A DEEP COMMITMENT TO
SUSTAINABILITY

Green Operations

Green Business certification for the past 10 years and a commitment to solar-powered manufacturing in 2023

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Recycling Leader

Leader in addressing plastic waste for over 20 years, actively helping to shape California’s recycling legislation

Active Lobbyist

We lobby on behalf of produce growers and shippers with the Association of Plastic Retailers and the Western Plastics Association

Ellen MacArthur Signatory

We’re one of the few packaging organizations that has joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

OUR PACKAGING PORTFOLIO

Recyclable

  • 100% recyclable, surface and reverse printed polyethylene SUPs
  • Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) films
  • Rollstock, SUPs

Renewable

  • Bio-based resins from renewable cellulose-based sources such as vegetable starches and sugar cane
  • Rollstock, SUPs

Compostable

  • Certified compostable films, materials, and adhesives
  • Meets ASTM D6400 standards
  • Rollstock, SUPs

Recycled PCR

  • Conventional hydrocarbon-based materials
  • Right size packaging, down gauge films
  • Rollstock, Bags, SUPs
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Emerald Means Green

Emerald Packaging is committed to sustainable practices throughout our organization. That’s why the state of California certified us as a Green Business, the only flexible packaging manufacturer to earn the honor. This certification assures that our facilities and operations comply with rigorous environmental regulations in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention and air quality.

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MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

• Color matching technology uses thermal oxidation to eliminate 99% of CO2 emissions

• Defect detection systems on our printing presses and extruders reduce film waste

• Automation of processes prevents over mixing of chemicals and solvents

• Variable speed air compressor units match use to need

• Digital printing affiliate eliminates printing plates and enables on-demand short runs

CONSERVATION

• Drip irrigation and drought resistant landscaping conserve water

• Highly efficient lighting with motion sensors reduces energy use in our facilities

DISTRIBUTION

• Strategic use of back haul and block-chain trucking technology improves efficiency

• Right sizing packaging and boxes maximizes loads and reduces carbon footprint

Consolidation of regional shipments ensures maximum loads

 

ZERO WASTE GOAL

• Recycle, reuse or reclaim 99% of ink, corrugated, plastic scrap and pallets

• Reusable plastic cores and pallets eliminate wood/paper products

Extensive ink work-off initiative slashes ink waste

• Solvent recycling system captures and recycles 100% of cleaning solvents

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY

• Helped draft California legislation defining biodegradable packaging

• First packaging manufacturer to be certified Green by the State of California

Helped create the law to keep resin pellets out of the marine environment

• Worked on legislation requiring single-use packaging be recycled by 2030

• Member of ASTM D20 committee creating standards for biodegradable packaging

• Advocate investment in recycling systems through Association of Plastic Recyclers

• Use post-consumer recycled resin to slash use of virgin plastic

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