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Sustainability at a Glance

Packaging is critical for packaging goods and essentials for everyday life
PROTECTION
PROTECTION FROM
CONTAMINATION
AND DAMAGE
FROM MOISTURE,
GASES, LIGHT,
MICROORGANISMS
AND INSECTS
PRESERVATION
PRESERVING
PRODUCTS
TO LAST LONGER
WHICH GIVES PEOPLE
MORE TIME
TO USE OR
CONSUME THEM
PREVENTS WASTE
PRODUCTS
ARE KEPT INTACT
AND SPILLS
ARE AVOIDED
WITH PROPER
PACKAGING
TRANSPORTATION
EFFICIENT TRANSPORT
OVER LONG DISTANCES
ENCOURAGES TRADE
AND STACKABLE
PACKAGING
SAVES SPACE
DISPLAYS INFORMATION
IMPORTANT
INFORMATION
IS DISPLAYED
SUCH AS NUTRITIONAL
CONTENT,
ALLERGY WARNINGS
AND EXPIRATION DATES
BRAND RECOGNITION
BRANDS ARE
RECOGNIZABLE
BY THEIR PACKAGING
WHICH DRAWS
CONSUMERS
TO MAKE PRODUCT
PURCHASES
PLASTIC = POLYMER
POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE (PET)
TYPES OF PLASTIC FOR PACKAGING

POLYETHYLENE
TEREPHTHALATE
WATER
JUICE
SOFT DRINKS
SPORTS DRINKS
KETCHUP
SALAD DRESSING
HIGH-DENSITY
POLYETHYLENE
MILK
FOOD PRODUCTS
DISH SOAP
LAUNDRY DETERGENT
SHAMPOO
AUTOMOTIVE OIL
POLYVINYL
CHLORIDE
LOW-DENSITY
POLYETHYLENE
POLYPROPYLENE
POLYSTYRENE
OTHER
FEATURES OF PET
STRONG
LIGHTWEIGHT
SAFE
RECYCLABLE
BPA FREE
TRANSPARENT
PET (POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) IS COMMONLY USED AS PACKAGING FOR WATER, JUICE, TEA, CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS, SPORTS DRINKS AND FOOD PRODUCTS SUCH AS DRESSINGS, CONDIMENTS AND EDIBLE OILS.
FEATURES OF HDPE
STRONG
LIGHTWEIGHT
SAFE
DURABLE
VERSATILE
IMPACT RESISTANT
HDPE (HIGH-DENSITY POLYETHYLENE) IS COMMONLY USED AS PACKAGING FOR FOOD PRODUCTS, CLEANING PRODUCTS, LAUNDRY DETERGENT AND SHAMPOO BOTTLES.
THE IMPACT OF CARBON EMISSIONS
PET PLASTIC HAS A LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT THAN
OTHER ALTERNATIVES FOR COMMON BEVERAGE PACKAGES

Further Your Knowledge with
NAPCOR’s ‘Positively PET’ Campaign

We encourage you to follow Positively PET from NAPCOR (the National Association for PET Container Resources). The campaign promotes PET plastic, explains why it’s #1 as a packaging material, sets the record straight about myths vs. facts, and much more.

Plastipak is proud to be a member of NAPCOR, a trade association for the PET packaging industry, as we collaborate with partners to maximize our recycling efforts for the greater positive impact on the environment.

Find out more about NAPCOR’s Positively PET at https://positivelypet.org.

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:

Sustainability
Sustainability
Sustainability


Operational Improvements

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.

Global Recycling Center

LEED Certification

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.

leed certification

Process Improvements

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.

Direct Object Printing

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.

Waste Reduction

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.

Waste Reduction

Product Improvements

Sustainability

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.

Bottle to Bottle Recycling View PDF View Video

With recycling, used plastic bottles are turned into resin to make new bottles. This bottle to bottle recycling approach creates a sustainable life cycle for plastic packaging. View this chart to learn more about this process and discover how you can take part in Recycling Worth Repeating!™

Social Responsibility

Protecting the Environment

Plastipak is committed to continually fulfilling our responsibilities to protect the environment for future generations, acting as a responsible global citizen for a shared community. The company is committed to social responsibility for environmental guardianship and its leadership in sustainability. Plastipak is meeting the goals set by the company's formal conservation plan.

Sustainability
Plastipak employs Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) to assess and maximize each stage of our products’ life cycle stages. By applying Life Cycle Thinking, billions of bottles are repurposed annually.

