Accredo Packaging Adds to State-of-the-Art Headquarters in Sugar Land

Accredo Packaging’s journey of expansion has been methodical and visionary. Recently marked by the grand opening of the fourth phase of a corporate headquarters in Sugar Land, Texas, a community Accredo has called home since 2009. 

The facility, entirely powered by wind energy, was the first LEED Silver-certified flexible packaging manufacturing facility in North America. This commitment to sustainability has been the cornerstone of Accredo’s operations, setting new industry standards and paving the way for future innovations.

Caption: The grand opening event was full of excitement and marked a significant milestone for us as we steadfastly pursue an environmentally conscious approach to manufacturing.

Over the years, Accredo Packaging has undergone significant expansion, with the new Sugar Land campus now sprawling over 640,000 square feet, encompassing Phase 1 (completed in 2009), Phase 2 (completed in 2013), and Phase 3 (completed in 2018). 

Completing Phase 4 in 2023 added a state-of-the-art office building to the campus, boasting 82,000 square feet, including parking and 42,000 square feet dedicated to office space alone. This expansion highlights Accredo’s infrastructure growth and its dedication to providing a modern and conducive work environment for its employees.

Caption: The grand opening ceremony was a congregation of Accredo’s family, esteemed guests, and distinguished officials, all of whom have played pivotal roles in the company’s journey. 

Accredo Packaging’s impact extends beyond its immediate geographical presence. In 2019, the company established Accredo Asia Packaging in Vietnam, furthering its commitment to sustainable manufacturing on a global scale. Like its counterpart in Sugar Land, the Vietnam facility is a testament to Accredo’s dedication to environmental responsibility, being the region’s first flexible packaging manufacturing facility to be awarded LEED Silver Certification.

Innovation at Accredo is not just about expanding its physical footprint; it’s about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in sustainable packaging. The company has introduced groundbreaking products like the ASTM-certified compostable stand-up pouch and a fully recyclable all-PE pouch, both industry firsts. These innovations clearly indicate Accredo’s commitment to reducing environmental impact and fostering a culture of sustainability.

The accolades and awards that Accredo has garnered over the years are a testament to its industry leadership and commitment to excellence. 

In 2020, the company’s AccredoFlex® Gen2™ packaging received multiple awards, including Gold from the Flexographic Technical Association and the Design for Recyclability Award from the ReFocus Sustainability Summit. 

The recognition continued in 2023 with eight more FTA awards, including Best In Show and a gold Flexible Packaging Association award for Sustainability for its stand-up pouch. They also won the 2024 WorldStar Packaging Award for Child-Resistant Innovation in the household category from the World Packaging Association. These accolades reflect Accredo’s position as a frontrunner in the industry, not just in terms of growth in size but in its significant impact through relentless innovation.

The success story of Accredo Packaging is not just about buildings and awards; it’s fundamentally about people – dedicated employees, visionary leaders, and supportive community and industry partners. 

The company’s growth and achievements are a collective journey propelled by passion, collaboration, and exemplary leadership. As the new headquarters stands tall in Sugar Land, it symbolizes a future brimming with potential and promise for Accredo Packaging.

The opening of the new corporate headquarters in Sugar Land is more than a mere addition to the city’s landscape; it’s a landmark in Accredo Packaging’s ongoing journey. It represents the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, innovation, and community engagement. 

As Accredo Packaging opens the doors to its new headquarters, it also opens a new chapter, promising continued growth, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to making a positive impact on the industry and the environment.

I'M GREEN
I’m green PE is a plastic produced from sugarcane, a renewable raw material, while traditional PE uses fossil fuel sourced raw materials. For this reason, I’m green PE captures CO2 from the atmosphere during its production, helping to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Additionally, suppliers must follow principles of sustainable development present in the “Responsible Ethanol Sourcing” developed and implemented by Braskem, which covers aspects such as respect for biodiversity and good environmental practices. I’m green PE retains the same properties, performance and application versatility of traditional PE and can be recycled within traditional PE recycling streams. Source: Braskem USA
BPI COMPOSTABLE

BPI is a science-driven organization that supports a shift to the circular economy by promoting the production, use, and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments.

As part of the third-party certification, BPI utilizes independent laboratories. These labs must either be accredited in the scope of ASTM D6400 and ASTM D6868, or have demonstrated compliance, ensuring they are capable of performing the tests. 

Certification for compostable products is critical for ensuring that items have been properly tested, meet international standards, and can be identified as such by composters, municipalities, restaurants, consumers, and others engaged in the diversion of organic waste. BPI advocates for compostable products as tools for scalable diversion of organic waste to composting.

