Recycling Today

Dow, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Accredo Packaging join forces to create recyclable dishwasher pods packaging for Seventh Generation.

Midland, Michigan-based Dow Chemical Co.’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business has collaborated with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and Accredo Packaging, Sugar Land, Texas, to produce Seventh Generation’s first recyclable dishwasher pods packaging. The new packaging features SPC’s How2Recycle Label, which is a project of Charlottesville, Virginia-based GreenBlue’s SPC that was developed to provide clear and concise on-package recyclability information and to keep recoverable materials out of landfills. The brand joins more than 40 How2Recycle member companies using the label on packaging.

Dow says it developed the resins for the recyclable polyethylene (PE) stand-up pouch to help ensure the package’s stiffness, toughness and sealability. Accredo Packaging converts these materials into pouches.

“Our goal was to produce a recyclable package for our dishwasher pods, without sacrificing performance or aesthetics,” says Derrick Lawrence, director of packaging development, Seventh Generation, based in Burlington, Vermont. “Our customers were asking for a more recyclable option, and our collaboration with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, Dow and Accredo Packaging turned that demand into a reality.”

Seventh Generation’s new dishwasher pods packaging carries the How2Recycle “Store Drop-Off” label, which encourages consumers to take flexible plastic bags, films and wraps to local grocery or retail stores for recycling. The pouches can be recycled at more than 18,000 store drop-off locations throughout North America.

As a founding member of the SPC, Dow says it focuses on collaborating throughout the value chain to create more sustainable packaging and improve consumer knowledge and adoption of recycling streams.

“We are excited about our work with the SPC on the How2Recycle Label program because it enables us to communicate and educate the consumer about the pouches’ recyclability. This kind of collaboration is important to achieve the environmental vision for packaging that we all share,” says Greg Jozwiak, North America commercial vice president for Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics.

Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo Packaging Inc., says, “Accredo Packaging’s new innovative 100-percent-recyclable stand-up pouch offers CPG [consumer packaged goods] brand-owners a more sustainable proposition of recyclability.”

Seventh Generation is a leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment. Established in 1988, the company says it remains an independent, privately held company distributing products to natural food stores, supermarkets, mass merchants and online.

LEED Silver certified Accredo Packaging Inc. is a fully integrated converting company producing flexible packaging with an emphasis on sustainability, primarily targeting the consumer packaged goods markets in North America. A Certified Minority Business Enterprise, Accredo uses electricity generated via wind power. The company says it attributes its growing success to investment in leading-edge technologies, including state-of-the-art extrusion, bag making and printing processes in terms of reduced environmental impact, high quality and world-class productivity.

(Houston, TX) – Malcolm Cohn, Director of Sustainability at Accredo Packaging, Inc., recently addressed attendees at the 2015 SPE International Polyolefins Conference regarding the latest innovations in sustainable flexible packaging.

Brand owners have come to identify sustainable packaging as a perfect complement to their sustainability credentials, providing a competitive advantage and signaling value to consumers seeking environmental responsibility.

Accredo delivers sustainable options that include Conventional, Compostable, Renewable and the innovative, new Recyclable packaging solutions. These solutions are designed to meet all the requirements of conventional packaging, while maintaining price parity and product quality.

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Flexible Packaging

National awards honor leading green power purchasers

Accredo Packaging announces it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Accredo Packaging with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas on September 23.

Accredo Packaging was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Accredo Packaging is currently purchasing nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. Accredo Packaging is buying a utility green power product from TXU Energy.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” says Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president. “Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Accredo Packaging, Inc. with a Green Power Purchasing award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” says EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. “In doing so, Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability, and taking action on climate change.”

According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase of nearly 21 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

Accredo focuses on sustainability in manufacture practices to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. Accredo is the largest purchaser of Green Power in the U.S. flexible packaging market.

FLEXO Magazine

BALTIMORE, MD – April 27, 2014 – One printer, one product, two journeys—each focusing on people, planet and profit—took all accolades in Flexographic Technical Association’s newly minted 2014 Sustainability Excellence Awards competition. By name, this year’s honorees, recognized tonight at the gala awards banquet staged in conjunction with FTA’s Annual Forum, and their respective category of recognition, are:

Accredo Packaging Manufacturing Facility

Accredo Packaging’s Sugar Land, TX facility

  • Accredo Packaging, Sugar Land, TX / Sustainability Programs
  • Avery Dennison, Mentor, OH / Innovations in Sustainability

“The FTA Sustainability Excellence Award program clearly illustrates that flexographic printers and suppliers have integrated environmentally conscious manufacturing methods into the very core of their businesses,” commented Judge Marygrace Quigley, Label Technology, Merced, CA.

A similar assessment was offered by Judge Dolores Corcoran, productivity system manager, Lauterbach Group, Inc., Sussex, WI. “The 2014 FTA award winners surpassed and outshined their competitors. The winners demonstrated incomparable and unparalleled programs, which could be applied to other industries wanting to drive sustainability.”

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“Accredo Packaging Inc. embodies sustainability throughout the business model clearly demonstrating an exceptional unprecedented sustainable program,” Corcoran reported. “I applaud the work.” To that, Quigley added, “Accredo has made sustainability the backbone of its company.”

Among its recent major accomplishments:

  • Accredo is in the process of obtaining certification as an SGP Printer with the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership
  • The converter received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which recognizes the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contributions to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market
  • Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association

Malcolm Cohn, director of sustainability for Accredo is confident that, “Accredo Packaging has established itself as a leading flexible packaging manufacturer with a strong commitment to sustainability.” He further observed, “As one of our core values, sustainability is critical in the products we create, our worker safety initiatives and our environmental policies. Our owners and executives take a leadership role in promoting a sustainable operating environment—whether that’s looking at current, day to day operations, or forecasting future needs and requirements.”

