Respect generates sustainability

Flexible packaging is sustainable

Film packaging is sustainable

Sustainability plays a particularly important role in the packaging sector. Plastic packaging is not merely useful in many areas of modern life – it is simply indispensable and fulfills an important purpose in today`s society. It protects food and medicine, conserves resources, supports global growth and can be further processed as recyclable material.

Sustainability

We shape our environment thanks to sustainable use of resources

As one of the market and technology leaders in the field of high-quality barrier films, we see it as our duty at SÜDPACK to make our company as sustainable as possible. Over the past few years, we have intensified our efforts in this key area accordingly.

  • We are making the production of our films as safe and environmentally friendly as possible.
  • We are also reducing the number of materials and resources used by our products, whilst simultaneously working on the recyclability of our products.
  • By using recycled materials, we are further improving the environmental footprint of our films – whilst ensuring compliance with food legislation at all times.

Economic pillar

Productivity and quality thanks to cutting-edge innovations

For SÜDPACK innovation, productivity, quality and service are crucial from an economic perspective- Only excellence in these areas will facilitate sustainable economic development in Germany. Cooperative relationships with customer and suppliers are of the utmost importance for innovative capability and raw material availability, as is the continuous development and strategic direction of our own company.

Social pillar

Commitment to employees and society

Our employees are our most important resource t guarantee economic growth. We can only achieve our aims if we have motivated employees who identify with SÜDPACK and share our vision. The close ties that the company and many of our employees have with the region is reflected in our regional involvement.

Environmental pillar

Saving resources for the environment

As a family company with strong regional roots, preserving the basis of our existence, the environment, is immensely important to us. Saving resources, energy efficiency, reducing emissions and having a positive influence on the closed-loop economy (recycling, recovery of waste materials) are key aims for us in the field of environmental responsibility. Systematic reductions in emissions, raw materials and waste, as well as a certified energy management system, have enabled us to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of our packaging solutions.

German packaging law

PACKAGING IN LEGAL FOCUS

In Germany, the Packaging Act, which replaces the Packaging Ordinance, and its requirements are major topics in the packaging industry. Distributors of consumer packaged goods, whether from Germany or abroad, must now not only participate in a dual system, but also register with the Zentrale Stelle Packaging Register and report their data. The consequences of the law for packaging are not clearly defined yet. Only one thing is clear – changes are coming. No matter where the journey takes us, SÜDPACK is working at full speed on various approaches. We only want the best for our customers and always strive to ensure the right response to the ever-changing requirements laid down by legislators worldwide.

Product world

Sustainable film concepts

Avoid, reduce, recycle - under these aspects, we not only design our production but also develop our products. Our sustainable film concepts achieve drastic material savings to conserve resources. Furthermore, some of our films offer better recyclability or are based on biopolymers, polymers made from renewable raw materials. But the focus is always on product protection.

Chemical recycling

Groundbreaking ChemCycling project with BASF

In the future, an additional recycling solution could be offered via so-called ChemCycling, which SÜDPACK is currently testing in a joint project with BASF: “Chemical recycling makes it possible to recycle non-recyclable plastic waste, such as mixed, contaminated or multi-layer plastics”, explains Johannes Remmele. A thermochemical process converts the plastic waste into synthesis gases or pyrolysis oils, which can then be used as raw materials by the chemical industry. These in turn can partially replace fossil raw materials and thus serve as the basis for new SÜDPACK films. The really clever part- because the raw materials obtained via ChemCycling are as good as new in terms of their quality, they can be safely used for food packaging.

Memberships

Active memberships

We are also involved in industry-wide initiatives that promote the introduction of the highest standards in the production and processing of plastics.

  • As a member of the “Zero Pellet Loss” initiative of the German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films, we ensure that no plastic granules are released into the environment from our production.
  • As an active member of the CEFLEX consortium of companies, we are working on further increasing the contribution made by flexible packaging to the closed-loop economy.
  • SÜDPACK is represented in the SEDEX and EcoVadis forums and is striving to continuously improve its rating.

Sustainability report

 

Sustainability is a top priority at the family-owned company SÜDPACK - and not just because of the current discussion about plastic packaging and its effects on global ecosystems. "Protecting products, people and the environment has always been a key driver of our work," explains Johannes Remmele, Managing Director of SÜDPACK.

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