Gualapack works hard to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing process thanks to innovative packaging solutions and sustainable production systems.
In addition to working with our customers to make their products more eco-friendly, Gualapack is committed to continuing, increasing and improving both systems and performance levels to face the environmental challenge. For this reason Gualapack recently launched its NEXT Project, which highlights and strengthens our actions to address this issue:
- Solvent recovery unit to reduce VOC (Volatile Organic Substances) emissions;
- ISO 14001 certification for environmental management system;
- Co-generation plant for the production of power and steam;
- LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) software for environmental impact evaluation of different packaging solutions;
- Energy Saving Program to reduce the TOE (tons of oil equivalent) and the carbon footprint of our activities;
- Clean Energy Project through a solar photovoltaic system;
Our new range of bio-products LamiNEXT is a further step in this programme. Gualapack is also a member of the European Bioplastics Association.
Sustainability is a key and complex subject for the packaging industry. Packaging should be considered together with the product it contains and the way it’s consumed. When does packaging downgauging become counter-productive because is not able to guarantee perfect product preservation? Is bio-compostable packaging more efficient than using polymers from renewable resources? At Gualapack we decided not to choose for our customers but to offer them all possible options to create their own road to sustainability. The accompanying “Sustainability wheel” shows the different initiatives we launched in Gualapack that constitute our “NEXT Project“.
RESPONSIBILITY: OUR RANGE OF BIO-FILMS
In terms of sustainability we have a twin responsibility, both as a manufacturer and as citizens. For nearly 30 years Gualapack has been ahead of both competitors and legislation by launching numerous initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of its activity on the environment. With our brand new developments we aim to go one step further in offering the market a comprehensive range of sustainable solutions. For laminates, ourLamiNEXT consists of a heat-sealable range of bio-films that are bio-compostable (which break down naturally into organic components in just 12 weeks under composting conditions, in compliance with EN 13432) or made with bio-plastics derived from renewable resources. Gualapack’s LamiNEXT product range is available with oxygen and vapour barrier features. It is suitable for the most automated packaging FFS lines (both in the form of coils or pre-made envelopes, stand up pouches, cheerpack, stick-packs, etc) and can be used for food and non-food applications. For Spouted Pouches,Gualapack developed a range of bio-solutions, using the LamiNEXT bio-based films and associating them with spouts and caps of the same bio-based polymers. The result is an environmentally friendly solution CheerNEXT, that can content up to 80% of bio-based raw material. The CheerNEXT range is currently available for ambient, cold filling, hot filling and post-filling pasteurization process.