Taking note of that point, Judge Lori Ashford of robbie fantastic flexibles in Lenexa, KS noted, “Accredo’s commitment to sustainability from the facility design through operations and materials is truly impressive.”

Cohn insisted, “Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability and taking action on climate change. It has successfully pioneered sustainably produced packaging with a highly renewable content.” Then he pledged, “at Accredo Packaging, we’re ‘Designed for Sustainability … Built for Success!’”


About FTA: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA), chartered in 1958, is a professional society dedicated to bringing all members of the flexographic printing community—printers, suppliers, consumer product companies, institutions, prepress houses and others—together by providing opportunities for the free exchange of technical ideas and discussion of mutual concerns. It is a proponent of maintaining and advancing quality standards and includes 1,650 member sites that represent more than 1,400 companies and 60,000 individuals. Foundation of FTA, founded in 1974, is the educational arm of FTA and is dedicated to supporting and advancing the flexographic printing industry.

Plastics in Packaging

Accredo awarded for its green powerTexas-based converter Accredo Packaging has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes the US’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market.

Accredo Packaging was one of eight organizations to receive an award. The company currently purchases nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from TXU Energy, which is enough green power to meet 100 per cent of the organization’s purchased electricity use.

“Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the US that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change,” said Rex Varn, Accredo’s executive vice president.

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

Flexible Packaging

Cheese Barrier FilmsAccredo Packaging announces the introduction of its high-barrier packaging films, AccredoFlex, designed for gas-flushing and vacuum-packaging applications to preserve “first-day freshness” and protect product integrity.

While barrier films aren’t new to the packaging market, Accredo’s state-of-the-art production facility is designed to produce AccredoFlex in a more sustainable production process than conventional plants, thus providing an enhanced value which differentiates its barrier film offerings from others on the market. AccredoFlex barrier films are particularly well-suited for packaging cheese; meat and sausage products; processed meats; institutional packaging for pre-made or cooked foods; and pumped products such as sauces, condiments and marinades.

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Flexible packaging converter Accredo Packaging Inc. has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA presented Accredo officials with the award Sept. 23 at the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards recognize the country’s leading purchasers of “green” power, generated by wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass and hydro-electric. Accredo Packaging in Sugar Land, Texas, buys its green power from TXU Energy.

Accredo was one of eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchases. According to EPA, Accredo is buying nearly 21 million kilowatt hours of green power annually, equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 3,000 passenger cars in a year. It is enough electricity to power 2,000 American homes annually, EPA said.

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Accredo Packaging announces the introduction of its high-barrier packaging films, AccredoFlex, designed for gas-flushing and vacuum-packaging applications to preserve “first day freshness” and protect product integrity. Accredo’s state-of-the-art production facility is designed to produce AccredoFlex in a more sustainable production process than conventional plants, without sacrificing performance, thus providing an enhanced value, which differentiates their barrier film offerings from others on the market.

National Awards Honor Leading Green Power Purchasers

2013 GreenPower AwardSugar Land, Texas, September 23rd, 2013Accredo Packaging announced today that it has received a 2013 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. EPA presented Accredo Packaging with the award at an event held in conjunction with the 2013 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Austin, Texas on September 23, 2013.

Accredo Packaging was one of only eight organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for its green power purchase. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through purchases of green power from a utility green-pricing program, a competitive green marketer, or a renewable energy certificate (REC) supplier. Accredo Packaging is currently purchasing nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 100 percent of the organization’s purchased electricity use. Accredo Packaging is buying a utility green power product from TXU Energy.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” said Rex Varn, Accredo’s Executive Vice President. “Purchasing green power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others across the U.S. that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in addressing climate change.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power accelerates the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

“EPA is pleased to recognize Accredo Packaging, Inc. with a Green Power Purchasing award for its exceptional commitment to buying green power and reducing carbon pollution associated with its electricity use,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “In doing so, Accredo Packaging has demonstrated leadership in innovation, sustainability, and taking action on climate change.”

According to the EPA, Accredo Packaging’s current green power purchase of nearly 21 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 3,000 passenger vehicles per year, or is the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly more than 2,000 average American homes annually.

Accredo focuses on sustainability in manufacture practices to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. Accredo is the largest purchaser of Green Power in the U.S. flexible packaging market.

Food & Beverage Packaging

AccredoFlex high-barrier packaging films use wind-generated power.

Accredo Packaging announces the introduction of its high-barrier packaging films, AccredoFlexTM, designed for gas-flushing and vacuum packaging applications to preserve “first day freshness” and protect product integrity.

While barrier films aren’t new to the packaging market, Accredo’s state-of-the-art production facility is designed to produce AccredoFlex in a more sustainable production process than conventional plants, without sacrificing performance, thus providing an enhanced value which differentiates their barrier film offerings from others on the market. Accordingly, Accredo’s ‘Sustainability Portfolio’ provides a fresh approach in the industry, effectively distinguishing Accredo from their competitors!

The building of the company’s LEED® Silver certified manufacturing facility was just the first step to delivering sustainable packaging solutions. Accredo utilizes 100% wind-generated electrical power, while focusing its operation on sustainability in manufacture practices, so as to embrace the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings.

“The technology we use supports efficient production while ensuring that we produce exceptional quality products,” states Chris Cometa, VP of technology. He adds, “Our 9-layer VAREXTM blown film lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher represent the latest in advanced blown film technology, giving us the ability to tackle our customers diverse needs for moisture, oxygen and other barrier protection, which can lengthen product shelf life.”

AccredoFlex barrier films are particularly well suited for packaging Cheese; Meat and Sausage products; Processed Meats; Institutional Packaging for pre-made or cooked foods; and, Pumped Products such as sauces, condiments, marinades.