Solar Energy SystemAs the global demand for more sustainable and recyclable plastic packaging continues to challenge the industry, brand owners and converters are stepping up and making impressive commitments for the holistic improvement of their packaging solutions. This includes developing recyclable plastic packaging solutions that meet all packaging requirements in addition to being sustainable. Equally important is ensuring sustainability along the supply chain.

At ICPG we are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, whether through implementation of new procedures, investments in new processing technologies, or the development of new materials. Continue reading to learn more about the steps ICPG takes to advance sustainability in recyclable plastic packaging along the supply chain.

Solar Energy System

Through the implementation of a new solar energy system, energy consumed at our Putnam, CT factory is now supplemented with power from solar panels, offsetting current on-site electric usage with clean, renewable, solar energy. With the addition of this system we will generate over 14 million kWh of clean energy over a period of 25 years. To date, the system has produced the energy equivalent of over 670,000 gallons of water and over 100,000 gallons of gas.

visionX System

ICPG has implemented a state-of-the-art quality monitoring & control system called the visionX system, which provides real-time monitoring & control capabilities for multi-layer coextruded structures. While this is significant on many levels in terms of quality, consistency, and specifications, it also results in a more sustainable solution through structure optimization.

Multi-layer barrier structures containing materials such as EVOH often result in over-engineered structures and over-use of materials to ensure adequate barrier protection. The visionX system allows for precise control over the individual layers of the multi-layer structure, thus presenting opportunities to optimize material requirements and cut down on unnecessary material usage.

In addition, the increased accuracy of our material structures as a result of our control capabilities mean less overall waste for a more sustainable solution. In other words, visionX system allows for precise control, optimizing material requirements and reducing waste in recyclable plastic packaging production.

See how our visionX system works here!

Use of Recycled Materials

Recovery for recycling continues to play an increasingly important role in the effort to reduce packaging discards and overall solid waste levels. Innovations in PCR-PP and PCR-PET that expand the availability of Post-Consumer Recycled materials continue to drive the industry towards circular economy operations. To that end, ICPG presents customers with the opportunity to incorporate PCR materials into structures wherever appropriate.

In addition, through Impact Plastics, we can offer post-industrial recycled grades for non-critical applications as an economic and environmentally friendly alternative to virgin resins. 

High-Efficiency Air Make-Up System

The installation of our high efficiency Air Makeup System has reduced company wide consumption of natural gas by converting to a process heating system. This conversion allows our production facilities to control the air flow in and out of the building, effectively eliminating the need for natural gas as a heating source, all while reducing contamination within our production facility and creating a more comfortable working environment. 

Rail Sites

Through implementation of rail sites at each production facility as our primary means of raw material delivery we have been able to significantly reduce company wide fuel consumption. Using this method for our raw material delivery allows for company-wide fuel consumption savings of thousands of trucks per year.

Our sustainable practices along the supply chain allow for fuel consumption savings, and a cleaner environment, supporting the sustainable production of recyclable plastic packaging.

To learn more about our sustainable packaging solutions view the XPP Sustainability Infographic below:

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