How to become a green packaging manufacturer

2022-08-24
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How to become a green packaging manufacturer

a retailer, a packaging product manufacturer, two end product manufacturers and a supplier reveal how their enterprises do environmental protection

in the United States, people always like to talk about some topics or problems that can show off and attract others' attention at cocktail parties. But recently, you may no longer hear people talk about their new yachts or the size of their investment in the best diving place on the Great Barrier Reef. What you hear may be that our carbon emissions are smaller than yours

whether it's an individual or a company (no matter how big or small), it seems that the most fashionable thing now is to show your environmental protection position. No one wants to be regarded as a big energy consumer, a king of material waste, or (God forbid) a real environmental pollution professional, especially those enterprises that increasingly rely on a good reputation of green environmental protection in marketing

but specifically, how can we achieve green environmental protection? For those packaging printers and producers who provide services to consumer packaging products (CPG) manufacturers, retailers and end consumers, how can they achieve green production? Several industry experts have provided us with some insights on this issue, ranging from green design and recycling to environmental indicators and bioplastics

environmentally friendly products/services will become an important factor for consumers to care about (percentage of respondents)

very concerned about the environment 88% buy environmentally friendly products 74% are willing to pay 60% more for these products 60% pay special attention to those green retailers 55%

real green consumers

wholefoodsmarket, a grocery retailer located in Austin, Texas, USA Fabiandegarbo, the environmental protection packaging project manager of, said that consumers' concern for the environment is no longer a problem. He said that environmental protection products and services will be an important factor for consumers now and in the next few years. As the front-line force in promoting green and environmental protection in the packaging market, three quarters of consumers surveyed said they bought environmentally friendly products, while six tenths said they were willing to pay more for these products. Last month, whole foods supermarkets in the United States officially banned the use of plastic bags at the cash register and replaced them with 100% renewable paper bags. Surprisingly, 55% of consumers also said that they would patronize retailers with good reputation for green environmental protection as much as possible (see Figure)

Degarbo said, however, in the downstream retail sector, there are still many contradictions between customers' clear environmental protection requirements and enterprises' enthusiasm. The biggest problem is cost. He explained that in the process of finding suppliers (or CpG and packaging manufacturers), retailers need to consider many specific factors: materials, company philosophy, location, factory, purpose, and of course, price

for example, as a manufacturer, does your enterprise have the same corporate environmental protection goals as your consumer packaging product manufacturer/retailer customers? Do you put any profits into environmental protection? Are your raw materials sourced locally or globally? What is the carbon emission of your finished products

Degarbo said that there is a lot of competition (in terms of price). Sometimes, biological materials are not worth the loss at all, and recycled paper is usually not much cheaper

where is carbon

marsnorthamerica, a packaging product manufacturer based in ranchodominguez, California, is one step ahead in the supply chain. Kevinrabinovitch, its director of environmental protection, elaborated on the company's five step carboninnovationprocess, which aims to minimize the impact on the environment. After mapping the whole supply chain from beginning to end, we can make an assessment of the carbon emissions of each component or step. Then, the potential of existing technology will be greatly enhanced; Then develop new alternative technologies on this basis in order to obtain further improvement. Finally, prioritize and implement step by step

for example, in this process, Mars analyzed the greenhouse gas emissions of four kinds of paperboard, eight kinds of plastics, glass, steel and aluminum from original production, recycling and treatment. In many cases, it is difficult to distinguish which packaging is really more environmentally friendly, especially when raw materials, quantity and renewability are taken into account

Rabinovitch warns consumer packaging manufacturers and manufacturers not to focus on the direct impact of the materials/processes they choose. He said: we must ensure that when solving one problem, it will not bring about another problem. Carbon innovation process means an overall understanding of the carbon emissions of products, so the alarm should be sounded at the beginning: ultimately, you need to be responsible for the whole process

a quarter of manufacturers believe that the opportunities brought by climate change outweigh the risks

mickblake, group environmental manager of Amcor Co., Ltd., an Australian manufacturer of flexible packaging, labels, cartons and hard containers, said that environmental protection and green packaging manufacturing are gradually achieving the right balance between creating strategic opportunities and mitigating risks. Opportunities include business improvement, active marketing and new product development; Instead, risks range from physics (climate change) and management (emissions trading) to litigation (non-compliance with climate change issues) and reputation (consumer complaints)

Blake said that fortunately, McKinsey's global survey showed that a quarter of manufacturers believe that the opportunities brought by climate change outweigh the risks (see Figure). And 61% of them said that a well managed climate change strategy would have a positive impact on profits

kenmac, the executive director and CEO of Amcor, took the lead in this project last year - recently Kenzie. He said: morally, as citizens of the earth, we are very clear about future generations. As the fund manager of our shareholders, the commercial significance of environmental protection is also clear

therefore, Amcor has set environmental protection goals for the whole company, mainly based on the business/tactical level of the company. In practice, the executive director assigns the environmental champions of each enterprise group to set global goals. These include: reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 60% of the annual level by 2030; Reduce the amount of waste landfilling by 30% by 2011; Take zero waste landfill as the medium and long-term goal

Blake said: Amcor's goal is very radical and ahead of schedule. However, they coincide with the reduction goals of the United Nations. Only in this way can we bring significant results and slow down the pace of climate change

triple ultimate benefits

cutchan, director of enterprise management and environmental protection of MeadWestvaco, a paperboard packaging giant based in glenallen, Virginia, explained that if environmentally friendly packaging is to be truly successful, it must also protect its products and improve its brand. She said: environmental protection pulling machine selection knowledge packaging optimizes the balance between social benefits, economic benefits and environmental benefits (triple ultimate benefits), protects products, and conveys brand and other information at every step of the packaging life cycle

how can major manufacturers achieve these goals? McCutchan suggests thinking beyond simple compliance. MeadWestvaco requires to investigate both renewable and non renewable resources, ensure the purchase of forest certified fibers, be an environmental supervisor in the production process, take the best labor protection and safety measures in the production and operation, and ensure the safety and use efficiency of the final products

energy saving = saving money

steverach, senior business manager of megtecsystems, a pollution control and drying equipment provider located in depere, Wisconsin, said: realizing environmental protection through energy conservation can bring a real cost advantage and help the company fulfill its commitments to customers. Energy conservation can be achieved in many ways, including ensuring proper maintenance of equipment; Upgrade the system to bring good energy-saving effect; Find new ways to reduce the energy consumption of the factory; And the use of new equipment in order to achieve energy saving while improving reliability

RACH said that the concept of waste heat recovery has attracted more and more attention because many production processes require the use of thermal oxidation furnaces to deal with volatile organic compounds or some form of dryer. Hot oil, air air heat exchangers, air glycol, air steam boilers, and even air water systems provide a way to use waste heat that might otherwise be wasted

RACH explained that any reduction in energy consumption can achieve the purpose of cost saving. Adding a waste heat recovery system basically does not require re licensing or staff training, but it may require a short period of downtime. But where does the money come from? RACH said that many countries have launched some incentive programs, such as partial subsidies, tax incentives or low interest loans

so, do you want to be a green manufacturer? Then we must first understand: 1) the ultimate market driving force, consumers' awareness of environmental protection has been formed. 2) Carbon emissions now have standards, of course, the less the better. 3) We should dare to set ambitious environmental protection goals, sail against the current, and retreat if we don't advance. 4) If you think it's just a gimmick, you're very wrong. Never ignore its long-term importance to customers and consumers; And 5) energy saving through well maintained old equipment and/or new systems can certainly help you gain an advantage in the long-term competition in the future

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