AIB Member 2011SUGAR LAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accredo Packaging, Inc., is pleased to announce that it has recently earned its certification for Food Safety with AIB International (the American Institute of Baking). During a daylong audit by an AIB representative, Accredo’s 200,000-square-foot facility and processes were examined and found to meet or exceed all AIB standards for food safety, including policies and operations, as well as the physical condition of grounds, buildings, production, and storage areas.

“The AIB and LEED certifications are independent assessments that support our continuing environmental stewardship efforts.”

While food handling does not take place at Accredo per se, the company manufactures flexible packaging for a variety of fresh and processed foods, and AIB Certification recognizes Accredo’s compliance regarding same. Last fall, Accredo earned its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and practices.

Accredo Packaging is an independent operating member of the API family of companies, celebrating a quarter century of excellence in the thermoplastics industry this year.

“The owners of API family of companies believed that a new flexible packaging division could be grown from the ground up embodying the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability,” said Rex Varn, executive vice president. “The AIB and LEED certifications are independent assessments that support our continuing environmental stewardship efforts.”

Accredo Packaging produces conventional and compostable flexible packaging solutions, primarily targeting the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) segment, paper and tissue companies for bundling film applications, and purveyors of organic products. Products include coextruded, laminated, printed or unprinted barrier roll-stock, pouches, wicketed bags and bundling film, predominantly for the pre-packaged consumer product markets.

Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

SUGAR LAND, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accredo Packaging, Inc., a member of the API Group of Companies, has recently achieved a milestone in its quest to be the world’s lowest carbon footprint manufacturer of flexible packaging and extruded films. Accredo’s year-old production facility is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The company owners envisioned a new flexible packaging division that, from the ground up, would embody the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability”

“The company owners envisioned a new flexible packaging division that, from the ground up, would embody the principles of business, social, and environmental sustainability,” said Kevin McCarthy, vice president and general manager of Accredo. “Furthermore, every major piece of equipment in our silver–certified, 200,000 square-foot plant is state of the art, in terms of low environmental impact, high quality, and world-class productivity.”

McCarthy said that, since Accredo began production in August 2009, brand owners and retailers have enthusiastically embraced the company’s twin goals of lowering the environmental impact of flexible packaging and extruded film production, while producing competitively priced offerings. He added, “Our sustainability efforts feed directly into our customers’ Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.”

Sustainable Production at Accredo Packaging

The Accredo production facility is 100 percent wind powered. The design of the facility minimizes carbon emissions during the production process. Building materials were sourced locally, and recycled materials were used whenever possible.

Accredo’s printing process is exclusively expanded color gamut process printing. The proprietary ink delivery system supplies ink directly to the ten-color, 2,000 feet-per-minute W&H Novoflex CL printing presses, which reduces ink consumption by 35 percent and ink waste by 95 percent. Solvent usage is 80 percent lower than similar speed presses and 99.5 percent of solvent emissions are scrubbed clean. Press uptime is 40 percent above previous generation printing systems. The plant also features state-of-the-art nine- and three-layer extruders, a 1,500 feet-per-minute laminator, and stand-up pouch and wicketer bag-making machines.

Accredo Packaging films and flexible packaging products are sold to food manufacturers, paper and tissue companies for bundling film applications, and purveyors of organic products. Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), an independent certification organization that acknowledges companies committed to ‘sustainable green printing’, has admitted Accredo Packaging to ‘SGP Applicant’ status… the first phase in the process of certification.

“I’m excited!” says Printing Operations Manager Johnny Dye. “At Accredo Packaging we do what’s necessary, in each area of our process, to practice sustainability. We take pride in how and what we do.” In order for a company to be accepted as an ‘SGP Applicant’, various criteria must be complied with, … not only sustainability of the printing process itself, but also taking into account such areas as pre-press and post print, including disposal of hazardous waste and stormwater runoff, even providing the company’s Sustainability Policy. Printing facilities located in the United States and Canada that meet the criteria are eligible to apply for certification with the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership (www.sgppartnership.org). The certification assures the print customer the printing facilities identified within the certified SGP Printer listing have made significant commitments toward sustainability.

imageThe Organic Trade Association is the membership-based business association for the organic industry whose mission is to promote and protect organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public, and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.

Says Malcolm Cohn, Director of Sustainability, “From a holistic point of view, it makes sense if you have an organic or natural product to be packaged, to align the product with the package made in a ‘sustainable’ way, whether that be from packaging made from renewable resources, or from production processes that facilitate minimal impact of carbon emissions by using renewable energy. Accredo Packaging is built on the premise of sustainability and we associate ourselves with the OTA’s Mission, Vision and Core Values.”