Global Recycling Centers Anchor Recycling Efforts

The HDPE and PET recycled by Plastipak’s recycling affiliate, Clean Tech, finish the recycling process as post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin pellets (rPET in European markets). The PCR resin (rPET) pellets are then used to produce more plastic containers as part of our bottle to bottle approach to recycling.

Eco-Conscious Transport Operations

Plastipak’s transport affiliate, Whiteline Express, actively seeks way to reduce its carbon footprint and protect natural resources. As an EPA SmartWay partner, Whiteline Express installed anti-idling devices, aerodynamic fairing, and higher efficiency tractors.

Eco-Schools

Plastipak UK partners with Eco-Schools, a global, pupil-led recycling initiative that uses hands-on learning to achieve school-wide participation in exciting environmental projects. Plastipak UK helped create the Eco-Schools Waste and Recycling module. The Eco-Schools program gives children a unique opportunity to empower change within their communities. It encourages students of all ages to work together to increase their knowledge about recycling. Plastipak contributes its expertise in recycling and recyclable packaging to the project.

Sustainable Packaging

Achieving Sustainability Goals in Packaging

Sustainability is a priority in Plastipak’s processes to deliver top-quality, highly-functional packaging.

Daily operations are geared toward supporting Plastipak’s sustainability initiative. The company consistently reinvents methods, technologies and materials to create sustainable packaging solutions.

Award-Winning Packaging

Plastipak’s sustainable packaging earns recognition across the globe.

Recycling Counts™️, Plastipak’s social responsibility initiative, earned an Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards as the 2021 Integrated Campaign Winner.

Plastipak earned double awards at the Plastics Industry Awards, including Best Environmental or Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year and Best Business Initiative of the Year.

Plastipak’s Clean Tech site in Hemswell, UK was named the Recycling Facility of the Year at Materials Recycling World’s National Recycling Awards.

Jussara recognized Plastipak Brazil with a Sustainability Merit of Honor for its contributions to Project ReCiclo (Project Recycling).

ThermaLite™ jars earned a Bronze Greenstar Sustainable Award from Starpack, recognizing the 85% lighter weight compared to glass alternatives.

Plastipak’s Simply Orange bottle, produced with EPET technology, won the Best of Show Award in the PAC Gold Sustainable category.

Plastipak received an Honorable Mention as a Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader for employing Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) to achieve strategic sustainability.

DuPont has recognized Plastipak with multiple Packaging Innovation Awards over the years, including a Gold Award for Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging for Direct Object Printing. The use of environmentally-friendly ink and the elimination of label substrates also earned DuPont’s Gold Award for Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging.

DuPont also awarded Plastipak for a package redesign that significantly reduced a Kraft salad dressing container’s weight, saving 2 million pounds of plastic each year.

Procter & Gamble awarded Plastipak with Business Partner Excellence Awards multiple times over the years, recognizing Plastipak as a high-performing global supplier and a sustainability partner.

The DuPont Environmental Award was earned by Plastipak for the first PET container made of 100% post-consumer recycled PET resin (PET PCR or rPET).

View Awards

Recycling Counts

Promoting Recycling with Recycling Counts™

Recycling Counts Overview Click on our video to learn more about Recycling Counts!™

Recycling Counts™ is Plastipak’s online global community, a point of interest for promoting recycling and resourceful education about PET and HDPE plastics. This ongoing commitment to sustainability is guided by a bottle to bottle approach to recycling. We are dedicated to sharing the importance of recycling and offering valuable resources including helpful tips and articles.

Our Mission

The mission of Recycling Counts™ is to globally encourage, promote, and support recycling, to educate businesses and the end-consumer about recycling PET and HDPE plastics, and to continue our commitment to sustainability with a bottle to bottle recycling approach.

Plastipak’s Award-Winning Initiative: Recycling Counts™

Recycling Counts™️ is Plastipak’s initiative for social responsibility and contains valuable resources including helpful tips, articles, and plastics education information within our Plastics 101 section. All this is available globally in six languages: English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Spanish!

Recycling Counts™️ earned an Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards as the 2021 Integrated Campaign Winner! The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement. Visit this award-winning initiative www.recyclingcounts.com.

Recycling Counts™ Articles

We invite you to read our articles about worldwide recycling efforts. These articles discuss recycling tips for your community, how Plastipak designs sustainable packaging, and much more. Find out how you can get involved. See firsthand how our efforts to recycle often start with simple actions, but have a global impact when we all work together. By simply placing your used plastic bottles into the bin, you are joining the Recycling Counts™ movement.


Visit Recycling Counts!™