Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging
By PN Staff19 February 2018
O-I gets gold on sustainable pack scheme
Owens Illinois (OI) has achieved a gold rating on the Cradle to Cradle Product Scorecard.
O-I’s UK operations at Harlow and Alloa have both been certified.
The glass container specialist said that it was the first food and beverage packaging company to get gold in material health.
Nearly 90% of O-I’s glass operations were certified across product categories and for certain container colours in the beer, non-alcoholic beverage (NAB), spirit, wine and food markets. The certification is based on five categories: material health, material reutilisation, water stewardship, renewable energy use and social fairness.
“The certification provides brand owners, consumers, regulators, and shareholders tangible validation of our company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability,” said Jim Nordmeyer, VP, Global Sustainability at O-I. “It’s an important baseline and helps us identify next steps to continually improve our environmental and social performance.”
Nordmeyer added: “Achieving a gold rating in material health strongly reinforces the benefits of glass. Glass is safe for repeated food contact and endlessly recyclable. It’s virtually impermeable to oxygen so it protects the freshness and taste of consumers’ favourite food and beverage brands.”