Arcor reveals its plan for its products to have reusable packaging


In the fight to become a more sustainable company, Arcor He developed a comprehensive strategy for his entire group. Following a trend that is deepening more and more in all industries, The firm attacks different fronts in order to advance its sustainable commitment.

Sustainable economy He had access to his latest Sustainability Report, which highlights the search for new growth opportunities, the development of a “Sustainability Policy”Own for the Packaging Division and environmental management.

As for industrial operations, more than 4 million dollars were allocated to investments linked to promoting sustainable management.

The main achievements are the 9.4% reduction in water consumption for each ton of product produced; more than 50% of the electrical energy used comes from a renewable source; and the reuse or recycling of more than 90% of the waste from its own operations by promoting a circular economy and extending its useful life.

The report also reveals the group’s “Sustainable Sourcing Strategy” with more than 13,000 suppliers.

The firm allocated more than $ 4 million to investments linked to promoting sustainable management.

It also includes initiatives such as the Letter of Adherence to Fundamental Principles for a Responsible Management; socio-economic environmental audits to suppliers of fazon; the Recognize Program; and the Responsible Inclusive Purchasing Program that, in 2019, allocated almost 17 million pesos to purchases of community-based ventures.

Also, the progress of Sustainable Agro Program and the company’s work in developing the production chains of sugar, corn, fruit and vegetables, eggs, palm and cocoa.

Sustainable packaging

Regarding the packaging of your products, Arcor managed that the 53% of the materials are of origin renewable and reduced 8.5% of the quantity used for each kilogram of product marketed. In addition, in 2019, it launched its Plastics Strategy with reduction and replacement guidelines.

“In our Sustainability Policy, in force since 2010, we assume a general and five specific commitment to sustainable development for the most relevant issues of our business and value chain from this perspective. One of them is rational use of packaging materials“, Explain Claudio Giomi, Corporate Sustainability Manager of the Group, in dialogue with EconoSus.

And he adds: “The packaging impacts the safety, preservation, logistics, communication and communication of the product. It contributes to minimizing food losses, preserving products throughout its entire marketing chain and conditioning its final disposal. Without a doubt, one of our biggest challenges is the design and management of the packaging used. ”

The company has five specific objectives with sustainable development.

As part of their goals, they commit to optimize the use of packaging materials in all its processes; support research and technological development projects that contribute to minimizing environmental impacts caused by the packaging material of your products; and sensitize and promote in your value chain, best waste management practices and final disposal of packaging material.

To achieve this, they defined three priority lines, explains Giomi, which will allow guiding actions to transform the commitment made into realities: use reduction, material replacement and material recycling.

Thus, since 2010, they promoted more than 1,100 initiatives to reduce packaging material they use in their products, replace the materials with more sustainable ones, incorporate recycled material in their packaging and promote recycling.

“We have a Sustainable Paper Supply Policy given that more than 50% of the total packaging material we use in our mass consumption business unit is paper and cardboard,” says the corporate manager. “In it, we are committed to using sustainable source paper, either certified -FSC or PEFC- or recycled. Currently, we have achieved a 94% level of compliance with this Policy for all businesses and countries. ”

Also, in the last year, they developed a Plastics Strategy based on 2 pillars:

  • Conscious consumptionIn other words, continue working on reducing to optimize packaging structures and sizes, prioritizing lightweight materials and eliminating packaging redundancies.
  • Less impact: advancing in the replacement of materials, preferring materials with better recyclability rates, eliminating complicated combinations; encourage the use of biodegradable or compostable materials; encourage the content of recycled material in packaging; and eliminate non-recyclable or controversial plastics such as PVC).

In this way, in the last seven years, they managed to reduce the use of plastic materials in their products by 11%.

Innovation

Asked about the creation of new packaging, Giomi responds that in each of the businesses there is a materials development team Packaging, which works in the search for the best solutions for the care, conservation, communication and transfer of our products.

In this way, one of the most recent developments that they have promoted was the Politwist, a composition whose formulation has as a component PLA, a bioplastic from corn starch, which manages to create a container 60% compostable.

“This achievement encourages us to work on applying sustainable packaging for other products, taking this innovation on a larger scale,” he says.

Regarding waste management, Giomi highlights: “As consumers of various raw materials, we promote recycling of them from a waste management strategy generated in our operating bases. This initiative is promoted within our commitment to energy efficiency and minimization of impacts that contribute to global climate change

Specifically, 18% of the waste they generate is plastic, paper and cardboard, whose destination is new plastic containers, aggregates and plastic tiles, panels for homes, recycled paper and cardboard. Currently, the reuse and recycling rate in own plants is 92%.

In addition to working on the waste generated by plants, through the Packaging Division, are one of the main recyclers of paper in the region.

“In the Arroyito, Mendoza and Ranelagh plants, in 2019 we recycled more than 164,000 tons of paper and cardboard, which represents more than 50% of Argentina’s paper and cardboard. Then, we use recycled paper for the production of different papers and cardboard that go to the most diverse industries around the world, “the spokesperson concludes.

Date published: Jun 26, 2020