TAMPA, FL–(Marketwire – October 15, 2010) – IFCO SYSTEMS is pleased to announce that its reusable plastic containers (RPCs) have won the Responsible Packaging Award for ecologically and socially responsible packaging innovation. IFCO’s RPCs are used primarily for the transport of fresh produce from grower to retailer, and are particularly compatible with organic produce as they are Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Listed© and protect produce better than traditional packaging, with dramatically reduced environmental impact.
“Growers and retailers of organic produce have high expectations when it comes to the handling and shipment of top-quality products,” said Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager of IFCO’s RPC Management Services Division. “They are increasingly demanding sustainable-packaging solutions, and IFCO delivers.”
The Responsible Packaging Awards judging committee used a three-part set of criteria to evaluate nominees, including commitment to transparency, extended producer responsibility, and ecological systems design principles. Each package was rated based on an assessment of its environmental and social impact throughout the product lifecycle.
IFCO received the award yesterday during Natural Products Expo East and All Things Organic at the Boston Convention Center. The awards recognize industry achievements and innovations in environmentally responsible packaging including materials reduction and the use of 100% recycled PET & HDPE, 100% post-consumer recycled, non-GMO, compostable, regional, reusable, refillable, returnable, and Forest Stewardship Council Certified content.
IFCO is an international logistics service provider with more than 210 locations worldwide. IFCO operates a pool of over 102 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used primarily to transport fresh produce from growers to leading grocery retailers. In the United States, IFCO also provides a national network of pallet management services. IFCO is the market leader in this industry with almost 200 million pallets sorted, repaired and recycled annually.
WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY is an IFCO initiative, under which IFCO not only continues to assume its social and environmental responsibility but, working with strong project partners, expands its sphere of responsible activities. With the initiative’s first social-engagement project, IFCO supports Food Banks worldwide in their honorable effort to provide food to the needy through the provision of reusable containers and by co-financing delivery vehicles.
About the Responsible Packaging Awards
The Awards are co-sponsored by Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association, National Cooperative Grocers Association, Organic Trade Association, United Natural Foods Inc., and Whole Foods Market’s Green Mission. More information on the Responsible Packaging Project and the draft Guidelines at http://www.responsible-packaging.org/