologists to
optimize the weight and functionality of carbonated drinks. In late 2008, we joined the 1881 conversion,
reducing the finish weight by over 25 percent.
ThermoShape™ is Plastipak’s exclusive technology and breakthrough process involving lightweighting
and reshaping a Hot Fill bottle. This process saves significantly on resin, has the ability to use existing
blow molding/filling lines, and has increased flexibility and freedom. Products that could benefit from
ThermoShape™ include sports drinks, juice, food and nutritional supplements and other hot filled beverages.
We use recycled material for the middle layers of multi-layered HDPE containers for non-food products
such as detergents and cleaning products. This maximizes the use of recycled plastic collected from homes
and offices that are then sent to recycling facilities such as ours.