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With the imminent completion of our first LINPAC Corporate Social Responsibility report, this is a great opportunity to talk about how LINPAC has been working on its sustainability performance in recent years and how we aim to be proactive going forward.

We are a leading European food packaging manufacturer, ultimately committed to creating a closed loop packaging recycling process.

Many of the products manufactured by LINPAC today contain between 50 and 95 per cent recycled material and can also be recycled at the end of their service life. We aim to continue to increase this use of recycled material by 10% between 2015 and 2020.

Did you know that currently an average of 30,000 tonnes of plastic is recycled every year thanks to LINPAC?

Over the years, we have focused on addressing environmental issues and concerns in operations – this remains a key priority.

Daniel Dayan, CEO, said: “Ensuring we produce high quality, reliable food safe packaging in the most efficient manner possible minimises our impact on the environment by reducing waste and carbon throughout the entire food supply chain from farm to fork.”

Plastic packaging is often presented as a particularly eco-unfriendly option despite protecting many more resources than it uses. This reputation could stem from the fact that activities within plastics manufacturing are often based heavily in fossil fuels.

To combat this LINPAC follows the three R rule:

  • Reduction of waste raw materials by re-processing scrap sheet in house (EPS, PET, rPET/PE and PP)
  • Re-use of shelf-ready packaging production along with resources such as pallets and sacks
  • Recycling all materials e.g. cardboard and metals from each plant. There is also a purpose built PET bottle recycling process at the LINPAC Pravia site in Spain, which can be used to produce new food packaging

LINPAC consciously follows the above commitments as well as focusing on using fewer raw materials in products by making them lighter and using recycled PET in trays. Such strategies go a long way towards preventing unnecessary waste and ultimately reduce what LINPAC sends to landfill or incineration.

By working with Valpak Waste Recycling in 2014 in the U.K alone, LINPAC supported the recycling of 2,345 tonnes of material, which in turn saved approximately 2,375 tonnes of carbon dioxide. On top of this LINPAC helped save more than 7.5 million tonnes of packaging from landfill.

Unfortunately plastic packaging can present sustainability issues when recycling facilities are unavailable or product is irresponsibly disposed of. LINPAC tackles these issues through participation in litter and recycling awareness campaigns with trade bodies, government agencies and customers to inform and educate about the impact and benefits of plastics and packaging products.

LINPAC also actively participates in environmental and industry associations such as INCPEN, Recoup, the Packaging Federation and the British Plastics Federation.

As a result of these proactive measures, LINPAC has been rewarded for its efforts in the field of packaging sustainability in recent years. In 2014 the company won a Pack the Future Award for Eco-Design at the Interpack exhibition in Dusseldorf for the innovative design and sustainability benefits of Rfresh Elite, a tray for meat and poultry. Most recently, LINPAC also triumphed at the 2015 EDIE Sustainability Leaders Awards, picking up the Sustainable Packaging Award, again for Rfresh Elite.

Going forward, LINPAC has a dedicated strategy to manage the risks posed by climate change which includes increasing the proportion of sales that are ‘low carbon’ packaging, improving monitoring of key environmental indices and reducing waste to landfill to less than 10% by 2020.

Not withstanding product and process sustainability responsibilities, the operation of the business and its employees’ contributions are also in the spotlight.  As a business with international sites and customers, business travel is a common occurrence and a known cause of carbon production.  However, to actively reduce carbon emissions new initiatives are being implemented. Targets for 2020 include replacing a significant percentage of air travel with video calling where possible, substituting shorter flights with rail journeys and monitoring car journeys to encourage car sharing in an overall aim to reduce business travel emissions by 10% between 2015 and 2020.

Internally, goals have been set to achieve a world leading LINPAC zero lost-time accident record by 2017, establish an internal communications platform for all employees by 2017, implement improved customer project management process across the business by 2017 and reduce NOCs by 2% year on year all in the aim of providing the most efficient service possible to our clients.

It is recognised that being visionary about what is achievable in terms of sustainable and responsible business is the key to a sustainable future at LINPAC.

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