Global Initiatives Overview
Fulfilling our Sustainability Goals Through Clean Tech
Plastipak is committed to sustainable packaging from design and development to recycling. Our sustainability initiatives are guided by a bottle to bottle approach to recycling which is accomplished through our recycling company, Clean Tech.
Plastipak holds itself accountable to stakeholders to run operations in an environmentally-friendly manner for current and future generations. We have made that goal an inseparable part of our business plan.
Plastipak categorizes its sustainability improvements into three distinct groups:
Global Recycling Centers
Plastipak’s global recycling centers utilize the most advanced recycling technologies globally in converting collected and recycled plastic containers into high-quality post-consumer recycled PET resin (PET PCR or rPET) and HDPE resin (HDPE PCR or rHDPE). Post-consumer recycled resin is converted back into containers for food, laundry detergent, household cleaners and other common products.
In North America, Clean Tech is one of the top five plastic recyclers in the U.S.
In Europe, Plastipak is the largest producer of food-grade rPET (PET PCR) with capacity to produce over 220 million pounds (100,000MT) of food-grade rPET material annually.
In recognition of operations of a high-performance green building, Plastipak’s manufacturing site in Victorville, California earned Gold LEED certification under the New Construction and Major Renovation Rating System.
Direct Object Printing
Plastipak’s award-winning printing solution uses environmentally-friendly ink while eliminating the need for label substrates and reducing transportation and post-consumer waste. Direct Object Printing earned two DuPont Awards: A Gold Award for Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging and a Silver Award for Packaging Innovation.
Waste and Scrap Reductions
Plastipak continually implements ways to reduce waste and scrap. Wipe Out Waste (WOW) teams work diligently toward Plastipak’s zero landfill goal, with multiple sites already having achieved that goal. Environmental improvement teams establish action plans to reduce waste in addition to waste reduction training for associates.
Substantial reductions to our scrap rate have been achieved in an effort to improve the sustainability of our operations. This reduction minimizes the consumption of energy and other resources.
Hybrid Gaylord Containers
Plastipak’s hybrid gaylord containers are made with reduced cardboard content for a longer-lasting, more efficient storage item. About 90% of the gaylord containers used are hybrids. The thickness of liners on gaylord bins have been reduced significantly.
Achieving Sustainability in Product Improvements
Plastipak achieves sustainability goals through innovative technologies to produce products with reduced container weight, carbon footprint savings, lower energy costs, and recyclability.
Packaging options produced with post‑consumer recycled PET resin (PET PCR or rPET) and HDPE resin (HDPE PCR or rHDPE) allow for the sustainability that customers seek to lower the carbon footprint in packaging.