SUSTAINABILITY: NOT JUST A WORD

Emerald Packaging offers the latest bio-based and hybrid films while ensuring compostable films meet the ASTM D6400 standard. If bio-polymers won’t work, we help our customers design recycle-ready packages. Our industry has recognized our commitment to sustainable packaging with multiple Flexible Packaging Association awards since 2015.

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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 is used to cut ink waste

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

• Automation in various departments prevents over mixing of chemicals and solvents

• Air compressor units have built-in variable speed drives that match use to need

• Our digital printing affiliate eliminates the need for printing plates and enables short runs to match demand

CONSERVATION

• Drip irrigation and drought resistant landscaping conserve water

• Highly efficient lighting with motion sensors for factory and offices reduce energy use

DISTRIBUTION

• Strategic use of back haul and block chain trucking technology

• Right sizing of pallets and boxes to maximize loads and reduce overall carbon footprint

Consolidation of regional shipments to ensure 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

• In-house solvent recycling system captures and recycles 100% of cleaning solvents

SUSTAINABILITY LEGISLATION

• Helped draft legislation in California defining biodegradable packaging to fight false claims

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

Helped create the law that mandated best practice use by manufactures to keep resin pellets of out the marine environment

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

• Member of ASTM D20.96 committee on biodegradable packaging

• California Business of the Year Award in 2019