Reusable packaging containers (RPCs) provider IFCO has announced achieving Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Certified Silver (Version 3.1) recertification for its European Lift Lock RPCs.
Aside from this Silver recertification, the company received Gold in the assessment category of Material Reutilisation for its recently launched Banana Lift Lock RPC.
C2C co-founder Michael Braungart said: “IFCO has totally embraced the Cradle to Cradle mindset and taken the circular business model to heart, which I’m happy to say has led to C2C recertification of their European Lift Lock RPCs.
“IFCO is able to define its material streams as well as recover and recycle their own containers, while all the time ensuring that no contaminations happen during the recycling process.”
IFCO’s ratings in the Social Fairness category also advanced from Silver to Gold.
IFCO ESG and Strategic Marketing vice-president Inigo Canalejo said: “Achieving Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver recertification for our European Lift Lock RPCs is a proud moment for the IFCO team.
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“It’s also an opportunity to recognise the commitment of our partners to reducing their carbon footprint and embracing our pioneering circular business model.”
According to IFCO, C2C is an advanced, science-based, multiattribute certification programme for designing, developing, and verifying materials and products that are responsibly made, safe, and circular in their nature.
The Version 3.1 programme assesses the products in five major categories, including material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
IFCO CEO Michael Pooley said: “The unique two-year recertification process challenges us to continuously improve our circular business model and to be mindful of the impact of our choices on the environment and the global community.
“This certification recognises the passion that goes into designing and implementing food-safe reusable packaging. We show there is a better way to use, reuse and recycle packaging.”
In 2021, IFCO was selected by American retailer Walmart to serve as its exclusive RPC packaging provider for fresh fruits and vegetables in the US.