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Ilip signs environmental pledge

Packaging group puts forward solutions to help safeguard the environment

Ilip signs environmental pledge

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Italian packaging group Ilip has launched a new sustainability pledge, a document containing concrete actions to help save the environment, which the company is implementing, along with the goals it is committed to achieving in future.

According to Ilip, part of the Ilpa Group, the pledge is an holistic and objective approach to packaging sustainability, which comes in the form of “three Rs” – reducing, recycling and renewable resources.

According to Ilip, 'reducing' means limiting the use of plastic materials, with reduced packaging weight and thickness, but also limiting food waste and protecting food all along the supply chain.

"The key word is 'fit4purpose' – the right packaging for each product to minimise the use of plastic while retaining impeccable performance," the group noted.

'Recycling' means recovering post-consumer plastic raw materials and transforming them into new packaging in r-PET, producing packaging that is 100 per cent recycled PET and managing the entire supply chain to create a virtuous system of circular economy.

The advantage is that ILIP has closed its r-PET production cycle, for total control over the supply chain and the origin of the materials used.

Finally, 'Renewable Resources' mean that from PLA to state-of-the-art bioplastics, such as Mater-Bi by Novamont, ILIP boasts one of the most wide ranges of packaging, disposable tableware and deli-food containers in alternative materials to fossil polymers.

“With our pledge to sustainability, we want to provide our response to the market’s and to consumers’ attention to this issue," said Nicola Ballini, general manager of Ilip.

"We have always adopted an holistic and objective approach, which sees packaging as part of the solution, and not the problem, of the environmental impact of a commercial supply chain such as agrifood," he explained. "At the same time, we are at the cutting edge when it comes to tackling the problem of fossil fuel based raw material limits, with the introduction of the closed cycle of recycled PET and the use of renewable bioplastics."

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