With words like a ‘sustainability’ and ‘organic’ becoming common rhetoric in the 21st century, there is no question that in today’s day and age the color ‘green’ carries a lot of weight. All members of the supply chain, from manufacturers to consumers, are becoming more in tune with how their decisions impact our planet and its future. At our Molded Fiber Divisions in Clinton, IA and El Paso, TX, working towards achieving long-term sustainable goals is a priority and aligns with the overall company goals, values, and operating principles. We are committed to continuously improving our environmental management system so that we can help reduce our environmental impact. Our Molded Fiber operations are striving to ensure that its activities, products, and processes conform to the relevant legal environmental requirements.
As an ISO 14001:2004 certified company, UFP Technologies’ Molded Fiber Division is working towards reducing its waste management and energy and materials use, while developing its transportation and distribution efficiencies. Accordingly, the Molded Fiber Operations is committed to providing environmentally-friendly packaging solutions to our customers, as demonstrated by our molded fiber material, which is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. In the development and manufacturing of these solutions, it was important for the Molded Fiber Division to keep specific ‘green’ goals in mind. Listed below are some common guidelines that anyone can use when evaluating a packaging design for its environmental impact:
- Design to reduce packaging material use while still protecting products.
- Eliminate the use of restricted materials ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in packaging materials.
- Design packaging components with the consumer in mind.
- Maximize the use of post-consumer recycled content in packaging materials.
- Use readily recyclable packaging materials when possible.
- Reduce packaging size and weight to improve transportation fuel efficiency.
As a manufacturer, UFP Technologies Molded Fiber Division is striving to minimize its impact during every step of the packaging life cycle: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transport, and final disposal. UFP Technologies will continue to work to improve its sustainable practices, while continuing to produce high quality products that its customers expect and deserve.