For more information, please visit https://www.bpiworld.org/

EPA GREEN POWER PARTNERSHIP
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Green Power Partnership (GPP) in 2001 to protect human health and the environment by increasing organizations’ voluntary green power use to advance the American market for green power and the development of those renewable electricity sources. The Green Power Partnership helps to achieve Clean Air Act requirements by reducing the pollution and the corresponding negative health and environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. The program provides a framework that includes credible usage benchmarks, market information, technical assistance, and public recognition to companies and other organizations that use green power. Partners commit to use green power for all, or a portion, of their annual electricity consumption.

For more information, please visit https://www.epa.gov/greenpower

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP
Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss is a priority for the plastics industry—and a critical issue for our environment. Spilled pellets, flakes, and powder can make their way into local waterways and ultimately estuaries and the ocean. This isn’t just an eyesore and a litter issue; pellets, flakes, and powder, if accidentally mistaken for food by birds or marine animals, could harm them. That’s why the industry is behind Zero Pellet, Flake, and Powder Loss—and it can only be achieved with your help. The OCS Program was created to help you protect the environment and keep it clean. The campaign’s goal is to help every plastic resin handling operation implement good housekeeping and pellet, flake, and powder containment practices to work towards achieving zero pellet, flake, and powder loss, protecting the environment and saving valuable resources.

For more information, please visit https://www.opcleansweep.org/

CERTIFIED BIO-BASED

The USDA Certified Biobased Packaging label on a product certifies that the packaging contains third-party tested and verified biobased content. The purpose of this label is to make it easy for consumers to locate and compare biobased products for purchase.

The USDA has established minimum biobased content standards for many product categories. A product must meet or exceed the minimum biobased content percentage in its given category in order to qualify for certification. Products belonging in categories for which minimum biobased content requirements have not yet been established must contain at least 25% biobased content.

Biobased products are derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials. These products provide an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products and include a diverse range of offerings such as lubricants, detergents, inks, fertilizers, and bioplastics. For the purposes of the BioPreferred program, biobased products do not include food, animal feed or biofuels.

For more information, please visit https://www.biopreferred.gov

HOW2RECYCLE
How2Recycle is a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. It involves a coalition of forward thinking brands who want their packaging to be recycled and are empowering consumers through smart packaging labels. The label communicates the following details:
  • How to prep the material for recycling
  • For more information
  • How to recycle
  • Type of material
  • Packaging format
Source: https://how2recycle.info/
OCEANBOUND PLASTIC

Cleaner oceans start by preventing plastics from entering them in the first place. Being able to recycle that plastic is even better. That’s the concept driving OceanBound Plastics. 

We take material at-risk of becoming ocean pollution and turn it into a reliable plastic resin. Combining supply chain experience with technical expertise, we create a versatile product that can be used in virtually any application where HDPE is preferred. Every pound of OceanBound Plastic is potential pollution transformed into a recyclable resource.
Source: Envision Plastics

MINORITY OWNED

The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified minority business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. They work through the NMSDC Network to support and facilitate MBE integration into corporate and public-sector supply chains; build MBE capacity and capabilities through our programs and other education offerings; and facilitate MBE-to-MBE partnerships to meet the needs of their corporate members. They do this by matching our more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses to their vast network of corporate members who wish to purchase their products, services and solutions. Their corporate membership includes many of the largest public and privately-owned companies, as well healthcare companies, colleges and universities.

Source: https://nmsdc.org/about-nmsdc
WASTE REDUCTION

Our expanded gamut printing process eliminates all ink changes which results in up to 95% ink waste reduction, and up to 35% less ink and solvent usage.

Our state of the art extruders are capable of producing the thinnest, high-performance films and barriers that can also incorporate eco-resins such as renewable content or post-consumer recycled content.

We also have a closed loop recycling system in our US facility to recycle and reincorporate our waste into new packages.

All of these work to reduce our waste to landfill relative to conventional printing and extrusion processes.

WIND ENERGY

Accredo Packaging uses 100% wind electricity to power its Sugar Land, Texas Global headquarters and manufacturing facility. In 2013, we were recognized by the EPA for our leadership in green power with the Green Power Leadership Award.

Our sustainability goals include continued dedication to 100% Texas wind energy in our Texas operations through 2025.

LEED® CERTIFICATION
LEED projects earn points across nine basic areas that address key aspects of green buildings.
  1. Integrative process
  2. Location and transportation
  3. Sustainable sites
  4. Water efficiency
  5. Energy and atmosphere
  6. Materials and resources
  7. Indoor environmental quality
  8. Innovation
  9. Regional priority
Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: LEED Certification Legend: 4 Levels
Source: http://leed.usgbc.org/leed.html

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