ILIP publishes its first EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) on its fruit and vegetable punnets made from recycled PET.

Environmental Product Declaration on punnets made using recycled PET

Yet further confirmation of ILIP’s concrete commitment to the environmental sustainability of its business and products and to communication based on objective data.

VALSAMOGGIA (BO, 5 October 2020) – In line with its sustainability policy based on an honest, objective and holistic approach to sustainability and packaging, the exact opposite of the greenwash, as declared in the recent Sustainability Pledge, ILIP has published its very first EPD on its fruit and vegetable punnets made from recycled PET and has chosen an article from the range of B40 heat-sealable punnets as its object of study. Specifically, the B40RPET85FP, an article that in 2018 (the year considered by the study) was the most sold article of its category. As the name suggests, an EPD is an environmental product declaration that is verified and certified by a third party providing environmental data on the life cycle of the products, in accordance with international standard ISO 14025.

To create an EPD, an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) needs to be carried out, taking into account the specific rules of calculation for the product category investigated, as contained in the respective PCR (Product Category Rules). The results of the assessment and other information, as required by the PCRs, are given on the EPD, which is then verified by an accredited independent party. In the case of ILIP, by SGS Italia. “This EPD” – Nicola Ballini explains, General Manager of ILIP – “ is the result of a process that began with the Profood category association of which ILIP is a founding member; it saw the creation of a new professional figure in the company, the LCA Expert”. The purpose of the EPD is to present the environmental performance of a product so as to allow for an objective comparison between products with the same function, thereby stimulating the potential for continuous environmental improvement, driven by the market. “The publication of the EPD” – Nicola Ballini continues – “comes as part of our sustainability policy, which, in turn, comes under the scope of our more general Corporate Social Responsibility, which will be involved over the next few months by major developments and innovations, always aimed at assuring the transparent communication of objective, measurable information”. The EPD has been developed and registered within the International EPD System programme, whose Programme Operator is EPD International AB. It can be downloaded, together with the declaration on global warming potential (carbon footprint), directly from the dedicated website.