Sustainability is one of our long-held core values. Learn about our commitment to sustainable packaging solutions, and how it can benefit both you and your customers.
For Scholle IPN, sustainability is a journey, not an end. We cooperate throughout the value chain in multiple markets to provide environmentally-conscious solutions. Our aim is to remain competitive while utilizing internal and external resources to make a positive impact for our employees, our communities, and the Earth.
Our total flexible packaging solutions offer significant source reduction compared to rigid containers, resulting in less energy required and less greenhouse gas emissions. Whether your products are intended for a retail, institutional, or industrial application, you’ll see improved yields and shelf life, leading to less food and product waste. With bag-in-drum or IBCs, reusable shipping containers can be incorporated, eliminating the need for single-use containers, which diverts landfill waste.
Under today’s linear model, the amount of resources extracted from our planet are rising by nearly 2% per year with roughly 82bn tons of raw materials expected to be extracted from the planet in 2020, more than double that required in 1980. And that’s only the stuff that we want. The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) estimates that OECD countries produce 21bn tons of materials that never enter the economic system, such as harvesting losses, dredged materials, and other by-products.
The world population is predicted to reach 10.9bn people by the year 2100. While our population growth rate is slowing, the amount of new people who need access to resources each year is outpacing the Earth’s ability to support them.
With natural and man-made crises looming (access to fresh water and food, fossil fuel depletion, and rising temperatures due to climate change), we must change how we use our available resources to help heal the Earth while sustaining the population.
Flexible packaging can directly support the environmentally-conscious production, distribution, and protection of food and beverage products. Specifically, smart flexible packaging solutions can help reduce resource load in critical metrics like:
It’s clear that business-as-usual is not a sustainable practice. We are at a critical inflection point where significant behavioral changes must occur in nearly every aspect of our lives, including how we package, distribute, and use food, beverage, and non-food products.
At the least, we must begin wide-spread source reduction efforts in packaging, including:
At our best, flexible packaging can empower closed-loop, circular packaging systems with results like:
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Our products and processes are built upon the responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources. Our business strategy—and resulting solutions—are built around the core idea that we can do more with less.
Simple, mono-material construction of components to aid recyclability of finished packaging.
Tenacious approach to removing all waste and unnecessary source material and still do the job right.
High-barrier film and closed-loop fitment systems that keep products fresh and safe from day one.
Engineer forming, filling, and sealing equipment with high OEE expectations that use the minimum amount of resources during use.
Quality and safety are always our first thought. Our products and processes must perform 100% of the time and cannot fail.
Research and Development considers current and future-state regulatory concerns with novel, timely solutions.
Our global footprint and focus on vertical integration ensure we make the right product, in the right places, at the right costs, with the right amount of resources.
Packaging that provides simple, intuitive use and disposal. Exciting brand and graphical opportunities.
The circular economy promotes sustainable development by designing products, systems, and processes that focus on recycling and reuse, ultimately minimizing waste, conserving natural resources, and providing efficiency gains.
1. Raw Material Selection – Aim for circularity by specifying base materials which are post-consumer recycled.
2. Product Development and Production – Design for light footprint, recyclability, and circularity with maximum performance to minimize any waste.
3. Equipment OEE – High-speed, efficient filling and sealing equipment runs on minimal inputs (labor, electric, air, footprint).
4. Logistics – Less weight, more product per pallet and truck. Ambient, aseptic supply chains eliminate reliance on costly cold-chain logistics.
5. Product Waste – Extended shelf life with aseptic solutions. Up to 99% product evacuation with efficient dispensing options.
6. Consumer Use – Extended shelf life of opened products. Simple ergonomics for all ages and abilities. Re-closable fitments reduce the chance of spills and product waste.
7. Recycling – Mono-material components engineered for mechanical or chemical recycling that create value after their initial use.
Nearly 1.5 million plastic bottles are sold every minute throughout the world. Approximately 70% of these bottles end up in landfills where they take at least 450 years to completely degrade.
Scholle IPN has packaged water in bag-in-box all over the world for over 20 years. We’ve produced over 60 million 3-gallon bag-in-box packages, which replace production of 1.3 billion 16.9 oz (500 mL) water bottles.
The manufacturing of our containers produces minimal emissions, offers a better product-to-package ratio, and collapses as it’s used, ensuring that every drop is expelled.
Here are some ways Bag-In-Box packaging has improved the water market’s environmental scores over the last 20 years and 60-million packages:
Materne’s GoGo squeeZ brand is working to lower their reliance on resources and packaging has been a primary focus.
We’ve worked with Materne to develop a recycle-ready film structure for their pouches, and to significantly reduce their closure’s overall plastic weight.
Our recycle-ready, high-barrier family of films for flexible packaging like spouted pouches.
We engineer fitments with as little waste as possible. In this example, our R&D team:
Shell Lubricants was striving to satisfy their customer’s need for the most sustainable and ergonomic package for motor oil in the industry.
Moreover, Shell also needed to respond to service operators’ call for an easier-to-use, faster, and more-economical package by changing their traditional, rigid 1-liter (1-quart) bottles to flexible bag-in-box packaging.
The result was the performance packaging solution, Ecobox™ which offers many more benefits than simply holding the product. Ecobox™ is an exceptional opportunity for Shell Lubricant’s customers to expand their specialty oils offerings without the need for bulk storage.
Since launching the Ecobox with Shell in 2012, we’ve gone on to manufacture +60mm packages across the world, destined for both institutional and retail channels.
Bag-in-box packaging helps reduce waste in this market application by:
Coca-Cola’s Freestyle dispensing system was introduced in 2009. With a touchscreen-operated flavor selection interface, consumers can custom-make +100 drink flavor combinations.
The key to making this system work was to package super-concentrated flavorings in small pouches separately; then mix the flavors with bulk HFCS from bag-in-box packaging and carbonated water dispensed at the on-site location.
The Freestyle system created a range of significant environmental savings with its packaging, but also fuel emissions through eliminating the need to load trucks with water-based post-mix syrup bags.
Some benefits of the Freestyle system:
Flexible packaging can reduce overall material weight by 93% compared to rigid formats like glass bottles, saving valuable greenhouse gas production.
Our membership in the SPC affirms our commitment to developing packaging solutions that reduce our environmental impact. The SPC is passionate about the creation of packaging that is good for people and the environment - both of which we at Scholle IPN strive for each and every day.
As a member of CEFLEX, we are working towards a truly circular economy for flexible packaging used throughout Europe. Their guidelines and resources allow us to ensure our developments are designed to fit easily into recycling streams.
Our membership in the ANZPAC Plastics Pact affirms our commitment to innovating to remove any unnecessary materials from our packaging as we move towards a truly circular economy.