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Supply chain collaboration


Strong collaboration with recycled resin suppliers is key to our success

We cannot work alone to make advancements in the future of packaging. We collaborate with like-minded resin suppliers to deliver innovative solutions, with a focus on increased levels of recycled resins, and in turn, maximising opportunities in the new plastics economy. We are excelling at this in Europe, where recycled materials are more readily available. In the UK for example, we have incorporated up to 50% recycled plastics into our facillities (using both rPP and rHDPE), and there are many examples where we deliver products containing up to 100% recycled plastics. We are applying this knowledge to our North American operations to significantly drive increased amounts of recycled plastics in our products where technically feasible.

Meeting our customers’ 2025 commitments

The Global Plastics Commitment has resulted in ambitious customer pledges to 2025, and our product range is fully aligned with these. Over the last ten years, IPL has worked collaboratively with the recycling industry to help design products for increased circularity, increase the use of recycled content in products and ultimately provide an outlet for the circular economy. This has delivered numerous sustainability and circular economy award recognitions for our innovative solutions. Further details of our recent awards are presented in our 2023 ESG report.  

Superior food packaging delivered to the food industry

Working closely with a global brands in North America, we have provided a superior packaging solution, far exceeding our customers’ rigorous food standards, known as being the most stringent in the food-grade packaging industry. Operating under the highly regulated environments of BRC, SQF, ISO and IMS, our food-grade facilities are producing consumer packaging to world-class standards.

IPL resins are fully recyclable

For a functioning and sustainable circular economy for plastics, we must consider the recyclability of packaging during early product development. Many of our customers have developed their own ‘Design for Recyclability’ guidelines, and we work closely within these guidelines to deliver recyclable solutions for our customers.
In addition to customers guidelines, IPL recognises the importance of external certification and on-pack labelling to ensure our packaging is successfully captured and returned to the Circular Economy. Here are some of the Certifications we recognise and promote for our packaging products, which can be arranged on request:

North America - The APR Design® Guide for Plastics Recyclability - published to help package design engineers at consumer brand companies and converters create packaging that is fully compatible with plastics recycling systems in North America.

North AmericaThe Sustainable Packaging Coalition How2Recycle label programme

Europe – ReCyclass is an online tool that tests the recyclability of a plastic packaging and shows to which extent it is suitable for recycling, rating it with a class system from A to F.

UK - On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) - delivers a simple, UK-wide, consistent recycling message for use on both retailer private label and brand-owner packaging.