AT EPL, we know that sustainability will dictate our very right to operate, and are committed to leading the pack in sustainable packaging. We will pioneer solutions in this area, and in doing so, help our customers meet their sustainability commitments as well.
We are already ahead on this journey. Our Platina Tube with an HDPE closure was recently recognized by the APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) as the world’s first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube with a cap combination.
EPL Europe also recently received the coveted ETMA “Tube of the Year” Award for our completely recyclable tubes for vegan toothpaste.
The recent launch of ‘Etain’, a plastic packaging tube made out of recyclable material is a significant development in the industry aimed at reducing the number of plastics in tube packaging.
Platina is an eco-friendly laminated tube designed in line with “Recycle” – one of EPL’s key sustainability themes.
Platina tubes are produced with less than 5% barrier resin and have received recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), USA, as consistently meeting or exceeding the most stringent APR HDPE Critical Guidance criteria.
Often a key challenge when developing recyclable tubes is the compromise in terms of a tube’s barrier properties, leading to a reduction in shelf-life of the tube’s contents. The Platina range of HDPE tubes does not face this issue as it is designed to deliver source reduction and recyclability without the loss of any barrier properties. This allows for sustained product stability and durable shelf life of the packed content. Platina is especially suited for oral, toiletries, and food brands.
By decreasing Platina’s weight, EPL has once again demonstrated our commitment to “leading the pack” through the conscious reduction of our carbon footprint. Platina is the eco-friendly tube of choice, supporting your brand’s go-green and sustainability goals.
Platina Pro tubes are produced with less than 5% barrier resin and have received recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), USA, as consistently meeting or exceeding the most stringent APR HDPE Critical Guidance criteria.
The Platina PRO Edge:
Our PLATINA PRO range of HDPE tube is designed to deliver extraordinary chemical resistance, product stability, flavour retention and a rich feel to touch. It is especially suited for oral, toiletries and food products.
Often the key challenge when replacing Aluminium barrier tube it to match its barrier properties. When flavour retention of the product becomes more critical then Platina Pro is the preferred choice.
EPL has demonstrated our commitment to “leading the pack” by designing the best in class barrier properties for any PBL tube in this thickness range availble in the market.
Green Maple Leaf is an eco-friendly laminated tube that maintains the freshness of products while keeping in line with our commitment towards the environment and society. This fully-recyclable packaging solution helps prevent oxidization of contents with a proprietary oxygen-barrier coated core layer and an all-polyethylene (PE) film multilayer laminate. It is especially suited for cosmetics, toiletries and food products. The recyclable, all-plastic laminate helps in reducing a product’s carbon footprint, making it the best eco-friendly choice to keep products fresh.
Green Maple Leaf supports and strengthens EPL's Go-Green Initiative, ensuring that we are leading the way in making meaningful contributions for a greener, better, healthier planet. Additionally, the tube has the ability to retain its shape even after repeated use and product dispensation and is available in custom theme printing. Setting a new curve to packaging innovation, Green Maple Leaf is aimed at markets demanding sustainability by replacing EVOH tubes. It provides extraordinary product stability, shelf life properties, tube resilience and feel. Produced with fully recyclable thermoplastic polymers, Green Maple Leaf helps achieve the ultimate sustainability goal.
Organic GML is an eco-friendly laminated tube designed in line with “RECYCLE” as the sustainability theme.
Organic GML 300 based laminated tube with less than 5% barrier resin, has got recognition from Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR), USA as meeting or exceeding the APR HDPE CRITICAL GUIDANCE criteria.
"I am green" edge:
Organic GML has got up to 50% Biogenic Carbon content, derived from Sustainable feedstock source as against Carbon derived from Fossil fuels, helping in reducing the product’s carbon footprint and making it an eco-friendly choice.
The higher stiffness of HDPE based O-GML tubes also helps in delivering source reduction, providing good product stability, shelf life, and a rich feel. It is especially suited for oral, personal care and toiletries segments.
Etain is a new, fully-recyclable packaging tube from EPL. It has been made using a percentage of recycled material with the aim of reducing the amount of virgin plastic in tube packaging. Etain tubes are made with resins recycled under Code 2 norms defined by ASTM. It contains up to 50% PCR HDPE plastic material.
