Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards and part of Metsä Group, is one of the founding members of the recently established European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA). EPPA is a food and food service packaging association whose aim is to promote food safety, circular solutions, and lower carbon emissions as well as call for evidence-based policy making. The members represent leading raw material manufacturers and food & food service packaging producers. "I believe that EPPA has a really good and important message to tell. Fibre-based food service packaging has a significant role in terms of food hygiene, public health and consumer safety. It is made of a renewable raw material – wood fibre. It is recyclable and also recycles well; in Europe paper and board packaging recycling rates are over 80%. That is circular economy at its best,” says Risto Auero, Sales Director, Metsä Board Food Service Boards.
Berry Plastics (NYSE: BERY) is honored to have recently received the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers’ (APR) inaugural Responsible Innovation Acknowledgment award. Berry Plastics earned the award for the work it completed in bringing to market VersaliteTM, a fully recyclable food and beverage packaging solution. The APR is the leading trade organization representing the plastics recycling industry in North America.
Berry Plastics first introduced Versalite technology to the market as a to-go cup for both hot and cold beverages. Made from #5 polypropylene, the Company’s Versalite cup provides a solution consumers were seeking — a to-go cup that is recyclable, durable, and can keep beverages hot or cold for extended periods of time.
“We are extremely proud to be acknowledged by the APR for our work in bringing to market Versalite,” said Rob Flores, Director of Sustainability for Berry Plastics. “Throughout the development process for Versalite, we continually engaged with market leaders in the waste and recycling community, as well as leading industry trade groups such as the APR, to verify that Versalite could be easily recycled and to help increase the overall supply of recycled polypropylene.”
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