Sonoco develops EnviroSense sustainable packaging initiative

10 September 2019 (Last Updated September 10th, 2019 12:58)

Global packaging company Sonoco has developed a new sustainable packaging initiative EnviroSense in an effort to protect the environment.

Sonoco develops EnviroSense sustainable packaging initiative
“The use of plastics and non-recyclable composite materials should be minimised.” Credit: Chris 73.

Global packaging company Sonoco has developed a new sustainable packaging initiative EnviroSense in an effort to protect the environment.

EnviroSense will cover a range of packaging materials, including 100% recycled paperboard cans, rigid plastic packaging with post-consumer recycled content, recyclable mono-material flexible pouches and agricultural fibre-based packaging.

Products produced under the initiative will incorporate various sustainable packaging attributes such as lower environmental impact, optimised package-to-product ratio, shipping optimisation, increased recycled content use, recyclability, fibre sourcing, compostability, and the use of bio-based materials.

Sonoco president and CEO Rob Tiede said: “At Sonoco, we recognise the critical importance of developing sustainable packaging solutions that will protect and preserve our planet for future generations.

“We also recognise holistic solutions of any kind require genuine curiosity, focused thought and an exploration of new ideas, materials and processes that can help answer the challenge before us. That’s what led us to the creation of EnviroSense, which carries with it the goal statement ‘packaging with tomorrow in mind’.

“EnviroSense goes beyond just a portfolio of packaging, it’s a way of thinking, a sensibility and a philosophy that guides our development of innovative, sustainable packaging.”

Tiede also noted that Sonoco will continue to work towards developing initiatives to reduce the approximately $1 trillion-worth global food waste issue.

He added: “We believe sustainable packaging provides a key resource in helping achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which is targeting to halve food waste by 2030.”

In August, Sonoco acquired US supplier Corenso Holdings America (CHA) for approximately $110m.