ITC Packaging strengthens its sustainability policy with a new action planCorporate News, Innovation, Sustainability 15 de February de 2022
ITC has progressed to a new stage within its strategic plan with a strong commitment towards growth that is based upon our positioning as a sustainable company, while developing new work methods that take advantage of the opportunities created by a rising demand for circular packaging.
In the last few years, ITC Packaging has focused all its efforts in the implementation of a solid sustainability policy aimed at optimising our containers and improving the public’s perception of plastic packaging as a whole.
Within the above policy’s framework, a significant step for the company was the achievement of two certifications: the ISO:14001 standard in terms of environmental matters and the ISCC Plus seal, a certification that enables us to incorporate recycled chemicals that are suitable for food contact as raw materials into the production process.
Adding new materials is one of the pillars that support the company’s sustainability policy. With this vision, ITC are now able to provide a wide portfolio of sustainable solutions, including recycled polymers from both mechanical and chemical recycling, bioplastics and compostable materials.
This sustainable solutions portfolio has been applied to different projects that have recently been launched. In regards to recycled materials, ITC has already launched its first projects including rPET and rPP into products intended for the cosmetics and household cleaning industry. Thanks to our ISCC Plus seal, 2021 saw the arrival at the supermarket shelves of ITC’s first project involving food grade, recycled rPP for the ice cream industry. In regards to biodegradable materials, ITC has become of the pioneers in the compostable coffee pods manufacturing industry.
In the coming years, this plan’s continuity shall be extended thanks to the hard work of our ITC Crea team, the company’s innovation and sustainability centre, who are currently involved in several sustainable based projects such as Holy Grail and Guacapack initiatives, to name a few, which were created to improve the recycling systems or to reuse food waste in the development of bioplastics, respectively.
ITC Crea’s duties have now been complemented with a number of actions aimed at improving the public’s perception of plastic packaging as a whole. In these regards, ITC has promoted a series of presentations and meetings with customers where they are informed of the new legal framework and the new circular solutions to package and protect their products.
In terms of energy efficiency, the company has made several investments with the purpose of optimising its equipment’s energy efficiency through the gradual introduction of fully electric powered machines, such as the imminent investment in a photovoltaic installation to generate green, renewable energy.