Etain tubes are typically used by FMCG companies for packaging various types of beauty and skin care, pharmaceutical and food products. It is made from recycled plastic material and is fully recyclable, enabling it to go back into the same process that it came from.
Etain PCR (Post-Consumer Recycled) tubes were launched at the ‘Interpack’ exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany, held on April 24, 2008. It is highly customizable and the amount of PCR can be varied depending upon customer requirements and the nature of the product that is contained within the package. Etain is the first of many products from EPL addressing sustainability. It makes an effort to ensure that the lifecycle of a product does not destroy its source or the environment.
Our view on sustainability extends beyond products to also cover environmental, health, safety, and social responsibilities.
We launched Project Liberty, a path-breaking project to recycle multilayer laminates. Aluminium Barrier Laminate (ABL) tubes have traditionally posed challenges in recycling, and we have worked relentlessly for over 4 years to develop a solution that segregates the aluminium components from polymer fraction. Using proprietary technology, we separate the aluminium and polymers into two distinct and reusable streams, without the use of any chemicals or heat. Once separated, both the Aluminium and Polymer fractions recovered from ABL tubes can be recycled safely.
Going forward, we will focus on integrating climate-related risks in our operations, fully integrating sustainability in every link of our supply chain. We subject ourselves to rigorous assessments of our operations and install robust systems and processes to minimize any adverse environmental impact.
We are undertaking focused CSR initiatives centered around our factories under the umbrella of our CSR program, “Greening Lives”. Given our global footprint, we empower our employees to determine the focus of such CSR activities, in line with social priorities in different locations.
For example, factories operating in India are reaching out to the communities around them to green lives along with two critical areas – holistic waste management and skilling of youth. Both these issues are crucial in rural India, and have been chosen after considerable research. A series of programs have been kickstarted.
The Corporate Social Responsibility Policy applies throughout EPL worldwide, to all Directors and employees and governs our approach to all our activities.
EPL believes that a responsible approach towards developing relationships between companies and the communities they serve, global or local, is a vital part of delivering business success. How we interact with the world in which we operate determines our place within it. This statement of Corporate Social Responsibility represents our first step towards defining our views and will be developed further over time.
EPL is committed towards demonstrating responsibility in its relationship with the world. All business units will allocate responsibility for making sure that the principles in this statement are disseminated, discussed, implemented and embedded into group culture, ensuring to provide regular and timely feedback on progress.
The Vice Chairman and the Managing Director are the main board directors with primary responsibility of CSR. Stakeholders, particularly employees, are invited to provide feedback on the nature and operation of the Corporate Social Responsibility statement. Each of the eight policy commitments are owned by individual managers, all of whom will monitor performance on a regular basis. Director – Human Capital (Global), supported by Company Secretary & Head (Legal), is responsible for co-coordinating operation of the policy and reporting on it to the Vice Chairman & Managing Director and to the Board of Directors. The business unit / manufacturing unit heads will establish appropriate responsibilities within their units and review progress at least annually.
We recognize that our business activities have direct and indirect impacts on the societies in which we operate. We endeavour to manage these in a responsible manner, believing that sound and demonstrable performance in relation to Corporate Social Responsibility policies and practices is a fundamental part of business success.
We are committed to continuous improvement in our Corporate Social Responsibility program and encourage our business partners to strive for matching performance.
Our business units throughout the world are committed to achieving our policy objectives. Our performance will be periodically reviewed and externally verified to help us meet our policy goals. At a local level, the heads of our businesses will review progress at least annually.
In alignment with ongoing EPL’s sustainability journey, EPL has developed ‘Supplier Sustainability Code of Conduct’ to ensure that all its suppliers meet basic expectations of doing business ensuring compliance to legal requirements, ethical practices, human rights and environmental management. It is based on well-respected and recognized international standards, including the International Labour Organization, United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and industry best practices.
Compliance with the code of conduct is an expectation of doing business with EPL. It defines minimum standards that EPL expects the suppliers and their sub-tier suppliers or sub-contractors (“the Supplier”) to respect and adhere to.