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Our Goal - Sustainability

The reduction, and eventual elimination, of non-renewable materials in our production process is at the centre of Irish Flexible Packaging's plans for the future.

The management and development team at Irish Flexible Packaging recognise that our industry needs to create alternatives to plastic packaging, so as to assist in minimising the environment impact which plastic waste is presently having on our planet.

Our key objectives are:

  • To support the global switch to sustainability
  • To reduce our carbon footprint
  • To design our products to be recyclable and reusable
  • To reduce weights of current products
  • To ensure that raw materials products and waste are handled transported used and disposed of safely and without unacceptable risk to the environment

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The Challenge

In recognition of the challenge to plan, develop and implement new ecological, biodegradable and sustainable paper options for the food industry for the 21st Century, our team is working to explore alternative materials which can either be fully recycled and or will naturally decompose without any detrimental impact on the environment.

We promote and are actively involved in a continuous improvement approach to sustainability, encouraging our team to develop more eco-friendly alternatives, while meeting our customers technical specifications and operational requirements. We build long term relationships with our customer and suppliers to resolve long term sustainability challenges. Through understanding our customer requirements, we can design solutions that work to protect the environment.

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What We Do Now

  • We utilise our pre-press production to make sure that our raw materials and resources are best used to the right spec thus allowing us to reduce our volume of offcut waste.
  • We have implemented an Ink Recovery System Energy Efficient Lighting and a Thermal Oxidiser System.
  • We use water-based inks wherever possible.
  • Any waste created during our production process goes to be recovered by energy recovery.
  • We are Forest Stewardship Council FSC® Certified - our paper comes from renewable wood pulp from well-managed forestries.
  • The adhesive that we use for the construction of our foil is a solventless glue and does not affect the recycling processes.
  • We design our manufacturing and pre-press processes to maximise the use of sustainable packaging and to eliminate waste using the circular economy.
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Our Long-Term Strategy

Environmentally friendly packaging is defined not only by the raw materials used, but also by the impact of the design and final process involved.

  • Irish Flexible Packaging are periodically reviewing and implementing continuous improvement in the facility’s environmental performance.
  • Our long-term strategy is to develop a full range of sustainable packaging based around being fully food grade and/or food contact grade using water-based inks.
  • Our objective is to balance competitiveness environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
  • We are working to reduce our impact on the environment in terms of the resources we consume by reducing waste to disposal reducing CO2 and implanting water managing plants.
  • We are continually developing sustainable products to meet customers’ demand.
  • Our goal is always to develop a sustainable package using resources which can operate efficiently in our production environment.
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Irish Flexible Packaging is a member of Repak and EPA

Repak Primary Goals:

  • To make Ireland a Primary Leader in Europe of packaging recycling by 2025 in a circular economy
  • To recycle 50% of all plastic packaging placed on the market by 2025
  • To achieve 80% recycling target for all packaging by 2030 (10% ahead of the EU target).

EPA (Ireland):

  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for protecting and improving the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland.
  • It operates independently under the Department of the Environment Climate and Communications.
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