AALST, Belgium, Aug. 5, 2016 (Press Release) -VPK Flute and VPK Liner were recently awarded the Material Health sustainability certificate. This is the second certificate awarded to VPK Packaging Group by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, after the site in Raamsdonksveer (NL) was previously officially recognised for its corrugated packaging.
Material Health Certificate for VPK Flute and VPK Liner
VPK Paper is the Belgian paper division of the VPK Group. With its three paper machines, the site provides some 550,000 tons of recycled paper for packaging purposes every year. VPK Flute and VPK Liner together form the bulk of this, equalling around 86% of annual sales. Both types of paper recently received a Bronze Material Health Certificate, awarded by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. This recognition shows that VPK Flute and VPK Liner are ideal raw materials for Cradle to Cradle Certified products.
The Cradle to Cradle certification has five categories: Material Health, Material Reutilisation, Renewable Energy & Carbon Management, Water Stewardship and Social Fairness. The Material Health category analyses and assesses the presence of harmful materials and their exposure throughout the process from production to the end-of-use phase.
Bronze Cradle to Cradle Certificate for Corrugated Packaging
The site in Raamsdonksveer was honoured with a Bronze Cradle to Cradle Certificate for corrugated packaging two years ago. This shows that the production satisfies all five aspects of the certification, and the certificate was also recently renewed. Thanks to the concerted efforts in the field of renewable energy, the product category in question was even raised a level higher, from Bronze to Silver for Renewable Energy & Carbon Management. Inks have also been improved further through the optimisation of colour pigments. This was made possible by the expertise of EPEA, who also supervised the process in Belgium.
The sharing of best practices has led to both awards resulting in added value for the entire group. Group Quality Manager Jan Thienpont explains: ‘The Cradle to Cradle principle ties in very closely with our core business: the recycling of paper fibres into protective packaging, which can be used again as a raw material at the end of its lifecycle. These certificates reward our efforts and encourage us to keep on making our activities more and more sustainable.’