Canadian Packaging

Recycled corrugated packaging earns green accolades

Nestlé Waters Canada earns Atlantic Packaging environmental sustainability award.


September 26, 2012
by Canadian Packaging Staff

PUSLINCH, ONT.—While the water-bottling industry has more than its share of vocal critics casting doubt on the sector’s environmental record and credentials, doing the right thing for the environment is a daily priority for Nestlé Waters Canada (NWC), whose use of 100-percent recycled corrugated trays and pads has earned the Puslinch, Ont.-headquartered beverage producer an important nod of approval from one of the country’s leading packaging suppliers.

In fact, being selected as a recipient of the  2011 Certificate of Environmental Sustainability Award of the Toronto-headquartered packaging products manufacturer Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd.—introduced to recognize companies committed to sustainable packaging practices—offers compelling proof of the company’s tireless efforts to reduce its environmental footprint in a meaningful and quantifiable way, according to NWC president John Zupo.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by Atlantic Packaging for our use of 100-percent recycled corrugated containers in our product packaging,” says Zupo.

“This decision on our part is a testament to the passion, hard work, and environmental commitment of our supply chain group towards finding ways to incorporate recycled corrugated into our products—further reducing our carbon footprint,” Zupo explains.

According to NWC, the company’s use of Atlantic Packaging’s 100-percent recycled corrugated to ship all of its product from the company’s main bottling plants in  Puslinch and Hope, B.C.—as well as its distribution centers in Puslinch, Chilliwack, B.C. and Laval, Que.—has saved an estimated 57,384 mature trees from logging last year, which is enough to cover 30 football fields.

“This usage also represents the equivalent diversion of approximately 95.6 truckloads of waste that would have been otherwise destined for landfill,” points out NWC’s director of supply chain operations Dave Thorpe.

Adds Atlantic Packaging president David Boles: “We congratulate the supply chain group at Nestlé Waters Canada on this recognition and commend the company for its commitment to the environment through sustainable packaging practices.

“We’d also like to thank Nestlé Waters Canada for its continuing and very determined efforts to recycle the corrugated containers used in its facilities,” Boles adds.

“Last year, the company diverted 96 per cent of this valuable commodity from landfill.”

For more information on Atlantic Packaging, visit www.atlantic.ca.