Green Business certification for the past 10 years and a commitment to solar-powered manufacturing in 2023.
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Leader in addressing plastic waste for over 20 years, actively helping to shape California’s recycling legislation.
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We lobby on behalf of produce growers and shippers with the Association of Plastic Retailers and the Western Plastics Association

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

  • Made from up to 30% post-consumer recycled materials
  • Rollstock, bags, SUPs


  • 100% recyclable, surface and reverse printed polyethylene
  • Rollstock, bags, SUPs


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


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

Sustainability Q&A

The sustainable plastic packaging landscape is changing quickly. We can help you transition to more sustainable packaging by reducing the plastic you use and moving to recyclable, compostable or renewable products. Below are answers to frequently asked sustainable packaging questions. Have more questions? Contact Us.

On-package sustainability claims are very complex as different countries, states, counties, and municipalities have different standards and regulations. Package sustainability claims are very complex as different countries, states, counties, and municipalities have different standards and regulations. Some claims require testing utilizing third-party entities prior to commercial launches. Entities for certification include:


PCR Resin

The Association of Plastics Recyclers (can provide guidance on printing “recyclable” on the package)



Industrial Compostability



Home Compostability

TUV-international standard 



How2Recycle-reviews final specs of a package and will confirm package can be recycled in most recycling facilities

Yes, inks and the percentage of ink coverage can impact recyclability.  Generally speaking, the less ink used the easier a package will be to recycle.  As recycling becomes more prevalent the amount of ink used will likely impact the value of the material being recycled.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) promotes the development of the plastics recycling industry.  They publish a comprehensive design guide that can be found in here. In addition, APR has a PCR certification program to create greater transparency for buyers and sellers of PCR materials.

Post-consumer resin is made from plastic that has completed its intended purpose and reached its end of life format, then was collected, sorted, and reprocessed into resin.

Post Consumer Resin (PCR) is a good option.  The supply of PCR resin suitable for food contact packaging is growing rapidly and is now available for use in a variety of loading percentages.

Compostable materials are an option although it needs to be determined what claims can be made on a given package, what the supply chain of such materials may be and whether industrial composting infrastructure exists in the region.

Generally speaking the answer is no.  However, any value-add features such as a zipper closure would have to go through the same testing and claim confirmation process as the film itself.

The most cost-effective sustainable packaging is to design the right size package and engineer the correct film thickness to meet the application at hand.  Simply reducing film gauge can eliminate a large amount of plastic being used.

We believe that there will be a large increase in the use of Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) material in the coming years.  This will be coupled with a reduction in the use of non-recylable packaging such as laminations incorporating dissimilar materials that cannot be recycled.


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.


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

• Automation of processes prevents over mixing of chemicals and solvents

• Variable speed air compressor units match use to need


• Solar panel installations at our two plants will cut our emissions by the equivalent of more than 47 million pounds of coal burned over 25 years

• Drip irrigation and drought resistant landscaping conserve water

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


• 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




• 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


• Helped draft California legislation defining biodegradable packaging

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