SUSTAINABILITY

IRPLAST S.p.A. is a vertically integrated producer, from film production to printed finished products, with a business model focused on sustainability (and on the reduction of the environmental impact of the company and its products)

Our company approach to sustainability is based on four criteria:

RENEWABLE, RECYCLE, REDUCE and REUSE.

They represent our key guidlines for implementing new packaging solutions for our products

RENEWABLE

Irplast use raw materials from renewable sources (Tall Oil and Used Cooking Oil) and from chemically recycled post-consumer plastic waste (Pyrolysis Oil) to reduce the CO2eq emissions of their films, thereby reducing fossil fuel consumption and giving a kick-start to the circular economy of plastic usage with the NOPP, NOPP+ and LOOPP film categories
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RECYCLABLE

Irplast BOPP film is “100% designed for recycling”. The company designs single-material packaging proposals that greatly facilitate recycling compared to multi-layer multi-material solutions. For instance, the specific density of Irplast BOPP labels is lower than PET for bottles, which facilitates the separation of bottles and labels in the waste recovery flow. IRPLAST BOPP heat shrinkable pre-glued roll fed labels are an excellent sustainable option compared to the PET-G shrink sleeves.
IRPLAST BOPP heat shrinkable pre-glued roll fed labels are an excellent sustainable option compared to the PET-G shrink sleeves.

 

 (Food Contact Tape, Multipack, . The company also works to systematically downgauge packaging thicknesses, and to reduce transport and logistics emissions with products such as AIRTAPE+ and Micron19.

Additionally, Irplast reduces multilayer and multi-material packaging complexity (filmed trays) with more convenient eco solutions (Food Contact Tape, Multipack, BOPP MoMa Pouches). The company also works to systematically downgauge packaging thicknesses, and to reduce transport and logistics emissions with products such as AIRTAPE+ and Micron19.

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REUSE

Irplast meticulously recovers resources from its own production process for reuse. In fact the majority of our scrap from film production is recovered, reground and re-introduced into the same process. From this internal regeneration of scraps we produce a range of BOPP films with high reground scrap content. An example is our ECO+ Tape, a range of adhesive tapes with options at 35% and 50% of regenerated material which reduce proportionately the greenhouse gas emissions of the product while delivering pure virgin quality performance.
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REDUCE

ENERGY

Cogeneration can significantly help improve energy efficiency as efficiency gains can be achieved in a technologically neutral way, particularly cogeneration makes Irplast energy system more efficient, reduces energy wate, cuts CO2 emissions and lowers energy costs.

The cogenerator allows the company to self-produce:

• 70% of the electricity demand and 40%
of the thermal and cooling energy demand of the Empoli plant.

• 70% of the electricity requirements, 75% of the cooling requirements, 100%
of the winter temperature regulation of the Atessa plant.

 

REDUCTION OF FOSSIL FUELS

Irplast reduces fossil fuel consumption with alternative raw materials (such as NOPP, NOPP and LOOPP). The reduction of CO2 emissions is also guaranteed by the production of special solutions containing up to 34% or 50% of regenerated BOPP film (eg ECO+).

DESIGN

Irplast simplifies multi-layer and multi-material packaging with more economical and simple ecological solutions (e.g. food contact tape, Multipack, BOPP MoMa pouches). The company is also very active in thickness reduction projects: in 2019 and 2020, around 760 tons of raw material were saved and consequently 2,350 tons of CO2 eq. emissions were avoided compared to the product lines previously made with thicker solutions.

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NON-FOSSIL SOURCES
(NOPP, NOPP+, LOOPP)

These are Eco-friendly films for flexible packaging made using bio-based resins and from PCW (Post Consumer Waste), which drastically reduce fossil fuel consumption and offer radical changes to the circular economy of plastic recycling. We offer films made from renewable resins or chemically recycled using the mass balance concept.

NOPP: CARBON NEUTRAL BOPP FILM

Films in the NOPP range are made using raw materials from a renewable source, Tall Oil, which is an ISCC PLUS certified non-fossil material managed using the mass balance system. This waste product from the papermaking industry is of vegetal origin, is not in competition with the food chain, and is a by-product of production processes managed to FSC and PEFC standards.

