Ilip for the environment

We serve and preserve freshness with a passion typical of our land. A “high level” passion that joins forces with innovation in an ongoing search for excellence.

All the while, giving the environment the respect it deserves and promoting the culture of recycling. For us at Ilip, the word sustainability begins with three “Rs”…

Read our Sustainability Pledge.


At Ilip, we work incessantly, day after day, to reduce plastic consumption by reducing the thickness and weight of our packaging solutions without detracting from their performance. This is clearly exemplified by our B19NR fresh produce tray: it weighs 20.7% less than the earlier model and ensures a markedly higher resistance to compression. Besides combating the waste of raw materials, we also undertake to reduce food waste by designing solutions that prolong the shelf life of foods.

Sustainable packaging is “fit4purpose”: more freshness, less waste.

The environmental impact of packaging can only be assessed in relation to the product it contains and the function it serves. This is why a balance must be sought between “underpackaging” and “overpackaging”: efficient packaging protects food products in an optimal manner, extending their shelf life and minimising both food waste and environmental impact. Ilip supports scientific research on the role played by packaging in food preservation with the aim to reduce food waste.

We were the first manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging to adhere to and support the Save Food initiative.


The vertical integration of R-PET: A closed loop that opens up to the environment.

ILPA is a concrete case of a circular economy, one of the few groups in Europe to have integrated vertically the R-PET-cycle, from post-consumer bottles to new food packaging, guaranteeing origin and traceability. Ilip is responsible for the last step in this process: thermoforming the R-PET reels to produce food packaging in r-PET with an average recycled material content of 80% and the possibility to make packaging with 100% R-PET.
We recycle about 30,000 tons of PET a year to obtain second raw material, thereby avoiding the production of a corresponding amount of new PET, resulting in substantial savings in terms of CO2 emissions, of about 75,000,000 kg of CO2 eq. (*)

This is why we are veritable champions of circular economy.

(*) GWP: 1 Kg PET bottle grade = 2,51 Kg CO2 eq. (PlasticsEurope Eco-Profile and EPD PET bottle grade May 2011)

Renewable resources

Renewable resources such as bioplastics are a valid alternative to fossil polymers. For this reason, many products in our assortment are made from PLA and Mater-Bi® and are compostable e biodegradable.

Since 2002, we have been using bioplastics to produce single-use tableware and packaging solutions for delicatessens, as well as for fruit and vegetable packaging. All of our compostable products are certified and comply with the European standard EN 13432. After use, these products end up being recycled (the composting, if appropriate and available) and the result of this process is the compost.


If you care for sustainability, choose IlipBio.

If you want to learn more about the characteristics of ILIP BIO products, read the manual IlipBio for the Environment.