The country’s leading food packaging company takes a major step forward to help tackle the global plastics crisis
UNION CITY, CA., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Emerald Packaging Inc., the leading supplier of flexible packaging for the commodities industry, today announced that it has become a signatory to the Ellen Foundation’s Global Commitment to the New Plastics Economy. MacArthur. This requires the company to make a strong commitment to reducing plastic use by adopting targets in line with creating a circular economy. As such, the company has agreed to make its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable in accordance with the NPEGC principles, with specific targets to be achieved by 2025. The company also announced that it has signed the appeal of the Foundation for a United Nations Legally Binding Treaty on Plastic Pollution. . Emerald is one of the few flexible packaging companies in United States become a Ellen MacArthur signatory.
As part of its MacArthur commitments, Emerald Packaging will help drive the adoption of post-consumer recycled (PCR) resin in food packaging. The company says 50% of its volume by weight will contain PCR by 2025. The process will reduce the amount of virgin resin needed to make its flexible packaging, while maintaining the same shelf-stable food-preserving qualities. preservation and help reduce food waste, which is responsible for six percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“Emerald Packaging wants to play its part in mobilizing a transition to a circular economy for plastics. We are extremely proud to have been welcomed as a signatory, which required making specific commitments to reduce plastic use by 2025,” says Kevin Kelly, Managing Director of Emerald Packaging. “We believe we will achieve this goal. This is an important step for our company in tackling the global plastic waste crisis.”
As part of its goals, the company has pledged to significantly increase the recyclability of its packaging by 2025. This includes a significant reduction in packaging made from mixed plastics in favor of mono-materials with increased rigidity, eliminating the need for non-recyclable materials.
These new goals extend Emerald Packaging’s sustainability initiatives. For more than 20 years, the company has worked to increase industry efforts to deal with plastic waste, most recently shaping legislation in California address the need for better recycling infrastructure. Emerald is one of the few manufacturers to have achieved Green Business Certification from the State of California through its efforts to reduce waste, water and energy. He introduced the first compostable packaging to the produce industry 15 years ago and continues to test and experiment with new compostable materials as they become available.
Emerald Packaging has been reinventing packaging for nearly 60 years and is the largest manufacturer of plastic product packaging in the United States. The company specializes in fresh produce and bagged salads for many large food companies in the country. The company works closely with its customers to design packaging that reduces its environmental impact and helps achieve carbon neutrality.
For more information about Emerald Packaging and to learn more about the company’s sustainability goals, please visit www.empack.com.
Since 1963, Emerald Packaging has provided some of the best quality and service in the flexible packaging industry. Today, it’s the nation’s largest manufacturer of fruit and vegetable packaging, with industry-leading customers including Dole, Fresh Express, Organic Girl, Taylor Farms and Grimmway Farms. The company also helped found the first ePac LLC. installation in Madison WI.the first company exclusively dedicated to digital printing for flexible packaging in the world.
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