NOPP+: BOPP FILM WITH REDUCED CARBON EMISSIONS

BOPP films in the NOPP+ range are manufactured using renewable non-fossil raw materials from ISCC PLUS certified UCO using the mass balance system. UCO stands for USED COOKING OIL, and they are used vegetable oils recovered from industrial food production processes and kitchens, which are no longer deemed usable for human food production and are classified as waste for disposal. These oils of vegetal origin do not compete for resources with the food chain, and do not provoke ILUC (indirect land use change).

All the films in our NOPP, NOPP+ and LOOPP ranges are certified ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) which guarantees the safety and integrity of the entire chain of custody, starting from the waste collection, to the raw material producer and film producer, and onwards down the chain to the packaging placed on the market with the brand-owners products. All these films are food-contact approved and 100% ready to be recycled.

They are made from raw materials from chemical recycling of PCW, the feedstock is pyrolysis oil. The use of these films allows IRPLAST and our customers to contribute to the circular economy by promoting the recycling of “plastic to plastic passing through chemicals”. All solutions proposed by Irplast can be made from raw materials from PCW. Among the various solutions proposed there is the LOOPP TAPE. The LOOPP TAPE is certified ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification – ISCC PLUS) for our production process, ensuring the integrity of the custody chain, from the production of raw materials to packaging supplies. IRPLAST LOOPP TAPE is 100% READY-TO-BE-RECYCLED and also has the same mechanical, physical and optical properties as traditional tapes

MANAGING THE VALUE OF OUR INTERNAL PRODUCTION SCRAP

Our internal scrap management procedures now guarantee eco-friendly reuse to the point where only 0.2% of our company raw material inputs end up in the waste disposal chain. Everything else is reused for new added-value products.

ECO+ TAPE

ECO+ TAPE

Made with BOPP film produced and regranulated internally. It has a greatly reduced environmental impact with parity of performance, which gives the following savings (with the same ink and adhesive used):

for ECO+ 34%, 35% less CO2eq emissions Vs standard tape
for ECO+ 50%, 50% less CO2eq emissions Vs standard tape
The ECO+ TAPE, in the version containing 34% or 50% regranulated BOPP film, is eco-friendly and is PVC & solvent free

THICKNESS AND PACKAGING SIZE REDUCTION

Our main down-gauged products in this area are AIR TAPE and MICRON19 BOPP film, while the true packaging saving star is FOOD CONTACT TAPE.

All these product offerings are designed to encourage customers to reach higher sustainability targets. They offer a significant reduction in the amount of plastic packaging, and a reduction in the amount of raw materials used, waste and scraps set aside, and an increase in the amount of packaged product delivered per unit of packaging. This directly reduces emissions attributable to transport and logistics, by reducing the number of trips and the emissions per packaged unit.

AIRTAPE+

AIR TAPE+

Airtape+ is the new frontier for adhesive tape, with a product thickness of just 19 micron compared to market standards between 25 and 28 micron. This provides a material weight saving of 32%, which are then added to propotional savings in transport and logistics costs.

FOOD CONTACT TAPE

FOOD CONTACT TAPE

This revolutionary adhesive tape is made in our BRCGS-approved factory with food-contact approved adhesives, allowing it to be used to substitute other types of packaging. Savings are not just on packaging weight, but also delivered in the financial and sustainability costs compared to other solutions. FOOD CONTACT TAPE is multifunctional, and aims to reduce the number and complexity of packaging elements in the fresh fruit and vegetable marketplace. It can be used to bundle several food elements together, but also to convey the product branding to the consumer, while offering as much as 95% plastic weight reduction when it replaces over-wrapped trays and lids.

ROLL-FED LABELS
MICRON 20

MICRON19™ is a ultra-thin BOPP which competes on performance and cost with the 30-35 micron market standards. It is ideal for wrap-around labelling in the beverage and food sectors, with interesting applications also for detergents and personal care. The especially engineered film is extremely high performance, guaranteeing full productivity levels even on the fastest bottling and labelling lines.