IFCO RPCs Win Responsible Packaging Award

I’m always the first to shrill that reusables do not get the respect they deserve, so I am happy to report that IFCO SYSTEMS has won the Respon­si­ble Pack­ag­ing Award for eco­log­i­cally and socially respon­si­ble pack­ag­ing inno­va­tion at a recent event.

IFCO received the award dur­ing Nat­ural Prod­ucts Expo East and All Things Organic at the Boston Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. The awards rec­og­nize indus­try achieve­ments and inno­va­tions in envi­ron­men­tally respon­si­ble pack­ag­ing includ­ing mate­ri­als reduc­tion and the use of 100% recy­cled PET & HDPE, 100% post-consumer recy­cled, non-GMO, com­postable, regional, reusable, refill­able, return­able, and For­est Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil Cer­ti­fied content.

IFCO’s RPCs are used pri­mar­ily for the trans­port of fresh pro­duce from grower to retailer, and are par­tic­u­larly com­pat­i­ble with organic pro­duce as they are Organic Mate­ri­als Review Insti­tute (OMRI) Listed© and pro­tect pro­duce bet­ter than tra­di­tional pack­ag­ing, with dra­mat­i­cally reduced envi­ron­men­tal impact.

“Grow­ers and retail­ers of organic pro­duce have high expec­ta­tions when it comes to the han­dling and ship­ment of top-quality prod­ucts,” said Fred Hep­tin­stall, Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of IFCO’s RPC Man­age­ment Ser­vices Divi­sion. “They are increas­ingly demand­ing sustainable-packaging solu­tions, and IFCO delivers.”

The Respon­si­ble Pack­ag­ing Awards judg­ing com­mit­tee used a three-part set of cri­te­ria to eval­u­ate nom­i­nees, includ­ing com­mit­ment to trans­parency, extended pro­ducer respon­si­bil­ity, and eco­log­i­cal sys­tems design prin­ci­ples. Each pack­age was rated based on an assess­ment of its envi­ron­men­tal and social impact through­out the prod­uct lifecycle.

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